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Loom Bands cancer scare: Parents warned as tests reveal dangerous chemicals in fake accessories.

August 18, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

Kids' toys 'a cancer risk.'

August 18, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

Synthetic leather’s green revival.

August 18, 2014 - 9:00am
Firms that make synthetic leather for consumer products have therefore been under pressure to come up with cleaner technology. Those efforts are bearing fruit.

Clear-the-air demonstrators hit New Glasgow streets.

August 18, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

Lawmakers must crack down on toxic chemicals.

August 18, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

New Jersey breathing easier with fixes made to coal-burning power plants hundreds of miles away.

August 17, 2014 - 9:00am
Some 340 miles from Bergen County, in the rolling green farmland of western Pennsylvania, stands a mountain of black coal.

Study indicates even most vigilant consumer can avoid flame retardants.

August 17, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

Farm fertilizers contaminate watershed that supplies Columbus' drinking-water.

August 17, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

Coffee drinking could prove risk to unborn babies.

August 17, 2014 - 9:00am
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 a magic pill for air pollution.

August 17, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

City children more likely to suffer food allergies.

August 16, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

Arsenic present in well water in south Texas county.

August 16, 2014 - 9:00am
A known carcinogen is naturally occurring in south Goliad County drinking water, according to a report recently released by the county's groundwater district.

Ebola: Mapping the outbreak.

August 16, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

Lots left to do in massive toxic cleanup.

August 15, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

Cancer fears prompt call to cut hospitals' CT scan radiation levels.

August 15, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

Giving antibiotics to babies may lead to obesity, researchers claim.

August 15, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

Unsettled questions trail IVF's success.

August 15, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

Can GMOs help feed a hot and hungry world?

August 15, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

You are what you eat, but what about your DNA?

August 15, 2014 - 9:00am
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 urged to improve data on CT scan radiation.

August 15, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

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