Cancer Prevention

FDA: Anti-bacterial soaps may not curb bacteria

WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than 40 years of study, the U.S. government says it has found no evidence that common anti-bacterial soaps prevent the spread of germs, and regulators want the makers of Dawn, Dial and other household staples to prove that their products do not pose health risks to consumers.

Which Christmas tree is greener, real or artificial?

Environmentalists say each type of tree has its benefits and drawbacks.

Environmental advocates say there are benefits and risks with either.

Real trees

People don't have to worry that buying a fresh Christmas tree will clear-cut the forest, according to the National Christmas Tree Association, which represents tree farmers.

Perfluorinated chemicals studied in breast milk, menopausal women

Two new studies of perfluorinated compounds in women raise concerns. In the first, the longer the women nursed their babies, the higher the levels of certain compounds in their babies’ blood. In the second, higher levels in women were associated with early menopause.
Researchers have for the first time quantified an association between breastfeeding and perfluorinated compounds in infants. In the study, the longer the women nursed their babies, the higher the levels of certain chemicals in their babies’ blood.

Consumers push more than cosmetic changes to chemical makeup of toiletries

OTTAWA – An environmental group has ranked Canada’s five largest cosmetics companies based on potentially harmful ingredients in their products.

The report from Toronto-based Environmental Defence says the big five all have issues with chemicals that could be harmful to human health, but some are doing better than others.

And it says public pressure is beginning to exert influence on the ingredients companies use in everything from shampoo and moisturizers to toothpaste and deodorant.

15 Ways To Reduce Endocrine Disruptors In Your Kitchen

When patients come to me for help in taking charge of their health, one of the essential changes I encourage each of them to make is to reduce their toxic load—specifically to rid themselves of as many endocrine disruptors (EDs) as possible.

Danger Lurks in That Mickey Mouse Couch

RESEARCHERS this summer purchased 42 children’s chairs, sofas and other furniture from major retailers and tested them for toxic flame retardants that have been linked to cancer, birth defects, diminished I.Q.’s and other problems.

Sugary Drinks Linked To Cancer Risk In Women

A new study out in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention reports that the more sugar-sweetened beverages a woman drinks, the greater her risk for endometrial cancer. This form of uterine cancer has long been linked to overweight and obesity, which can increase the body’s levels of insulin and estrogen.

Non-toxic Thanksgiving?

Only you can devise the right strategy for avoiding toxic family drama, but here are some quick tips for keeping the big meal chemical-free.

UN agency calls outdoor air pollution leading cause of cancer

* Cancer agency ranks polluted air alongside tobacco smoke

* Some 23,000 lung cancer deaths in 2010 due to pollution

* Transport and power generation are major air polluters

The air we breathe is laced with cancer-causing substances and should now be classified as carcinogenic to humans, the World Health Organisation's (WHO) cancer agency said on Thursday.