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Outbreak of Mystery Illness at Houston Elementary School Under Investigation

The Houston, Texas, Health Department is investigating an outbreak of illness at an elementary school in the city that sickened more than 80 students and some staff According to Click2Houston, Houston Health Department officials said several Woodland Hills Elementary School students had to leave school early on Wednesday, April 26. On Friday, more than 200 students were absent because of the outbreak, although authorities said that some of those were students who had been kept home as a precaution. The school has 581 students enrolled. Stomach cramps, nausea, and diarrhea are among the symptoms reported among those sickened. The Harris ... Read More

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

Diacetyl In Vape Flavorings Linked to Permanent Lung Damage

A flavoring agent found in most e-juice used to vape has researchers concerned that the currently unregulated products are causing users or “vapers” to develop serious, irreversible lung injuries and disease. According to a Harvard School of Public Health study, diacetyl – a chemical used to give margarine, microwave popcorn, and now vaping liquids, a buttery taste, is being inhaled by millions of Americans via by vaping flavored e-juice, and few people are aware of the dangers. Inhaling diacetyl can destroy the smallest airways within the lungs, leading to a buildup of scar tissue that results in diminished air flow – a ... Read More

DOJ seeks to shut down operations at pharmaceutical supply company after reports of infection

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is moving to shut down Pharmaceutical Innovations, a Newark, N.J.-based company blamed for producing ultrasound gel that caused infections in 16 patients. The DOJ, working on behalf of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), filed a complaint against the company and its president and owner, Gilbert Buchalter, seeking an injunction to halt operations at the plant until it resolves violations to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The DOJ claims the company produced the gel used in ultrasound tests without following proper manufacturing practices, failed to obtain proper approval before distributing its products, and ... 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

Researchers find a dolphin population in crisis after BP oil spill

Researchers who recently completed the first major study of dolphin health after BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill flooded the Gulf of Mexico with 206 million gallons of oil in 2010 say what’s left of the dolphin population in Louisiana’s Barataria Bay is struggling to survive. The report, published in the December issue of the Environmental Science and Technology journal, found the dolphins racked with pneumonia, liver disease, anemia, low blood sugar, missing teeth, and other serious problems. One pregnant female was found to be carrying a dead fetus. Of the 32 dolphins briefly captured and assessed of the coast of ... Read More

Study finds chemical exposure may have increased cancer rates in IBM employees

Employees at IBM’s Endicott, New York, facility may have been prone to develop certain types of cancer and other disease due to exposure to tetrachloroethylene (PCE) and other toxic chemicals in the workplace, according to the results of a government-led statistical analysis. Endicott residents concerned about toxic exposure at IBM pushed for the study, which researchers with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conducted during a five-year period using $3.1 million in federal funding. The comprehensive analysis examined the health of 34,494 workers who were employed at IBM’s Endicott facility between 1969 and 2001. The study found ... Read More

Dolphin deaths, disease directly linked to BP oil spill, new report finds

Bottlenose dolphins living in Louisiana’s Barataria Bay region have lung disease and adrenal hormone deficiencies, U.S. government scientists concluded in a new report connecting BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill to surging dolphin deaths and disease for the first time. The study heightens concerns about the impact that exposure to toxic hydrocarbons has made on dolphins, whales, fish, and other marine ingesting food and water in areas of the Gulf contaminated by the BP disaster. The spill sent more than 200 million gallons of crude oil and tons of natural gas into the sensitive marine environments of the Gulf of ... Read More

NFL player quits midseason over sport’s toll on his health, says money isn’t worth it

Denver Broncos guard John Moffitt has made national headlines for quitting his lucrative National Football League (NFL) career midseason, a move that has elicited criticism from many who claim the player must be crazy. But for Moffitt, 27, the decision to leave wasn’t as difficult as some might imagine because he says the game has been taking an enormous toll on his health. As the New York Times explains, “in parts of three seasons as a guard with the Seattle Seahawks and the Broncos, Moffitt … blew out his knee, had elbow surgery and hurt his shoulders. Sleep apnea left him exhausted. ... Read More

Study finds most breast milk sold online contains harmful bacteria

The internet has created a thriving market for women who want to sell breast milk and for those who want it for their babies. However, a new study shows that most breast milk sold online may contain high levels of harmful bacteria and other contaminants. For the study, published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers analyzed 100 samples of breast milk sold online. They found that three out of four samples contain either a large amount of bacterial growth or contained bacteria that could cause disease, such as fecal contamination. The contamination was likely accidental, a result of poor hygiene during milk ... Read More