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4 Your Health: Expired Epipens, the dangers of cotton tips and the importance of gut bacteria

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Tucson- A new study has found newborns appear to get important gut bacteria from their mother's breast milk.

Scientists at UCLA, studied bacterial communities in 107 healthy mother and infant pairs. They found gut bacteria in breast-fed babies were more closely related to their own mother's milk and skin, compared to a random mother.

Experts say these results emphasize the importance of breast-feeding because this bacteria plays an important role in a child's lifelong health.

Epipens still pack a punch

New research suggests Epipens are still potent long after their expiration date.

The study, conducted by the California Poison Control System, tested 31 Epipens that were one to 50 months past expiration.

Two-thirds of the Epipens contained at least 90 percent of the original amount of epinephrine.

Cotton tip danger

Cotton tip applicators send more than 12 thousand children to the emergency room each year.

About 75 percent of injuries occurred while kids were cleaning out their ear canal. And while most patients were treated and released, some children had damage to the ear drum, hearing bones or inner ear.

Doctors say cotton tip applicators should never be used for ear cleaning because they push wax closer to the ear drum.

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