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Monday, September 14, 2015

Federal regulators have known for almost 40 years that the talc in personal care products can be contaminated with deadly asbestos fibers but left it to the cosmetics industry to monitor itself, according to documents published this week by an independent investigative news site.


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Thursday, September 10, 2015

On the morning of September 11, 2001, 92 passengers boarded American Airlines Flight 11 from Boston to Los Angeles. Around the world, we watched the unthinkable terrorist attacks on our nation as that hijacked plane and then three others crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and an empty field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.


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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

For parents and school children nationwide, there’s encouraging news on nutrition. School lunches are getting healthier, according to a new report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

In less than 20 minutes, the terrorist-controlled airliners hit both towers of the World Trade Center complex on the morning of September 11, 2001.  As tens of thousands of workers and residents in lower Manhattan strained to get out of the area, a group of Americans worked their way toward the buildings and an emergency situation the likes of which they’d never seen.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

They’re cheap, appealing and easy to find. They even smell nice. It’s no wonder that disinfecting and antibacterial cleaning wipes are so popular. Last year Clorox executives reported that about half of U.S. homes use their brand of wipes. Some schools provide them for teachers or request them among back-to-school supplies. The truth is, disinfecting wipes are not necessary for routine cleaning.


Friday, August 28, 2015

A healthy, resting adult takes 12 to 20 breaths per minute.


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Thursday, August 27, 2015

When you drink a glass of water, you expect it to be clean and pure, not contaminated with invisible toxic chemicals. But nationwide testing has found that 6.5 million Americans in 27 states are drinking water tainted by an industrial compound that was used for decades to make Teflon.


Friday, August 21, 2015

Hair straightening sessions are injuring clients and making stylists sick, so why are they still offered in salons across the country?


Friday, August 21, 2015

If you’re a chemical industry spin doctor trying to discredit the scientific evidence on the dangers of a compound that contaminates the drinking water of millions of Americans, Thursday was a bad day.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

How many times a day do you drink water? Cook with it? Brush your teeth with it? Offer some to your children?


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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Some chemicals in household dust may lead to obesity, according to a new study by a team of scientists from Duke University and Boston University.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Although hydraulic fracturing for oil has gone on for decades in California and half a million Californians live within a mile of a fracked well, the state Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources hardly interfered with it until 2011. 


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Thursday, August 13, 2015

When choosing the right school for their children, many parents ask about topics like class size, community, learning objectives and schedule.

Friday, August 7, 2015

We know there is a link between exposure to cleaning products and respiratory problems. But could unborn babies be at risk from their mothers’ exposures even before they’ve taken their first breaths?


Thursday, August 6, 2015

As the oldest sister, I’m often tasked with making lunch and snacks for my brothers. So I get why parents dread the summertime food-prep hassle.  Keeping the kitchen stocked to satisfy kids’ appetites takes a lot of time and thinking.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Janet Keating has spent a lifetime as an activist, defender and organizer. Keating, executive director of the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, began her career in 1983, as a volunteer with a campaign to protect the wetlands in her hometown of Huntington, W.Va.


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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

This summer as an EWG research intern, I’ve helped develop EWG’s Food Scores. The database and mobile app help consumers make healthier, cleaner grocery store purchases by rating food on a scale with 1 the best and 10 the worst food items.


Friday, July 31, 2015

Parabens are a class of chemicals used as preservatives in food, industrial products and personal care products, but most widely prevalent in cosmetics and personal care products. Nearly everyone is exposed to these compounds: the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tested more than 2,500 urine samples, and detected methyl paraben in 99 percent and propyl paraben in 93 percent.


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Thursday, July 30, 2015

We live in the age of plastic. Every year we make plastic stuff in amounts that equal the weight of the entire human population, and enough of it is thrown away to circle the Earth four times. More than five trillion plastic pieces, altogether weighing more than 250,000 tons, are floating at sea. We have polluted our oceans with plastic to the point where we have created five enormous accumulation zones, sometimes referred to as garbage patches.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The news last week that Campbell Soup Company will remove artificial colors and flavors from its product lineup is just the latest indication that big food companies are increasingly paying attention to what consumers want – more healthful foods.


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