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Environmental Health News

Do our bodies safely break down BPA? Fat chance, study suggests.

A new study suggests the long-held industry assumption that bisphenol-A breaks down safely in the human body is incorrect. Instead, researchers say, the body transforms the ubiquitous chemical additive into a compound that might spur obesity.

Inside America's secretive biolabs.

A USA TODAY Network investigation reveals that hundreds of lab mistakes, safety violations and near-miss incidents have occurred in biological laboratories coast to coast in recent years, putting scientists, their colleagues and sometimes even the public at risk.

Holding your breath in India.

Did I put my family’s health in jeopardy by moving to New Delhi?

Indoor air purifiers may aid heart patients.

People with heart conditions may benefit from using indoor air purifiers, suggests a small study from China.

North Carolina NAACP environmental justice investigation.

Civil rights advocates and conservationists from national, state and local affiliations huddled in a Baptist church Wednesday to reinforce what some local folks have already been doing for a while: sound an alarm on the potential health risks posed by fossil-fuel pollution.

India reluctant to join global ban on toxic chemical.

The fate of a toxic chemical is yet to be decided in India, despite 90 nations voting for a global ban on its usage.

Experts raise fears over food safety in Kenya.

Experts yesterday raised fears that Kenyans could be eating food with high levels of pesticides and other harmful organisms.

Ink and infection: 10 percent have skin problems after getting tattoos.

More than 10 percent of people in New York who got tattoos reported skin conditions — from itching to infection — after they were inked, according to a new survey, with 6 percent saying the conditions lasted more than four months.

26 people treated after Army's accidental anthrax shipments.

At least 26 people are being treated for potential exposure to deadly anthrax after an Army bio-defense facility in Utah mistakenly sent live samples to private and military laboratories in as many as nine states, including California, and South Korea, officials said Thursday.

Indian city offers way to beat the heat as 1,300 killed in heatwave.

Hundreds of deaths caused by an extreme heat wave in India could have been prevented if authorities followed the example set by Ahmedabad which introduced measures such as cooling spaces to protect citizens from the rising mercury, climate experts said.

Hung Yen to tackle lead poisoning in village.

Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long said 13 households involved in the recycling of lead should be shifted out of the northern Hung Yen Province's Dong Mai craft village immediately.

Heat & dust raise Delhi’s air toxins to critical levels.

The capital's air quality index breached the 'severe' level, going from 219 (poor) on Wednesday to 410 in one of the sharpest single-day spikes in recent months.

Guilty pleasures: Just how bad is social smoking?

The risk of heart disease leaps with just a single cigarette - but the good news is that quitting the cancer sticks always pays.

Stark before-and-after images reveal rapidly changing world.

NASA’s series of stark, eye-opening satellite images, its “World of Change” project, reveals years of global change in just seconds, changes from weather, humans and natural phenomena that transform Earth’s landscape.

'Using fake make-up glued my eyes together'

The UK is being flooded with toxic counterfeit make-up, as criminal gangs working in underground laboratories churn out copies of cosmetics from brands such as Mac, Benefit and Urban Decay.

Turtles may hold clues to BPA effects on humans.

Studies by researchers from Illinois State University involving turtle eggs could lead to a better understanding of how the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) is affecting them — and how humans also might be affected, according to those involved in the project.

Poison prison.

Is toxic dust killing inmates in this Pennsylvania prison?

Don't dismiss the link between smoking and suicide, researchers warn.

To the long list of ways that smoking can kill you, experts should add one more cause of death – suicide. So say some sharp-eyed readers of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Poverty-linked heart risks greatest for poor black women, younger adults.

Among African American adults with low education and income levels, the increase in risk of heart disease or stroke associated with living in poverty is largest for women and people under age 50, according to a large new study.

India doctors' leave canceled as heat wave kills 1,100.

A heat wave in India has killed more than 1,100 people this week as temperatures soar above 47 Celsius (116.6 Fahrenheit), and doctors' leave has been canceled to help cope with the sick.

'Green' hydropower dam fuels charges of gross human rights violations.

A hydropower project planned on Guatemala's Icbolay River has resulted in major human rights abuses, advocacy groups are charging.

Tattoo troubles 'common', survey suggests.

Troublesome skin reactions after getting tattoos are "relatively common", a small study from the United States suggests.

More heatwaves in offing due to global temperature rise: CSE.

The intense heat wave sweeping across India could be another manifestation of an extreme weather event, a green body on Thursday said, warning that more heat waves were in the offing due to rise in global temperatures.

Model shows what ozone layer would look like without Montreal Protocol.

An ozone hole larger than Australia would have opened up over the Arctic if we had continued to use CFC's for the past three decades.

Chicopee to spend $125,000 to cool people off without pools.

In evaluating the pools, engineers found PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, which are considered hazardous materials and known to cause cancer in animals, in the paint and caulk of three of the pools.

Trading places.

A major concern for scientific policy with respect to international trade negotiations is that greater harmonization of EU and US policies might result in an overall decrease in regulatory standards on the environment, food safety or data protection.

Arsenic risk being ignored.

North Dakota lags shamefully far behind Minnesota in alerting private well owners of the dangers of arsenic in groundwater.

Sister taps into 'nun network' to deliver water filters.

She's a nun without a convent or a habit, but Sister Larraine Lauter is surely on a mission from God.

World already reaping benefits from ozone treaty.

The UN treaty to protect the ozone layer has prevented a likely surge in skin cancer in Australia, New Zealand and northern Europe, a study published on Tuesday said.

Ban this hazardous herbicide.

Sri Lanka has banned the use of the herbicide glyphosate, and Consumers Association of Penang wants Malaysia to follow suit.