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It's surprisingly hard to ban toxic sex toys, but here's how to protect yourself.

With the short-term effects of chlorine and the long-term effects of phthalates, PVC is, “definitely one of the worst sex toy materials we’ve seen.”

It's Surprisingly Hard to Ban Toxic Sex Toys, But Here's How to Protect Yourself

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Research details packaging chemicals found in food.

Ruth Hill, Reporter

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Canada groups urge government to toughen toxic chemicals law.

By Lynn Desjardins | english@rcinet.ca

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This Halloween, get rid of the really scary stuff.

This Halloween, Get Rid Of The Really Scary Stuff

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Washington state requires reporting of 20 additional chemicals in children's products.

The Washington Department of Ecology has added 20 chemicals and deleted three others from the list of substances reportable under the state's Children's Safe Products Reporting Rule.

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Children

Reconciling sex-related bias: an alternative method for data analysis.

Reconciling Sex-Related Bias: An Alternative Method for Data Analysis

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Denmark to clamp down on phthalates with new initiative.

The Danish Chemical Forum, comprising industry, NGOs and the government, has launched a new set of initiatives to ensure consumers "do not bring home" four phthalates that are being phased out in the EU.

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US phthalates ban will add costs, says Toy Association.

The Toy Association in the US says that a rule to ban the use of five phthalates in children's products will necessitate testing which "adds cost for the consumer with no safety benefit".

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Children

What does the environment have to do with autism?

The search for autism’s causes is a daunting task — but researchers are investigating a variety of factors that might play a role.

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Food

Companies are coming clean about fragrance, but is that enough?

If you look at the ingredient label of your favorite shampoo or laundry detergent, you'll likely see the word "fragrance" or "parfum." What you won't see is a list of the chemicals and other ingredients used to manufacture that synthetic scent. Product manufacturers don't have to tell you what's in their fragrances, as those ingredients are considered a trade secret and protected by law.

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Battling toxic chemicals and low wages in California’s salons.

As late summer temperatures peak, so does customer volume at nail salons. When it comes to spa services, many customers expect luxury at a low price, and nail salon workers and owners must navigate complicated territory. It is an economically booming territory but replete with an often exploited immigrant work force, low wages, dangerous chemicals and difficult patrons. Change, though, is gradually coming as some spas move to healthier practices, and advocates seeking better conditions and wages for salon technicians have emerged.

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Flame retardant in couches, car seats, gym mats linked to ‘lower reproductive success’ for women.

Harvard researchers are sounding a precautionary warning for women hoping to get pregnant: curling up on your favourite couch might lower your likelihood of having a baby.

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Can low doses of chemicals affect your health? A new report weighs the evidence.

Toxicology’s founding father, Paracelsus, is famous for proclaiming that “the dose makes the poison.” This phrase represents a pillar of traditional toxicology: Essentially, chemicals are harmful only at high enough doses.

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