Articles by Ketura Persellin

Study: Lead detected in more than half of U.S. kids under age 6

A new study of children in every U.S. state and the District of Columbia finds more than half had detectable levels of lead in their blood. The proportion of children with lead in their blood...

New EWG framework overlays demographic data, cumulative cancer risk from tap water contamination

A new framework developed by EWG scientists will help U.S. state and federal efforts to improve drinking water quality and advance the priorities of environmental equity.

Study: Certified organic packaged foods contain fewer ingredients linked to negative health effects

Questions persist about just how much healthier organic produce is compared to conventional food, yet until now, no study has systematically considered the differences between organic and non-organic...

Arsenic in baby food: N.Y. attorney general launches probe into four major brands

A new front just opened in the battle over toxic heavy metals in baby foods.

D.C. sues baby food company for misleading parents about its products’ safety

The attorney general of Washington, D.C., has filed a lawsuit against the nation’s second-largest manufacturer of baby food, Beech-Nut, for knowingly making false claims about the presence of heavy...

Watch for This Harmful Chemical in Your Soda

Most people know that soda contains sweetener and carbonation, but they may not be aware of an ingredient in some soft drinks that can harm the nervous system – brominated vegetable oil, or BVO, a...

7 Ways Children Will Be Healthier Under the Biden Administration

The Trump administration's assault on science has been a disaster for children, according to a report in February from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Now the election of Joe Biden and Kamala...

Are Artificial Sweeteners Safe for Your Child?

It's no secret that children love sweets – and that parents often try to limit the sugary treats their kids consume, because of the range of health concerns, not to mention dental bills, associated...

Study: Racial Disparities Affect How Sick Kids Get With COVID-19

Racial disparities, such as lifelong lack of access to health care and nutritious foods, or working at jobs where it's hard to practice social distancing, profoundly affect how likely people are to...

How Safe Is the Water in Your Kids’ School?

Whether your children's school plans to reopen in the next few weeks or in coming months, parents, teachers and staff already have their hands full preparing for the continuity of education and...

Dog Days of Summer: Pet Deaths From Toxic Algae Blooms Already Mounting

As some COVID-19 shutdowns now stretch into their fifth month, and with record-setting temperatures blanketing the U.S., cooped-up Americans may be hankering for water-centric recreation. But those...

Protecting Your Hands During the Coronavirus Pandemic

By now you may have seen the effects of repeated handwashing, and they're not pretty.

Cooped Up Because of Coronavirus? Keep the Air Fresh

With the spread of the novel coronavirus, suddenly you and your family are probably hunkered down indoors for most of the day, while also washing your hands and wiping down surfaces to stave off the...

Avoiding Coronavirus the Clean Way

The spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 is prompting lots of concern and questions. Coronaviruses are not new: A majority of them are the cause of most cases of the common cold. But COVID-19 can...

Report: After Three Years of Trump, the Kids Are (Not) Alright

Three years into President Trump's administration, the Union of Concerned Scientists, or UCS, has taken an in-depth look at the impact on children's health. The findings are bleak.

New Study Raises Concern About Airborne Exposure to Toxic Algae Blooms

Studies of the health hazards of toxic algae blooms have focused largely on the danger of direct contact with contaminated water in lakes, rivers and the ocean. Now a new study shows that even...

Toxic PFAS Chemicals Found in Period-Proof Underwear

Recent tests indicate high levels of the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS in a brand of menstrual underwear called Thinx. The brand is advertised as "Organic Cotton Underwear" and touts its...

Toxic Algae Blooms Now a Year-Round Problem

Florida health officials are warning of an unusually early outbreak of blue-green algae on the Caloosahatchee River, a popular tourist area on the state's southwestern Gulf Coast.

Study: PFAS Exposure Through Skin Causes Harm Similar to Ingestion

Exposure through the skin to the toxic fluorinated chemical once used to make Teflon could pose the same health hazards as ingesting the compound in water or food, according to a new animal study from...

Holiday Presents for Your Family: Gifts Without Guilt

Gift-giving is filled with minefields, but EWG's got your back, so you don't need to worry about inadvertently giving family members presents laden with toxic chemicals.