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Chemicals

  1. Safer Chemicals, Safer Products: Is Congress Up to Their Task?

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    by Ted Schettler, Science Director   If you are among those who assume that chemicals in your consumer products must first be tested for safety before being put on the market you have plenty of company. But you are wrong. Except for pharmaceuticals, pesticides, and some food additives, no Federal or state law requires safety…Read More →

  2. New Updates for A Story of Health, Multimedia eBook

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    One in ten children has asthma. . . One in six children has a developmental disability… Although still rare, childhood leukemia has increased by 55% over the past 35 years…   These are powerful statistics, but the relationships between our natural, built, and social environments are complex and sometimes difficult to understand. A Story of…Read More →

  3. New! A Story of Health Illustrated Multimedia eBook

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    One in ten children has asthma. . . One in six children has a developmental disability. . . Although still rare, childhood leukemia has increased by 55% over the past 35 years. . .   There is accumulating evidence that environmental factors contribute to the overall risk of many childhood diseases, including asthma and leukemia….Read More →

  4. Expert panel says further action needed to lower unsafe phthalate levels

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    by Ted Schettler MD, MPH Phthalates are a family of chemicals used in many consumer products, mainly as softeners of plastics and sometimes as solvents. As a result, human exposures are ubiquitous. In recent years, many laboratory and epidemiologic studies have shown that some phthalates can cause a variety of adverse health effects. In response,…Read More →

  5. Geonotic Diseases: a New Taxonomy

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    By Carolyn Raffensperger Premises: 1. There are taxonomies of human health and disease. Taxonomies are conceptual frameworks that organize our thinking by grouping things that share characteristics. One taxonomy of disease is based on the system of the body that is diseased: the endocrine system, the cardiovascular system, the nervous system. Within those systems there…Read More →