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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

NYC residents prepare as doorman strike looms

New York City is bracing itself for a problem that might make most non-city dwellers think “boo hoo hoo” – a looming strike of some 30,000 of the city’s residential doormen and other service workers. The Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union has been in negotiations with New York City’s Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations, Inc., which represents building owners, for higher wages, but little progress has been made. The SEI union represents not only New York City’s residential doormen but porters, superintendents, elevator operators, and handymen as well. The average union worker earns on average about ... Read More