Chemicals and Environment

Health News Update: April 14, 2014

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Top health stories: A shout out to the brilliant Trevor Butterworth and his take on the BPA scare, why you shouldn’t run off to the nearest vitamin store before reading our take on Glucosamine, and the real uses— and mis-uses, for the Body Mass Index (BMI).

Another shout out for Dr. Joe on chemophobia

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The incomparable Dr. Joe Schwarcz, Director of McGill University’s Office for Science and Society in Montreal, and ACSH friend, has published a very informative (and humorous) blog on HuffPost called “A Treatment for Chemophobia.” Continue reading

Theoretical hazards: Dr. Geoffrey Kabat on BPA and dietary supplements

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Behavioral economists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky “described cognitive errors and pitfalls that affect our ability to gauge the probability of even simple events.” And these errors Continue reading

Something is fishy: Junk science and public policy

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When national debates, contesting social and public standards, come to a boil, research studies are frequently a neutral and Continue reading

Friday Medical Wrap: April 11, 2014

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Friday’s Medical Wrap includes GM labeling – is a federal law necessary? and what to do about Junk Science.

It’s Whacko Wednesday: Two more asinine chemical scares

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At ACSH we shout a lot. Sometimes even at each other. But most of the time it takes the form of shoutouts to like-minded writers and websites (and there aren’t Continue reading

“March Badness:” Harmful levels of “toxic” chemicals found in college gear

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The period known as March Madness is almost over as the Kentucky men’s and the Notre Dame women’s basketball teams both prepare to take on UCONN. And of course, as with many major sporting Continue reading

Does organic food reduce cancer risk? Science 2.0 says no

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Today we give a big shoutout to Hank Campbell, whose Science 2.0 blog is one of the most popular sites a wide variety of science and health issues.

Campbells’s thought provoking piece, Organic Food Does Not Reduce Cancer Risk will really make you wonder if the “organic lifestyle” you may be adhering to makes any sense. Campbell’s conclusion: No way. Continue reading

Proposed BPA bill in Wisconsin will do harm and no good

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Wisconsin Representative Chris Taylor (D) has introduced Assembly Bill 607, requiring manufacturers to label food containers that contain BPA. Despite the fact that BPA has been used for Continue reading

Health news update: March 31, 2014

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Here’s a recap of the latest health news stories: The latest and lamest diet soda study, autism awareness up, not rates, and another false dig at phthalates.




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