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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September was national Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, reminding Americans of the sobering facts about this terrible disease.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Despite major improvements in treatment and survival, children’s cancer rates are rising in the United States, leaving parents and scientists alike searching for evidence of what’s behind the trend. A new report sheds light into one avoidable risk: household pesticides.


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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

If you’re looking for environmental heroes – and who isn’t – take a look at mine: Peter Mock, Europe managing director of the obscure but well-informed International Council on Clean Transportation, and John German, a senior fellow at the council.


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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Seafood is good source of lean protein and healthy omega-3 fatty acids. But some types of fish contain high levels of mercury, a heavy metal that’s harmful to human health when consumed in large amounts.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Are you among the many parents who fed their baby rice cereal as a first solid food? If so, you may have accidentally exposed your infant to a shocking, hidden ingredient: arsenic.


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Nearly 40 percent of the food the U.S. produces ends up in the trashcan. From there, it rots in a landfill and pollutes our atmosphere with greenhouse gases. That’s 300 million barrels of oil a year and 25 percent of our freshwater supply.


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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

More than 15 years after an attorney investigating mysterious cattle deaths in Parkersburg, W. Va., discovered that DuPont had polluted the area’s drinking water with a carcinogenic chemical used to make Teflon, the company is finally facing trial.

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.