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Houston — A city where your closest neighbor may be toxic

Houston - Houston’s lack of zoning restrictions has left many residents with neighbors they don’t want: petrochemical facilities and businesses that handle hazardous materials.

Air pollution is slowly killing us, a new global study claims

Air pollution may be harming every organ in our bodies, according to a recently released study by the International Respiratory Society’s Environmental Committee.

Higher potency weed hitting market raises health concerns

As more states legalize marijuana, more people in the U.S. are buying and using weed — and the kind of weed they are buying has become much stronger. In turn, this has lead to a jump in emergency room visits.

Beaches are not always the best choice during a heat wave

From Vancouver, British Columbia to Michigan and Maine, beaches are being closed due to contamination by a nasty bug that can make humans and pets sick - E. coli. or the health risks associated with toxic algae blooms.

Toxic algae blooms are spreading across the U.S.

From Oregon to New York, Virginia, and Florida, including many locations in between, toxic algae blooms in reservoirs lakes, and waterways have led to state officials issuing emergency declarations.

Op-Ed: As climate talks open, federal report exposes US credibility gap

The COP23 climate talks began today in Bonn, Germany, and already, the U.S. has egg on its face after the official release of the federal government's Climate Science Special Report that states human activities are the cause of global warming.

Removing microplastics from tap water starts at treatment plants

As we have learned, plastic pollution is not just a problem affecting our oceans. We are now ingesting tiny bits of plastic in our tap water. So this problem leaves but one question - Is there a solution?

Houston folks at risk from toxic chemicals and bacteria

Houston - At least 13 of the 41 Superfund toxic waste sites in the Houston area have been flooded or damaged by Hurricane Harvey, according to the EPA, adding to the worries of health officials already concerned over bacterial contamination in the flood waters.

Harvey has unleashed another disaster with large chemical spills

The two explosions at the chemical plant in Crosby, Texas are just a very small part of the health and environmental disaster facing victims of the flooding in the state.

Op-Ed: Trump orders halt to health studies on miners in Appalachia

The Trump administration has ordered researchers at the National Academy of Sciences to stop work on an independent evaluation of potential health effects from mountaintop removal coal mining.

Airborne fungal toxins from wallpaper create indoor health risk

A new study suggests that wallpaper may contribute to "sick building syndrome." When toxins from fungi growing on wallpaper become airborne, they can create an indoor health risk.

Neonic pesticides have been found in U.S. drinking water

Since their introduction in the 1990s, neonicotinoids have become one of the world's most widely used pesticides. However, and it was bound to happen, neonicotinoids have now been detected in our drinking water.

Duke study: Fracking has poisoned North Dakota's soil and water

Durham - A study of 3,900 fracking waste-water spill sites in North Dakota has revealed that soil and water contamination is widespread and persistent, endangering the health of humans, wildlife and the environment.

Green Thumb Up: No glyphosate re-licensing say some EU states

Brussels - A vote by experts from 28 EU states on re-licensing Monsanto's glypgosate was supposed to take place at a meeting in Brussels Monday and Tuesday this week. The vote may be put on hold because several states are concerned over the chemical's health risks.

'Sexual Enhancement' pills recalled over health risks

Houston - Houston, Texas-based TF Supplements has voluntarily recalled all of their Rhino 7 3000 and Rhino 7 Platinum 3000 capsules because they contain unapproved new drugs, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Op-Ed: FDA sends letter to powdered caffeine distributors — So what?

The Food and Drug Administration has issued warning letters to five distributors of powdered caffeine, claiming their products are sold without regulation as dietary supplements on the Internet.

Ebola survivors face health issues

Geneva - Many survivors of Ebola face on-going health issues and risks, according to a new assessment by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Monstrous red tide bloom moves in on Florida

A monstrous red tide bloom, the largest seen in Florida since 2006 is advancing on the state's beaches. It has already killed thousands of fish in the Gulf of Mexico, and officials are now concerned about health risks if it washes ashore.

3D home printers could have health risks

New research finds use of 3D printers in the home could pose health risks from ultra-fine particles or UFPs that invade the environment and end up in the lungs and then the bloodstream.

Op-Ed: Greece refuses to reduce fuel tax, warns of health risks of wood

Living under a cloud of smog and bombarded by government health warnings of the health risks of resorting to burning wood for warmth, Greek citizens are assured by the finance minister that there will be no relief from the taxes imposed on heating oil.

Antibacterial agent triclosan under investigation for its safety

Triclosan is being investigated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its safety. It is found in many household products commonly used by millions of people, such as toothpaste, hand sanitizers and shaving gels.

Answers differ on transformers and health concerns

Could two transformers in Ontario be the root of health concerns? That's the question posed by a family during a recent article. How likely is it that those concerns can be linked to TransAlta's substation near Orangeville?

Swine Flu Parties Are Not a good Idea Say Doctors

Public health officials are saying that people throwing 'swine flu parties' in order to gain immunity is a bad idea. Public health officials have heard of such rumored parties in the UK where parents throw parties so that their children will get infected.

Unregulated Herbal Supplements Pose Serious Health Risks

While visiting with a friend a few days ago I happened to mention that I am diabetic and sometimes have problems sleeping. She said, “That's okay, I can cure that,” then gave me kava. It's likely she didn't know kava is risky for those with diabetes

Waist size and risk of death, or how to watch your weight with interest

The news isn’t good. Waist size, of all things, is an indicator of health, and definitely a risk factor measure. A European study in nine countries has come up with some very alarming stats for the casters of big shadows.

Health Risks from Environmental Contaminants Possible Turtle Study Suggests

The same chemicals that keep food from sticking to our frying pans and stains from setting in our carpets are damaging the livers and impairing the immune systems of loggerhead turtles—an environmental health impact that also may signal a danger for hum

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