Health Alert 9-25-12

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

September 25, 2012 - Topical pain relievers may ease muscle and joint pain, but the Food and Drug Administration says the products could cause burns. Some consumers have reported mild to serious chemical burns from using products like Bengay, Icy Hot and Flexall and some were serious enough to require hospitalization. The FDA advises that people not apply pain relievers on damaged or irritated skin, don't bandage the area where you've applied the product and don't use a heating pad or hot water bottle along with the pain reliever.

Also, a new study says teens who are sexting also engage in other risky behaviors. Researchers looked at 1800 Los Angeles high school students. They found teenagers who sent sexually explicit texts and photos, were more likely to be sexually active, or have unprotected sex. 15 percent admitted sending a "sext", while 54 percent said they knew someone who sent one.

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