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Study Links Flint Water To Infant Deaths, Decreased Fertility

The health problems stemming from the Flint water crisis may not be revealed for years to come, but already there is evidence that the lead-tainted water increased infant mortality and lowered fertility rates among women in the city. According to MLive.com, a new analysis published Wednesday, Sept. 20, Dr. David Slusky and Dr. Daniel Grossman of the University of Kansas found that fetal death rates rose 58 percent after Flint’s water supply was switched in 2014. The fertility rate among women in Flint dropped 12 percent during the same time, the research indicated. Other findings included disparities in the health ... Read More

Blowout preventer problems that led to BP oil spill still threaten Gulf, new report finds

A “litany of flaws” still plagues the devices offshore oil drillers in the Gulf of Mexico rely on to prevent blowouts like the one that exploded BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig in 2010, according to findings by the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board. The Board’s findings potentially mean key risks that contributed to the BP oil spill – the largest environmental disaster ever to hit the U.S. – are still in place. The Chemical Board’s report, which focused on BP’s blowout preventer or “BOP,”  is one of a number of ongoing federal safety and industry investigations of the BP spill ... 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

Seafood fraud harms consumers, honest businesses, and the environment

Seafood fraud is rampant in the U.S. according to an extensive two-year scientific study led by the conservation group Oceana, but almost nothing has been done to curb the problem until now. Recognizing the special threats that seafood fraud poses, some states have started taking measures to crack down on fraudulent seafood labeling and selling. According to Oceana, one-third of more than 1,200 seafood samples it collected nationwide and sampled for the study were confirmed through DNA testing to be mislabeled. Samples sold as snapper and tuna accounted for the most fraudulently mislabeled types of seafood. In fact, only seven ... 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

Direct-to-consumer advertising likely inflating demand for testosterone drugs, new study finds

Testosterone replacement therapy for men increased in the U.S. and the U.K. between 2000 and 2011, but whereas supplementation rates quadrupled in the U.S. during that time, they rose just 30 percent in the U.K., according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. One likely explanation for the drastically different rates of low-testosterone treatment in the U.S. compared to the U.K. is the prevalence of direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising in the U.S. DTC advertising has been legal in the U.S. since 1982, but few drug makers took that marketing approach due to requirements about disclosing ... 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

Toyota seeks sudden-acceleration closure after Oklahoma verdict

Less than two months after an Oklahoma jury found that Toyota had acted with ”reckless disregard” in its response to two women injured in a sudden, unintended acceleration crash, the Japanese auto maker has decided to enter an intensive settlement process. The decision to negotiate a settlement hasn’t surprised many following Toyota’s sudden-acceleration saga. Even though it appeared the carmaker had gained some momentum fighting earlier lawsuits brought by crash victims and their families — as well as vehicle owners suffering monetary losses — the jury’s verdict in Oklahoma likely derailed Toyota’s hopes for prevailing over some 300 additional lawsuits ... Read More

Mortality rates lower in older men with moderate testosterone levels, study finds

Older men with testosterone levels in the middle range tend to live longer than men with levels of the hormone that are either too low or too high, a new Australian study has found. The study, published in The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM), underscores some of the dangers men may face when they use testosterone replacement drugs to boost hormone levels that aren’t chronically low. According to the study’s lead author Dr. Bu Beng Yeap of the University of Western Australia, when testosterone is metabolized by the body, it produces dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a natural chemical linked to ... Read More

Ride malfunction at Ohio amusement park injures seven

SANDUSKY, Ohio — A water thrill ride malfunctioned Friday at Cedar Point amusement park near Cleveland, Ohio, Friday, injuring seven people who were on boat that slid backward down a steep hill and flipped over in water. Investigators are at the park this week trying to determine how the malfunction occurred on the “Shoot the Rapids” ride and why some of the safety restraints were not working properly. “We heard a snap and then a clunk and then it was the loudest noise, like an explosion,” Emily Capezzuto, one of the riders, told the Sandusky Register. “Then it slid down ... Read More