Archive for January, 2015

Study Reveals that Young Girls who Drink Sugary Beverages get Their Periods Early, Have a Greater Risk of Breast Cancer

Filed January 30th, 2015 Julie Ann Fidler

Carbonated beverages may put young girls at risk of breast cancer, according to a new study. Researchers from the Harvard Medical School found that drinking just one-and-a-half cans of fizzy sugary drinks increases their cancer risk by five percent and causes early puberty. The scientists looked at 5,583 girls aged 9 to 14 who drank […]

Raw Pet Food Recalled due to Listeria Concerns

Filed January 28th, 2015 Julie Ann Fidler

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a recall last week of J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks Pet Food due to potential Listeria contamination. J.J. Fuds recalled its Chicken Tender Chunks Pet Food after routine sampling by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development resulted in a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes, the […]

The FDA is Under Pressure to Regulate E-Cigarettes as More Teens Turn to Vaping for the First Time

Filed January 21st, 2015 Julie Ann Fidler

The use of e-cigarettes, or “vaping,” is on the rise among teenagers across America. According to a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) report, 17 percent of high school seniors said they had vaped at least once a month, compared with 14 percent who admitted smoking traditional cigarettes. Sixteen percent of 10th graders said they […]

Cancer Groups Push FDA to Regulate E-Cigarette Products

Filed January 20th, 2015 Julie Ann Fidler

E-cigarettes are growing in popularity, so much so that the editors of the Oxford Dictionaries declared “vape” their Word of the Year for 2014. But two of the nation’s major cancer science and treatment groups are calling on the government to regulate the devices and increase research on the health effects of vaping. In a […]

Two Major Cancer Groups Call on the FDA to Research, Regulate E-Cigarettes More Thoroughly

Filed January 19th, 2015 Julie Ann Fidler

Two of the largest cancer science and treatment groups in the United States are calling on the government to start regulating electronic nicotine delivery systems, better known as e-cigarettes, and increase research on the health consequences of vaping as the popularity of e-cigarettes continue to rise. “While e-cigarettes may reduce smoking rates and attendant adverse […]

Pennsylvania and West Virginia Waterways are Being Polluted by Ammonium and Iodide Caused by Fracking

Filed January 16th, 2015 Julie Ann Fidler

Ammonium and iodide are being released into Pennsylvania and West Virginia waterways because of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), a new study shows. The toxic substances, which were not previously known as oil and gas industry pollutants, can wreak havoc on fish, ecosystems and even human health. Ammonium and iodide are extracted from Marcellus shale along with […]

Researchers say the Liquid Found in E-Cigarettes is Dangerous Even if it Doesn’t Contain Nicotine

Filed January 15th, 2015 Julie Ann Fidler

According to a new study from National Jewish Health in Denver, the liquid used in e-cigarettes significantly increases the risk for viral infections in users, whether it contains nicotine or not. By taking cells from the airways of young, healthy non-smokers and exposing them to the liquid or vapors from e-cigarettes, researchers were able to […]

18 Months After Being Recalled, few Jeeps with Explosive Gas Tanks Have Been Fixed

Filed January 15th, 2015 Julie Ann Fidler

It has been 18 months since Chrysler recalled Jeeps with potentially explosive gas tanks, but drivers are still being killed in their vehicles and more than 1 million Jeeps remain unfixed. Bloomberg News reported last week that Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the Washington-based advocacy group the Center for Auto Safety is demanding that Chrysler […]

Research Links E-cigarettes to Increased Risk of Lung Infections

Filed January 13th, 2015 Lillian Chiu

A study published in PLOS One suggests that electronic cigarettes can cause a harmful immune response and increase the risk of lung infections. The study was led by Dr. Qun Wu, a lung disease researcher at National Jewish Health in Denver. The researchers conducted the study by exposing healthy cells lining the lungs, called epithelial […]

District Court Judge Clears the Way for Talcum Powder Lawsuit to Proceed

Filed January 9th, 2015 Julie Ann Fidler

A U.S. District Court judge recently denied a motion by Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and Imerys Talc America, Inc., fka Luzenac America, Inc. to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the widower of a woman who died of ovarian cancer. The man alleges his late wife’s cancer was caused by the use of Johnson & Johnson […]