Cancer Prevention

Who's monitoring food additives?

About 10,000 chemicals are added to Americans' food to make it taste better or look better, to thicken it, preserve it, or otherwise improve it. That's an awful lot of chemicals for the federal Food and Drug Administration to monitor. How do they do it? It turns out that, often, they don't. According to the authors of a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine this month, the agency doesn't even know what all the food additive chemicals are.

UC Davis study links chemical BPA to asthma

A study on the fetuses of pregnant rhesus macaque monkeys has shown that exposure to the chemical bisphenol A, or BPA, led to changes in their lungs that increased the potential for developing asthma.

The study, conducted at the National Primate Research Center at UC Davis, is part of a larger study designed to look at how BPA affects the endocrine system of macaques.

Is There Danger Lurking in Your Lipstick?

A soft pink, a glowing red, even a cyanotic purple — millions of women and girls apply lipstick every day. And not just once: some style-conscious users touch up their color more than 20 times a day, according to a recent study. But are they also exposing themselves to toxic metals?

Brushing teeth well can reduce colorectal cancer risk

Two new studies have revealed that gut microbes known as fusobacteria, which are found in the mouth, stimulate bad immune responses and turn on cancer growth genes to generate colorectal tumors.

The findings could lead to more effective strategies for the early diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of colorectal cancer.

How To Recognize the Plastics That Are Hazardous To Your Health

The chemicals contained in plastics can be quite harmful. But given that "plastic" can mean a wide variety of substances, it's difficult to know which ones are bad for us. Here’s everything you need to know about plastic and an its impact on your health.

Top 10 Anti-Inflammatory Herbs

Inflammation can affect any part of the body and will usually be perceived as pain and redness. Although it is the bodies way of warning you that something is wrong inflammation can be destructive in itself. Over the centuries different cultures have found natural ways of treating inflammation.

1. Turmeric

9 Surprising Reasons You Can't Fall Asleep

Every once in a while you have a bad night's sleep and you know exactly why: You found yourself at the coffee maker at 4 p.m. or there were sirens blaring outside your window all night or maybe your allergies are killing you. But more often than not the reasons behind your less-than-satisfactory slumber remain a mystery and you slog through the day with the unpleasant memory of your alarm clock's siren close at hand.

Seeking Support, Biotech Food Companies Pledge Transparency

With pressure growing to label genetically modified foods, the developers of biotechnology crops are starting a campaign to gain support for their products by promising new openness.
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The centerpiece of the effort is a Web site that is expected to go into operation on Monday to answer virtually any question posed by consumers about genetically engineered crops. The site,, is also expected to include safety data about the crops similar to that submitted to regulatory agencies.

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To Rash Guard Or To Sunscreen–Cute Options In The New York Times

I’ve been looking into rash guards in an effort to wear less sunscreen. Not only is good mineral block (I wouldn’t use chemical block, but if you’re reading my blog you probably knew that already!) expensive, but also I have yet to find one that doesn’t make my face break out. And it’s time consuming to apply sunscreen. But I am pale with light eyes and many moles and have skin cancer in my family, so I need to be careful.