Smokers inhale live bacteria into their lungs, which could add to the reasons why they contract so many infections and chronic diseases, scientists say
The new head of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Toxicology Program is attempting to uncover what role chemicals and contaminants may play in human health...
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...
A new study shows that so-called integrated pest management can control pests, such as bedbugs, better than powerful pesticides
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...
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...
Administrator Lisa Jackson announced investigations of BPA and phthalates, among others, as well as a push for chemical regulatory reform generally
Tests by the CDC show that eating venison and other game can raise the amounts of lead in human bodies by 50 percent
Hispanics face a cancer risk from air pollutants as much as five times the rate of others living in the same cities, thanks to inexpensive deodorizers and moth repellents
Caves are home to some of the planet's most unusual creatures and important drinking water supplies. Now these underground resources are being polluted by surface activities, ranging from sewage spills to old factories...
Cancer in wild animals may be triggered or accelerated by environmental contaminants, some researchers argue
The state sets new standards for the carcinogen that made Erin Brockovich famous
Dolphins are swimming in waters tainted with triclosan, an ingredient in antibacterial soaps and other products, but they aren't winding up squeaky clean
California finding bolsters theory linking neurological ailment to insecticides
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
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.
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
The chemical building blocks that make plastics so versatile are the same components that might harm people and the environment. Greener solutions, however, are becoming available
Mothers living near freeways and congested roads are more likely to give birth to premature babies and suffer from preeclampsia
Used in gardens, farms, and parks around the world, the weed killer Roundup contains an ingredient that can suffocate human cells in a laboratory, researchers say