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The Checkup Archive: Environmental Toxins

Should e-cigarettes be allowed on planes?

I sympathize with people who get nervous when they fly; I imagine using an e-cigarette might help calm them down. Whether I want to be sitting next to the person "smoking" one is a different question.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 28, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Alcohol and Drugs, Cancer, Environmental Toxins, Smoking, Travel Health  
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Nearly all pregnant women harbor potentially harmful chemicals

The first study to measure the number of potentially toxic chemicals in the bodies of pregnant women finds that virtually all harbor multiple contaminants -- many at levels already shown to be harmful to humans.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 14, 2011; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Environmental Toxins, Infant health, Motherhood, Parenting, Reproductive Health, Women's Health  
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Canada adds BPA to toxins list

The Canadian government today became the first to officially designate the chemical BPA as a toxic substance.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | October 13, 2010; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Environmental Toxins, FDA, Health News  
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Can noise be deadly?

Is working in a noisy environment bad for your health? A new study suggests that it is. Wen Qi Gan of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and colleagues analyzed data collected from 6,307 adults ages 20 and older who participated in the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination...

By Rob Stein  | October 6, 2010; 9:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health, Chronic Conditions, Environmental Toxins, Smoking  
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Is shedding pounds dangerous?

Can making pounds melt away actually pose some health risks? Well, a new study provides some provocative evidence suggesting that it might. Duk Hee-Lee of Kyungpook National University in South Korea and colleagues studied data collected by federal health officials about 1,099 U.S. adults about their weight loss and blood...

By Rob Stein  | September 8, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Environmental Toxins, General Health, Obesity  
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Poligrip to go zinc-free

In light of a number of lawsuits in which denture users claim they've been harmed by the zinc in their denture adhesive, GlaxoSmithKline has pledged to remove the mineral from its Poligrip products -- even as the company maintains that its product is safe when used as directed. Zinc is...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 22, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Environmental Toxins, General Health, Seniors  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Chemicals linked to fertility problems, Rob Stein , January 27, 2010
Cadmium facts, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 14, 2010
FDA Rules Mercury Amalgam Fillings Safe, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 29, 2009
Perspective: Mercury in High-Fructose Corn Syrup, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 28, 2009
Testing Children's Books for Lead, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 26, 2009
Mercury Fillings Revisited, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 6, 2008
Breathe At Your Own Risk, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 2, 2008
Know Your Poisons -- And How to Get Rid of Them, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 18, 2008
First Baby Bottles, Now the Furniture?, Rob Stein , April 17, 2008
 
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