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:5/3/2016)... ... , ... LunchSkins is changing the future of ocean plastic pollution ... away plastic baggies. The mission-driven bags give back to global leaders in the fight ... mission is all about reducing global plastic waste and we’ve teamed up with ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... Calverton, MD (PRWEB) , ... ... ... 1, 2016, Carnival Cruise Lines premiered the state-of-the-art Carnival Vista – the ... family-friendly cruise ship, The Cruise Web has created an infographic spotlighting the ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... 02, 2016 , ... It has just been announced Jack Uldrich, ... throughout the month of May. , Uldrich is the author of 11 books and ... frequently appears on the Science Channel’s FutureScape and Discovery Channel’s Inside Out. , Known ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... May 02, 2016 , ... The Beryl ... Experience Journal (PXJ), an international, open access, peer-reviewed journal focused on research and ... representing international (non-US) based authors, the third volume of PXJ continues to expand ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... May 02, 2016 , ... ... of innovation by partnering with college students at University of Colorado in Boulder ... senior level advertising campaigns class in the School of Journalism, who selected Beanfields ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/2/2016)...  While nearly three-quarters of Americans (71%) are aware ... health, only about half report taking any steps to ... a new survey announced today by Hologic (Nasdaq: ... Osteoporosis Month, Hologic is raising awareness of this major ... Americans. Osteoporosis is a disease that causes ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... The global  ultrasound device ... by 2024, according to a new report published ... the sonography market include expanding applications of the ... periodic ultrasound screenings of the breast for breast ... ) High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... India , April 29, 2016 ... Pipeline Review, H1 2016" market research report that ... complete with comparative analysis at various stages, therapeutics ... route of administration (RoA) and molecule type, along ... releases. It also reviews key players involved in ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: