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Peanut allergy, Mercury levels, Bone density

Parents are protesting because teachers forced students at one Florida elementary school to rinse out their mouths after lunch to protect a girl with a peanut allergy; New research suggests that mercury levels in fish won't raise your risk of heart disease or stroke; Certain risk factors in Women could lead to osteoporosis - even if you're doing everything you can to keep your bones thin.

Peanut allergy

Parents are protesting because teachers forced students at one Florida elementary school to rinse out their mouths after lunch to protect a girl with a peanut allergy.

From the look of the signs, they want the girl out.

Lunches have to stay outside the classrooms - students must wash their hands before going back to the room after lunch - and at one point, students were required to rinse out their mouths.

Parents say the rules impose on the rights of the students to learn.

A district administrator says the rules must be enforced because the student's allergy is considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities act.

"It's always necessary to have precautions for a young child who has a food allergy," Dr/ Scott H. Sicherer of the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine said. "

There might be specific procedures that need to be in place to just really ensure that that child doesn't end up eating the food that they are allergic to."

School administrators now have meetings set up with concerned parents.

The parents of the student with the peanut allergy are not speaking publicly.

Mercury levels

You've heard the warnings about dangerous mercury levels in fish, now new research suggests it won't raise your risk of heart disease or stroke.

It's the latest story of it's kind - ever - and it's in the latest New England Journal of Medicine.

And get this, the people in the study with the highest mercury exposure, seem to be at slightly less of a risk for heart attack and stroke.

Researchers think it's probably because of the benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids.

They also found neurological problems from mercury in fish do not appear to be a concern for the adults.

Bone density

Certain risk factors could lead to osteoporosis - or thinning bones - in women, even if you're doing everything you can to keep your bones strong.

If you are petite or thin - or if you're white - your risk could be greater.

Same goes for a family history of bone loss, and if you're undergoing menopause.

Medicine can help build bone density back up, and in about two years, you can have a test to see if there is progress.

Exercise can also help women keep bones strong as they get older, as can taking calcium and vitamin D.
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