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Two Forever Chemicals More Toxic Than Previously Thought

Two Forever Chemicals More Toxic Than Previously Thought

A new analysis from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finds that forever chemicals are even more toxic than previously thought. The agency announced Tuesday that it was asking its Scientific Advisory Board to review draft scientific documents about the health impacts of two types of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS): Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctane […]

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    Major Fashion, Outdoor Wear Companies to Phase Out PFAS

    Major Fashion, Outdoor Wear Companies to Phase Out PFAS

    VF Corporation, which owns major fashion and outerwear apparel brands such as The North Face, Vans, Supreme, and Timberland, has recently announced a company-wide decision to phase out per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS or “forever chemicals,” from its products. These chemicals will be mostly phased out of company products by 2025. PFAS […]

    Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals Found in Fast Food

    Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals Found in Fast Food

    New research has revealed yet another potential health risk from eating fast food: it contains hormone-disrupting chemicals known as phthalates that have been linked to a variety of health problems. The study, published in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology Wednesday, analyzed 64 food samples from six burger, pizza and Tex Mex restaurants […]

    Phthalates in Food Packaging Lead to 100,000 Deaths in U.S. Each Year, Study Finds

    Phthalates in Food Packaging Lead to 100,000 Deaths in U.S. Each Year, Study Finds

    A new study has found that chemicals known as phthalates (PFAS) found in plastic food packaging and other consumer goods are killing 91,000 to 107,000 older adults in the U.S. each year. The study, published in Environmental Pollution on Oct.12, 2021, outlines the dangers of phthalates in food packaging, although these chemicals are also found […]

    Could Chlorpyrifos Be Contributing to the Obesity Epidemic?

    Could Chlorpyrifos Be Contributing to the Obesity Epidemic?

    It is widely known that the controversial pesticide chlorpyrifos harms children’s brains, yet despite this, it was not banned on food in the U.S. until August of this year. A little more than a week later, new science published in Nature Communications revealed the controversial pesticide could be contributing to another public health crisis. “[I]ts […]

    We’re Miscalculating the Cancer Risk From a Massive Class of Chemicals: MIT Study

    We’re Miscalculating the Cancer Risk From a Massive Class of Chemicals: MIT Study

    By Elizabeth Gribkoff Around the world, regulators have long relied on one compound to assess a community’s lung cancer risk from a class of chemicals that we’re exposed to while grilling burgers, waiting in traffic, and breathing in wood smoke from a fire. That compound—benzo(a)pyrene, a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)—however, only accounts for 11% of […]

    Babies Are Already Pooping Plastic, Study Finds

    Babies Are Already Pooping Plastic, Study Finds

    Babies haven’t spent a lot of time on the planet, but apparently it’s still enough time to be exposed to lots of plastic. A new study published in Environmental Science and Technology Letters Wednesday found an average of 36,000 nanograms of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) microplastics (MP) per gram of infant feces, compared to 2,600 nanograms […]

    Air Pollution Linked to Severe Mental Illness

    Air Pollution Linked to Severe Mental Illness

    Air pollution is an underrated problem in the world, with many dangerous health consequences. Recently, the most comprehensive study of its kind linked exposure to air pollution to increased severity of mental illness, The Guardian reported. The study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, tested 13,000 people in London, England and used frequency of […]