Public Health

Engulfed in Lawsuits, Johnson & Johnson to Halt North American Sales of Talc-Based Johnson's Baby Powder

Engulfed in Lawsuits, Johnson & Johnson to Halt North American Sales of Talc-Based Johnson’s Baby Powder

Johnson & Johnson announced that it will halt North American sales of its talc-based Johnson’s Baby Powder, a product that for decades evoked images of cherubic infants and adoring moms, but in recent years has dragged the company into a quagmire of expensive litigation.

Predicted Coronavirus Deaths Down, But Only If Social Distancing Continues to August

Predicted Coronavirus Deaths Down, But Only If Social Distancing Continues to August

Grim march: Globally, there are more than 1.6 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus, and deaths from the disease are steadily approaching 100,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. Cases in the United States account for almost 30 percent of the global total. There are more cases in New York state, around 160,000, than…

Pesticides and Produce: Environmental Group Lists Cleanest and Dirtiest Fruits and Vegetables

Pesticides and Produce: Environmental Group Lists Cleanest and Dirtiest Fruits and Vegetables

An environmental advocacy group is out today with its annual report on pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables. Raisin lovers, take note.

Nearly all conventionally-grown raisins have traces of two or more pesticides, according to government test data cited in a new report. That’s worrisome, says the environmental group that authored the report, because raisins are such a popular children’s snack.

"I win. I got the most toilet paper."

“I win. I got the most toilet paper.”

Is Hoarding a Problem of Messaging, Selfishness, or Simply COVID-19 Fear?

Americans are being told to limit public interactions during the coronavirus pandemic, and to stay at home as much as possible. They’re also being told not to denude grocery shelves by hoarding food and other essentials. But have these messages at times been contradictory? If people are supposed to avoid venturing out in public, including…