Decades-long project is linking our health to the environment

Started in 1959, this California study is one of the oldest ongoing research projects in the world.
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The new ‘Toxic Beauty’ documentary asks: Are skin-care products the new cigarettes?

A thought-provoking documentary considers the impact of virtually unregulated chemicals in personal-care products.

Colorado School of Public Health gets to study toxic "forever chemicals" in southern El Paso County

The Colorado School of Public Health will receive $1 million to study the health effects that toxic "forever chemicals" have had on 1,300 residents living in Security, Widefield and Fountain,

Michigan gets $4M to learn how much PFAS is in your blood

Grant from CDC also targets firefighters, who use gear treated with the chemicals.

A global pollution observatory hunts for hidden killers

The first worldwide effort to measure all forms of pollution is calculating staggering numbers on its human toll.

New Haven returning to longstanding policy on lead poisoning in children

Mayor Toni Harp Monday denied knowing changes in the city's lead policy had been put into effect last November until they were detailed in court testimony in early June.


Montreal firefighters hope to prevent cancer with decontamination measures

Even in the dead of winter, Montreal firefighters are going to be hosed off before leaving the scene of a fire in an effort to reduce the amount of cancer-causing contaminants they are exposed to.

Study sheds light on human consumption of microplastics

A study from the University of Victoria has for the first time compiled research on microplastics to try to estimate just how much people are consuming — and one researcher says the findings demonstrate more work needs to be done to understand how the tiny particles might impact human health.


US environment agency cuts funding for kids’ health studies

The Environmental Protection Agency's decision leaves fate of more than a dozen decades-long projects in doubt.

Mercury poisoning chief among health problems facing Peru’s uncontacted tribes

One of the most urgent problems facing these communities is mercury contamination, which affects dozens of members of the Nahua indigenous community.


More than 90 percent of Americans have pesticides or their byproducts in their bodies

The real risks from chemicals in our food—for farmworkers and children, in particular—are being ignored.

Korean adults have twice as much lead, mercury in bodies as youths: study

South Korean adults have twice the level of lead and mercury as youths, but levels of endocrine disrupters were higher in younger people.


Becker County kids partake in Minnesota chemical exposure study

The Healthy Rural and Urban Kids Project measures preschoolers' exposure to metals, air pollution, diesel exhaust and different agricultural and home pesticides through urine samples and surveys.

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