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Environmental Health

Pharmaceuticals, personal care products could taint swimming pools

Purdue University, 6-Jan-2015
A new study suggests pharmaceuticals and chemicals from personal care products end up in swimming pools, possibly interacting with chlorine to produce disinfection byproducts with unknown properties and health effects.

Thousands of tons of toxic leaded glass from old TVs threaten America's health and environment


A fire outside of Stone Castle Recycling's main structures has inspired some looking into the storage of old cathode ray tube (CRT) TVs and computer monitors. The fire was outside the building where tons of those junked items were stacked 50 yards from the building.

Widely used pesticide seems to harm boys' brains more than girls'

A widely used pesticide – banned in homes but still commonly used on farms – appears to harm boys’ developing brains more than girls’, according to a new study of children in New York City. In boys, exposure to chlorpyrifos in the womb was associated with lower scores on short-term memory tests compared with girls exposed to similar amounts.

Lipstick chemical alert: Ingredient in hundreds of household products 'causes heart problems'

A chemical commonly used in lipsticks, face washes and toothpaste may cause heart and muscle problems, according to scientists.

Why is it So Difficult to Choose Safer Alternatives for Hazardous Chemicals?

The discovery of persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic flame-retardant chemicals everywhere from animals north of the Arctic Circle1 to the breast milk of California women2 has bee]n a cause for considerable concern.

Killer whales facing an airborne threat

New research shows that killer whales are inhaling bacteria, fungi and viruses once believed to be found only on land. Some of the pathogens are highly virulent. And some are even antibiotic-resistant.

Investigation: Two Years After the BP Spill, A Hidden Health Crisis Festers

On March 3 Nicole Maurer learned of the proposed settlement between BP and hundreds of thousands of Gulf Coast businesses and residents harmed by its 2010 oil spill, the largest in US history.