Environmental Health

"Lead Tests on NY City Schools’ Water May Have Masked Scope of Risk"

"When the results of tests for lead in the water at more than 1,500 New York City school buildings were announced in July, officials said that fewer than 1 percent of all the samples taken showed lead concentrations that exceeded Environmental Protection Agency guidelines. Given other safety measures in place, officials assured parents, the water was safe to drink. But a review of how the testing was conducted suggests that the amount of lead in the water that students consume could be greater than the results indicate."

Source: NY Times, 09/01/2016

"Grotesque Cancers Plaguing Lake Michigan Tributary Fish"

"Federal scientists are finding increasing skin and liver tumors in bottom-feeding fish caught in several of Wisconsin's Lake Michigan tributaries that flow through areas with particularly severe environmental problems."

Source: Grand Rapids Press, 09/01/2016

"U.S. Funding for Fighting Zika Virus Is Nearly Spent, C.D.C. Says"

"The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned on Tuesday that federal funds to fight the Zika virus were nearly exhausted, and that if Congress did not replenish them soon, there would be no money to fight a new outbreak."

Source: NY Times, 09/01/2016

"Your Tattoo Might Have Printer Ink or Car Paint in It"

"Emily Pratt wasn’t impressed when she heard about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration probe into the potentially deleterious effects of tattoo ink. She would have shrugged to show how little she cared, but she was a bit sore from the tattoo machine that had just been smacking away at her left forearm."

Source: Bloomberg, 08/31/2016

"Your Gut's Gone Viral, And That Might Be Good For Your Health"

"Everywhere you turn, it seems, there's news about the human microbiome. And, more specifically, about the bacteria that live in your gut and help keep you healthy. Those bacteria, it turns out, are hiding a big secret: their own microbiome. A study published Monday suggests some viruses in your gut could be beneficial."

Source: NPR, 08/30/2016


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