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Naomi Oreskes: Science or quackery? The study of hormones has been both, a new book suggests

Randi Hutter Epstein’s “Aroused” looks at the history of hormone research and the many missteps along the way.

Skip the Slip: Receipts waste resources AND endanger your health

Paper receipts are small slips that carry with them vast environmental costs and can pose risks to our health through direct contact.

Chemical octopus catches sneaky cancer clues, trace glycoproteins

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Prenatal exposure to plasticizer may affect male fertility in future generations

Chemicals found in a variety of routinely used consumer products may be contributing to the substantial drop in sperm counts and sperm quality among men in recent decades, a new study in mice suggests.

Agent Orange still linked to hormone imbalances in babies.

Exposure to Agent Orange sprayed during the Vietnam War has been linked to increased levels of certain hormones in women and their breastfeeding children decades later, potentially putting them at higher risk of health problems, according to a new study in Science of the Total Environment.

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Forget fur - is it time to stop wearing wool?

While anti-fur protesters were busy mobbing London fashion week earlier this month, Ingrid Newkirk, the co-founder and president of Peta, was otherwise engaged. She was in Israel, “leading a 30,000-strong march through the streets against live export”, she says. She enunciates the words slowly, with emphasis, as if this is the really important story. Because for Newkirk, fur is all but dealt with – “a minority issue”. By which she means it is worn by “older people … ladies of the evening and the occasional foreign visitor from an unenlightened area”. Nothing to worry about there, she says, as neither sex workers nor the elderly are “a good advertisement”.

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Blood test finds cancer before symptoms start.

Researchers say they have taken a big step towards developing a test that can tell people if they have cancer long before the first symptoms show up.

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Researchers track an unlikely culprit in weight gain.

For middle-aged women struggling with their weight, a recent spate of scientific findings sounds too good to be true. And they may be, researchers caution.

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Do probiotics really work?

Although certain bacteria help treat some gut disorders, they have no known benefits for healthy people

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VIDEO: Veterans who never saw war claim American soil made them sick.

Veterans who never saw war, claim American soil made them sick

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Children from poor families start puberty early.

Children from poor families are up to four times more likely to start puberty early, research reveals.

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Why men don’t live as long as women.


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