Chemicals in cosmetics, soaps tied to early puberty in girls

From Reuters, December 3, 2018. Girls who are exposed before birth to chemicals commonly found in toothpaste, makeup, soap and other personal care products may hit puberty earlier than their peers who aren’t exposed to these chemicals in the womb, a U.S. study suggests. Many chemicals have been linked to early puberty in animal studies […]

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Chemicals on our food: When “safe” may not really be safe

From Environmental Health News, November 27, 2018.  Weed killers in wheat crackers and cereals, insecticides in apple juice and a mix of multiple pesticides in spinach, string beans and other veggies – all are part of the daily diets of many Americans. For decades, federal officials have declared tiny traces of these contaminants to be […]

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LaCrosse Releases Report On Nitrates In Groundwater

From, November 14, 2018. LA CROSSE – The LaCrosse County Public Health Department’s Nitrate Well Water Task Force (NWWTF) published a report and recommendations on nitrate contamination of groundwater in Holland and Onalaska Townships the second week of October 2018. The recommendations included actions for state, county and municipal governments, as well as for […]

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U.S. Air Pollution Deaths Nearly Halved Over Two Decades

From Yale Environmental 360, October 19, 2018. The number of deaths related to air pollution in the United States shrank by 47 percent between 1990 and 2010, dropping from 135,000 per year to 71,000, according to new research published in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. The decline in mortality is attributable to stricter regulations and improvements in […]

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Counties In Southwestern Wisconsin Fund New Research On Groundwater Quality

From Wisconsin Public Radio, October 18, 2018. Three counties in southwestern Wisconsin are commissioning a new study of private wells in response to growing concerns about groundwater contamination across the state. Grant, Iowa and Lafayette counties are funding the Southwest Wisconsin Groundwater and Geology (SWIGG) study. Researchers from the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, […]

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We add it to drinking water for our teeth — but is fluoride hurting us?

From Environmental Health News, October 10, 2018. Two studies — one from Canada and one Mexico — released today point to potential health problems from fluoride, which, in a majority of U.S. communities, is purposefully added to drinking water to protect people’s teeth. The Canada study found that adults who are iodine deficient and have […]

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Minnesota loons could benefit from BP oil spill money

From the Star Tribune, October 9, 2018. Minnesota’s loons have made it onto a national shortlist of conservation projects likely to be funded by an $18 billion fund established after the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Federal agencies overseeing the massive settlement announced Tuesday that the state’s loon project made the final […]

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Clearing Up Murky Lake Water Has Impact On Nearby Property Values

From Wisconsin Public Radio, October 2, 2018. Jean Hedren never hears homebuyers in northern Wisconsin say they don’t care if the lake by their prospective home is green. “It’s got to be clear,” said Hedren, an Edina Realty real estate agent who specializes in selling lake homes in northwest Wisconsin. Generally speaking, Hedren said it’s […]

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Why ‘BPA Free’ May Not Mean a Plastic Product Is Safe

From National Geographic, September 13, 2018. The study started as an accident. Geneticist Patricia Hunt of Washington State University and her team were investigating the reproductive effects of BPA in mice. Housed in BPA-free plastic cages, the test group got doses of BPA through a dropper; the control group didn’t. Everything seemed rosy—until it wasn’t. […]

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Household cleaners may make children overweight

From Cosmos, September 17, 2018. Household cleaners could be responsible for making children overweight, by changing their gut microbiota, medical researchers say. A study, published in Canadian Medical Association Journal, analysed the gut flora of 757 infants at age three to four months, and weight at ages one and three years, while cross referencing their […]