Protect Your Ears From Nickel

Even though we love buying jewelry from indie designers, we just read a somewhat disturbing report. In a sample of earrings bought at 34 different places in San Francisco, 30 percent tested positive for nickel, and studies estimate that 5.8 percent of American adults are allergic to nickel. You should be fine, but nickel exposure can cause dermatitis, which sounds nasty. Just try to buy nickel-free stuff. Anything made from platinum (and stainless steel and gold) is completely acceptable. [HealthDay News]