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Toxic reality facing the poor, Americans of color

As we celebrate Black History Month throughout February, this story focuses on the harsh realities African Americans and the poor face when it comes to deadly toxins. A new study by the Center for Effective Government found that African Americans are “almost twice as likely to live within one mile…

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Toxic Chemicals May Weaken Infants’ Response to TB Vaccine

The creation of the tuberculosis (TB) vaccine is just one of many great stride scientists have made in the medical research community. The ability to provide adults and children with this important vaccine has saved countless lives. But new studies show that toxic chemicals could reduce the benefits of the…

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Babies exposed to cigarette toxins via invisible residue

Over the past few years, the ability to smoke inside buildings throughout the United States has been largely reduced. States such as Florida, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania have eliminated smoking indoors in the majority of businesses. These new laws have made it easier for parents to ensure their children are safe…

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Most cancer cases due to lifestyle choices, not ‘bad luck’, study suggests

The diagnosis of cancer in any individual brings about a scary and difficult time for not only the persons diagnosed, but their loved ones. It’s the kind of news no family wants to receive. When the diagnosis has been confirmed, it’s often referred to as a “bad luck”. But a…

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Congress OKs bill banning plastic microbeads in skin care products

It would appear as though the fight against microbeads in our personal care products is almost over. The United States Congress just approved legislation that would result in the phasing out of all plastic microbeads beginning in 2017. Plastic microbeads are used in everything from facial scrubs, to soaps, to…

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Contaminating Our Bodies With Everyday Products

It seems as though on a weekly basis we are learning more and more about the dangers of certain toxic chemicals. These are chemicals that have been linked to “prostate cancer, genital deformities, obesity, diabetes and infertility.” Yet, companies that that have a stake in these toxic chemicals continue to…

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How Paint Poisons Us and How to Avoid It

Before too long, 2015 will be gone and 2016 will be here. And with a New Year, often comes New Year’s resolutions. One popular resolution is to make changes to the home, and this often includes painting one or more rooms. And while painting our homes can be a fun…

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Schumer warns against toxic chemicals in Halloween makeup

Halloween is an exciting holiday for many families, especially children. We all remember getting dressed up in our favorite costumes, trick-or-treating, and attending Halloween parties. But today there are serious concerns about some of the products used for kids’ costumes, specifically the makeup/face paint they use. The majority of the…

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How to Make the Baby Nursery a Toxin-Free Haven in Your Home

Bringing a newborn home from the hospital for the first time should be a wonderful experience. Today though, that special event could be a dangerous one if you haven’t properly prepared the home for their arrival. A nursery is where many infants will spend the majority of their first few…

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Rhode Island senator wants to strengthen toxic chemicals law

Though new regulations have been difficult to get passed, at least on politician is taking a stand. Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is pushing for a new bill that would “update and strengthen the [Toxic Substances Control Act] act.” Currently the act bans only 5 of the more than 80,000…

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