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Study Links Toxic Chemicals To Staggering Medical, Economic Costs

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals used extensively in common household products and pesticides cost the U.S. more than $340 billion per year in medical costs and lost earnings, in additional to having a negative impact on intelligence, a new study published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology journal found. For the study, researchers reviewed blood and urine sample analyses documenting endocrine disruptors from chemical agents among participants in the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that can interfere with the body’s hormones, producing adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects. The chemicals are used in consumer plastics, flame ... Read More

Regular Exposure To Cleaning Agents Linked To Increased Risk of Lung Injury, Health Study Finds

People who are regularly exposed to cleaning agents in the home or office are at a significantly higher risk of developing permanent lung damage, a long-term study conducted by Norwegian health researchers has found. The greatest risk of harm is found in cleaners and detergents that come in aerosol and spray form, which are easily inhaled, especially in more confined spaces of the home, such as bathroom and kitchens. The Norwegian study, released as part of a European Union Healthy Lungs for Life campaign, followed 5,000 women over the course of 20 years, and found that those whose professional job ... Read More

Eight Alabama Water Systems Under EPA Advisory For Industrial Contamination

A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advisory warning of harmful industrial pollutants in 59 water systems nationwide has raised concerns in Alabama, where eight of the named water systems are located. The EPA advisory focuses on the presence of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctyl sulfonate (PFOS), man-made chemical compounds that are used in the manufacture of non-stick, stain-resistant, and water-proofing coatings on fabric, cookware, firefighting foam, and a variety of other consumer products. Exposure to the chemicals over time, even in trace amounts, could promote serious health problems, the EPA warns. Some of the adverse health effects linked to PFOA ... Read More

Hair Loss, Health Complaints Associated With WEN Conditioner Prompt Congressional Inquiry

More than 17,000 consumers have complained about significant hair loss, bald spots, skin irritation, and other health problems after using WEN Cleansing Conditioner developed by celebrity hairstylist Chaz Dean, and some U.S. representatives are demanding to know why. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ), the highest-ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, wrote to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf earlier this month to ask what action the agency is giving to the complaints associated with the WEN conditioner. “Complaints filed by thousands of customers on product forums, retail web sites, and consumer sites detail a ... Read More

Spray-on sunscreen use discouraged for children while FDA safety investigation is ongoing

Health officials are warning parents not to use spray sunscreen on their children. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began an investigation into this type of sunscreen in 2011 and we are still awaiting its verdict. “We now say that until the FDA completes its analysis, the products should generally not be used by or on children,” says Consumer Reports. “We have also removed one sunscreen spray — Ocean Potion Kids Instant Dry Mist SPF 50 — from the group of recommended sunscreens in our sunscreen Ratings, because it is marketed especially for children.” Consumer Reports has tested sunscreens in ... Read More

Lead, other toxic metals found in most lipstick samples, study finds

When it comes to potentially dangerous consumer products, one of the last things that may come to mind is lipstick, yet a recent study found that many samples randomly gathered from their owners tested positive for toxic metals, including lead and cadmium, which in small amounts can have an adverse effect on health. Although researchers found traces of the lead, cadmium, chromium, aluminum, and manganese in all of the lipstick and lip gloss samples they tested, some contained levels high enough to pose a serious health risk if used frequently. Researchers found that women who applied lipstick two or three ... Read More

President Obama urged to reject USDA rule loosening poultry plant inspections

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is nearly ready to implement a new rule that will increase line speeds at chicken processing plants, saying it will improve efficiency and enhance food safety, but the Government Accountability Office (GAO), a number of consumer-safety groups, and other organizations are urging President Barack Obama to reject the rule. Most significantly, the new rule would increase chicken processing line speeds – the number of birds inspectors visually check per minute — from 140 per minute to 175 per minute. The rule also would effectively remove most USDA inspectors from the line to focus on ... Read More

FDA lays out new rules to measure impurities in medications

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has laid down new rules for drug companies that detail acceptable levels of impurities – such as arsenic –allowed in medications as well as the processes for detecting them. The 81-page guidance outlines five different classifications for various elements including potentially dangerous ones like lead to relatively safe ones like zinc. The FDA created the guidance along with drug regulators in Europe and Japan as part of the International Conference on Harmonisation, an effort to establish “permitted daily exposure” (PDE) standards for potentially dangerous elements. The guidance details whether elements should be included in ... Read More

Louisiana chemical plant explosion kills one, injures 73 others

GEISMAR, LA — An explosion at a Louisiana chemical plant killed one person and injured 73 others Thursday morning while forcing the evacuation of several hundred workers and setting off a fire that jeopardizes the safety of other nearby factories. According to the Associated Press, the explosion occurred at 8:37 a.m. at a chemical plant owned by Williams Companies Inc. southeast of Baton Rouge. The plant produces 1.3 billion pounds of ethylene and 90 million pounds of polymer grade propylene, both of which are extremely flammable. The petrochemicals are a key ingredient in plastic production and a number of other ... Read More

Toxic chemical use in chicken plants set to rise, posing serious health risks to workers, public

With U.S. chicken consumption rising steadily, poultry processing plants nationwide are poised to implement changes that will injure and sicken many workers. Instead of meeting rising demand by expanding facilities and hiring additional workers, the poultry processing industry is poised to increase maximum line speeds and rely more heavily on the use of highly toxic chemicals to treat contaminated chicken. A number of reports have been published explaining the dangers of increasing the already-maximized line speeds in chicken plants, which will boost the number of chickens line workers must inspect from 140 per minute to 175 per minute. Regulations that ... Read More