Poor Diet Caused Nearly Half of All Deaths in the U.S. in 2012

A study released earlier this year reveals that some 45% of all deaths in the U.S. in 2012 were due to “cardiometabolic disease,” or CMD – all because of the average diet. CMD encompasses heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. [1] Researchers say that the largest number of diet-related CMD deaths are due to […]

Common Pesticide may Prevent Bumblebee Queens from Laying Eggs

Researchers in the United Kingdom recently examined how bumblebee queens are affected by neonicotinoid pesticides, finding that one of the most common neonics compromises the queens’ ability to lay eggs, putting her colony at risk for extinction. [1] Neonicotinoids, or neonics, are applied as a coating on the seeds of corn, soybeans, canola, and other […]

Are These GMO Meatless Burgers Safe to Eat? The FDA Isn’t Sure

The FDA informed the manufacturer of Impossible Burger – a meat-like burger made using only plants – that it had not yet proven that the product’s key genetically modified (GM) ingredient is safe for consumption. The company, Impossible Foods, decided it knew better and launched the product anyway. [1] The Impossible Burger is made using […]

The Opioid Crisis Deemed a National Emergency: So What Happens Now?

On August 10, 2017, President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a national emergency in a move that many speculated he wouldn’t make. Only 2 days before the announcement, Trump vowed to “win” the fight on painkillers and heroin, but stopped short of declaring an emergency. [1] On August 8, following a meeting with Trump, […]

CPSC Issues Fidget Spinner Safety Guidance for Buyers, Businesses

Fidget spinners are pretty sweet. They were designed to help people with conditions like ADD to better concentrate, though they have turned into a huge trend in toys. However, there have been a number of incidents involving injuries caused by fidget spinners, prompting the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to issue a new fidget […]

Whoa! Study Finds Energy Drinks to be a Gateway Drug?

Shocking new research suggests that energy drinks may be a gateway drug to harder substances, including cocaine and non-prescription stimulants. Source: Express Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health studied 1,099 young adults between the ages of 21 and 25 over 5 years. They found that those who drank highly caffeinated drinks […]

Sad: Humans Have Created 9 Billion Tons of Plastic in 67 Years

In 1950, plastic was a rarity. Today, plastic is everywhere – in our homes, cars, streets, landfills, and oceans. Scientists recently calculated how much plastic humans have produced since that year, and the conclusion is mind-boggling: 9 billion tons, or 8.3 billion metric tons. [1] A study published July 19, 2017 in the journal Science […]

This 1980 Letter from Researchers Helped Fuel the Opioid Epidemic

The U.S. opioid epidemic is claiming lives at a breakneck pace. More than 52,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2015, according to the CDC – an average of 1 death every 10 minutes. Nearly 33,000 of those deaths involved opioids, including prescription painkillers and heroin. Now we know how the crisis began unfurling: a […]