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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.

29 Aug
Let the Sun In: More Natural Light at Home Lightens Your Mood

Let the Sun In: More Natural Light at Home Lightens Your Mood

It's safe to say that when searching for somewhere to live most people prefer open, airy spaces over dark and dingy ones. Now, new research suggests why: Homes filled with lots of natural light makes for happier residents.

"We sought to explore the relationship between <...

22 Aug
Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Cleanup Put Workers at Risk for Asthma

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Cleanup Put Workers at Risk for Asthma

Workers who cleaned up the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico were more likely than others to have developed asthma or related symptoms, a long-term follow-up shows.

"This is the first study to ever look at specific chemicals from oil spills and link ...

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...

16 Aug
Lead Poisoning Plus Systemic Racism Are Harming Black Kids' Test Scores

Lead Poisoning Plus Systemic Racism Are Harming Black Kids' Test Scores

It's well known that exposure to lead can harm young children's brain development. Now a new study suggests that racial segregation may be compounding the detrimental effects of lead on Black children.

The

10 Aug
PFAS 'Forever Chemicals' Are Linked With Liver Cancer

PFAS 'Forever Chemicals' Are Linked With Liver Cancer

A chemical called perfluooctane sulfate (PFOS) has been linked to the most common type of liver cancer, a new study indicates.

PFOS are used in a wide range of consumer and industrial products, and are referred to as “forever chemicals” because they break down very s...

25 Jul
Neighborhood Factors Could Raise Your Child's Odds for Asthma

Neighborhood Factors Could Raise Your Child's Odds for Asthma

Inner-city kids are known to be at greater risk for uncontrolled asthma. Now, new research suggests that violent crime and poor school achievement may be two reasons why.

“Experiencing violent crime can result in toxic stress, and decreased educational attainment is as...

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 ...

13 Jun
'Forever Chemicals' May Raise a Woman's Blood Pressure

'Forever Chemicals' May Raise a Woman's Blood Pressure

Called "forever chemicals" because they linger in the environment, new research suggests that middle-aged women with high levels of perfluoroalkyls and polyfluoroalkyls (PFAS) in their blood may be more vulnerable to

02 Jun
PCBs Still a Health Threat Around the World

PCBs Still a Health Threat Around the World

Nations are falling short in their efforts to get rid of toxic PCB chemicals that pose a risk to human health and the environment, researchers report.

"We're only six years out from the Stockholm Convention's deadline to responsibly eliminate PCB stocks, but shockingly l...

16 May
Wildfire Survivors Could Face Higher Cancer Risk

Wildfire Survivors Could Face Higher Cancer Risk

Wildfires, like the one currently raging in New Mexico, are known to cause upticks in breathing issues and heart attacks in their immediate wake for folks who...

05 Apr
What Pet Poop Reveals About Toxins in Your Home

What Pet Poop Reveals About Toxins in Your Home

Your pet's poop and pee may give you clues to how many cancer-causing toxins have taken up residence in your home.

"Our findings suggest that pets are coming into contact with aromatic amines that leach from products in their household environment," said study author Sri...

10 Mar
Your Houseplants May Help You Breathe Easier

Your Houseplants May Help You Breathe Easier

Want to breathe better air indoors? Go green.

Houseplants can make your home or office air cleaner, according to British researchers.

In

08 Mar
Half of Americans Live With Legacy of Childhood Lead Poisoning

Half of Americans Live With Legacy of Childhood Lead Poisoning

If you were born before 1996, there's a good chance you were exposed to high levels of lead as a kid, and new research suggests this may have harmed your IQ and boosted your chances of lead-related health concerns down the road.

"A significant proportion of Americans ali...

24 Feb
Why Is Cancer-Linked Benzene in So Many Personal Care Products?

Why Is Cancer-Linked Benzene in So Many Personal Care Products?

Dozens of different spray products -- deodorants, shampoos, sunscreens, athlete's foot treatments -- have been recalled in recent months due to contamination with the cancer-causing chemical benzene.

Most recently, six Brut and Sure aerosol antiperspirants

22 Feb
Construction Workers May Bring Toxic Metals Back Home

Construction Workers May Bring Toxic Metals Back Home

Construction workers may bring home more than the bacon -- they may also be exposing their families to toxic metals, a new study reveals.

Toxic contaminants unintentionally brought from the workplace into the home are a public health hazard, but the majority of research ...

10 Feb
1 in 3 People Now Exposed to a Harmful Pesticide

1 in 3 People Now Exposed to a Harmful Pesticide

One in three Americans is exposed to a common and potentially harmful weed killer called 2,4-D, and children may be especially at risk, new research suggests.

Exposure to high levels of the chemical has been linked to cancer, reproductive problems and other health i...

29 Nov
How Easily Can Singing Spread COVID-19?

How Easily Can Singing Spread COVID-19?

Singing in a choir may be good for your soul, but it can also spread COVID-19 far more easily than conversation does.

A new study also found that the louder and person sings or talks, the more particles are spewed into the air, and that more particles are released by men...

07 Sep
More Than 230 Medical Journals Issue Joint Statement on Health Dangers of Global Warming

More Than 230 Medical Journals Issue Joint Statement on Health Dangers of Global Warming

An editorial written jointly by the editors of more than 230 medical journals worldwide has a grim warning for humanity: Climate change is making people sick -- and it's going to get worse.

As reported by CNN, the same global warming that's causing extreme weath...

13 Jul
Growing Up in Lead-Contaminated Area Might Alter Personality: Study

Growing Up in Lead-Contaminated Area Might Alter Personality: Study

Can childhood lead exposure affect personality into adulthood?

Yes, a big multi-decade study suggests.

The finding stems from an analysis of data on atmospheric lead levels across the United States and 37 European nations since 1960. Lead levels were stacked up aga...

21 Apr
Workers' Deaths From Paint Stripping Chemicals Are on the Rise

Workers' Deaths From Paint Stripping Chemicals Are on the Rise

A deadly chemical in paint strippers continues to kill workers despite its known dangers, a new study finds.

The chemical methylene chloride, also known as dichloromethane (DCM), is a solvent found in paint strippers, cleaners, degreasers, adhesives and sealants. When in...

24 Mar
Waves Lapping, Birds Singing: Nature's Sounds Bring Healing, Study Finds

Waves Lapping, Birds Singing: Nature's Sounds Bring Healing, Study Finds

If you feel recharged after a day spent in the great outdoors, there's a physiological reason for that.

Bird song and lapping waves combat negative feelings such as annoyance and stress, while boosting positive emotions and health, according to new research using the sou...

08 Mar
Global Warming Could Make Survival in Tropics Impossible: Study

Global Warming Could Make Survival in Tropics Impossible: Study

Limiting global warming to targets proposed in the Paris Agreement could keep tropical regions from reaching temperatures that are beyond human tolerability, a new study projects.

Researchers estimate that if countries are able to cap warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius above...

14 Jan
Sperm Samples May Help Predict Autism Risk in Offspring

Sperm Samples May Help Predict Autism Risk in Offspring

Biomarkers in sperm may help identify men at risk of fathering children with autism, researchers say.

For the study, investigators examined sperm epigenetics -- the molecular processes that affect gene expression -- in 13 men who fathered sons with autism and 13 who had ...

13 Jan
Lockdowns' Benefits for Air Quality Weren't as Big as Thought: Study

Lockdowns' Benefits for Air Quality Weren't as Big as Thought: Study

Two types of air pollution declined in cities around the world during initial COVID-19 lockdowns, but one type increased, a new study finds.

Researchers assessed changes in levels of nitrogen dioxide, ozone and fine particulate (PM2.5) air pollution during lockdowns in 1...

28 Dec
Which Seafood Has the Highest Amount of Microplastics?

Which Seafood Has the Highest Amount of Microplastics?

Those mussels, oysters and scallops on your plate may come with a secret ingredient: microplastics.

Researchers at Hull York Medical School and the University of Hull in the United Kingdom reviewed more than 50 studies (from 2014 to 2020) to investigate the levels of mic...

30 Nov
Some Talc Products Contain Asbestos: Study

Some Talc Products Contain Asbestos: Study

Nearly 15% of talc-based cosmetic products analyzed in a recent study contained asbestos.

Environmental Working Group (EWG) -- an American advocacy nonprofit that commissioned the tests and did the analysis -- said methods used by the cosmetics industry to screen talc su...

28 Jun
Women's Exposure to Solvents at Work Tied to Autism in Children

Women's Exposure to Solvents at Work Tied to Autism in Children

Children of mothers who are often exposed to solvent chemicals in the workplace appear to have an increased risk of autism, a new study finds.

The study of almost 1,000 families can't prove cause and effect, but researchers report that mothers of autistic children ha...

24 Jun
9/11 Dust Linked to Prostate Cancer in First Responders

9/11 Dust Linked to Prostate Cancer in First Responders

A possible link between World Trade Center dust and prostate cancer in first responders has been found by researchers.

Exposure to dust at the New York City site after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks triggered chronic inflammation in the responders' prostates, ...

05 Jun
Average American Ingests 70,000 Bits of Microplastic Each Year

Average American Ingests 70,000 Bits of Microplastic Each Year

Extremely tiny bits of plastic: They're in your food and drink, and even in the air around you.

Now, new research calculates that the average American consumes more than 70,000 particles of these "microplastics" every year -- and even that's likely an underestimation...