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Monday, November 30, 2015

The influential American Academy of Pediatrics, which numbers 64,000 pediatricians, has added its voice to the growing movement of public health professionals who are demanding an end to the dangerous overuse of antibiotics in meat and poultry production.


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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Low levels of chemical preservatives widely used in cosmetics, shampoos, skin lotions and other personal care products may be linked to breast cancer, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California, Berkeley.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thanksgiving ushers in the most festive time of year. The house is packed with kids. Everyone’s thoughts revolve around feast food: turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and sweet treats like pumpkin or apple pie. These rich foods will leave your family and guests staggering from the table. But it doesn’t have to be that way.


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Thursday, November 19, 2015

The sweetest dish at your Thanksgiving dinner may not be the pie. On countless Thanksgiving tables, nestled somewhere between the turkey, gravy and green beans, sits a sweet potato casserole, topped high with gooey, sugary marshmallows.


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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Evidence of a chemical linked to cancer and hormone disruption was found in the urine of all babies tested for a new study from Duke University. The sources, researchers say, could be nursery gliders, car seats, bassinets and other baby products that might be treated with toxic fire retardants. The remains of a second chemical also linked to endocrine disruption were found in 93 percent of the infants tested.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Two chemicals frequently used as disinfectants in cleaning products and antibacterial wipes, as anti-static agents in fabric softeners and dryer sheets and as preservatives in personal care products undermined fertility in both male and female mice, according to a pivotal new study by researchers from Virginia Tech University and the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Confused by the labels on turkeys? EWG helps you sort out the facts with a new label decoder.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Children born to mothers who were exposed during pregnancy to higher levels of PFOA, the non-stick chemical DuPont formerly used to make Teflon, tend to put on more weight and do so more quickly than children of less-exposed women, a new study by researchers at Brown University found.


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Roughly a third of the meat on every turkey goes straight into the garbage. If you tend not to finish your leftovers, buy a smaller bird this year. Try an organic, local or heritage turkey or one raised without antibiotics. Or embrace a seasonal centerpiece of stuffed winter squash.

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Monday, November 9, 2015

The most egregious flaw of the United States’ toothless and outdated system of regulating chemicals is the failure to adequately and independently test chemicals for safety. Because of the Environmental Protection Agency’s woeful shortage of resources, manufacturers submit their own data to vouch for new chemicals, and most studies of existing chemicals are conducted by for-profit consultants selected and paid by the very companies whose products they’re evaluating.


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Now parents have yet another reason to wean their kids off the sweet stuff.


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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

EWG’s Skin Deep®, launched in 2004, transformed the way you shop for personal care and cosmetics items. Two years ago, we introduced the Skin Deep® barcode scanning app to make shopping on-the-go even easier.


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The finding of the International Agency for Research on Cancer , or IARC, that processed meats like bacon, ham and sausage definitely cause colon cancer, and that red meat probably does, provoked conflicting – and likely confusing – reactions on its announcement yesterday.


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Friday, October 23, 2015

From spooky to adorable, face paint can put the finishing touches on a great Halloween costume.


Thursday, October 22, 2015

New evidence shows that a sunscreen ingredient EWG has long urged people to avoid is damaging to coral reefs. A study published [Oct. 20] in the journal Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology found that even a tiny amount of oxybenzone, a common ingredient meant to block harmful ultraviolet radiation, can harm or kill corals by damaging the DNA in both mature and larval coral organisms.


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

As my 10-year old daughter handed me her sleeping bag and pillow after the spa party, I noticed that her nails were decorated with multi-colored stickers. She said that she knew I worked in environmental health and wouldn’t want her to get her nails painted.


Monday, October 19, 2015

If you wear nail polish, you might be applying more than glossy color to your fingertips. A new study by researchers at EWG and Duke University finds that nail polishes can contain a suspected endocrine disruptor called triphenyl phopshte, or TPHP.


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

More than 97 percent of Americans – including children and pregnant woman – have harmful fire retardant chemicals in their bodies, according to the most recent biomonitoring study by the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Friday, October 9, 2015

As parents, we do the best we can to give our children a healthy diet. We read ingredient lists, shop conscientiously, pack healthy lunches and cook meals at home whenever possible. But big holes in government regulations about food labeling mean that even the most attentive parents can miss some crucial information about what’s going into their children’s mouths.


Thursday, October 8, 2015

A federal jury on Wednesday (Oct. 7) found DuPont liable for causing an Ohio woman’s kidney cancer by poisoning her drinking water with a chemical used to make Teflon. The jurors ordered the company to pay $1.6 million in damages.