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Aug 26 2014
WASHINGTON -- The ongoing debate about the risks of formaldehyde is intensifying in light of a new report by the National Academy of Sciences that said the Environmental Protection Agency's labeling of the chemical as a "human carcinogen" is supported by research. The report, issued earlier this month, was a reversal from the academy's 2011 study, requested by Sen. David Vitter, R-La., which...
Aug 18 2014
Every day, just in the course of normal activities, we are exposed to an unbelievable range of toxic chemicals that we may not know about. Of the 80,000-plus chemicals that have been approved to be on the market in the United States, approximately 17,000 are "secret." Literally, we don't know what they are. From Bisphenol A in water bottles and cash register receipts, toxic flame retardants in...
Aug 14 2014
Around 12,000 cancers a year are caused by people being overweight, according to a study which scientists hope will inspire more action to curb the obesity epidemic. The study, published in the Lancet medical journal, is the biggest of its kind, involving data from 5 million UK adults. It finds that excess weight is linked to 10 different cancers, including cervical cancer, breast cancer and...
Aug 13 2014
Americans are finally starting to realize the dangers of soda, with nearly two-thirds (63 percent) saying they actively try to avoid soda in their diet, a new Gallup poll revealed.1 This is a significant increase from 2002, when only 41 percent were trying to avoid soda, and a clear sign that, as TIME reported, “the soda craze is going flat.”2 Soda Consumption Falls to Lowest Level in Decades The...
Aug 12 2014
Q. Well, it’s that time of the year again: back-to-school season. I’ve been trying to figure out how to reduce my impact when shopping for school supplies and during the overall year. What are some ways I can green up this school year? Jason Gaithersburg, Md. A. Dearest Jason, Nooo! Say it isn’t so! I’m nowhere near done consuming my yearly berry quota, and I’ve barely made a dent in my pile of...

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