Group of Senators Push for Ban on the Toxic Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

A group of senators introduced a bill on July 25, 2017 in the hopes of banning Chlorpyrifos, a toxic pesticide implicated in the poisonings of farm workers. Introduced by Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico, the bill challenges President Trump’s efforts to loosen environmental regulations. [1] Chlorpyrifos Ban and Recent History In April 2017, the […]

2 Simple Things Can Cut a Woman’s Risk of Needing a C-Section

A study in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) suggests that a pregnant woman can reduce her risk of needing a caesarean section, or C-section, by around 10% by doing 2 simple things: eating healthy and staying active. Not terribly surprising, is it? In 2015, 32% of all deliveries in the United States were C-sections. These procedures […]

California Will Get Swamped by Millions of Mosquito-Killing … Mosquitoes

Researchers at the Google-linked science company Verily are in the process of releasing 20 million sterile mosquitoes into the Fresno County, California, area in an attempt to actually stop the disease-carrying menaces from breeding. [1] The effort is dubbed the “Debug Fresno” project, the goal of which is to greatly reduce the number of invasive […]

Study Reveals Yet Another Reason to Limit Kids’ Screen Time

There is ample research which should give parents pause when considering whether to let the TV babysit their kids. One study even suggests that too much tube time can lead to poor bone health later on. I don’t like to bash TV. A decade ago, I worked with teen moms and their babies in a group-home setting, and […]

Study: Safety Issues Plagued 1/3 of FDA-Approved Drugs from 2001-2010

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is tasked with making sure that drugs and medical devices are safe and efficient for Americans to use. However, it appears that the agency doesn’t take its job seriously enough, because a new study shows that nearly 1/3 of medications approved from 2001 to 2010 had safety issues […]

Scientists Fearful of ‘Ecological Risks’ Sparked by GMO Microalgae NEEDS IMAGE

Researchers at the University of California San Diego and Sapphire Energy have successfully grown genetically modified algae outdoors for the first time. They claim that the GM algae don’t harm native algae populations and, moreover, can fend off deadly bacteria. [1] Genetically modifying algae makes them grow more quickly. Scientists believe the technology could allow the […]