Toxic Town

Posted on Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Our health depends on the health of our planet, and overall, neither are faring too well these days. Sometimes the toxic assault is concentrated and dramatic, as in the case of cancer clusters like the one in Crossett, Arkansas, where among 15 families living on Penn Road, there have been 11 deaths. Many more remain […]

Tired of All the Pink Yet?

Posted on Monday, October 17th, 2011

From last October, Dr. Christina Grant, offers her take on the annual pinkwashing extravaganza: October has been the official Breast Cancer Awareness month for over 25 years. In this time, women have become aware of the necessity for routine mammograms, been warned of the deadly toll breast cancer takes on women’s lives and been encouraged […]

The Uniqueness of Cells Lining Your Mouth & Other News of Note

Posted on Monday, September 12th, 2011

“Open Wide” for New Stem Cell Potential (ScienceDaily) While highly potent embryonic stem cells are often the subject of ethical and safety controversy, adult-derived stem cells have other problems. As we age, our stem cells are less pliant and less able to transform into the stem cells that science needs to find breakthrough treatments for […]

Dentally Identifying Diabetes, & Other News of Note

Posted on Monday, June 20th, 2011

Dentists Can Help Identify Diabetes (Dental Tribune International) Researchers at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine found that dental visits represent a chance to intervene in the diabetes epidemic by identifying individuals with diabetes or pre-diabetes who are unaware of their condition. The study sought to develop and evaluate an identification protocol for high […]

US Government Says (Finally), Yes, Formaldehyde Causes Cancer

Posted on Monday, June 13th, 2011

As early as 1981, even research published by the thoroughly mainstream American Dental Association acknowledged formaldehyde as a carcinogen. Flash forward 30 years. Last week, the US government did, too. The government issued warnings on Friday about two materials used daily by millions of Americans, saying that one causes cancer and the other might. Government […]

Multitasking’s Effect on Brain Health, & Other News of Note

Posted on Monday, April 25th, 2011

All Those Tweets, Apps, Updates May Drain Brain (SF Chronicle) Human minds evolved to constantly scan for novelty, lest we miss any sign of food, danger or, on a good day, mating opportunities. But the modern world bombards us with stimuli, a nonstop stream of e-mails, chats, texts, tweets, status updates and video links to […]

Triclosan, BPA & Your Immune System, & Other News of Note

Posted on Monday, December 6th, 2010

Study: You Can Be “Too Clean” (Detroit News) A study published online this week in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal shows overexposure to triclosan, a chemical compound commonly found in antibacterial soaps, is linked to increased allergies in young people. What’s more, excessive exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) — a common chemical in plastics including […]

Questioning the Safety of Airport Full-Body Scanners & Other News of Note

Posted on Monday, November 15th, 2010

“Naked” Scanners at US Airports May Be Dangerous (PhysOrg) Some US scientists warned Friday that the full-body, graphic-image X-ray scanners now being used to screen passengers and airline crews at airports around the country may be unsafe. “They say the risk is minimal, but statistically someone is going to get skin cancer from these X-rays,” […]

New Cancer-Inflammation Link & Other News of Note

Posted on Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Research Finds New Link Between Inflammation and Cancer (PhysOrg) Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center researchers have uncovered a new link between chronic inflammation and cancer. Although cancers do not always cause inflammation, chronic inflammation is known to help tumor cells grow. In an article published in the June issue of Nature, VCU Massey scientists […]

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