To Kill or Cure: Medicine for Veterans Raises Alarm About Prescription Drugs

A diagram illustrating how to measure medicine accurately from 1926, using a graduated cylinder with fluid drams as the measuring unit (also called fluidrams, fluid drachms, or fluidrachms). Originally contained the caption "HOW TO MEASURE." photo: Wikimedia Commons

VA’s opiate overload feeds veterans’ addictions, overdose deaths by Aaron Glantz for CIR   Before dawn, a government van picked up paratrooper Jeffrey Waggoner for the five-hour drive to a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in southern Oregon. […]

Pesticides Fight New Battle w/ Link to Rare Kidney Disease

Monsanto Lasso herbcide to be sprayed on food crops. Generic is Alachlor. photo: Wikimedia Commons

COUNTRIES TARGET PESTICIDES AS SUSPECTED LINK TO RARE KIDNEY DISEASE by Sasha Chavkin for International Consortium of Investigative Journalists On opposite ends of the world, governments are cracking down on pesticides as a potential cause of a mysterious […]

WARNING: The Long Story of Killer Poison in Pain Killers

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Use Only as Directed By Jeff Gerth and T.Christian Miller for ProPublica During the last decade, more than 1,500 Americans died after accidentally taking too much of a drug renowned for its safety: acetaminophen, one of the nation’s most popular pain relievers. Acetaminophen […]

Is the Department of Homeland Security Equipped to Handle High-Risk Chemical Facilities?

Pallets of 155 mm artillery shells containing "HD" (1) mustard gas at Pueblo chemical weapons storage facility in Colorado state, USA. Note the highly distinctive color coding scheme. The USA has been steadily destroying its entire stockpile of chemical weapons and will continue to do so until none remain. photo: Wikimedia Commons

Former Bush EPA chief sounds alarm on chemical security by Jim Morris for iWatch News Wading into a decade-old controversy, former Environmental Protection Agency chief Christine Todd Whitman has urged current EPA administrator Lisa Jackson to close loopholes in a […]

Dry Cleaning Chemical Considered a Likely Carcinogen by EPA

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by EWG  The federal Environmental Protection Agency has declared tetrachloroethylene, or PERC, a chemical used by many dry cleaners, a “likely human carcinogen.” “The evidence against this ubiquitous dry cleaning chemical piled up for years, like dirty laundry […]

The Flame Retardant in Soda Pop

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Brominated battle: Soda chemical has cloudy health history Banned in other countries, little-known ingredient sparking renewed concerns by Brett Israel for iWatch news  MARIETTA, Ga. — It’s Monday night at the Battle & Brew, a gamer hangout in […]

Food Chemical Regulations Remain Unenforced and Opaque

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Food Chemical Regulations Rely Heavily on Industry Self-Policing and Lack Transparency by The PEW Charitable Trusts Safety decisions concerning one-third of the more than 10,000 substances that may be added to human food were made by food manufacturers […]

Consumer Safety: Sunscreen Vitamin A Ingredient Linked to Possible Skin Photocarcinogen

The federal Food and Drug Administration’s new sunscreen rules seem likely to do away with the worst hype in ads and on labels. The agency has barred the claims “waterproof,” “sweatproof” and “sunblock,” boasts that were never achievable. The FDA has, for the first time, set a minimum performance standard for sunscreens that use the term “broad spectrum” to denote that they provide a measure of protection from ultraviolet-A rays.