Chemicals and Environment

Atrazine back in the news, unfortunately, thanks to EU’s precaution

Atrazine, one of the most effective and commonly used herbicides (weed-killers) in the world, is back in the news. Today’s New York Times’ international business article discusses disparities in regulations that complicate Trans-Atlantic trade. Specifically Continue reading

Health News: Silicone on trial, homeopathy and ADHD, and no link between Pitocin and autism

“Food Babe” or food poisoning — which is more harmful?

We have taken Vani Hari – “The Food Babe” – to task multiple times for her charade – posing as a credible science-based resource on nutrition, acting in the best interests of her followers, when she really is a metaphor for “anti-science hype and fear,” according to Continue reading

Machine-puffed e-cigs yielded vapor containing exactly what you’d expect, and not much else

A new study of e-cigarette vapor reveals what we already knew: chemicals of potentially-harmful effect are barely detectable in vapor, and about one-thousand times less than that found in cigarette smoke. Continue reading

Friday Wrap: Shady supplements, Prop 65 targets e-cigs, & more support for BPA

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NYTimes discusses the shady industry of herbal supplements, Caliofrnia’s Prop. 65 targets e-cigs for their nicotine, and more support for BPA comes from the European Food Safety Authority

BPA poses no health risk to consumers at current exposure levels. Again.

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Last month, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) weighed in on bisphenol A (BPA), saying exactly what we’ve said all along, “BPA poses no health risk to Continue reading

The Consumer Product Safety Commission makes some questionable recommendations, especially regarding phthalates

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) consists of five appointees charged with “protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction…such Continue reading

Health News: GMO knowledge, deadly flu season, & news on anticholinergics

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The latest in health news: Consumers want GMO labels, but few know the facts, flu season is the worst one yet and failed flu shot to blame, & a class of drugs called anticholinergics have been linked to dementia later in life.

Public’s and scientists’ views diverge widely on important Issues

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A survey by the Pew Research Center, in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), asked members of the public, on the one hand, and scientists associated with AAAS on the other, about a range of scientific and health issues often in the news. Continue reading

A Profile in Cowardice: Cuomo’s Fracking Ban (Commentary)

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Dr. Gilbert Ross in Syracuse.com, January 26, 2015.

After putting off the decision during his self-imposed four-year “moratorium,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last month that New York State will ban hydraulic fracturing Continue reading




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