Our Saturday green news brings you the latest on health, parenting and cool baby and kid products:
- Pregnant women consuming nuts lower chances for their kids to have food allergies: According to a recent study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, pregnant women who eat peanuts and tree nuts are less likely to give birth to babies with food allergies. Researchers at Harvard Medical School collected and analyzed data on more than 8,200 children and reported that women who ate nuts before, during and after their pregnancies–at least five times a week–had the lowest risk of their children developing a nut allergy. Kids of mothers who were already allergic to peanuts or tree nuts didn’t have a significantly lower risk.
- Anti-anxiety and sleeping pills linked to higher mortality: A recent large study published online in BMJ Journals linked several common anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping pills (such as Valium, Xanax, Ambien, Sonata and Lunesta) to an increased risk of death. For a period of over seven years, researchers examined more than 34 thousand people who took prescriptions for anti-anxiety or sleep aid medications and compared them with about 69 thousand people who did not take any. After adjusting for a wide variety of factors (age, smoking, alcohol use, socioeconomic status, sleep disorders, anxiety disorders and other psychiatric and health illnesses) the researchers concluded that people who took the drugs had more than double the risk of death.
- Smart self-filtering water bottle and a flashlight in one: The new ÖKO Odyssey water bottle is a smart multifunctional water bottle that can be used for daily or special occasions. It contains two filtration systems-the first filter is a standard carbon filter sufficient for tap water use, the second more comprehensive filter removes bacteria, cysts and other contaminants and is great especially when traveling in countries without reliable water sources. This smart product also includes a flashlight adapter for finding your path and a lantern to light up a room or a tent, plus an 8oz container for food or other traveling necessities such as keys.