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Feb 27 2014
When prom season and graduation hover closer, many high school students urge one another to sign pledges to stay sober and act responsibly. But some are making a different sort of promise — to steer clear of tanning salons — after hearing stories from young women dealing with devastating skin cancer. “My life is forever changed,” said Meghan Forrest, a 25-year-old Melrose native who told North...
Feb 27 2014
Your days of glancing at a nutrition label and pretending you'll only eat the recommended twelve chips are numbered. On Thursday, the Food and Drug Administration will announce the biggest changes to nutrition labels on food packages since they became mandatory in the early 1990s. The proposed redesign, which won't be finalized for months, looks similar to the current labels, but calories are in...
Feb 24 2014
New research finds exposure to fluoride in drinking water and several other common chemicals in early life diminishes brain function in children. Study lead author, Philippe Grandjean, tells host Steve Curwood fluoride, flame retardants, pesticides and and fuel additives may be affecting children's intelligence. Transcript CURWOOD: It's Living on Earth, I'm Steve Curwood. Lead. Mercury. Arsenic....
Feb 24 2014
Local growers are discovering that proposed FDA regulations would curtail many common techniques, such as using house-made fertilizers and irrigating from creeks. HUSTONTOWN, Pa. — Jim Crawford was rushing to load crates of freshly picked organic tomatoes onto trucks heading for an urban farmers market when he noticed the federal agent. A tense conversation followed as the visitor to his farm —...
Feb 20 2014
New, unpublished research has found that polychlorinated biphenyls – banned in the United States 35 years ago – are leaching out of clothing and printed materials from around the world. Throwing on pajamas and curling up with a magazine could mean exposure to chemicals banned several decades ago. New, unpublished research has found that traces of polychlorinated biphenyls – banned in the United...

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