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Every loom bandcharm, the accessories attached to necklaces and bracelets, was found to have dangerous levels of phthalates in them when tests were carried out on several of them.
A cancer researcher will examine Rainbow Loom toys after a study found that counterfeit versions of the product contain phthalates, a class of carcinogenic chemical often found in plastics.
Firms that make synthetic leather for consumer products have therefore been under pressure to come up with cleaner technology. Those efforts are bearing fruit.
Protesters concerned about bad air took their message to the street in New Glasgow on Sunday afternoon. Pollution and particulate matter from the nearby Northern Pulp mill in Abercrombie Point and the government’s inaction in reducing it is the focus of the protesters’ vexation.
Federal law still allows chemicals to be used in products from toys to pizza boxes without sufficient data on their effects on human health. As a result, new chemicals are introduced into use at a pace far beyond the capacity of public health researchers to study them.
Some 340 miles from Bergen County, in the rolling green farmland of western Pennsylvania, stands a mountain of black coal.
Josephine Wilson has tried to shield her daughter from the "nasties." When she learned about flame retardants, she scrutinized her home for sources. She and her husband eventually replaced their couch and mattress. Their vacuum has a HEPA filter to remove chemicals that accumulate in dust.
The headwaters of Big Walnut Creek, the namesake of the watershed that supplies drinking water to more than half of Columbus customers, including suburban residents, begin here, between cornfields and trees. Farm runoff has become a key issue in Ohio during the past few weeks.
A new report has revealed that drinking coffee during pregnancy is “significantly associated” with childhood leukaemia. It claims the risk increases by up to 72 per cent for those drinking “high levels” of coffee compared to those who drink little or none.
Tier 3 gasoline is just lower-sulfur gasoline, somewhat like the lower-sulfur Tier 3 diesel fuel that has been around for a while and has done wonders for reducing diesel pollution. It will clear the air, save lots of lives and help our businesses.
Children living in towns and cities are more likely to be allergic to milk, eggs and peanuts than their country cousins, according to a new study. Scientists at Johns Hopkins University in the US said one in ten urban kids had major food allergy - and the true figure could be even higher.
A known carcinogen is naturally occurring in south Goliad County drinking water, according to a report recently released by the county's groundwater district.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa was first reported in March, and has rapidly become the deadliest occurrence of the disease since its discovery in 1976. More than 1,000 people have died, with Sierra Leona, Guinea and Liberia worst-affected and two deaths in Nigeria, Africa's most populous country.
A watchdog group on Monday evening offered ways to improve the Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to clean up and monitor the toxics left behind by early computer chips makers in northeastern Mountain View, California.
Radiation doses used in CT hospital scanners to diagnose injuries and diseases should be reduced to the lowest possible level, to avoid potential harm, a British government advisory body has warned.
Long courses of antibiotics may put babies and toddlers at higher risk of obesity when they grow up, according to US researchers. Low doses of penicillin early in life can alter natural populations of gut microbes, which in turn may affect metabolism and lead to higher rates of obesity later in life.
In vitro fertilization and associated techniques are a medical success story, with more than 5 million apparently healthy babies born this way. But as researchers learn more about the sensitivity of early embryos, they have begun to wonder if the manipulations of IVF may have additional subtle effects that appear as children grow.
In the hot future that we expect by 2050 – when a world population of 9.5 billion people will scramble to put food on the table, while at least thirty-seven countries face extreme water crises – some scientists think that part of the answer is to genetically engineer crops that can better withstand drought. But not if activists succeed in making the genetic modification of food politically unsustainable.
Despite considerable research efforts elaborating the phenotypic consequences of in utero insults to adult offspring and to their progeny, the mechanisms mediating multigenerational effects are unclear.
Hospitals should be more transparent about the radiation delivered to patients having scans, a U.K. government panel has urged. Computerised tomography scans are among the most common sources of artificial radiation, which is known to increase the risk of cancer.