Writer: Laurie Udesky

Consumer Protection

Imported Fish with Banned Chemicals Reaching U.S. Consumers

More than 80 percent of the fish consumed in the U.S. is imported, even though there long have been questions about whether imported seafood is safe to eat. A recent government report declared that the FDA's inspection system is so haphazard that seafood tainted with banned and potentially harmful drugs may be getting into this country. FairWarning has found that the potential problem is already a reality, and that tainted fish are winding up on American dinner plates.

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Two Common Chemicals Added by U.S. Officials to Cancer Warning List

Federal health authorities have added formaldehyde to a list of known human carcinogens, and said that evidence shows a second common chemical, styrene, most likely causes cancer. The warnings were included in the most recent update of the Report on Carcinogens issued by the National Toxicology Program, a branch of [...]

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Herbal Remedies Are Risky for Babies, Researchers Say

In supermarkets, health food stores and pharmacies, sleep-deprived new parents sometimes seek out herbal teas and supplements that promise to ease their infant's colic or help them nap. In fact, a study published in the journal Pediatrics -- based on federal surveys of 2,653 mothers tracked through the first year [...]

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To Curb Medicine Mistakes, J&J Introduces ‘Dose-Limiting’ Cap

Following a tide of recalls, Johnson & Johnson is rolling out a new container design intended to prevent accidental overdoses of children's over-the-counter remedies, reports The Wall Street Journal. The innovation is a dose-limiting cap that helps parents draw, with a syringe, the right amount of medicine. The new containers [...]

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Air Improves, But Remains Bad, in Nation’s Most Polluted Cities

The air in the nation's dirtiest metropolitan areas is getting cleaner, but roughly half of all Americans live in counties where residents sometimes still are exposed to unhealthy levels of air pollution. That assessment comes from the annual "State of the Air" report by the American Lung Association, which ranks [...]

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Except in Dixie, Smoking Bans Predicted to Blanket U.S. by 2020

By 2020 restaurants, bars and work sites could be smoke-free throughout nearly all states except in the South. That's the prediction of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By last year, according to a report in the CDCs Morbidity and Mortality Weekly, the number of states with comprehensive smoking [...]

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Expectant Mothers’ Pesticide Exposure Could Lower Children’s IQ

The amount of pesticide a woman is exposed to while pregnant could affect her child's IQ years later. As Time magazine reports, three studies published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives have linked lower IQs among children whose mothers had higher-than-average exposures during pregnancy to household bug spray or crop [...]