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Thursday, May 6, 2010

By Jane Houlihan, EWG Senior V-P for Research

Four of every 10 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes, and two of every 10 will die of it.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

When I was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 1979, at the age 20, I drafted a list of goals. The first thing I would do, once I was sprung from the hospital, would be to pay a visit to Claire's Boutique in the mall. There I would get my ears pierced. Next, I would hit the university library. There I would answer the question, Why me?

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The good news is that there's a lot of information available these days about how to reduce your exposures to toxic chemicals at home. The bad news, of course, is exactly that: there's a lot of information available these days about how to reduce your exposures to toxic chemicals at home.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The program's description for Ms. Heinz's morning talk was "Opening Address." While that leaves plenty of room for interpretation, I don't think any of the 2,000+ listeners of the Women's Health and the Environment Conference expected to hear an intimate, candid first-hand account of the experiences Ms. Heinz has had leading up to and following her fall 2009 diagnosis with breast cancer. 

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

The effort to protect Americans from chemical dangers took a historic step forward today as Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Environmental Health, introduced legislation to overhaul the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976. The current law is riddled with so many loopholes that in more than 30 years, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been able to regulate only five of the 83,000 chemicals in use in consumer goods.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

My public health ethics class began with the intense, young professor asking a simple question: What do you value the most?

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Last weekend Dr. Gupta's short interview with EWG Founder & President, Ken Cook, aired on CNN's Sanjay Gupta MD show.

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Chanda Chevannes has made an important documentary film about Sandra Steingraber's work, based largely on her first book, Living Downstream. The trailer below will give you a sense of Steingraber's belief that our focus should not be downstream, where we see only symptoms, but rather upstream, where we can see causes. And prevent them.

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Spring has sprung, so here at EWG our "to do" list now includes a little spring cleaning. Green cleaning, of course. Why green?

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A few weeks ago I stood in the cleaning aisle wondering what to get. Since I'm a die-hard label reader, I grabbed some containers and turned them around so I could assess the ingredients.

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Good, healthy food was on the menu -- and on the agenda -- this month (March 3) when EWG staff and key supporters gathered in San Francisco for a sumptuous meal and lively discussion at EWG’s 2010 Earth Dinner. The goal of the Earth Dinner was to introduce the audience of environmental stalwarts to the increasing convergence of EWG's two major fields of work -- how common toxic chemicals find their way into the bodies of America's children and the impact of modern agriculture on the environment and human health.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Driving the ladies wild just became more expensive.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

As you might imagine, I've seen my share of movies about toxic chemicals. There are a bunch, many of them excellent.

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Subject: Industrial chemicals in umbilical cord blood – including persistent and bioaccumulative compounds – need urgent action

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Ever wonder if you can really, truly make a difference in an effort for national policy reform? I mean, it's a big country, right? Do policy makers really care that you fervently believe that chemicals should be kid-safe, not hazardous to their health? YES. YES. YES.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Dust bunnies aren't just the visible reminder than we've (once again) waited far too long to clean house. They can also be allergenic and they contain toxic chemicals. Now that's a more compelling reason to clean than impressing the guests.

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Monday, March 1, 2010

If you've ever wondered what's toxic in your house, you'll want to watch this home walk-through with Jane Houlihan, EWG's Senior Vice-President for Research. She joins Jennifer Folsom, mom to 3 young boys, on an informational walk through the Folsom's Alexandria, Virginia home.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

EWG has long known the Toxic Substances Control Act (aka "TSCA") needs to be overhauled. Most Enviroblog readers likely do, too - because we talk about it a lot.

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Monday, February 1, 2010

With green being the new black, there are more than a few environmental documentaries to choose from when popping that (not-in-the-microwave) popcorn.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

I was about seven years old, and frustrated from trying to curl my straight, limp hair when my mom taught me a saying she had learned from her mom when she was a young girl: "What price beauty."

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