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Friday, September 26, 2014

9/26/14 Health News: EPA SUED TO BAN NEUROTOXIC INSECTICIDE ♦ WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT E. COLI ♦ Gums added to food generally considered safe

EPA SUED TO BAN NEUROTOXIC INSECTICIDE USE ON CROPS
Last week, the Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), asking the court to ban chlorpyrifos, an insecticide that can interfere with the brain development of fetuses, infants and children. Chlorpyrifos can cause nausea, dizziness and confusion, and, at very high exposures, respiratory paralysis and... Continue Reading
WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT E. COLI
September has proven to be a tragic month in terms of E. coli infecting children. At the beginning of the month, two young girls in the Pacific Northwest died from unrelated E. coli O157:H7 infections. First, the bacteria took the life of 4-year-old Oregonian Serena Profitt on Sept. 8, and then, days later, 3-year-old Brooklyn... Continue Reading
Gums added to food generally considered safe

During the summer, a Cincinnati mother reported that her son’s Walmart-brand ice cream sandwich sat in the sun for hours and didn’t melt. A video about it became a YouTube sensation but also raised some health questions, prompting scores of news outlets and regular people to film their own melt tests with a variety of ice cream treats. Some ice cream sandwiches used in those tests … Continue Reading

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