Kids' injuries from cleaners remain high

  • Updated: August 14, 2010 - 7:48 PM

The rate of injuries among young children involving household cleaners has dropped significantly, but the number of injuries is still high, according to a new study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The cleaners include ammonia, dishwasher detergent, bleach and laundry soap. Bleach is the No. 1 product associated with injuries, followed by cleansers, such as pine-oil cleaners, oven cleaners, toilet-bowl products and dishwasher detergents.

One-year-olds made up more than 45 percent of all the cases and had the highest injury rate. Boys accounted for more than 58 percent of all injuries. The cleaning products were typically ingested.

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High risks with high heels

If there's one thing to be learned from "Sex and the City," it's that women love high heels. Sure, they might be painful to wear and challenging to walk in, but as the saying goes, beauty is pain.

But blisters might not be the only downside to wearing high heels. In fact, the damage might be occurring higher up on the body -- in the ankle, knee and hip, according to new research.

Another key finding: The higher the heel, the greater the risk.

The study was conducted by Danielle Barkema, a kinesiology student pursuing a master's degree at Iowa State University.

She said she got the idea from her twin sister, who wears heels all day in her department store job and noticed that many of her older heel-wearing colleagues had problems with their knees and hips.

She emphasized that the take-home message of her study is not to eliminate heels from one's wardrobe, but to limit their wear.

"It's pretty difficult to tell your friends not to wear high heels," she said. "Just try to limit yourself as much as possible and not wear them every single day."

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