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Feds Failing To Act On Antibiotic Resistance Despite Grave Threat, Health Advocates Warn

(96) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 5:06 PM

Public health advocates are fuming over a new court ruling that they say could hasten the coming of the next pandemic.

In a 2-1 decision released Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration need not...

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Would You Like Flame Retardants With That Couch?

(8) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 4:40 PM

SEATTLE -- Most of Aimee Robinson's customers are moms. And more of them are starting to ask questions about the contents of the couches and chairs she constructs.

"I get moms crying on the phone," said Robinson, owner of the green furniture company EcoBalanza. "Their main concern is...

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Federal Support For Potent New Weedkiller Raises Fears About Children's Health

(176) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 8:23 PM

In his public plea for the Environmental Protection Agency to reject registration of a potent new weedkiller, Christopher Lish of Olema, California, revisited a decades-old warning from environmental prophet Rachel Carson: "As crude a weapon as the cave man's club, the chemical barrage has been hurled against the...

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Doctors Fail To Counsel Pregnant Women On Toxic Chemical Risks

(10) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 7:32 PM

When Penelope Jagessar Chaffer became pregnant, her obstetrician warned her to avoid alcohol, cigarettes and mercury-laden tuna. Dangers posed to her unborn child by industrial chemicals such as flame retardants, pesticides and plastics, however, never came up.

"No one told me anything about any of this stuff," said Jagessar Chaffer,...

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Supreme Court Decision Is A Boon For Polluters, Critics Say

(102) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 3:44 PM

"Ludicrous." "Unconscionable." "A slap in the face."

A Supreme Court ruling on Monday in favor of a corporation accused of contaminating a North Carolina community has been met with words of outrage from victims and advocates.

The 7-2 vote in the case of

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Kaiser Permanente Pledges To Stop Buying Flame-Retardant Furniture

(6) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 7:50 PM

The push to rid our bodies and the environment of toxic flame retardants just got a powerful boost from a major health care system, according to experts.

Kaiser Permanente, the largest U.S. nonprofit health management organization, announced Tuesday it will stop buying furniture treated with the chemicals, still common in...

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Why These Goalies Are Worried About Unknown Toxins In Artificial Turf

(2) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 5:00 PM

The distinct smell of synthetic turf on a soccer field always brings back good memories for Jordan Swarthout.

"I loved playing the sport so much," said Swarthout, 22, a former stand-out goalkeeper in Sumner, Washington, and now a graduating senior at Oregon State University.

Swarthout recalls never worrying if the...

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The Stomach Bacteria That Could Prolong Your Life

(15) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 6:02 PM

The best predictor of our lifelong health may well be the bacteria that live within us. Specifically, the trillions of microbes that colonize our bodies from childhood on, and outnumber our own cells 10-to-1. Autism, allergies, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes and obesity are just a few of the conditions...

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Climate Change Will Strengthen Pests, Weaken Crops, Studies Say

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 7:49 AM

Count weeds and insect pests among the beneficiaries of climate change. Meanwhile, the crops we need will have fewer nutrients that make them beneficial, scientists revealed this week.

At the root of the problem: Rising carbon dioxide levels, warming temperatures and more frequent extreme weather events do not treat all...

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Toxic Chemical Bill Championed By Industry, Chided By Children's Health Advocates

(28) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 1:37 PM

Brad Springer, 10, has fought and defeated neuroblastoma cancer -- twice. Today, according to his dad, the now healthy Idaho boy is wielding his powers in another battle.

Brad was among four children dressed up as "Toxin Freedom Fighters," complete with green shorts, capes and masks, in the halls of...

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Many Small Planes Still Run On Toxic Lead Fuel, And That Risks The Health Of Millions

(74) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 7:28 PM

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A children's playground shares a fence with the Santa Monica Airport. (Michael Brodsky)

The regular racket of propeller planes flying in and out of Santa Monica Airport is troublesome enough for many in the local community. Schools, playgrounds and culs-de-sac flank all...

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Supreme Court Could Make It Harder For Victims Of Hazardous Pollutants To Get Justice

(348) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 5:52 PM

When Tate MacQueen pulled the yellow flyer from his Asheville, N.C., mailbox, his thoughts flew to his young children. The flyer warned of toxic contamination in the well water.

"Nothing will raise your hackles like someone telling you that the air you may be breathing or the water you may...

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Climate Change Threats To 'The Least Of These' Compel Evangelical Christians To Act

(350) Comments | Posted April 5, 2014 | 12:10 AM

"Climate change is a really bad reason to get divorced."

Katharine Hayhoe, a leading climate scientist, recalled the trial she and her husband Andrew, an evangelical Christian pastor, faced when they discovered they weren't on the same page about global warming.

After a number of intense discussions, mediated by...

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Firefighters Sound Alarm On Toxic Chemicals

(32) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 7:40 AM

More than 200 empty pairs of firefighter boots lined the steps of the Rotunda in San Francisco's City Hall on Wednesday.

Each pair represented a local firefighter who lost his or her life "with their boots off" due to cancer in the last 14 years, said Tony Stefani, president...

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Toxic Lead Widespread In World's Largest Paint Market

(6) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 5:54 PM

Bright yellows, reds, blues and greens coat a day care center's walls, fence, slide and swing. More colorful paints peel from tables inside a kindergarten classroom.

"Unfortunately, it's a common sight," said Yuyun Ismawati, coordinator of the Indonesia Toxics-Free Network, referencing the prolific use of potentially toxic paint in schools...

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Nature Has A Promising Replacement For Hormone-Scrambling Plastics: Shrimp Shells

(43) Comments | Posted March 15, 2014 | 8:00 AM

Javier Fernandez admits he's not a huge fan of chess. "I'm not very good either," he says.

Nevertheless, his queen, king, rook and knight are attracting a lot of attention.

The black and white chess pieces are made of plastic, but not the petroleum-based kind experts warn may be...

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U.S. Armed Forces Sickened After Fukushima Meltdown Get Help From Online Fundraising

(100) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 9:55 PM

Mike Sebourn served at a U.S. Navy base in Japan after the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, measuring radiation and decontaminating aircraft. Nathan Piekutowski spent the days after the disaster with the Marine Corps, passing out water to survivors near the stricken power plant.

Today, nearly three years after the March...

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Agent Orange Posed A Health Threat To Servicemen Long After Vietnam: Study

(31) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 4:58 PM

Military veterans who say they were sickened by lingering amounts of the herbicide Agent Orange aboard repurposed airplanes after the Vietnam War now have some strong scientific support for their claims.

A study published on Friday refutes the U.S. Air Force and Department of Veteran Affairs' position that any dioxin...

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Camp Lejeune Cancer Study 'Vindication' For Victims, Advocates Say

(41) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 5:18 PM

As worries linger over tap water tainted by a chemical spill in West Virginia, and by oil and gas drilling from Pennsylvania to Texas, the health consequences of another water contamination -- one that many say was the worst in U.S. history -- are becoming increasingly...

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More Toxic Chemicals Damaging Children's Brains, New Study Warns

(191) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 6:50 PM

The number of industrial chemicals, heavy metals and pesticides proven capable of derailing normal brain development -- and robbing children and society of dollars, IQ points and future potential -- has doubled over the last several years, according to a new paper published Friday.

Dr. Philippe Grandjean,...

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