Writer: Jill Replogle

Jill Replogle is a researcher-reporter for FairWarning.

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Food Industry, Pressured for More Nutrition Data, Promises Better Labels

Will consumers soon be able to face the facts about the amount of sugar, salt and fat in their food? Two major food industry groups have announced general plans to provide "straightforward nutrition information" on the front of grocery products, starting early next year. In a news release, the Grocery Manufacturers [...]

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Scientists Find Link Between Benzene Emissions and the Birth Defect Spina Bifida

Texas researchers have identified a link between air pollution and spina bifida, one of the most common disabling birth defects. A new study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that mothers exposed to high levels of benzene, a chemical emitted by cars and oil refineries, are more likely [...]

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With Help From Big Airlines, Regional Carriers Are Boosting Safety, Industry Says

Officials of major U.S. airlines say they have started taking voluntary steps to improve the safety of their partner commuter air carriers. The Wall Street Journal reports that industry representatives, in their most specific response yet to critics of commuter airline safety, have told the National Transportation Safety Board that [...]

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U.S. Safety System No Match for Diet of Mass-Produced and Imported Foods, Experts Say

As Americans increasingly put food from U.S. megafarms or foreign producers on their dinner plates, the nation's food safety system is being overtaxed, leaving consumers at risk, Christian Science Monitor reports. The food safety system, the Monitor notes, was build on 70-year-old laws "written before genetic engineering was invented, frozen [...]

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Thyroid Cancer Patients Set Off Radiation Alarms, Literally

Thyroid cancer patients may be unwittingly exposing others to radiation after they leave the hospital and take public transportation, stay in hotel rooms, or sleep next to pregnant women, according to a congressional investigation. The investigation, spearheaded by Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass, drew on questionnaires sent to states and a survey [...]

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Traffic Deaths Involving Teen Drivers Continue Downward Trend, Report Finds

Fatal crashes involving teen drivers dropped by more than a third between 2004 and 2008, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that gives part of the credit to restrictions on novice drivers. Along with state laws barring teens from driving late at night [...]

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As the World Still Celebrates the Chilean Rescue, China’s Latest Mine Disaster Claims at Least 32

Less than a week after the dramatic rescue of 33 trapped Chilean miners, China is in midst of a tragic mining disaster. Bloomberg, citing the Xinhua News agency, reports that rescue crews have recovered the bodies of 32 workers from a coal mine in the city of Yuzhou, where a [...]

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FDA, in Mea Culpa, Revokes Approval of Knee Device, Admitting It Bowed to Political Pressure

The Food and Drug Administration has taken the unprecedented step of rescinding approval of a patch used in knee surgeries after admitting it had succumbed to political pressure in approving it. The patch, called Menaflex Collagen Scaffold and marketed by New Jersey-based ReGen Biologics, received FDA approval in 2008 for repairing and reinforcing [...]