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Harmful lead found in ladies’ handbags

The Centre for Environmental Health has found disturbing levels of lead in ladies’ handbags and wallets. Lead could also be rubbed off from the material used manufacture purses.

“This is something every woman of childbearing age ought to be paying attention to,” said Dr Alan Greene, Stanford University. Lead typically is found in polyvinyl chloride, or PVC.

Some manufacturers find it useful in items like synthetic handbags because it makes material pliable. It also can be found in pigments because it makes bright colours last longer.

The level of lead in some tests bags was 30 to 100 times higher than the federal limit for lead in all children’s items.The concern with many of the purses is that lead could be rubbed off of the bag and end up on people’s hands, or on children’s hands and then into their mouths.
“Little kids put things into their mouth much more than others do so that makes the years up to pregnancy, and during pregnancy and nursing, and early childhood, the key times of exposure,” said Greene.

Mixed-handed likely to have language problems
Children who use both hands with equal ease are more likely to have mental health, language and scholastic problems than right- or left-handed kids, says a new study.
The researchers, from Imperial College London and other European institutions, suggest that the finding may help teachers and health professionals to identify children who are particularly at risk of developing certain problems.
To reach the conclusion, researchers looked at nearly 8,000 children, 87 of whom were mixed-handed. They found that mixed-handed 7 and 8-year old children were twice as likely as their right-handed peers to have difficulties with language and to perform poorly in school.

When they reached 15 or 16, mixed-handed adolescents were also at twice the risk of having symptoms of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). They were also likely to have more severe symptoms of ADHD than their right-handed counterparts.

The adolescents also reported having greater difficulties with language than those who were left- or right-handed.

Psychodynamic therapy can help beat depression
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is effective for a number of mental health symptoms and its benefits grow after treatment has ended, a new study says.
According to research published by the American Psychological Association, psychodynamic therapy, which focuses on the psychological roots of emotional suffering, is beneficial for patients suffering from depression, anxiety, panic and stress-related physical ailments.

The therapy’s hallmarks are self-reflection and self-examination, and the use of the relationship between therapist and patient as a window into problematic relationship patterns in the patient’s life.

Its goal is not only to alleviate the most obvious symptoms but to help people lead healthier lives.