Health headlines: Toxic metals, smoking and alcohol are harmful to kids' health, but sports too?

McDonald’s will recall close 12 million “Shrek” drinking glasses, which are sold at individual McDonald’s resturants because the glasses were recently found to contain cadmium, a toxic metal which can pose health risks.

NPR recently ran a story that mirrors the sentiments of CeASAR’s Dr. John Knight, which says parents who send mixed messages about booze have children who are more likely to drink. Also the report touches on the idea that the “European model” of drinking— where older teens have wine with diner or other family functions— takes away the forbidden fruit aspect of drinking. Studies show this isn’t the case. 

The journal Pediatrics had a study  that tracked the course of addiction to nicotine among a group of sixth-grade tobacco users. The study found that occasional smoking could lead to an addiction to tobacco; in some case even one cigarette a month was enough to constitute addiction.

Some in the medical community are worried that young athletes are over training, to the detriment of their still developing bodies. The Boston Globe ran a storyon this topic which quoted Children’s doctor Mininder Kocher.

 This week CNN ran a series on 5 toxins that we are exposed to everyday via the day-to-day use of products like plastics, cleaning products and electronics. These toxins are relatively new as far as our interaction with them (there was no human interaction with many of these toxins as recently as just a few decades ago) and science isn’t fully sure about what our exposure to them will mean in the long term.