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Chemical Exposure

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
Netflix Broken mini-series logo showing recycling waste, Juul, makeup and dangerous furniture.

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 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
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