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Nena Baker

Nena Baker is the author of The Body Toxic: How the Hazardous Chemistry of Everyday Things Threatens Our Health ad Well-being, published in 2008. She is a former staff writer for The Arizona Republic, The Oregonian, and United Press International. Her award-winning investigation of Nike's Indonesian factories in the early 1990s led to numerous improvements for workers. She is a graduate of Lewis & Clark College and lives in Portland, Oregon. Learn more about Nena and The Body Toxic here.

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Chemicals and the World’s Expanding Waistline

Chemicals and the World’s Expanding Waistline
A human body, when taking in more calories than it expends, makes fat faster than you can say couch potato. But a growing stack of laboratory research suggests that some of the chemicals used in everyday items predispose an individual to the battle of the bulge, despite normal diet and exercise. Scientists...

Measuring Pollution In People

Measuring Pollution In People
The mass spectrometers needed to measure traces of chemicals and their byproducts in human samples of blood and urine are big beige machines that, to the untrained eye, look like something you might find at your neighborhood photocopy store. Commanded by researchers and technicians in clean suits seated...