Monday, April 22, 2013

Cinnamon contest can damage lungs

Cinnamon contest can damage lungs, Are you curious about how much cinnamon you can swallow in less than a minute? Trying to find out can be dangerous, the University of Miami Health System warned on April 22.

Pediatricians are concerned that young people who participate in the “Cinnamon Challenge” can suffer “lesions, scarring and inflammation of the airways and lungs, and other lasting effects such as progressive pulmonary fibrosis."

Particularly vulnerable are young people with asthma, pulmonary cystic fibrosis, chronic lung disease or a hypersensitivity to cinnamon.

Two Miami pediatricians, Steven E. Lipshultz and Judy Schaechter, on Monday released research in the "Pediatrics" journal pointing to the dangers.

"Although most young people who do it anyway endure only temporary effects," physicians reported, "the stunt has led to dozens of calls to poison centers, emergency department visits, and even hospitalizations for adolescents who required ventilator support for collapsed lungs."

In the first six months of 2012, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, "the center received 178 challenge-related calls, more than triple the 51 calls the center received the entire previous year. Of those 178 calls, 122, or 69 percent, were classified as intentional misuse or abuse (consistent with the 'Cinnamon Challenge') and about 30 of them, or 17 percent, required medical attention."

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