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Lynne Peeples
Lynne Peeples is the environment and public health reporter for The Huffington Post. Before becoming a science journalist, she was a biostatistician at Harvard. E-mail her with ideas or requests:

Entries by Lynne Peeples

Scientists Issue Warning Over Chemicals Common In Carpets, Coats, Cookware

(134) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 5:37 PM

In 1961, a DuPont toxicologist warned colleagues that exposure to their company's increasingly popular Teflon chemicals enlarged the livers of rats and rabbits. Studies over the following decades found no safe level of exposure in animals and determined that humans, too, got sick when exposed to the chemicals -- which...

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Seaweed Might Have The Power To Make The Oceans Less Acidic

(16) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 7:33 AM

The thick, slimy brown ribbons are notorious for tangling the ankles of beachgoers and rotting in pungent piles. But kelp, according to its growing fan base, could also prove potent in protecting the health of oceans -- and us.

"We've got some bad water heading our way," said Betsy...

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Toxic Smoke Forces Firefighter To Retire, But He's Not Done Protecting Others

(3) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 7:32 AM

Firefighter Clive Savacool battled his final blaze, a grass fire in Pittsburg, California, in March 2014. He collapsed after a few hours on the scene and spent the next couple days in a hospital.

"Up until that point, grass fires hadn't bothered me," said Savacool, 37, of Martinez, California, recalling...

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The Easter Bunny Could Soon Bring Safer Candy With Natural Food Colors

(11) Comments | Posted April 4, 2015 | 10:28 AM

Candy left by the Easter Bunny on Sunday morning comes in festive hues of blue, green, yellow and pink, sparking smiles from many kids. This brightly colored loot may be less welcome, however, to a growing number of parents who worry about the potential health hazards the colors reflect.

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Stop Playing 'Whack-A-Mole' With Toxic Flame Retardants, Health Advocates Urge

(4) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 7:52 PM

As the public has learned of health risks tied to chemicals in everyday products, many companies have responded by eliminating, one by one, the suspected cancer causers, brain damagers and hormone disruptors. But even prompt action doesn't entirely appease some health experts, who warn of a problematic pattern.

"We're playing...

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생선 껍질에서 미세플라스틱이 발견되다

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 2:37 AM

자료사진: 2010년 워싱턴대학 타코가 환경과학 프로젝트 연구자 줄리 마수라가 바다에서 찾은 미세플라스틱을 집어 보여주고 있다. 손가락에 붙은 파란색 사각형이 미세플라스틱 조각이다.

과학자들은 요즘 미세플라스틱의 흔적을 찾아내고 있다. 얼음의 핵, 심해 퇴적물, 산호초, 게 아가미, 홍합의...

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A Menacing Mix In Antibiotic Resistance: Herbicides, Heavy Metals And Factory Farms

(27) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 11:40 PM

Two common Big Agriculture production practices -- feeding antibiotics to livestock and spraying herbicides on conventional crops -- each face condemnation from the environmental community. And there's been plenty of new fodder in the last week: One study predicted that antibiotic use in livestock will soar by two-thirds...

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Surprise Finding Heightens Concern Over Tiny Bits Of Plastic Polluting Our Oceans

(115) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 2:37 PM

Scientists are looking for -- and finding -- little bits of plastic in a lot of places lately: ice cores, deep sea sediments, coral reefs, crab gills, the digestive system of mussels, even German beer. Now, new research...

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Industry-Supported Chemical Bill Straight From 'Merchants Of Doubt' Playbook, Critics Say

(35) Comments | Posted March 14, 2015 | 7:30 AM

Tuesday's unveiling of a bipartisan bill in Congress that would reform how the nation regulates toxic chemicals sparked fervor among environmental and public health advocates. One group said the legislation may improve public health protections, but many more warned it may prove a step backward -- notably by...

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Anti-Vaccine Haven Digs In As Measles Outbreak Hands Science Crusaders An Edge

(289) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 6:38 AM

VASHON ISLAND, Wash. -- Since arriving from Puerto Rico a year ago, Pedro Alvarez says he has learned a lot about healthy living from other people on this island -- a small, crunchy community a short ferry ride from Seattle. He's embraced kale and root vegetables, for example.


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Fracking Industry Distorts Science To Deceive Public And Policymakers, Says Watchdog Group

(204) Comments | Posted February 21, 2015 | 6:30 AM

The oil and gas industry sponsors and spins research to shape the scientific debate over horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. That's the conclusion of a watchdog group's analysis of more than 130 documents distributed to policymakers by industry representatives.

"Research and statistics can be manipulated...

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The Hidden Ways Manipulated Science Harms Our Health, From Measles To Organics

(81) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 6:37 AM

The current outbreak of measles, on pace to become the largest since the disease was declared eliminated in the U.S. more than a decade ago, was made possible in large part by a single black mark in the medical research literature -- a discredited 1998 study...

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Superbug Fear Meets Super Bowl With Sexy Ad For Antibiotic-Free Burger

(10) Comments | Posted January 31, 2015 | 6:30 AM

At the end of an ad set to air during Super Bowl XLIX, a scantily-clad supermodel takes a bite out of Carl's Jr.'s new "All-Natural" hamburger. Bold letters flash across the screen: No Antibiotics.

The risqué nature of the commercial has triggered some controversy, but perhaps not...

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Hormone-Mimicking Chemicals May Threaten Male Fertility, Study Warns

(21) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 1:15 PM

Bisphenol A and other common estrogen-mimicking chemicals may be wreaking havoc on sperm and stymying some couples' hopes of having children, warns new research.

"We're seeing more and more guys who have low and troubling sperm counts," said Pat Hunt, a molecular biologist at Washington State University and co-author of...

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Teens Take Politicians To Court Over Climate Change

(112) Comments | Posted January 17, 2015 | 6:30 AM

For politicians who fail to act on climate change, Kelsey Juliana has a few words.

"I want to remind them that we are their employer," said Juliana, 18, a native of Eugene, Oregon, and freshman at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. "The government works for us. If you're...

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Agent Orange-Contaminated Planes Could Have Sickened Vets After The War: Federal Report

(15) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 5:54 PM

Lingering amounts of the herbicide Agent Orange aboard repurposed airplanes after the Vietnam War could have sickened military veterans, according to a new federal report.

In findings released Friday, an Institute of Medicine committee "emphatically" refutes a recurrent argument made by the U.S. Air Force and Department of...

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Rise Of Bike Trains A Win For Children's Health, Environment

(7) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 4:55 PM

SEATTLE -- As the first rider in her neighborhood bicycle train, Maka Yusuf pedals nearly 4 miles and climbs more than 350 feet on the way to her elementary school. During the trip she is joined by several classmates and a handful of adult volunteers. Just a month ago, those...

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Scrap Tire Playgrounds Lighten Landfills, But Raise Cancer Fears

(27) Comments | Posted December 20, 2014 | 6:30 AM

The fire burned for nine months, billowing toxic black smoke thousands of feet above its Appalachian valley source and across five states. It would take 20 years and $12 million to clean up the remains of the tire heap.

At the time of the 1983 Rhinehart, Virginia,...

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Big-Picture Study Of Fracking Operations Suggests Even Small Chemical Exposures Pose Risks

(87) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 12:56 PM

April Lane's work often brings her to Fayetteville, Arkansas, where she monitors pollution from natural gas production sites around the area's rich shale reserves. Exposure to toxins, she says, have left her with chronic headaches, nausea and a hesitancy to have more children.  

"I've decided having another baby is...

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'Little Things Matter' Exposes Big Threat To Children's Brains

(34) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 6:04 PM

Tiny amounts of lead, chemical flame retardants and organophosphate pesticides, among other toxins, course through the blood of nearly every American. But just how much worry is a little poison worth?

A lot, especially when considering the cumulative effects of this chemical cocktail on children, warns a video unveiled...

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