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J and J to remove dangerous chemicals from adult health care products

Johnson & Johnson plans to reformulate nearly all of its adult toiletries and cosmetic products by the end of 2015 in order to remove dangerous and potentially cancer-causing chemicals. The news comes just months after the consumer health care products maker announced it would remove the chemicals from its baby products by 2013, a move that was prompted by pressure from a coalition of health and environmental groups. Johnson & Johnson has faced a litany of problems, from massive recalls of over-the-counter medicines and medical devices to lawsuits over questionable marketing practices. The claims of dangerous chemicals in the company’s ... Read More

Dispersants used to fight BP oil spill damaged marine food chain, study finds

Alabama researchers studying the impact oil dispersants used to break up oil from BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill have found that the chemicals and the way in which they were used may have devastated the food chain in certain parts of the Gulf of Mexico. The study, published Tuesday in the scientific journal PLoS ONE and praised by peers for its scope and accuracy, simulated the effects of pollutants on phytoplankton and ciliates by pumping water from Mobile Bay into large drums. Researchers then added oil, chemical dispersants, and a combination of both oil and dispersants to the water samples ... Read More

Chemicals in beauty products linked to diabetes in women

Chemicals in commonly used health care and beauty products may increase a woman’s chance of developing diabetes, according to a new study published this week in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. The chemicals in question are known as phthalates, which are known to interrupt the endocrine system and have been linked in previous studies to diabetes as well as childhood obesity. Phthalates are present in soaps, nail polishes, hair sprays, perfumes and moisturizers, as well as products such as electronics, toys and adhesives. Other “endocrine disturbing” compounds like phthalates include BPA and pesticides, which have been singled out by activists groups ... Read More

FDA warns parents not to put sunscreen on young infants

Most parents know the importance of slathering their kids in sunscreen, but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising parents not to put sunscreen on infants younger than 6 months of age. Babies’ skin is thinner than adults’ and children’s and absorbs the active, chemical ingredients in sunscreen easier. Plus, infants have a higher surface-area to body-weight ratio compared to older children and adults, which means they are more sensitive to exposure to the chemicals in sunscreen. Both of these increase their chances of having an allergic reaction or inflammation. The best approach is to keep infants younger than ... Read More

Baby soaps, shampoos causing newborns to test positive for marijuana exposure

Popular baby soaps and shampoos sold at grocery stores and pharmacies are causing newborns to test positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. The problem came to light when a North Carolina hospital became alarmed when several of its newborns tested positive for marijuana exposure. An investigation into the cause led researchers to an unlikely source – baby soaps and shampoos including ones made by Johnson & Johnson, Aveeno and CVS. The products contain chemicals that can trigger positive THC results in newborns even in trace amounts. The products include Johnson & Johnson’s Bedtime Bath, CVS Night-time Baby Bath, ... Read More

Toxic flame retardants sicken U.S. consumers, enrich chemical companies

“If you want a case study of everything that is wrong with money politics, this is it,” New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof said in an editorial about the use of toxic flame retardant chemicals used on furniture – a story the Chicago Tribune broke in recent investigative series called “Playing with Fire.” According to a number of health and safety officials not vested in the flame retardant industry, the chemicals, which are supposed to fireproof sofa fabric and other furniture, are not only practically useless for their intended purpose, they are downright dangerous to human health.  These experts say ... Read More

Many “toxin-free” nail salon products contain toxic chemicals, California regulators find

Frequent trips to the salon for manicures and pedicures could be hazardous to your health – that’s the bottom line of a new report by California’s Toxic Substances Control (CTSC), which found that several nail polishes and other products commonly used in salons and labeled as “toxin-free” actually have high levels of toxic chemicals. According to WebMD, a team of investigators from the CTSC’s Pollution Prevention Branch purchased 25 salon products from distributors in May 2011 and sent samples of those products to an independent lab for testing. The objective was to find if any of the products contained one ... Read More

Common industrial, household products linked to Parkinson’s disease

Common man-made chemicals found in a variety of industrial and household products have been linked to Parkinson’s disease, according to a study published this week in the Annals of Neurology. Trichloroethylene, or TCE, is a chemical commonly used as an industrial solvent for cleaning metal parts. Perchloroethylene or tetrachloroethylene, also known as PERC, is a chemical commonly used for dry cleaning of fabrics. Both chemicals are found in metal degreasers, metal cleaners, paint, spot removers and carpet-cleaning fluids. The study found that TCE exposure was associated with a sixfold increased risk for developing Parkinson’s disease, and PERC exposure was associated ... Read More

Group urges J&J to remove cancer-causing chemicals from shampoo

Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo is designed to be gentle enough for the youngest tots, but a coalition of health and environmental groups say the product actually contains dangerous cancer-causing chemicals. For more than two years, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has lobbied Johnson & Johnson to remove the chemicals dioxane and quaternium-15 from its baby shampoo. The health care company has refused, though it does make versions of the shampoo without the dangerous chemicals for other markets outside the United States. Members of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics say they have met with Johnson & Johnson representatives three times ... Read More

Bath salts becoming the next big drug problem

Bath salts are becoming a serious drug problem in America and some states are considering banning the products because they make users hallucinate, and become paranoid and suicidal, according to a recent story in the Washington Post. The chemicals in the bath salts can be as powerful as methamphetamine, say some law enforcement agents and poison control centers, and contain chemicals such as mephedrone and methylenedioxypyrovalerone, also known as MDPV. In addition to bath salts, the chemicals can be found in plant foods that are sold legally at convenience stores and on the Internet. Sold for as little as $20 ... Read More