Navigation Links
Low Doses of Melamine Won't Harm Kids' Kidneys
Date:12/18/2008

Hong Kong researchers found most of those exposed to tainted products were OK

THURSDAY, Dec. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Low doses of melamine did not cause severe kidney problems in children exposed to the industrial chemical during the recent tainted milk scandal in China, Hong Kong researchers report.

The study is one of the first to measure the health impact of exposure to low doses of melamine, which was added to infant formula and other foods in mainland China to boost their protein content and help them pass muster on food-quality tests. Contaminated products were also sold in Hong Kong, but the researchers noted that those products contained much lower concentrations of melamine than the tainted products sold in mainland China.

Since early September, melamine-contaminated baby formula has sickened more than 54,000 children in China and is being blamed for at least four deaths. This latest finding suggests that the chances of the severe problems that occurred in China happening elsewhere are slim.

The chemical has turned up in dairy products sold across Asia and, to a lesser extent, in Europe and the United States. It has been detected in candies, chocolates and coffee drinks. Authorities in California and Connecticut found melamine in White Rabbit candies imported from China. There have been no reports of illness from contaminated Chinese milk products in the United States, health officials have said.

Last October, U.S. health officials said no amount of melamine is safe in infant formula. For all other foods, only amounts less than 2.5 parts per million are risk-free, U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials said at the time.

In the Hong Kong study, reported in this week's issue of BMJ, researchers from the Chinese University of Hong Kong examined slightly more than 3,000 children aged 12 or younger. All of them had consumed melamine-tainted products for a month or more. Every child was given a urine test, and an ultrasound was performed on their kidneys. Only one child had a kidney stone, and seven had possible melamine-related deposits in their kidneys. An additional 208 tested positive for blood in their urine, a possible sign of kidney troubles.

More information

To learn more, visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.



--HealthDay staff



SOURCE: BMJ, news release, Dec. 17, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Multiple Doses of Steroids Dont Help Preemies
2. Small Doses of Carbon Monoxide Might Help Stroke Victims
3. NACCHO to Support Influenza Vaccination Efforts With Donation of Up to One Million Doses of FluMist(R)
4. New model developed to estimate radiation skin doses during CT-guided interventional procedures
5. Joint Commission Alert: Prevent Blood Thinner Deaths and Overdoses
6. Accidental Overdoses in the Home Soaring
7. Study recommends development of standards for pediatric doses in nuclear medicine
8. Resveratrol: Thousands of Bottles of Wine, High-Dose Pills Not Required; Mega-doses May Induce Side Effects
9. Weekly Doses of Taxol Prolonged Lives of Breast Cancer Patients
10. High Doses of Vitamin E Lengthen Lives of Alzheimers Patients
11. Folate scores a win in animal studies: Brief, high doses of B vitamin blunt damage from heart attack
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Low Doses of Melamine Won't Harm Kids' Kidneys
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... ‘17, and Jennifer Huggins, PharmD ’17, along with clinical associate professor Janice ... of cardiovascular diseases during the 15th Annual Women’s Health Conference. The SIU ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Somerset Hills is proud to host ... items from across the nation, this holiday-themed event will raise funds and awareness for ... The boutique will be open Saturday, November 4 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Talented host, actor Rob ... sciatica in a new episode of "Success Files," which is an award-winning educational ... and investigates each subject in-depth with passion and integrity. , Sciatica occurs when ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 2017 , ... First Healthcare Compliance (FHC), an industry leader ... range of technology and learning solutions at the 68th Annual American Healthcare Association ... held October 14–18, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... IsoComforter, Inc. ( ... today the introduction of an innovative new design of the shoulder pad. The ... get maximum comfort while controlling your pain while using cold therapy. By utilizing ice ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/2/2017)... 2, 2017 The Rebound mobile app is poised ... reverse the tide of prescription drug addiction. The app empowers ... intake and stepping down their dosage in a safe, controlled ... December 2017; the first 100,000 people to sign up will ... http://www.rebound-solution.com/ ...
(Date:9/27/2017)... 2017  Commended for their devotion to personalized service, SMP ... number one in the South Florida Business Journal,s 50 Fastest-Growing ... yearly list, the national specialty pharmacy has found its niche.  ... will soon be honored by SFBJ as the 2017 Power ... Set to receive his award in October, Bardisa said of ...
(Date:9/25/2017)... Sept. 25, 2017  EpiVax, Inc., a leader ... and immune-engineering today announced the launch of EpiVax ... of personalized therapeutic cancer vaccines. EpiVax has provided ... access to enabling technologies to the new precision ... lead EpiVax Oncology as Chief Executive Officer. Gad ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: