Michigan Radio: Am I at risk? How do you clean it up? A PFAS expert answers basic questions.

January 18, 2018

PFAS is an acronym for a group of industrial chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. They’ve been used since the ’50s, in everything from firefighting foam to fast-food paper wrappers to stain-resistant textiles and carpeting, waterproof shoes and boots, non-stick pots and pans, and more.

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CBS This Morning: Are toxic chemicals at Air Force bases leading to cancer, low birth weight?

January 8, 2018

The cause of such illnesses could be firefighting foam used since the 1970s at Air Force bases and airports across the country, something meant to save lives that may have harmed them instead. The foam contains highly fluorinated chemicals, known as PFCs. It is suspected of causing some cancers and underweight births. …

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Quartz: The US government is finally acknowledging the flame retardants in your furniture and baby products are not just ineffective, but also dangerous

October 10, 2017

The US agency in charge of protecting consumer safety just took the first step towards banning a class of flame retardants that were, up until very recently, nearly ubiquitous. So ubiquitous—mostly in children’s clothes, baby toys, and upholstered furniture—that the vast majority of the US population has measurable quantities of it in their blood.…

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Chicago Tribune: Federal panel votes to warn public about flame retardants in baby products, furniture

September 20, 2017

For the first time a federal agency is moving to outlaw an entire class of toxic flame retardants, a policy change intended to protect Americans from chemicals linked to cancer, neurological deficits, hormone disruption and other health problems.…

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DailyMail: Antibacterial soaps are useless at killing germs and may harm pregnant women, experts warn

June 26, 2017

Antibacterial soaps are useless at killing germs and may be harmful to pregnant women, experts have warned. A report published by more than 200 scientists has warned that antibacterial chemicals found in soap, lunchboxes and exercise mats could be causing ‘more harm than good’.…

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The Telegraph: Antibacterial soaps may do more harm than good, scientists warn

June 25, 2017

Anti-bacterial soaps and gels are useless and may cause harm, 200 scientists and medics have warned. The consensus statement, published in the scientific journal Environmental Health Perspectives also cautions against the use of antimicrobial agents in food storage containers, exercise mats and paints…

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Quartz: A harmful antibacterial the US has banned in hand soap is still allowed in toothpaste

June 20, 2017

Nearly a year has passed since the US Food and Drug Administration banned Triclosan from hand soaps and body wash in the country. But the antimicrobial and its chemical relatives are still on the ingredients list for loads of other products people in the US and internationally put on their skin and in their mouths—more than 2,000 of them, according to a statement published Tuesday (June 20) and signed by 200 doctors and scientists from all over the world.…

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