Stuart Silverstein

Stuart Silverstein is assistant editor at FairWarning.

Studies Yield Conflicting Signals About Environment’s Impact on Fertility

Pity the human sperm? By one new assessment, male fertility is holding up nicely. As The New York Times reports, Danish researchers have conducted an updated study showing that, despite ever-present environmental hazards, sperm counts remain steady. But that discovery has been clouded by a pair of worrisome reports about the widely used compound BPA, […]

Texas Study Links Vaccinations to Lower Risk of Childhood Cancer

Vaccinations to protect youngsters from hepatitis B and polio also might provide another benefit: a reduced risk of childhood cancer. That was the conclusion of a study published in The Journal of Pediatrics that evaluated health statistics from Texas. It found that in areas with the highest percentages of children vaccinated for hepatitis B, rates […]

Gun Magazine Sellers Have Ammo to Influence National Rifle Association

The sellers of high-capacity gun magazines and other gun accessories have become an influential, if not always widely noticed, force in the National Rifle Association. But their role, the Center for Public Integrity reports, could soon draw more scrutiny because of gun control legislation being proposed by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., and Sen. Frank Lautenberg, […]

Uranium Mill Wins Approval in Colorado, Despite Environmental Concerns

Despite environmental concerns, Colorado has approved the nation’s first new uranium mill in more than 25 years, the Los Angeles Times reports. The state’s regulators granted the radioactive fuels license to Energy Fuels Resources Corp., a Canadian company that has long sought to open the mill near the town of Naturita in southwestern Colorado. The […]

Top Cancer Drug Linked to Heart Problems

The world’s top-selling cancer drug has suffered another setback. A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that women treated with Avastin for breast cancer were more likely to develop heart failure. The research team, led by Dr. Toni Choueiri of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, found that […]

Food Researchers Find Butter Contaminated With Fire Retardant

The pat of butter you put on your toast may be a hazard to more than your waistline. Researchers looking into the amount of organic pollutants in food discovered an unexpectedly large amount of the flame retardant PBDE in one of 10 samples of butter bought at stores in Dallas, Tex. Smaller amounts of the […]

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Targeting Bogus Injury Records, OSHA Takes Heat from All Sides

Workplace safety advocates have contended for years that bosses often cheat when it comes to their obligation to report on-the-job injuries. Academic researchers also have found extensive evidence that, whether due to deliberate fudging or other reasons, many serious work injuries are never properly disclosed to authorities. The result, safety advocates and regulators say, is […]

Glaxo to Pay $750 Million to Settle Charges Over Tainted Drugs

Accused of knowingly selling contaminated drugs, British drug giant GlaxoSmithKline has agreed to pay $750 million to settle criminal and civil charges of health care fraud. The settlement is among the biggest in the continuing parade of huge deals cut by big drug companies to resolve whistleblower lawsuits brought under the False Claims Act. The […]

Helmets Leave Young Football Players Vulnerable to Concussions

Football players at all levels seem to get bigger and faster every year. But one thing hasn’t changed for decades: the helmets that young football players wear. The New York Times reports that, despite increasing concussions in youth football and growing awareness of cognitive problems stemming from the injury, the voluntary safety standard for helmets […]

Want to Check Whether Your Doctor Takes Drug Company Dough?

Is your doctor taking money from drug companies? A database compiled by the investigative news organization ProPublica could help you find out. The database contains information on $257.8 million in payments from seven major drug companies to more than 17,700 doctors and other health care providers around the country. Although doctors can legally receive compensation […]