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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

In 2011, the Food and Drug Administration ruled that sunscreen companies were no longer allowed to assert that their products were “waterproof” or “sweatproof” because these claims exaggerated the effectiveness of the sunscreens, misleading consumers.
 

Monday, July 6, 2015

As a research intern at EWG, I’ve investigated sunscreens to learn more about how they work and the claims that companies make. I wondered why I’d been told to put sunscreen on a sunburn, even after I came inside. The answer isn’t soothing. Anti-inflammatory ingredients in sunscreen suppress redness, pain and inflammation, even after skin damage. In other words, the sunscreen makes burned skin feel better temporarily – but it’s still burned.

 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Rates of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, are growing. More than ever, you need to shield your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. One way to do that is to wear sunscreen.

 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

More than 50 years after a landmark study confirmed the lethal effects of asbestos exposure, we still don’t know exactly how many people asbestos kills.
 

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Plastics are cheap, useful and ubiquitous. They’re also made almost entirely from mixtures of synthetic chemicals that don’t occur in nature.

 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Many people think asbestos exposure is a thing of the past, but today, it remains a deadly public health concern.

 

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Do you pack sandwiches for lunch or grab a hot dog at a BBQ? These foods may contain added chemicals you should know about: nitrates and nitrites.
 

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Parents do a lot of research before they buy a car seat. They want to know, how does the seat perform in crash tests? What’s its safety record? How will it protect my child in case of collision?

 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

With all of the chemicals that get put into consumer products, it can be difficult to protect our children from toxic hazards. Knowing what to look for and what kids’ products contain harmful chemicals is the first step.
 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced a phase-out of a harmful class of ingredients to reduce the amount of damaging trans fat in your family’s food.
 

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Monday, June 1, 2015

As the July 4th weekend approaches, EWG has added more than 30 new products to our 2015 Guide to Sunscreens! Twenty-one made our Best Beach & Sport Sunscreens and Best Moisturizers lists because they offer broad spectrum protection from UVA and UVB radiation and don’t contain harmful ingredients such as retinyl palmitate.  
 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Last year, our 25-year-old classmate was diagnosed with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Her illness came as a shock. “Isn’t melanoma a disease of older people?” we said to ourselves.

 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Parents and caregivers know that applying a safe, effective sunscreen to children is one key to protecting them from sun damage. Sunscreen should never be your child’s first line of defense against the sun, of course, and the reality is that some products may actually do more harm than good.

 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

This weekend is all about fun in the sun. Whether you’re heading to the beach, a lake or a backyard picnic, be sure to cover up to protect your skin against sunburn and pesky bug bites.
 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Although scientists and government regulators have known about the ever-present threat of arsenic in drinking water, emerging evidence is showing that arsenic, a known human carcinogen, also contaminates many otherwise healthy foods that contain rice.
 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I love this time of year. After a long, cold winter, how can you resist the sun when it beckons you to go outside?
 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

“Stain-resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal” is how journalist Callie Lyons refers to a chemical called C8 that’s found in the bodies of nearly all humans and animals on the planet. Exposure to this highly fluorinated chemical has been linked to cancer, liver malfunction, hypothyroidism, obesity, ulcerative colitis and decreased immune response to vaccines in children.

 

Monday, May 4, 2015

More bad news about the nonstick, greaseproof and waterproof chemicals in cookware, food wrappers, outdoor clothing and even cosmetics: In a Danish study, women whose blood had high levels of these perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs, were up to 16 times more likely to suffer miscarriages.
 

Friday, May 1, 2015

As a new EWG report shines a light on DuPont’s poisoned legacy in the mid-Ohio River Valley, it’s a good time to look back at Teflon’s canary effect.
 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Much more than a long memory is needed these days to recall the golden age of GOP environmentalism. A feat of imagination is required. 
 

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