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Fat rats, slow sperm, and unhealthy bacteria.

I spent a recent weekend in a Children’s Environmental Health Symposium sponsored in part by the Hawaii Department of Health. One of their topics was “fat lab rats.” The New York Times last week also had an interesting article on slow, ill-shaped sperm, and Seattle Children’s Hospital has been doing some fascinating research on two potentially very serious diseases, ulcerative ...

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Is your pet’s food toxic?

Is your cat or dog eating a food that contains toxic levels of lead or arsenic? According to a new study done by the non-profit group, Clean Label Project, it’s a real possibility. The study shows 82% of the more than 900 pet foods the group tested contained lead levels that exceed the max EPA drinking water level. The group ...

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Target to phase out expanded polystyrene packaging.

US retailer Target has vouched to eliminate expanded polystyrene (EPS) in its own brand packaging by 2022 because it is “a pain to recycle” and “a major cause of ocean plastic contamination”. The company will work with its suppliers to find environmentally sustainable alternatives to EPS, taking into account the performance, cost and availability of materials.  The move comes after ...

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Am I consuming BPA?

You have probably seen the label “BPA-free” on plastic bottles, food and beverage cans and other plastic food packaging materials. Have you wondered what exactly is BPA and why we are commonly seeing this label on our products recently? And what does this mean to the health and safety of consumers? Herein I will explain the chemistry of BPA and ...

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Inflammatory breast cancer rare but aggressive.

Inflammatory breast cancer is the most aggressive and fastest-growing form of breast cancer. A Southwest Florida woman is sharing her emotional story of struggle and triumph over the disease, and her plea to keep other women cancer-free. Many women have never heard of inflammatory breast cancer. Neither had Tricia Fain. “I had no idea.” But in 2009, she found out ...

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VIDEO: Study says some top pet foods contain abundance of contaminants.

Cat eating cat food from a bowl.  (Photo: hrabar, hrabar) DENVER – Do you know what’s in your pet’s food? One study says you could be feeding your little bundles of joy dozens of toxins. Denver-based non-profit Clean Label Project took hundreds of the best-selling pet foods and tested them for more than 130 contaminants. Then, the brands were given ...

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Washington activists push for stain-resistant compound on concern list.

By Paul Shukovsky Environmental health activists plan to seek the addition of the entire class of perfluorinated compounds, known to make materials stain or stick-resistant among other uses, to the Washington state list of chemicals of high concern to children at an upcoming public hearing. State regulators will receive public comments in April on a proposed regulation that would add ...

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Workplace cancer prevention must be extended to reprotoxic substances.

Putting more than 10 years of paralysis behind it, the European Commission finally launched a revision of the directive on the prevention of occupational cancers in May 2016. Lawmakers can now address reprotoxic substances in the workplace, writes Laurent Vogel. Laurent Vogel is a researcher at the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI). The Dutch Presidency of the European Union in the ...

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Will Trump’s EPA greenlight a pesticide known to damage kids’ brains?

UPDATE (3-29-2017): EPA director Scott Pruitt signed an order denying the agency’s own proposal to ban chlorpyrifos, according to a Wednesday afternoon press release. “We need to provide regulatory certainty to the thousands of American farms that rely on chlorpyrifos, while still protecting human health and the environment,” Pruitt said in a written statement. “By reversing the previous Administration’s steps ...

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A new wave of socially conscious tampon companies focuses on organics and giving back.

When she was 20, Molly Hayward, the founder of new tampon company Cora, had a pap smear that showed pre-cancerous cells in her cervix. For an otherwise healthy young woman, this was a rare and frightening diagnosis, and led her to think more deeply about what in her life might have affected her health. In her research, she came upon ...

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