Hoosick Fall, N.Y. is one of many U.S. communities whose drinking water has been contaminated with PFOA or PFOS.
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EPA is moving to regulate two chemicals from a group called PFAS that are contaminating drinking water. A public health expert explains why the agency should take much broader action.
Bottles of Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer in the United Kingdom, relabelled by activists to highlight the World Health Organization’s judgment that its main ingredient is a probable carcinogen.
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Thousands of people are suing Monsanto, claiming that its Roundup herbicide gave them cancer. A California judge has reduced the first damage award but let the verdict against Monsanto stand.
Plaintiff Dewayne Johnson reacts after hearing the verdict in his case against Monsanto at the Superior Court of California in San Francisco, Aug. 10, 2018.
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A jury concluded on Aug. 10 that exposure to the herbicide Roundup caused Dewayne Johnson's cancer and ordered the company to pay $289 million in damages. Thousands more claims are pending.
These rats are in special cages for urine collection. Every year, millions of animals are used for testing chemicals that are used in industrial products.
Testing new industrial chemicals is essential for public health and the environment. But animal testing is costly, and too many chemicals are left untested. A new AI tool may solve the problem.
It doesn’t look like a kidney, but this ‘kidney-on-a-chip’ is a breakthrough for new drug testing.
Researchers who've created a kidney-on-a-chip explain why these kinds of devices are an improvement over traditional ways to test new drugs.
Hundreds of people have been warned after former Russian spy Sergei Skripal was poisoned with Novichok nerve agent.
Three-quarters of Americans don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables.
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Reports about trace amounts of pesticides, like the EWG's Dirty Dozen, can leave people afraid to buy fruits and vegetables. But the hype is often overblown.
Members of the youth wing of the National Front, Malaysia’s ruling coalition, hold placards during a protest at the North Korea embassy following the murder of Kim Jong-nam in Kuala Lumpur.
Using nerve agents is banned under the Chemical Weapons Convention, but North Korea is not a party to it.
Gone are the days when we were told to suck out a snake’s venom. So what’s the current treatment and how have treatments changed over time?
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Snake bite treatments have changed remarkably over the past 200 years. But most, if not all, made sense in their historical context.
Gardening in Australia requires, to varying degrees depending where in the country you are, pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers.
When working with garden chemicals, always make sure you are wearing gloves. Apply sprays and dusts downwind and wear goggles if necessary. Always follow the directions.
In your living room? Radon is an invisible domestic hazard.
Radon gas kills more people than carbon monoxide and yet few know anything about it.
Spiders such as this funnel-web (Hadronyche infensa) will only bite if threatened.
There are more than 45,000 species of spider, but only a handful are potentially dangerous to humans.
California is the latest state to attempt to ban microplastics from consumer care products. Why these commonly used microbeads are causing major health and environmental problems.
Under researched - our increasing exposure to a large range of chemicals.
After decades of use in some of the most well-known hygiene and cleaning products in our bathrooms and kitchens, concerns…
Pesticides - where do they end up?
A recent study by the organisation Moms Across America claims to have found a pesticide at harmful levels in human breast…
It’s like putting a V8 engine in your heart – it’s not built to be sped up at that rate.
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The growing number of Australians illicitly using the drug clenbuterol to lose weight and build muscle mass are putting themselves…
Rubber and plastic, not so fantastic?
Environmental scientists have warned the long-term effects of synthetic chemicals used in packaging, food storage and processing…
Most people don’t think of herbal medicines as drugs so they don’t tell their doctor about taking them.
TESTING ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES - La Trobe University’s decision to accept funding from Swisse for a new centre to research alternative medicines has sparked controversy. This series looks at how the evidence…
Tungsten: on orange alert.
High levels of tungsten, a metal found in mobile phones and a variety of industrial uses, could double the risk of stroke…