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EPA Launches Pesticide Investigation Councils

MedTruth Editors · November 1, 2021

The OCSPP Science Policy Council will monitor issues that arise within the pollution, toxics and pesticide sectors.

News
Image of a woman drinking water representing PFAS contaminated drinking water.

How Many Types of PFAS Exist?

MedTruth Editors · October 12, 2021

While PFOA and PFOS have been well documented as harmful, many companies are switching to a new PFAS chemical: GenX.

Health Features
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PFAS Lawsuits Centered in Georgia Have National Implications

MedTruth Editors · October 6, 2021

Last week, a federal judge in Georgia issued a ruling on one of the cases that could affect PFAS litigation throughout the nation.

Legal Developments
Image of a farmer spraying paraquat herbicide on crops.

Paraquat Claims Could Cost Syngenta & Chevron Billions

MedTruth Editors · September 22, 2021

Legal experts involved in paraquat litigation estimate that there may eventually be tens of thousands of cases. 

Legal Developments
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Maine To Ban Products With PFAS Chemicals

MedTruth Editors · September 13, 2021

Maine’s law will forbid the sale of products with PFAS chemicals.

News
Image of a farmer spraying crops with Roundup representing the EPA report linking glyphosate to cancer.

Newly-Released Internal EPA Report Links Glyphosate to Cancer

MedTruth Editors · September 8, 2021

An internal EPA document from 2016 suggested that several studies reported elevated risks of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma associated with glyphosate exposure.

News
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Bayer Petitions Supreme Court To Review 2nd Roundup Trial

MedTruth Editors · August 30, 2021

Bayer filed a petition to reverse a verdict that awarded a Roundup user $80 million in damages.

Legal Developments
Illustration of paraquat herbicide.

EPA Renews Paraquat Approval

MedTruth Editors · August 5, 2021

In the press statement confirming their decision to renew paraquat’s approval, the EPA included a number of new limitations on the way paraquat could be applied.

News
Image of the Syngenta building representing the paraquat MDL request with link to Parkinson's disease.

Nearly 70 Paraquat Lawsuits Filed, Allege Toxic Herbicide Causes Parkinson's Disease

James Parker · May 10, 2021

In early April, two plaintiffs filed a request for multidistrict litigation against paraquat manufacturers, including Syngenta.

Legal Developments
Image of a father feeding his child baby food, representing the risk of toxic heavy metals in baby food.

Congress Responds to Baby Food Worries, New Bill Limits Toxic Heavy Metals

Carah Wertheimer · April 16, 2021

Lawmakers have introduced legislation limiting toxic heavy metals in baby foods.

Laws + Congress
Picture of a baby eating baby food, representing baby food companies being sued for toxic heavy metal contamination.

Baby Food Companies Sued for Toxic Heavy Metal Contamination

James Parker · March 23, 2021

A group of parents has requested that the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidate their cases in federal district court.

Legal Developments
Image of a Teflon-coated pan representing the $4 Billion PFAS lawsuits.

Up to $4 Billion Earmarked for PFAS Lawsuits

Kristen Fischer · February 3, 2021

Three companies have made a $4 billion deal to settle potential lawsuits related to toxic PFAS.

Legal Developments
Image of a pot of eyeshadow in a palm representing California becoming the first state to ban toxic chemicals in cosmetics.

California First State to Ban Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics

Carah Wertheimer · October 7, 2020

California has become the first state in the nation to ban 24 toxic chemicals from cosmetics.

News
Image of a golfer placing a ball on a tee in the grass, representing Gary Lindeblad's Roundup lawsuit.

Golf Pro Sues Monsanto, Claims Roundup Caused Cancer

James Parker · September 16, 2020

A Washington state golf pro who says Roundup caused his cancer has filed a lawsuit against Monsanto. 

Legal Developments
Man holding an aluminum can that has BPA, which is linked to increased risk of death.

High BPA Linked to 49% Increased Risk of Death

MedTruth Editors · August 28, 2020

New research suggests BPA may be linked to a higher death rate from conditions including cardiovascular disease.

Research + Findings
Image of a tractor spraying crops with dicamba herbicide, representing the registrants’ petition for En Banc rehearing.

Ban on Controversial Herbicide Dicamba Stands, Court Decides

Lynne Higby · August 20, 2020

A federal appellate court affirmed a nationwide ban on the controversial weed killer dicamba.

Legal Developments
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Court Panel Affirms Decision That Roundup Causes Cancer, but Slashes Record Jury Verdict

T.J. La · August 7, 2020

A jury verdict that found that Monsanto’s Roundup caused a groundskeeper’s cancer still stands under a California appellate decision issued last month, but the panel slashed the award.

Legal Developments
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Study Finds Link Between Certain ‘Forever Chemicals’ and Early Menopause

Lauren Styx · July 29, 2020

A new study from the University of Michigan suggests exposure to per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances might contribute to women reaching menopause two years earlier than average.

Research + Findings
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“STINK!” Exposes the Odious Chemical Practices of Corporations in America

James Parker · July 10, 2020

The documentary STINK! follows the personal story of how Jon J Whelan became involved in activism against toxic chemicals.

Health Features
Woman going into an MRI machine representing the GBCA chemical toxicity suit.

GBCA Chemical Toxicity Suit Weathers Dismissal Claims

James Parker · July 2, 2020

The plaintiff claims that the GBCAs used in her MRIs in 2015 caused a condition known as gadolinium deposition disease (GDD) and a host of debilitating side effects.

Legal Developments
Image of corn field sprayed with banned dicamba herbicide.

EPA Defends Continued Use of Dicamba Despite Court Order

Lynne Higby · June 25, 2020

The EPA is permitting farmers to use dicamba the rest of the growing season despite a federal appeals court banning the popular weedkiller.

Laws + Congress
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‘Dark Waters:’ A True Story of Toxic Drinking Water and DuPont's Deception

Tess Francke · May 8, 2020

The corrupt story of water pollution in America unfolds in the 2019 film 'Dark Waters' from the perspective of a Cincinnati attorney played by Mark Ruffalo, who comes to the gut-wrenching realization that mega-corporations dump hazardous waste into water sources.

Health Features
Image of Roundup sprayed on crops representing Bayer renegs on Roundup cancer claims.

Bayer Renegs on Roundup Cancer Claim Settlements, Blames Coronavirus

Carah Wertheimer · April 8, 2020

Bayer is backing out of draft settlements with U.S. law firms representing more than 45,000 plaintiffs who allege that their non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma was caused by exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup.

Legal Developments
Photo of a woman holding her dyed hair, representing the cancer risk linked to hair dyes and straighteners.

Chemical Hair Dyes and Straighteners May Increase Breast Cancer Risk

Benjamin Duong · March 2, 2020

Use of hair dyes and chemical hair straighteners may be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, with black women being at an increased risk compared to white women.

Research + Findings
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MT Weekly: J&J Asbestos Settlement, EPA to Regulate PFAS

Carah Wertheimer · February 25, 2020

This week, MedTruth provides updates on the latest baby powder settlement, the EPA's new regulations on PFAS, plus a study on the impacts of chemical exposure during pregnancy.

News
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Friday Film: Netflix's 'Broken' Mini-Series Exposes Product Dangers and Deceit

S. Nicole Lane · February 21, 2020

The Netflix mini-docuseries “Broken” details the harmful and fraudulent ways in which manufacturers create cheap products at the public’s expense, including counterfeit makeup and low-quality furniture.

Health Features
Girl applying cosmetics that may damage DNA in breast cells.

Are Breast Cells Damaged By Sunscreen, Cosmetic and Personal Care Chemicals?

Carah Wertheimer · February 19, 2020

Chemicals in common personal care products may damage DNA in breast cells at acute exposures, according to a study.

Research + Findings
Girl using personal care products linked to early puberty.

Early Puberty in Girls Linked to Personal Care Products

Carah Wertheimer · February 11, 2020

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals commonly found in personal care products have been linked to early puberty in girls in a recent study.

Research + Findings
Woman applying sunscreen containing potentially harmful chemicals.

6 Chemicals in Sunscreen Absorbed by Your Body

S. Nicole Lane · February 10, 2020

Sunscreen is an essential protectant against skin cancer, but it may contain harmful chemicals that do not meet safety regulations.

Research + Findings
A photo of a young boy drinking a water bottle, which may expose him to BPA.

Study Finds Much Higher BPA Exposures, FDA Dismisses Safety Concerns

Carah Wertheimer · January 29, 2020

A study published in December 2019 raises serious questions about the accuracy of the FDA’s methods for testing BPA levels in humans.

Research + Findings
A photo of a young man vaping, unaware that e-cigarettes can cause asthma, bronchitis and other chronic lung issues.

Study Links E-Cigs to Multiple Chronic Lung Diseases

Benjamin Duong · January 23, 2020

A study published in Dec. 2019 found that the use of e-cigarettes increased risk for chronic lung diseases including asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Research + Findings
Mother holding child whose hand is under tap water contaminated with PFAS.

Is Your Drinking Water Contaminated With Toxic PFAS?

Tess Francke · January 14, 2020

PFAS, a group of synthetic chemicals, have reached toxic levels of contamination in drinking water sources in the U.S. Consumer products such as pans and rugs may contain PFAS as well.

Research + Findings
Fields in Maui where Monsanto illegally sprayed banned pesticides.

Monsanto Loses $10 Million in Maui Pesticide Case

Emma Schkloven · December 17, 2019

Monsanto pleaded guilty to spraying illegal pesticides in Maui, Hawaii, and has agreed to pay $10 million in charges.

Legal Developments
A photo of industry spewing toxic pollution in an area known as Louisiana's cancer alley.

When Home is Deadly: Welcome to "Cancer Alley"

Nicole Knight · December 4, 2019

A ProPublica investigation covers an area along the Mississippi River, dubbed Louisiana's cancer alley, which leaves residents exposed to toxic, carcinogenic chemicals caused by unregulated air pollution.

Health Features
A photo of plants, representing the concept of Roundup causing cancer.

In 3 Months, 20,000 More Plaintiffs Claim Roundup Caused Cancer

Emma Schkloven · November 26, 2019

The number of plaintiffs claiming Roundup caused their cancer has more than doubled to 42,700 in the last three months.

Legal Developments
A photo of a child drinking BPA chemicals from a plastic water bottle, drawing attention to the risk of childhood obesity in BPA free children's dinnerware.

Childhood Obesity: Is BPA Free Any Better?

Carah Wertheimer · November 26, 2019

A 2019 study measures if BPA free replacement chemicals, such as BPS and BPF, can still play a role in childhood obesity.

Research + Findings
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Maui Families File Suit Against Monsanto for Chemical Exposure

Emma Schkloven · November 19, 2019

Two families in Maui, Hawaii, have filed a lawsuit against Monsanto, claiming the company’s use of pesticides and chemicals led to birth defects in their newborns. 

Legal Developments
A photo of an elderly woman clutching her chest from heartburn before taking Zantac (ranitidine), which may cause NDMA carcinogenic toxins.

FDA Wants Recall of Zantac and Axid Amid Cancer Concern

Carah Wertheimer · November 5, 2019

Zantac, a commonly used heartburn medication, can contain the carcinogenic toxin NDMA, prompting the FDA to issue a voluntary recall.

FDA Regulation
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Friday Film: 'Farmer's Footprint' Fights For Chemical-Free Agriculture

Emma Schkloven · October 25, 2019

Farmer’s Footprint, a docu-series following farmers in America, explores how different farming practices affect health and the environment. The series explains the regenerative agriculture movement, a practice opposed to the use of chemicals such as glyphosate.

Health Features