August 26: Weekly Health Round Up

Health Tips for Back to School

It’s that time of year again. Many parents across the country are doing all they can to help prepare their children to go back to school. Mayo Clinic experts are reminding parents to install good health and safety habits on their children as they transition back into their school routine. Whether it’s getting those checkups done, meal prepping or a new sleep routine, there are a lot of things to keep track of.  With some help from WLWT , you can start checking these items off your to-do-list!

No More Fitness Trackers in McDonald’s Happy Meals

McDonald’s latest attempt at promoting a healthier image came to an unexpected halt Wednesday. The company announced that it has pulled "Step It! Activity Band” fitness trackers from Happy Meals after receiving reports of children experiencing "skin irritations" from the toy's wristband. McDonald’s spokeswoman Terri Hickey says, “We have taken this swift and voluntary step after receiving limited reports of potential skin irritations that may be associated from wearing the band.” The Guardian mentioned that despite the negative outcome of this toy, which is still being investigated, the fitness trackers have been applauded by healthcare experts as a way to motivate kids to exercise.

U.S. Confirms Zika Case in Florida

On Friday, Florida and federal officials  confirmed the first local spread of the Zika virus through infected mosquitoes in the continental United States. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has provided the state with logistical expertise, epidemiology, laboratory services and advice to help fight off these mosquitoes. "These are the first cases of locally transmitted Zika virus in the continental United States,” says CDC Director Tom Frieden. Visit NBCNews, with more information on what is being done to help stop the spread of this virus

Huge Price Increase On EpiPen Raises Concern

The maker of the life-saving allergy shot are raising concerns about massive price increases on a drug used under emergency conditions for food and allergy reactions. Mylan’s EpiPens are used to quickly treat the severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis. Because of the EpiPen’s short shelf life , schools and consumers have to buy then on a yearly basis, making the 500%  price surge since 2007 a  raising concern for many. Check out USAToday for the reasoning behind the massive price increase.  

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