Cancer Prevention

Consumer Reports: Too many sodas contain potential carcinogen

A chemical found in many sodas may be dangerous to your health, Consumer Reports says. And no, it's not sugar (this time).

The golden-brown color of many soft drinks comes with a dose of the chemical 4-methylimidazole, or 4-MeI. On U.S. product labels it appears simply as "caramel coloring."

Those who say the chemical may possibly cause cancer include the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer and the state of California, which now limits manufacturers to 29 micrograms of exposure for the average consumer per day.

10 Cancer Symptoms Most People Ignore

When it comes to aches, pains and other health problems, just because something seems minor doesn't mean you shouldn't take it seriously. In fact, new research finds that even common ailments can actually be the first warning signs of cancer. In a survey of 1,729 adults over the age of 50 in the U.K published in PLOS ONE, respondents evaluated how serious they perceived a list of 17 ailments—10 of which were actually indicators of cancer. They also indicated whether they'd experienced any of these symptoms recently and if so, how they actually handled it.

5 Painless Ways To Detox Your Home

I've met my share of chemical zealots—people who shudder at the sight of disposable plastic and haven't scrubbed their countertops with anything but vinegar in decades. (Check out all the different uses for vinegar.) You might even think I'd be one of them: As an environmental reporter, I frequently read studies linking chemicals in our homes with frightening health issues. Yet the impact of that on my behavior has been, for the most part, minor.

“Why aren’t they warning women about it?” The toxic danger in your baby powder

Scientific research ties talc powder to ovarian cancer. Now Johnson & Johnson is facing a slew of lawsuits

Deane Berg’s doctor called her in the day after Christmas, 2006, to give her the crushing news. She’d had her ovaries removed, the pathology results were back, and they could not have been much worse.  Berg had stage III ovarian cancer, and her prognosis was poor.

Chemical in BPA-Free Products Linked to Irregular Heartbeats

New ingredient in plastic bottles, receipts has same effect on lab animals as the old chemical does.

Many consumers avoid products that contain bisphenol-A (BPA) because the estrogen-imitating chemical has been linked to an array of health effects in people and animals. But new research published Thursday suggests that an ingredient that has replaced BPA in many items may have a similar effect on the heart.

BPA-free labels have been popping up on many plastic bottles, cash register receipts, food packaging, and other products.

Autistic Features Associated With Prenatal Exposure to Endocrine Disruptors

SAN DIEGO — Exposure during pregnancy to a combination of fire retardant chemicals and phthalate chemicals, which are present in the average home, may contribute to autistic-like behaviors in offspring, according to a Canadian study presented at ENDO 2015.

The research only involved animal models but it points to potentially preventable causes of autism. Today, autism remains a diagnosis with enormous social costs and limited solutions. In addition, the rates appear to be steadily rising in North America.

State Sues Gallo Over Hazardous Dust Used To Make Wine Bottles

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control has sued Ernest and Julio Gallo's glass production plant in Modesto.

Keith Kihara with the state says the company improperly stored, then improperly recycled oil and hazardous dust -containing lead, arsenic, cadmium and selenium from 2009 -to- last year.

"What Gallo was doing was getting this dust that was collected by the air pollution control device and re-introducing it as an ingredient in the glass-making process."

The suit alleges Gallo broke the law by recycling the dust.

Why ‘BPA-Free’ May Be Meaningless

After years of campaigning, health advocates finally convinced many household product manufacturers to remove the chemical Bisphenol A, known as BPA, from items like receipts, plastic bottles and the lining of tin cans. And as a result, it’s not hard to find products labeled “BPA-free.” But it turns out the chemicals used to replace BPA may have nearly the exact impact on the human body — hormone disruption — as BPA, according to a new study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.