Environmental Health

"List of Smoking-Related Illnesses Grows Significantly in U.S. Report"

"WASHINGTON — In a broad review of scientific literature, the nation’s top doctor has concluded that cigarette smoking — long known to cause lung cancer and heart disease — also causes diabetes, colorectal and liver cancers, erectile dysfunction and ectopic pregnancy."

Source: NY Times, 01/17/2014

"Pregnant Women Warned Against Drinking Water In W.Va. Area"

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging pregnant women who live in the areas of West Virginia where a toxic chemical leaked into the water supply last week to drink bottled water, even in places where the no-use ban has been lifted. The move comes 'out of an abundance of caution,' the CDC and the state's Bureau of Public Health say."

Source: NPR, 01/16/2014

EPA’s Fast-Track Approval Process for Pesticides Raises Health Concerns

U.S. pesticide law allows EPA to approve pesticides for use under "conditional registration" -- before scientists know whether they will harm human health or the environment. Critics say the loophole is overused and abused, allowing EPA to ignore health threats.

"Good News/Bad News: Some Phthalates Down, Some Up"

"Scientists have documented for the first time that several phthalates -- controversial chemicals used to make vinyl and fragrances -- are declining in people while several others are rising. The study, published today, is the first comprehensive, nationwide attempt to document trends in exposure to these widely used chemicals over the past decade."

Source: EHN, 01/15/2014

Judge Sides With Company, Cuts Asbestos Liability More Than $1 Billion

"A federal judge in Charlotte has delivered a startling victory for industries that are part of the country’s long-running asbestos-liability fight, cutting more than $1 billion from what a company owes to current and future victims."

Source: Charlotte Observer, 01/14/2014


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