Study: Chemical used in paint strippers caused more deaths than EPA identified

A chemical found in paint strippers is associated with more deaths than previously thought, according to research published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.
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For PFAS, is environmental persistence on its own enough to trigger regulation?

Industry is pushing back against California's use of this rationale to regulate these chemicals as a class.

How the EU’s new ‘toxic-free’ vision could shape your safer chemicals strategy

Beyond its direct effects on protecting the health of consumers and reducing toxic chemicals in the environment, the chemical strategy is a key component in the EU’s path towards a circular economy.

Toxic PFAS chemicals discovered in hundreds of products

Climbing ropes, guitar strings, and hand sanitizer are among the newly reported uses for the toxic “forever” chemicals.

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $2.1 billion in baby powder lawsuit

The court slammed the company while reducing the overall amount of required damages.

A flame retardant commonly found in vintage furniture may be affecting human sperm

Many pre-1976 consumer goods and appliances contain biphenyl-153, which decreases sperm quality and can cause birth defects

Cancer risk studies raise questions about the safety of long-lasting hair dyes

Long-lasting hair dyes are popular, and their safety has been well researched. But new epidemiology studies show their use correlates with increased risk of breast cancer.

How companies are getting 1,4-dioxane out of home and personal care products

Chemical makers, cleaning product firms, and cosmetics makers are all scrambling to meet new limits on the impurity.

Getting to the essence: Essential oils can be beneficial, but they should be used with caution

Essential oils are touted as helping with sleep, alertness, relaxation and other benefits, but are they always safe?


Why your cosmetics don’t have to be tested for safety

The regulations that guarantee the safety of cosmetic products you use everyday haven’t been updated since 1938.

FDA bowed to industry for decades as alarms were sounded over talc

Since the 1970s, the FDA downplayed health concerns about talc in powders and cosmetics, deferring again and again to manufacturers, documents show.

New Hampshire wants to test all bottled water for PFAS contaminants

As state and local officials adapt to new guidelines for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, bottled water is getting more attention.

Office workers may be breathing potentially harmful compounds in cosmetics

Some cosmetics and deodorants contain chemicals that, when released into the air, may pose a risk to human health.

Public warned to avoid rogue skin-lightening creams 'at all costs' which 'act like paint stripper'

Ingredients in the cosmetics can cause serious harm, and some products have been mislabelled.


Poison: Sacramento woman comatose after using skin cream

A Sacramento woman has been hospitalized for mercury poisoning and is in a “semi-comatose state" after using skin cream imported from Mexico that had mercury added by a third party.

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