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07 Feb

Calling a Food 'Light' in Calories May Backfire

A new study finds people eat more when a meal is labeled ‘light’ as opposed to ‘filling’.

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28 Sep
Experts Issue Warning About Carbon Monoxide Dangers Ahead of Hurricane Ian

Experts Issue Warning About Carbon Monoxide Dangers Ahead of Hurricane Ian

As Florida and nearby states brace for the potential impact of Hurricane Ian, residents in the storm's path should also think about the hazards they may face in its aftermath.

If high winds take out your electricity, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) off...

21 Sep
Depression, PTSD Plague Flint Residents 5 Years After Water Crisis

Depression, PTSD Plague Flint Residents 5 Years After Water Crisis

An unprecedented water crisis continues to take a heavy toll on the mental health of adults in Flint, Michigan, a large survey shows.

Five years after the crisis, an estimated one in five — about 13,600 people — remained clinically depressed,

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.

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

03 Jun
Melatonin Poisoning Cases Soaring Among U.S. Kids

Melatonin Poisoning Cases Soaring Among U.S. Kids

It's a startling statistic: A new study finds the number of kids accidentally poisoned by the over-the-counter sleep aid melatonin has soared by 530% over the past decade.

F...

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...

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 ...

03 May
Your Take-Out Coffee Cup May Shed Trillions of Plastic 'Nanoparticles'

Your Take-Out Coffee Cup May Shed Trillions of Plastic 'Nanoparticles'

Maybe you ask the barista for cream with your coffee, and possibly sugar as well.

But new research shows that paper cup of joe you grab off the coffeehouse counter contains another ingredient, and it's one you might not care for - trillions of

20 Apr
More Pets Being Poisoned by Cannabis

More Pets Being Poisoned by Cannabis

With marijuana now legal in many U.S. states, some veterinarians are seeing more cases of cannabis poisoning in dogs and other pets, according to a new survey.

The poll, of 251 vets in Canada and the United States, found that those incidents usually end well: Most animal...

19 Apr
Some Pot Edibles Mimic Candy, Raising Dangers for Kids

Some Pot Edibles Mimic Candy, Raising Dangers for Kids

Marijuana edibles that mimic the packaging of popular snack foods pose a risk to children, a new study warns.

Researchers looked at the packaging of more than 200 types of edibl...

18 Apr
Lead Exposure Harms Kids in Many Ways

Lead Exposure Harms Kids in Many Ways

New studies add to the extensive body of research showing the many risks that lead poses to youngsters.

The association between

06 Apr
EPA Proposes to Ban Last Form of Asbestos Used in U.S.

EPA Proposes to Ban Last Form of Asbestos Used in U.S.

A proposed rule to ban ongoing uses of the only known form of asbestos imported into the United States has been introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The ban would app...

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...

22 Mar
Home COVID Tests Can Cause Harm If Not Stored Safely: FDA

Home COVID Tests Can Cause Harm If Not Stored Safely: FDA

At-home COVID-19 tests are a key tool in containing the spread of the coronavirus. But a few safety precautions are in order to prevent serious injury, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.

The tests can cause harm if they're not used according to manufacturers' i...

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

23 Feb
FDA Warns of Rising Dangers of Unapproved Drug Tianeptine

FDA Warns of Rising Dangers of Unapproved Drug Tianeptine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued another pointed warning about the dangers posed by tianeptine, an antidepressant that is not

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 ...

18 Feb
Brut, Sure Brand Deodorants Under Recall Due to Benzene

Brut, Sure Brand Deodorants Under Recall Due to Benzene

Six Brut and Sure aerosol antiperspirant and deodorant sprays sold in the United States and Canada have been recalled by their maker due to the presence of the chemical

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...

18 Feb
Eagles Are Being Poisoned by Environmental Lead

Eagles Are Being Poisoned by Environmental Lead

The national bird of the United States is facing a deadly threat from within: widespread lead poisoning, largely caused by ingesting fragments of hunters' lead ammunition.

The poisoning is slowing the population growth of both bald eagles, the nation's

03 Feb
Winter Storms Bring Carbon Monoxide Danger to Homes

Winter Storms Bring Carbon Monoxide Danger to Homes

With winter storms roaring through much of the United States this week, millions of Americans may face power outages that could put them at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and fires as they try to keep warm, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warns.

When the p...

17 Jan
Carbon Monoxide Deaths Soar During Power Outages

Carbon Monoxide Deaths Soar During Power Outages

Power outages are becoming more frequent in the United States, and a new study highlights one consequence of prolonged blackouts: carbon monoxide poisonings.

Looking at major U.S. power outages between 2007 and 2018, researchers found that carbon monoxide poisonings spik...

19 Dec
Silent Killers: Space Heaters, Generators Bring Carbon Monoxide Danger

Silent Killers: Space Heaters, Generators Bring Carbon Monoxide Danger

If you're among the many people who use space heaters and generators during the winter, you need to guard against fire and carbon monoxide (CO) hazards, th...

15 Dec
Carbon Monoxide From Generators Can Be Silent Killer After Disasters

Carbon Monoxide From Generators Can Be Silent Killer After Disasters

The deadly tornadoes that devastated communities in multiple states this past weekend have destroyed many homes and left others without power.

But if people turn to generators to manage in the aftermath, they should use caution, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commissi...

06 Nov
It's Time to Replace Your Smoke Alarm Batteries

It's Time to Replace Your Smoke Alarm Batteries

Setting your clocks back an hour this Sunday also means it's time to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says.

Working alarms are especially important because people are spending mor...

30 Oct
Hidden Poisons Can Make Trick-or-Treating Truly Scary

Hidden Poisons Can Make Trick-or-Treating Truly Scary

Accidental poisonings on Halloween can turn a night of fun into one that's truly scary.

The following poison prevention tips -- from the Nebraska Regional Poison Center -- can help your little ones stay safe:

The liquid in lighted glow sticks can sting or burn if i...

29 Oct
Pretty Poison: 'Luster Dust' Sprinkled on Cakes Can Be Toxic

Pretty Poison: 'Luster Dust' Sprinkled on Cakes Can Be Toxic

It's often called luster dust, and it can add some sparkle to your cake decorations. But health officials warn it also might contain poisonous heavy metals that are not meant to be eaten.

Luster dust is used to add glitter or color to desserts. However, Rhode Island and ...

28 Oct
CDC Lowers Threshold for Lead Poisoning in Youngest Kids

CDC Lowers Threshold for Lead Poisoning in Youngest Kids

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday that it has lowered its limits for lead poisoning in kids.

The move is expected to more than double the number of 1- to 5-year-olds with worrisome levels of the toxic metal in their blood, according t...

21 Oct
Confusion, Seizures: People Hospitalized After Taking Veterinary Drug for COVID

Confusion, Seizures: People Hospitalized After Taking Veterinary Drug for COVID

It's a drug that's been supported by some conservative media figures, but taking ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID-19 might land you in the hospital, a new study warns.

Interest in the drug surged last summer as the highly contagious Delta variant took over the United...

30 Sep
Second Report on Toxins in Baby Foods Finds Continuing Problems

Second Report on Toxins in Baby Foods Finds Continuing Problems

Despite the troubling findings of a congressional report released earlier this year on toxins in baby foods, a new report finds even more manufacturers are selling baby foods that contain potentially unsafe levels of heavy metals.

The toxins in question include dangerous...

27 Sep
Over Half of American Children Have Detectable Lead Levels in Their Blood

Over Half of American Children Have Detectable Lead Levels in Their Blood

More than 50% of American children have detectable blood lead levels, a new study reveals. And young children who live in places with lots of pre-1950s housing and low incomes have the greatest risk.

"Public health authorities have worked commendably to reduce lead expos...

06 Sep
Kids' Accidental Poisonings Are on the Rise: Protect Your Child

Kids' Accidental Poisonings Are on the Rise: Protect Your Child

As the COVID-19 pandemic grinds on and stress on families mounts, more kids are falling victim to accidental poisoning.

Experts attribute the surge to disrupted sleep patterns, work schedules and parenting routines.

"I think what's happening is, parents are challen...

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...

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 ...

25 May
More Pot-Linked Poisoning Cases as Edibles' Popularity Booms

More Pot-Linked Poisoning Cases as Edibles' Popularity Booms

Newfangled marijuana products -- edibles, concentrates, vapes -- are driving an overall increase in pot-related calls to U.S. poison control centers, a new study shows.

There were more than 11,100 calls related to marijuana use in 2019, up from about 8,200 in 2017, resea...

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...

15 May
Is Your Family 'CO Safe' When Big Storms Hit?

Is Your Family 'CO Safe' When Big Storms Hit?

If you live in the path of hurricanes , the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging you to be prepared.

Deaths from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, fires and electric shock are common during severe weather events, according to the CPSC.

Hurricane s...

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...

25 Mar
FDA Clamping Down on Abuse of an OTC  Decongestant

FDA Clamping Down on Abuse of an OTC  Decongestant

Makers of inhalers that contain the nasal decongestant propylhexedrine should make design changes to prevent misuse, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

Propylhexedrine is a nasal decongestant in over-the-counter inhalers, and right now is "only marketed under th...

18 Mar
Kids' ER Visits for Swallowed Magnets Soared After U.S. Lifted Sales Ban

Kids' ER Visits for Swallowed Magnets Soared After U.S. Lifted Sales Ban

Calls to U.S. poison centers about incidents involving children and high-powered magnets surged more than 400% after a court overturned a ban on the magnets, a new study finds.

"Regulations on these products were effective, and the dramatic increase in the number of high...

17 Mar
Storm Alert: How to Keep Your Home Safe

Storm Alert: How to Keep Your Home Safe

Winter weather can bring hidden dangers, the most deadly of which can include carbon monoxide poisoning and fires.

As blizzards, tornadoes and severe storms batter the nation and many lose power and heat, the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning and fires from portable ge...

04 Mar
Perils of the Pandemic: Scooters, Cleansers and Button Batteries

Perils of the Pandemic: Scooters, Cleansers and Button Batteries

Fireworks, skateboards and button batteries are among the products associated with increased trips to the emergency room during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

While ER treatment of produ...

14 Feb
Silent Killer: Watch Out for Carbon Monoxide Dangers This Winter

Silent Killer: Watch Out for Carbon Monoxide Dangers This Winter

Carbon monoxide poisoning can prove fatal without a warning, because it can't be seen, smelled or heard.

It's important to be aware of it, especially during winter when you're indoors and using heat sources to stay cozy.

The Nebraska Regional Poison Center has some...

25 Jan
Hand Sanitizer Is Harming Kids' Eyes, Often Seriously

Hand Sanitizer Is Harming Kids' Eyes, Often Seriously

The explosive rise in use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers during the COVID-19 pandemic has had a dangerous, unintended consequence: eye injuries among children.

Using data from French poison control and a children's hospital in Paris, researchers reported that acci...

18 Dec
How to Guard Against Home Heating Hazards

How to Guard Against Home Heating Hazards

Many Americans are working at home or attending school virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to increased use of home heating and its potential risks, an expert says.

Heating sources can pose electrical hazards and fire dangers, noted Purnima Unni, manager of t...

16 Dec
High Blood Levels of Cadmium May Be Tied to Worse COVID-19

High Blood Levels of Cadmium May Be Tied to Worse COVID-19

Old age and chronic health conditions aren't the only risk factors for serious COVID-19 infection. Researchers say people with high levels of the heavy metal cadmium may also have higher odds of severe disease during the pandemic.

Cadmium is found in cigarettes and ...

19 Nov
Childhood Lead Exposure Tied to Brain Changes in Middle Age

Childhood Lead Exposure Tied to Brain Changes in Middle Age

Middle-aged adults who had elevated levels of lead in their blood as children have brain structure changes, new research shows.

For the study, the researchers analyzed childhood lead exposure data on 564 participants in a long-term study of people who were born in the sa...

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