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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 […]

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Walmart to Shed Solvents Linked to Deaths, Birth Defects

From Bloomberg News, August 20, 2018. Walmart Inc., the world’s largest retailer, will stop selling paint strippers containing a solvent linked to more than a dozen deaths and a second solvent that could harm the development of babies in the womb. The phase out applies to paint strippers with either methylene chloride or n-methylpyrroilidone (NMP). […]

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Environmental toxins are seen as posing risks during pregnancy

From the Washington Post, August 4, 2018. Leading up to and during pregnancy, women are told to avoid alcohol and cigarettes, to make sure they get enough folate and omega-3 fatty acids, and to get adequate sleep and exercise. Most are told little or nothing about reducing their exposure to chemicals despite evidence suggesting that […]


Common food additives and chemicals harmful to children

From Harvard Health Publishing, July 26, 2018. What do a can of corn, a take-out pizza, a reusable water bottle, a bright green yogurt, and an inflatable pool toy have in common? They all contain food additives or chemicals that can be dangerous for children. Read the article.

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OSU wristbands reveal toxins in Houston area

From KGW8 News, June 19, 2018. When Hurricane Harvey swept through the Houston area last August, it caused devastating floods. Many residents worried those floodwaters had swept toxic chemicals into their neighborhoods. It was a concern shared by scientists from Oregon State University. So in the weeks following the hurricane, they flew down to Houston […]

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Lowe’s Drops Paint Strippers Blamed in Dozens of Deaths

From New York Times, May 29, 2018. WASHINGTON — Lowe’s, the large home improvement retailer, announced Tuesday that it will no longer sell paint strippers that contain the chemicals methylene chloride and NMP, which have been blamed in dozens of accidental deaths. The Obama administration, in its final days, concluded that the two chemicals represented […]


E-waste linked to decreased fertility hormones in Nigerian men

From Environmental Health News, May 2, 2018. Hormones vital for reproduction are “significantly lower” in men who work with toxic-filled electronic waste Nigerian men who work with electronic waste have much lower levels of crucial fertility hormones than men unexposed to the waste, according to a new study. The research, conducted in Benin City in […]


Ms. Kardashian Goes to Washington

From The New York Times, April 24, 2018. Kanye West has talked a big game about running for president, but it’s his sister-in-law Kourtney Kardashian who is participating in the American legislative process. On Tuesday, she will participate in a briefing on regulatory reform of the cosmetics industry, along with Representative Frank Pallone of New […]

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Sunscreen poses another threat to coral reefs

From Deutche Welle, April 13, 2018. Some chemicals in sunscreen can kill corals, researchers have discovered. So how to protect your skin and reefs at the same time? DW reports from Bonaire in the Caribbean. At a dive center on the island of Bonaire in the Caribbean Sea, about a dozen scuba divers — including […]

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Why are we so fat despite our best efforts?

From Environmental Health News, March 21, 2018. If you only focus on diet and exercise you’re missing a huge influence—chemicals in our environment that promote weight gain. When you think about the causes of overweight and obesity, conditions that now affect the majority of Americans, two factors likely come to mind immediately: dreadful dietary habits […]