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Thursday, December 20, 2012

This is rich. The chemical industry has produced a new "health information" website titled Kids + Chemical Safety that mentions hardly any chemicals or any of the voluminous body of peer-reviewed research from around the globe that documents the serious health risks that many toxic substances can pose to kids. 

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Monday, December 10, 2012

 

Walgreens now sells a line of healthy home products called Ology!  These new products are advertised as free of toxic chemicals, including ammonia, chlorine bleach, di- and tri-ethanolamines, phthalates and formaldehyde. Walgreens says it is making safer products with modest prices. Does Walgreens' move mean we can all breathe a little easier?

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Friday, December 7, 2012

It's that time of year again, when students everywhere try to figure out how well they need to do on the final exam to get an A for the term. Or maybe they're calculating what it will take just to pass the course after having bombed the midterm or failed to hand in a few assignments. I personally went through this ritual for many years, and while most often my grade was salvageable, there were times when my poor performance early in the semester ruled out getting an A. 

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The American Academy of Pediatrics has taken the unprecedented step of issuing a policy statement that calls on the government, schools, parents and medical professionals to take concerted action to protect children from pesticides.

Monday, December 3, 2012

When the weather turns, the days get shorter and it's time to get out the winter clothes, it's also high season for the Brassicaceae, or mustard family, on your family's dinner table.  

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Friday, November 30, 2012

EWG is requesting records from New York officials to shed light on a potentially glaring loophole in the state's draft plan for regulating high-volume hydraulic fracturing in the event that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo decides to allow drillers to use the process to extract natural gas from the Marcellus Shale that underlies part of the state.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Harmful fire retardant chemicals are turning up in everything from furniture to dust in American homes, researchers report in two new studies being published today (Nov. 28), a finding that underscores how California's misguided fire safety rules have created a pervasive environmental hazard. 

Monday, November 26, 2012

New research by Russian scientist Igor Belyaev, Ph.D., and Turkish researcher Nesrin Seyhan, Ph.D., shows that radiation emitted from portable devices may damage DNA and disrupt the process of DNA repair.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Hurricane Sandy ravaged much of the eastern seaboard, leaving some dead, many without shelter, and all of us wondering how such an event could happen. What we realized, though, is that we can no longer ignore how climate change affects public health and the environment.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Having guests around during the holiday season? Inviting them to hang out in your kitchen?  Setting out munchies? Cooking an entire humongous festive holiday meal Feeding hordes of kids on break or keeping it minimalist?

Thursday, November 15, 2012

I almost spilled my coffee the day I clicked the link in my morning email to an article in the Norman, Okla. newspaper headlined, "Drilling rig to raise awareness of breast cancer."

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

This year, give thanks with less--fewer pesticides, greenhouse gases and maybe less money.

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Monday, November 5, 2012

The Environmental Working Group and Public Citizen have asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to support a San Francisco law that would require cell phone retailers to distribute a consumer safety fact sheet to customers explaining the potential hazards of cell phone radiation.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

EWG has joined several prominent environmental groups in filing suit against California regulators for failing to evaluate the impact of hydraulic fracturing operations in the state, as required by state law.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

There is now solid evidence that Americans have gotten the message that the plastics chemical bisphenol-A, a synthetic estrogen that can disrupt the hormone system, is hazardous to their health.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Hydraulic fracturing to extract oil and gas may enrich drillers - but at a prohibitive cost for some landowners near wells.

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Monday, October 15, 2012

I try to maintain my health with the long game in mind, in the hope that one day I'll be able to enjoy my golden years - physically and mentally. Of course, there are a lot of miles to travel between now and then, and mostly I hope I get lucky.

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Grocery stores dispense them for wiping down carts, gyms, for spiffing up exercise equipment. Some schools hand them out so kids can scrub their desks and ask parents for wipes as back-to-school supplies.  Antibacterial cleaning wipes are everywhere, but are they harmless? Unfortunately, for most popular versions, that's not the case.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Although scientists and government regulators have long known about the ever-present threat of arsenic in our diet and water, it was unsettling when two major reports came out on the same day (Sept. 19) reminding us of the risk of arsenic in foods, particularly rice.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently (Sept. 7) warned Lancôme to stop making grand claims for several of its anti-aging products -- claims that would require the agency to approve them before the products could be sold to consumers.

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