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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 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
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
Photo of land in Hawaii to represent Maui Families Suing Monsanto for in-utero chemical exposure

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
Barn surrounded by crops depicted in Farmer's Footprint

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