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Organic solvents raise risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in women
A new study in the Jan
15, 2009 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology suggests that women
exposed to organic solvents on the job are at higher risk of non-Hodgkin
Feb 23, 2009 - 10:34:11 PM
Medical Director of Swiss Clinic Takes Brave Stand on the Hazards of Electromagnetic Pollution
Dr. Thomas Rau, Medical
Director of the world-renowned Paracelsus Clinic in Switzerland, says
he is convinced ‘electromagnetic loads’ lead to cancer, concentration
problems, ADD, tinnitus, migraines, insomnia, arrhythmia, Parkinson’s
and even back pain.
Feb 17, 2009 - 4:43:23 PM
Precautionary Advice for Cell Phone Use
The World Health Organization has been compiling data on the health risks of electromagnetic fields emitted by cell phones, but the release of the report has been delayed for over two years.
Jan 7, 2009 - 1:07:15 PM
How Green is Your Cell Phone?
"I know that most people use cell phones, and I appreciate the OCA
looking for the best companies to purchase such a service, but I have a
couple concerns. First of all, I have read that cell phones can cause
brain tumors. Secondly, I hear there are environmental and child labor
issues related to coltan mining for cell phones.
Oct 29, 2008 - 10:49:02 AM
The world plans to eliminate malaria by 2015
The world has
gotten a new plan to eliminate malaria from the planet by 2015.
Organizers Thursday said they received
pledges of nearly $3 billion, the Associated Press reports.
Sep 26, 2008 - 11:36:35 AM
Cell phone could damage your sperm
Long term use
of cell phone has already been associated with brain tumor.
Now a new study suggests that simply carrying
a cell phone with talk mode on could damage sperm.
Sep 19, 2008 - 9:17:29 AM
High PCB exposure linked to diabetes risk
study in the journal Diabetes Care shows people who have been exposed to high
levels of polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs may be at a higher risk of type 2
diabetes than those who have not.
Aug 16, 2008 - 1:42:50 PM
Industry says granite countertops are safe to use
Institute of America on Friday responded to the studies by Rice University
physics professor W.J. Llope saying that granite countertops pose no
significant health risk.
Jul 28, 2008 - 7:23:45 AM
Important precautionary advice regarding cell phone use
Ronald B. Herberman, MD at The University of
Pittsburgh Cancer Institute sent out an email last week to colleagues warning
them of the potential risk of using cell phones.
Jul 27, 2008 - 1:45:58 PM
Your granite countertops may raise your cancer risk
physics professor W.J. Llope found some granite countertops generate gamma
radiation and radon gas at a level that is considered dangerous by the U.S.
government, Houston Chronicle reported.
Jul 27, 2008 - 9:17:16 AM
Does too much sun cause melanoma?
are continuously bombarded with messages about the dangers of too much
sun and the increased risk of melanoma (the less common and deadliest
form of skin cancer), but are these dangers real, or is staying out of
the sun causing us more harm than good?
Jul 24, 2008 - 6:26:49 AM
Toxic chemicals found in common scented laundry products, air fresheners
A University of Washington study of top-selling laundry products and
air fresheners found the products emitted dozens of different
chemicals. All six products tested gave off at least one chemical
regulated as toxic or hazardous under federal laws, but none of those
chemicals was listed on the product labels.
Jul 24, 2008 - 6:20:06 AM
Global warming may raise risk of kidney stones
It seems we
have not gotten enough problems with global warming.
A new study suggests that the global climate
change that has led to Al Gore winning a Nobel Prize would expose more people in
the United States to the risk of suffering kidney stones.
Jul 16, 2008 - 10:19:07 AM
RFID tags useful, but potentially risky
A new study found that use
of radio frequency identification (RFID), a wireless technology, on
medical device may pose a risk to patients who are supported by a
critical care medical device such as pacemakers.
Jun 25, 2008 - 2:06:06 PM
RFID tags useful, but risky
study found that use of radio frequency identification (RFID), a wireless technology,
on valuable medical device or equipment may pose a risk to patients who are supported by a critical
care medical device such as pacemakers.
Jun 25, 2008 - 1:08:14 PM
PVC shower curtains harmful to your health
If you’re thinking or have planned to purchase a PVC shower curtain by the end of the week, you might want to think again. An environmental organization has found that this type of curtain may pose a risk to your health because it emits a large number of toxic volatiles.
Jun 16, 2008 - 12:03:53 PM
Traffic pollution raises risk of childhood allergies
Traffic pollution may increase risk of allergies in children, according to a German study confirming early studies that found an association between pollution and allergies.
Jun 13, 2008 - 12:05:02 PM
PVC shower curtains release harmful chemicals
Using polyvinyl chloride (PVC)-based shower curtains in the household may pose a health risk because the curtains of this type release a number of toxic chemicals such as toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and others.
Jun 13, 2008 - 9:29:22 AM
Nanotubes are as deadly as asbestos
Carbon nanotubes can cause
cancer such as deadly deadly lung cancer called mesothelioma just as
asbestos does, according to a new stuyd published ini the Scientific
journal Nature nanotechnology.
Jun 7, 2008 - 1:49:34 PM
Childhood lead exposure raises risk of getting arrested
A study in this week's PLoS Medicine suggests that exposure to lead in
early childhood may increase the risk of a person getting arrested for
violent crimes in young adulthood.
May 28, 2008 - 1:13:17 PM
16% American homes use only wireless phones
Preliminary results from the July-December 2007 National Health
Interview Survey (NHIS) indicate that nearly one out of every six
American homes (15.8%) had only wireless telephones during the second
half of 2007.
May 27, 2008 - 2:58:43 PM
Phthalates: How to avoid them?
Phthalates are endocrine disruptors that could negatively
impact reproductive system leading to decreased sperm motility and
concentration in men and genital abnormalities in baby boys.
The chemicals are also linked to increased
risk of asthma and allergies.
May 27, 2008 - 12:04:33 PM
Not Finished Yet
Although polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were banned in the United
States in 1977, they persist in the environment. These bioaccumulative
chemicals can damage the immune, reproductive, endocrine, and nervous
systems. When looking for environmental sources of PCBs, scientists
generally measure dietary intake from fish, meat, and milk. However,
older wood floor finishes that harbor PCBs may present an
underestimated route for exposure, finds Ruthann Rudel, a toxicologist
at the nonprofit Silent Spring Institute in Newton, Massachusetts.
May 25, 2008 - 10:59:59 PM
Illinois reports first mosquitoes with West Nile virus this year
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced
mosquito samples collected in Tazewell County and Dupage County have
been confirmed as the first positive test results in Illinois this year
for West Nile virus.
May 24, 2008 - 8:07:04 AM
Particulates kill tens of thousands of Californians each year
The California Air
Resources Board on May 22 released a report to address the health impacts of
exposure to particulate matter.
May 23, 2008 - 10:25:50 AM
Cell phone use during pregnancy may cause behavioral problems in children
Prenatal and postnatal use of cell phones may affect children’s brain
causing behavioral problems in the children, according to a new study
published in the May 7 issue of Epidemiology.
May 21, 2008 - 11:35:51 AM
Air pollution linked to blood clots
Long-term exposure to a type of air pollution, the air-borne fine
particles, appears to dramatically increase the risk of deep vein
thrombosis, a condition that can lead to a life-threatening pulmonary
embolism, according to a study in the May 12 issue of the Archives of
May 13, 2008 - 9:45:13 AM
Outraged Parents and Environmental Health Advocates Demand Halt
Today a petition signed by over 20,000 parents and concerned consumers who support greater health protections for infants was sent to the CEOs of Avent, Disney/First Years, Dr. Brown's, Evenflo, and Gerber – manufacturers of plastic baby bottles containing BPA, a sex hormone that interferes with the ways that genes are supposed to guide babies' healthy growth and development.
May 7, 2008 - 2:38:45 PM
New Thinking on Flame Retardants
No one wants their bed, couch, chair, computer,
or TV to catch on fire. "If an ordinary upholstered chair in your home
gets ignited, it can essentially take your whole house down," says
Richard Gann, a senior research scientist at the U.S. National
Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Building and Fire
Research Laboratory. The most flammable part of a mattress or couch is
its plastic polyurethane foam cushioning, he explains. Once a fire gets
through a chair or mattress's fabric covering and into this cushioning,
it can start a catastrophic reaction that quickly leads to "flashover,"
in which nearly everything combustible inside a room ignites
May 6, 2008 - 9:21:37 PM
Unwelcome Guest: PBDEs in Indoor Dust
Researchers have known for years that house dust is a major exposure
route for lead and certain pesticides. Now attention is turning to
another class of dustborne chemicals—polybrominated diphenyl ether
(PBDE) flame retardants. A growing body of research documents that
PBDEs and other brominated flame retardants (BFRs) released from many
different consumer products can accumulate in people's homes, cars, and
workplaces. Moreover, certain segments of the population have extremely
high concentrations of these substances in their bodies. However, hard
data on the human health impact of these exposures are only just
beginning to emerge, with many studies focusing on thyroid effects.
May 1, 2008 - 12:25:09 PM