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Art Materials Can Be Dangerous! How Can You Reduce Your Risk?

Authors
  • Shammas, Masood A.1
  • Shammas, Hira2
  • Rajput, Samiyah A.3
  • Ahmad, Dildar3
  • Ahmad, Gulzar3
  • 1 Department of Adult Oncology, Harvard (Dana Farber) Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
  • 2 Bur Oak Secondary School, Markham, ON , (Canada)
  • 3 InfoTox International Inc., Riverside, CA
Type
Published Article
Journal
Frontiers for Young Minds
Publisher
Frontiers Media SA
Publication Date
Mar 14, 2017
Volume
5
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3389/frym.2017.00006
Source
Frontiers
Disciplines
  • Health
  • Core Concept
License
Green

Abstract

Art materials are used by individuals of all ages. Certain chemicals found in art materials have potential to cause health problems, especially if used over a long period of time. The risk can be greater for children, individuals with mental or physical challenges, and people with certain genetic diseases and/or unhealthy lifestyles. However, there are laws and regulations that serve to minimize the risks we take when using these materials. In a recent publication [1], we have proposed that the potential health risks associated with art materials can be further reduced, if the art material labels include the date when the last review of the ingredients was performed. The purpose of this article is to share our findings with younger audiences and raise awareness that: (1) we should make an effort to know the potential health risks associated with art materials we use, especially if we will use them for a long time; (2) we should use these risky materials in a responsible and careful way; and (3) we should always read labels and collect information about the ingredients in art materials and their possible effects on health.

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