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22 Sep

New Study Finds High Levels of Dangerous Chemicals in School Uniforms

Researchers tested dozens of children’s textiles and found the highest levels of PFAS in school uniforms.

01 Apr

No Threat from Common Chemicals in Most Face Masks, Study Finds

Surgical and N95 masks worn to protect against COVID-19 do not contain high levels of PFAS, researchers say.

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15 Nov
Chemicals in Household Plastics May Raise Risk for Fibroids

Chemicals in Household Plastics May Raise Risk for Fibroids

Uterine fibroids can cause uncontrolled bleeding and infertility in women, and now a new study finds an unexpected culprit: Toxic chemicals called phthalates that are present in everything from fast-food packaging to plastic water bottles.

“We detected the phthalate DE...

09 Nov
'Healthier' Furniture Without PFAS Toxins Brings Healthier Offices

'Healthier' Furniture Without PFAS Toxins Brings Healthier Offices

Equipping offices with "healthier" furnishings could reduce human exposure to risky PFAS chemicals, new research suggests.

To look at indoor PFAS levels, a team led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in Boston, analyzed building dust in classrooms and common c...

20 Oct
Use of Hair Straighteners Tied to Doubling of Risk for Uterine Cancer

Use of Hair Straighteners Tied to Doubling of Risk for Uterine Cancer

Women who regularly use chemical hair straighteners may be more prone to developing uterine cancer, a new large government study suggests.

The study, which followed nearly 3...

11 Oct
Most U.S. Voters Want Products Free of Harmful Chemicals: Poll

Most U.S. Voters Want Products Free of Harmful Chemicals: Poll

Do the majority of Americans want government to make sure the products they buy are free of harmful chemicals?

Yes, a new survey shows, and they are even willing to pay more to g...

26 Sep
Study Points to Jobs With Highest Risk for ALS

Study Points to Jobs With Highest Risk for ALS

People who work in manufacturing, welding and chemical operations and are exposed to hazardous chemicals may face a higher risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS...

21 Sep
High Levels of PFAS 'Forever' Chemicals in Kids' School Uniforms

High Levels of PFAS 'Forever' Chemicals in Kids' School Uniforms

Your children's school clothes may look neat, but are they safe to wear?

Maybe not.

Researchers found high levels of dangerous chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (

31 Aug
With PFAS in Packaging, How Safe Is Microwave Popcorn?

With PFAS in Packaging, How Safe Is Microwave Popcorn?

Munching handfuls of microwave popcorn might be perfect for movie night, but your snack could be loading your body with potentially harmful "forever chemicals," experts warn.

Many microwave popcorn bags are lined with

30 Aug
Pregnant Women Face Exposures to Dangerous Chemicals Daily

Pregnant Women Face Exposures to Dangerous Chemicals Daily

Pregnant women are exposed to toxic chemicals in dishware, hair coloring, plastics and pesticides that can heighten their risk of cancer and harm child development, a new study warns.

19 Aug
Breakthrough Might Break Down PFAS 'Forever Chemicals'

Breakthrough Might Break Down PFAS 'Forever Chemicals'

PFAS compounds are known as “forever chemicals” because they degrade slowly in the environment and accumulate in the body, potentially harming human and animal health.

Bacteria...

27 Jul
PFAS 'Forever Chemicals' Cost the U.S. Billions

PFAS 'Forever Chemicals' Cost the U.S. Billions

They are called "forever chemicals" because they linger in the human body and can contribute to the risk of everything from cancer to childhood obesity.

Now, new research on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (

14 Jul
Chemicals Found in Cosmetics, Plastics Linked to Preterm Delivery

Chemicals Found in Cosmetics, Plastics Linked to Preterm Delivery

Phthalates, chemicals that are typically used to strengthen plastics, are in millions of products people use ...

12 Jul
Weed Killer Glyphosate Found in Most Americans' Urine

Weed Killer Glyphosate Found in Most Americans' Urine

More than 80% of Americans have a widely used herbicide lurking in their urine, a new government study suggests.

The chemical, known as glyphosate, is "probably carcinogenic to humans," the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer has

08 Jul
Bumble Bee Clams Recalled Due to PFAS Chemical

Bumble Bee Clams Recalled Due to PFAS Chemical

Bumble Bee Foods is recalling some canned, smoked clams because they contain high levels of chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

The

20 Jun
Federal Court Orders EPA to Re-examine Whether Roundup Causes Cancer

Federal Court Orders EPA to Re-examine Whether Roundup Causes Cancer

A federal appeals court has ruled that the EPA must take another look at whether the key ingredient in the weed killer Roundup poses a cancer risk, although the product will remain o...

12 May
Nerve Gas Sarin Probably Caused Gulf War Syndrome

Nerve Gas Sarin Probably Caused Gulf War Syndrome

After 30 years, researchers believe they finally have definitive evidence of the primary cause of Gulf War syndrome: exposure to low levels of the nerve gas sarin.

Gul...

10 May
Pregnant American Women Are Facing Higher Exposures to Chemicals

Pregnant American Women Are Facing Higher Exposures to Chemicals

Exposure to potentially harmful chemicals is on the rise among pregnant women in the United States, a new study warns.

"This is the first time we've been able ...

01 Apr
No Threat From Common Chemicals in Most Face Masks: Study

No Threat From Common Chemicals in Most Face Masks: Study

Reassuring new research finds that most face masks used by people during the pandemic don't have high levels of chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

The

29 Mar
Mom's Use of Workplace Disinfectants in Pregnancy Tied to Eczema, Asthma in Kids

Mom's Use of Workplace Disinfectants in Pregnancy Tied to Eczema, Asthma in Kids

If you're a worker who plans to get pregnant, take heed of a new study that warns that pregnant women who work in hospitals and are exposed to disinfectants may be more likely to have children who suffer from asthma...

18 Feb
Fracking Wastewater Loaded With Toxic Chemicals, Study Shows

Fracking Wastewater Loaded With Toxic Chemicals, Study Shows

Fracking has already raised the ire of environmentalists for its effects on the planet, but new research sends up another red flag: The wastewater produced by the complicated oil and gas drilling process is loaded with toxic and cancer-causing contaminants that threaten both p...

01 Feb
EPA to Restore Rule Limiting Mercury Pollution From Power Plants

EPA to Restore Rule Limiting Mercury Pollution From Power Plants

Enforcement of a rule limiting power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants will be resumed, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday.

It's the latest move by the Biden administration to reinstate environmental protections lifted by th...

31 Jan
Could Everyday Plastics Help Make You Fat?

Could Everyday Plastics Help Make You Fat?

Is your plastic water bottle widening your waistline?

Could be.

In a new study, Norwegian researchers said that chemicals in common plastic products like water bottles or food packaging may put you at risk of piling on the pounds.

"Our experiments show that ...

31 Jan
Pesticides at Work Could Raise Odds for COPD Lung Disease

Pesticides at Work Could Raise Odds for COPD Lung Disease

Workplace exposure to pesticides may boost a person's risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study finds.

COPD is a group of lung diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing problems. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the two main types of ...

28 Jan
Your Gas Stove Might Make You (and the Planet) Sick

Your Gas Stove Might Make You (and the Planet) Sick

That gas stove in your kitchen fires up quickly and cooks evenly. What's not to love?

A lot, as it turns out.

The emissions from gas stoves are considered major contributors to climate change and damaging to human health. Now, new research suggests they're troubles...

28 Jan
Shorter Life Spans for Elderly Living Downwind of Fracking Sites: Study

Shorter Life Spans for Elderly Living Downwind of Fracking Sites: Study

Older people who live near or downwind of fracking sites have an increased risk of premature death, likely due to airborne contaminants from the sites, according to a new study.

"There is an urgent n...

11 Jan
'Secondhand Vaping' May Be Unhealthy -- Could Public Bans Be Coming?

'Secondhand Vaping' May Be Unhealthy -- Could Public Bans Be Coming?

Secondhand vapor from electronic cigarettes is harmful to others, causing bronchitis symptoms and shortness of breath in young bystanders, a new study reports.

Secondhand exposure to vapor increased teens' risk of bronchitis symptoms by 40% and shortness of breath by 53%...

23 Dec
Formaldehyde in the Workplace Tied to Later Brain Issues

Formaldehyde in the Workplace Tied to Later Brain Issues

Long-term workplace exposure to formaldehyde may prompt thinking and memory problems later in life, new research suggests.

Formaldehyde is a gas used in making wood and chemical produ...

20 Dec
Proctor & Gamble Recalls Pantene, Herbal Essences Products Due to Benzene

Proctor & Gamble Recalls Pantene, Herbal Essences Products Due to Benzene

Proctor & Gamble has voluntarily recalled several dry shampoo sprays and hair conditioner spray products with brand names Pantene, Herbal Essences, Aussie and Waterless because of benzene contamination.

This follows an earlier recall of some aerosol spray

17 Dec
Chemicals in Hair, Beauty Products May Interfere With Hormones During Pregnancy

Chemicals in Hair, Beauty Products May Interfere With Hormones During Pregnancy

Pregnant women who use hair dyes or straighteners may have relatively lower levels of pregnancy-supporting hormones, a recent study suggests.

Researchers found that amon...

10 Dec
'Wellness' Vapes Are All the Rage, But FDA Says Buyer Beware

'Wellness' Vapes Are All the Rage, But FDA Says Buyer Beware

“Fights off tumors and alleviates symptoms of chemotherapy," one vape's advertising claims, while another is touted as an "asthma remedy, ADHD remedy, and dementia treatment."

Don't believe the hype.

Despite claims that certain vaping products may alleviate healt...

03 Dec
Could Pollution Help Decide Your Baby's Sex?

Could Pollution Help Decide Your Baby's Sex?

A boy or a girl? New research suggests that the air pregnant women breathe or the water they drink could play a role in their baby's sex.

The finding stems from t...

03 Dec
Pandemic Data Suggests Cars Spew More Ammonia Than Suspected

Pandemic Data Suggests Cars Spew More Ammonia Than Suspected

COVID-19 lockdowns brought surprising news to scientists studying pollution: Cars spew much more ammonia into the air than previously thought.

Ammonia is a common air pollutant that's a major cause of lung and heart disease, especially in cities.

“The tricky ques...

30 Nov
Old Spice, Secret Antiperspirants Recalled Due to Benzene

Old Spice, Secret Antiperspirants Recalled Due to Benzene

Several Old Spice and Secret aerosol spray antiperspirants and hygiene products have been voluntarily recalled in the United States due to the presence of the cancer-causing chemical benzene, Proctor & Gamble says.

Benzene exposure can occur by inhalation, orally and thr...

11 Nov
Biden Announces New Lung Health Program for U.S. Veterans

Biden Announces New Lung Health Program for U.S. Veterans

A new program to help U.S. veterans with lung problems caused by inhaling toxins while deployed was announced on Veterans Day by President Joe Biden.

It will also assess the potential connection between cancers and time spent overseas breathing poor air, according to the...

02 Nov
'Forever Chemicals' Might Raise Risk of Pregnancy Complication

'Forever Chemicals' Might Raise Risk of Pregnancy Complication

So-called "forever chemicals" might increase pregnant women's risk of a dangerous condition known as preeclampsia, researchers say.

Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are widely used and long-lasting chemicals found in the drinking water of many U.S. communities.

A n...

27 Oct
Would You Like Phthalates With That? Fast Food Contains Industrial Chemicals: Report

Would You Like Phthalates With That? Fast Food Contains Industrial Chemicals: Report

Do you like your burgers well done with a side of plastic?

Probably not. But a new study suggests that fast food often comes with a sizable helping of plastic-softening chemicals that could potentially lead to hormone disruption, infertility and learning disabilities.

20 Oct
A High-Tech Pointer to Pollutants That Trigger Asthma in Kids

A High-Tech Pointer to Pollutants That Trigger Asthma in Kids

Dust mites and smoke are known triggers of asthma in children. Now, scientists have identified previously unknown combinations of air pollutants that appear tied to the respiratory disorder.

"Asthma is one the most prevalent diseases affecting children in the United Stat...

18 Oct
EPA Plans New Strategy Against PFAS 'Forever Chemicals'

EPA Plans New Strategy Against PFAS 'Forever Chemicals'

MONDAY, Oct. 18, 2021 (HealthDay News) --- A new plan to limit pollution from so-called "forever chemicals" will include restricting their release into the environment and speeding cleanup of contaminated sites, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday.

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27 Sep
Smoke From Nuclear War Would Trigger Massive Climate Change, Endangering Health

Smoke From Nuclear War Would Trigger Massive Climate Change, Endangering Health

Nuclear war would trigger worldwide climate change and take a dire toll on food production and human health, according to scientists who studied different scenarios using a modern climate model.

"Although we suspected that ozone would be destroyed after nuclear war and t...

23 Sep
EPA to Sharply Limit Refrigerant Production in New Climate Rule

EPA to Sharply Limit Refrigerant Production in New Climate Rule

In a move to combat global warming, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Thursday that it will restrict U.S. production and use of hydrofluorocarbons by 85% over the next 15 years.

Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are potent greenhouse gases often used in re...

31 Aug
Toxic Leaded Gasoline Is Finished Globally

Toxic Leaded Gasoline Is Finished Globally

Algeria recently became the last country in the world to halt sales of highly toxic leaded gasoline, the U.N. Environment Agency (UNEP) said Monday.

The agency said that marked the "official end" of the use of the fuel that's been linked to a wide range of human health p...

28 Jul
Defense Department Isn't Protecting Service Members From Toxic 'Forever Chemicals': Audit

Defense Department Isn't Protecting Service Members From Toxic 'Forever Chemicals': Audit

The U.S. Department of Defense isn't doing enough to guard service members against exposure to so-called "forever chemicals" associated with a range of health problems, the department's inspector general said Tuesday.

The internal audit also noted that the department is ...

13 Jul
Pesticide Harmed Children's Brains: Lawsuits

Pesticide Harmed Children's Brains: Lawsuits

Lawsuits claiming that the widely used bug killer chlorpyrifos caused brain damage in children were filed Monday in California.

Past research has shown that the pesticide harms the brains of fetuses and children, the Associated Press reported.

Chlorpyrifos...

25 Jun
Dyeing Your Hair? Beware Chemical Burns

Dyeing Your Hair? Beware Chemical Burns

Nothing can perk up your appearance like a new cut and color, but failure to take proper precautions when having your hair dyed could result in chemical burns on your scalp, an expert warns.

"We usually see this injury around prom season and into summer," said Dr. Nneka ...

22 Jun
Leaded Gas, Banned Decades Ago, Might Still Harm People Today

Leaded Gas, Banned Decades Ago, Might Still Harm People Today

The good news: Levels of lead in the air that Londoners breathe are far lower today than they were in the 1980s, when leaded gas was an automotive staple.

The bad news: Decades-old lead particles still pollute the city's air, a stubborn and potentially hazardous leftove...

21 Jun
5 Tests You Should Not Order for a Child With Autism

5 Tests You Should Not Order for a Child With Autism

A leading medical group is offering testing guidelines for children with autistic behaviors.

The American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health emphasized that certain measurements to test for exposure to chemicals are not helpful to guide treatment. The...

17 Jun
Hand Sanitizer Vapors Can Cause Nausea, Dizziness

Hand Sanitizer Vapors Can Cause Nausea, Dizziness

The coronavirus pandemic has had an unexpected side effect -- a wave of bad reactions to alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

Vapors from the products can cause headache, nausea and dizziness, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which advises consumers to use ...

15 Jun
Are Women Absorbing Toxins From Their Makeup?

Are Women Absorbing Toxins From Their Makeup?

A polished, perfectly put-together face can be a huge boost to your confidence, but a new study shows that many of the cosmetics that help achieve that look might also be harmful to your health.

In the United States and Canada, plenty of beauty products appear to contain...

26 May
Moderate Use of Hair Relaxers Won't Raise Black Women's Cancer Risk: Study

Moderate Use of Hair Relaxers Won't Raise Black Women's Cancer Risk: Study

Moderate use of hair relaxers doesn't increase a Black woman's risk of breast cancer, according to a new study.

"While there is biologic plausibility that exposure to some components contained in hair relaxers might increase breast cancer risk, the evidence from epidemio...

22 May
Poison Centers Warn Against Gas Siphoning

Poison Centers Warn Against Gas Siphoning

A rash of gasoline-related poisoning calls has led U.S. poison experts to warn against gas siphoning.

Gasoline hoarding and siphoning in some East Coast states has led to a significant increase in gasoline-related emergencies, the Association of Poison Control Centers sa...

11 May
Meat Production Is Dirtying the Air You Breathe

Meat Production Is Dirtying the Air You Breathe

Steaks and burgers could be killing thousands of Americans each year, but in a way most people wouldn't expect -- via air pollution.

That's the conclusion of a new study estimating that airborne particles generated by food production kill nearly 16,000 Americans each yea...

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