Environment

Sunlight and Health; More Than Just Vitamin D

January 27, 2015

One of the most important aspects of life on earth is the sun. It provides warmth and energy, making life as we know it possible. Humans have evolved to live with the sun. It not only supports the plants and vegetation that feed and shelter us, but it is also an integral part of our […]

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Phthalate Chemicals In Common Cosmetics Linked To Diabetes Risk

September 11, 2012

Researchers from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) claim they’ve found a link between chemicals in everyday make-up cosmetics and diabetes in women. Phthalates are the chemical compounds found in plasticisers – the substance added to plastic to make it flexible and transparent. They are commonly used in cosmetics and make-up packaging, as well as […]

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FDA rejects call to ban BPA from food packaging

April 10, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has rejected a petition from environmentalists that would have banned the plastic-hardening chemical bisphenol-A from all food and drink packaging, including plastic bottles and canned food. The agency said Friday that petitioners did not present compelling scientific evidence to justify new restrictions on the much-debated chemical, commonly known as BPA, […]

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Evolutionary medicine – Are some germs good for you?

April 10, 2012

In last week’s issue of Science, a group of researchers from Harvard Medical School reported that mice raised with more bacteria were healthier than those raised in more sterile conditions. Bioethicist Art Caplan wrote up a nice summary of a paper here. The scientists reached an admittedly geeky conclusion: “These results indicate that age-sensitive contact […]

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Keep your personal Big Ben ticking at a steady rhythm

April 3, 2012

Let a wound-down body clock (from travel, stress or the switch to daylight saving time) mess with YOU? No way! Keep your personal Big Ben ticking at a steady rhythm, and you’ll see immediate benefits. You’ll keep your appetite in check, stay sharply focused and get a great night’s sleep. And that’s not all. New […]

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Exposure to Toxic Solvents Linked to Parkinson’s Disease – HealthDay – By Robert Preidt – (Monday, November 14, 2011) –

December 6, 2011

MONDAY, Nov. 14 (HealthDay News) — Exposure to the industrial solvent trichloroethylene (TCE) appears to greatly increase the risk of Parkinson’s disease, and exposure to two other solvents also boosts the chances of developing the neurodegenerative disorder, a new study indicates. As many as 500,000 people in the United States have Parkinson’s disease and more […]

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BPA Lurks in Canned Soups and Drinks – New York Times (NY) – By Anahad O’Connor – (Tuesday, November 22, 2011) –

December 6, 2011

A new study by Harvard researchers may provide another reason to skip the canned pumpkin and cranberry sauce this Thanksgiving. People who ate one serving of canned food daily over the course of five days, the study found, had significantly elevated levels – more than a tenfold increase – of bisphenol-A, or BPA, a substance […]

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J&J steadily removing toxins from baby products – Associated Press – By Linda A. Johnson – (Wednesday, November 16, 2011) –

November 23, 2011

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Amid pressure from activists, Johnson & Johnson said Wednesday that it is continuing efforts to remove traces of two harmful chemicals from its baby products around the world.  An international coalition of consumer and environmental groups has been pressing J&J since May 2009 to remove two potentially cancer-causing chemicals from products […]

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Exposure to Toxic Solvents Linked to Parkinson’s Disease – HealthDay – By Robert Preidt – (Monday, November 14, 2011) –

November 16, 2011

 MONDAY, Nov. 14 (HealthDay News) — Exposure to the industrial solvent trichloroethylene (TCE) appears to greatly increase the risk of Parkinson’s disease, and exposure to two other solvents also boosts the chances of developing the neurodegenerative disorder, a new study indicates.  As many as 500,000 people in the United States have Parkinson’s disease and more […]

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Some Full-Body Airport Scanners Banned In Europe – By Chris Morran-The Consumerist -Nov.15, 2011

November 15, 2011

The full-body scanners being rolled out at security checkpoints in U.S. airports are either of the millimeter-wave type, which uses radio frequency waves, or the backscatter X-ray type, which uses ionizing radiation — and which has effectively been banned from use in European airports.    http://consumerist.com/2011/11/some-full-body-airport-scanners-banned-in-europe.html

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