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Inhaling Bacteria with Cigarette Smoke

Smokers inhale live bacteria into their lungs, which could add to the reasons why they contract so many infections and chronic diseases, scientists say

November 25, 2009 — Brett Israel and Environmental Health News

Fish Kill: Nanosilver Mutates Fish Embryos

Tiny particles of silver--potent antimicrobial agents that can kill bacteria on contact--are becoming increasingly popular in consumer goods. But nanosilver washes down drains and is discharged into waterways, where fish and other aquatic life are exposed...

November 17, 2009 — Gordon Shetler and Environmental Health News

Could Eating Too Much Soy Be Bad for You?

New studies suggest that eating large amounts of soy’s estrogen-mimicking compounds might reduce fertility in women, trigger early puberty and disrupt development of fetuses and children...

November 3, 2009 — Lindsey Konkel and Environmental Health News

Idle Moments Turn into Tons of Air Pollutants at Schools

Idling school buses spew tons of exhaust into the air, putting children at risk when they leave school at the end of each day. In New York City alone, idling vehicles emit as much pollution as nine million diesel trucks driving from the Bronx to Staten Island...

October 30, 2009 — Brett Israel and Environmental Health News

Wild Meat Raises Lead Exposure

Tests by the CDC show that eating venison and other game can raise the amounts of lead in human bodies by 50 percent

September 28, 2009 — Scott Streater and Environmental Health News

Are Contaminants Silencing Our Genes?

Some chemicals may leave people vulnerable to diseases like cancer and diabetes, not by mutating genes but by turning them off or on at the wrong time

August 3, 2009 — Bette Hileman and Environmental Health News

Do Contaminants Play a Role in Diabetes?

A study linking a pesticide in fish to diabetes adds to the growing chorus of studies suggesting that environmental contaminants may play a role in the widespread disease.

July 20, 2009 — Andrew McGlashen and Environmental Health News

Birth Defect Study Casts Doubt on Phthalate Fears

Hypospadias is apparently not on the rise in the U.S., casting doubt on claims that phthalates and other endocrine disruptors cause reproductive abnormalities in humans

July 10, 2009 — Marla Cone and Environmental Health News
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