Chemicals and Environment

The beliefs of the ‘organic mommy mafia’ are on trial

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“‘Am I going to be an outcast?’ A friend, who recently moved to an upscale neighborhood in Madison, Wis., called me last week to ask if she would be able to make mommy friends if she continued Continue reading

Health News Update: April 21, 2014

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The latest news on biotechnology including President Obama’s clear endorsement, why biotechnology saves lives, plus the chocolate milk experiment that left a sour taste in students’ mouths. 

President Obama signs on to Norman Borlaug’s biotech crusade to feed the hungry

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Dr. Norman Borlaug is praised by President Obama, and in a letter to Norman’s granddaughter, POTUS sings the praises as well of agricultural biotechnology — GMOs — to keep on with Borlaug’s fight to feed a hungry world. Continue reading

BPA now A-OK?

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Anti-chemical and environmental groups must be in a “reactive” mood today. One of their meal tickets, BPA—a component of polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins—which has been used for decades, most commonly as a sealant/liner for canned foods, has quietly been removed from the EPA list of “chemicals of concern.”
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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




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