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"Wind Chill Advisory" ...Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until noon EST today... * locations...New York City...Long Island and portions of northeastern New Jersey. * Hazard types...dangerous wind chills. * Timing...this morning. * Wind chill...15 to 24 degrees below zero. * Winds...northwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. * Impacts...the frigid conditions will be dangerous to those venturing outside. Prolonged exposure may cause frostbite. The combination of very low wind chills and frigid air temperatures have the potential to result in frozen pipes...frostbite and hypothermia. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. Outdoor exposure should be limited. If you are heading outdoors... dress in layers and keep your hands and head covered to protect against frostbite , "Special Statement" ...Dangerously cold wind chills tonight into Sunday morning... * temperatures tonight into early Sunday morning will fall to zero to 3 degrees below zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...and Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 degrees below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time are expected to reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 degrees below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens...with wind chills likely not rising above zero until mid to late afternoon. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. 435 am EST Sat Feb 13 2016 ...Dangerously cold wind chills tonight into Sunday morning... * temperatures tonight into early Sunday morning will fall to zero to 3 degrees below zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...and Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 degrees below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time are expected to reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 degrees below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens...with wind chills likely not rising above zero until mid to late afternoon. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. -- Sunday Feb.14 16,05:00 AM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

Pregnant Women Should Eat More Fish According to FDA, EPA Draft Advice

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New guidelines aim to clear up misconceptions about eating seafood during and after pregnancy.

The Food and Drug Administration, alongside the Environmental Protection Agency, has for the first time drafted advice for young children and women who are nursing or pregnant to increase their fish consumption. Mothers and pregnant women have been keeping seafood to a minimum or cutting it out of their diets entirely since concerns that high levels of mercury could hinder their children’s development, but the FDA is now trying to bring clarity to some of the confusion that has arisen surrounding the health impacts of eating fish.

A statement made by the FDA on June 10 said that the Administration, in conjunction with the EPA, has concluded young kids and women who are breastfeeding, pregnant, or may become pregnant should eat more fish with lower mercury levels. While consuming high levels of mercury can do harm to a developing brain, studies have shown some evidence that fish oil can actually have the opposite effect, and the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are known to promote heart health.

“For years many women have limited or avoided eating fish during pregnancy or feeding fish to their young children,” said FDA acting chief scientist Stephen Ostroff, “but emerging science now tells us that limiting or avoiding fish during pregnancy and early childhood can mean missing out on important nutrients that can have a positive impact on growth and development as well as on general health.”

As part of the newly drafted advice the FDA does continue to caution against eating fish that are high in mercury, specifically pointing to king mackerel, swordfish, shark, and tilefish from the Gulf of Mexico as the four fish to be avoided outright. Limiting the consumption of white (albacore) tuna to no more than 6 ounces per week is also recommended.

Options that are lower in mercury content—including tilapia, salmon, catfish, lobster, blue mussels, shrimp, flounder, pollock, cod, and canned light tuna—should however be consumed at a markedly higher rate of 8-12 ounces per week. The draft updated advice suggests that eating a variety of safe fish will support fetal growth and development. The FDA has previously recommended maximum quantities of fish for those vulnerable to mercury to ingest, but this marks the first time that the Administration is actively promoting a minimum amount as part of their diet.

“Eating fish with lower levels of mercury provides numerous health and dietary benefits,” said EPA acting assistant administrator for the Office of Water Nancy Stoner. “This updated advice will help pregnant women and mothers make informed decisions about the right amount and right kinds of fish to eat during important times in their lives and their children’s lives.”

When eating locally sourced fish from nearby streams, lakes, and rivers, the FDA has also suggests that residents follow fish advisories from local authorities to ensure that the fish is safe. If no such advisories are available, vulnerable women should limit their intake to 6 ounces a week and children should only have 1-3 ounces; no other seafood should be consumed in the same week as local unmonitored fish. The FDA is also continuing to advise that children and women who are nursing, pregnant, or may become pregnant avoid raw fish, as undercooked foods can increase their risk of contracting foodborne illnesses.

While the draft advice is consistent with previous guidelines issued in 2010, it will not be finalized until after a 30 day public comment period during which time input can be submitted to the Federal Register website.

[Source: FDA]

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