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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Perfluorinated compounds, or PFCs – the class of chemicals used in DuPont’s Teflon, 3M’s Scotchgard and many other products – pollute the bodies of people and animals in every corner of the world. In the latest findings, Canadian scientists have detected PFCs in virtually all of the eggs of herring gulls sampled in the Great Lakes region.


Monday, January 11, 2016

The EWG staff voted the landmark global climate accord approved on December 12 in Paris as the top environmental story of 2015. In our judgment, the achievement of the Paris pact is that, for the first time, representatives of 196 nations – large and small, rich and poor, heavily industrial and rural – agreed in principle that they must reduce carbon emissions and that they will report on their progress every five years.

Monday, January 11, 2016

The Montgomery County, Maryland, Council has passed an ordinance banning what it calls “cosmetic pesticides” on private lawns.  The devil, however, is in the details.  The term “cosmetic” means “unnecessary.”  Who decides what weed-killers are really “unnecessary?”

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Your kids rush home after school, sports practice or a busy day at the park, searching for food to replenish their empty tanks. Here are our tips and suggestions for snacks to satisfy even the hungriest – or pickiest – child you know.


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Thursday, January 7, 2016

As more than 17,000 customers complained to Guthy-Renker about severe hair loss and baldness after using its WEN by Chaz Dean cleansing conditioner, the company was quietly conducting numerous safety studies, according to federal court documents.

Monday, December 28, 2015

It may not feel like winter right now, but we know that won’t last. It will get cold outside – and our skin will sure know it. Dropping temperatures and outdoor fun mean dry skin, cracked lips and brittle hair for the whole family.


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

You’ve probably heard by now that thousands of women have complained to infomercial mega-marketer Guthy-Renker that they suffered hair loss after using the popular hair care line WEN by Hollywood hairstylist Chaz Dean.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

'Tis the season for hot holiday beverages. Hot chocolate, apple cider and other warm, comforting drinks are popular with kids and parents alike. But these treats can pack a ton of calories and sugar. And children easily fill up on these drinks, crowding out stomach space better filled by nutritious foods at mealtime. Here’s how to have fun and indulge this holiday season without sacrificing your health.


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Monday, December 21, 2015

Consumers rightly expect that the chemicals used in everyday products are safe. Under current law, however, few are ever reviewed for safety.


Friday, December 18, 2015

Every holiday shopping season, stores nationwide offer deals on a wide assortment of fragrance and cosmetics gift sets. Nearly every major retailer, from the high-end department store to the neighborhood specialty shop, displays festive towers of boxed cosmetics and perfumes. And they sell. One in five holiday shoppers will give cosmetics, fragrance or a health-and-beauty aid to loved ones, according to Deloitte’s annual holiday shopping survey.


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Thousands of Americans, mostly women, have suffered major hair loss after using WEN hair products marketed by one of the nation’s largest direct marketing firms Guthy-Renker and its Hollywood celebrity hair stylist Chaz Dean, according to documents disclosed in a class action lawsuit filed this year in federal court in Los Angeles.

Monday, December 7, 2015

You’ve installed smoke detectors and tested for carbon monoxide. But could another dangerous gas be sneaking into your home?


Friday, December 4, 2015

Wellness Chat is a new EWG series bringing you the latest news on cancer prevention through discussions with experts in the field. Today's guest: Jocelyn Weiss, Ph.D.


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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.


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.