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Thermal Paper Increases BPA Exposure

Thermal paper (commonly used for print receipts) could cause substantially more exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) than was previously recognized, according to a new PLOS One study. The research is the latest of about 600 articles on the harmful effects of BPA published in medical journals since 2010. Manufacturers produce roughly 6 billion pounds of… posted in: Environmental & Occupational Health, News tags:


Migraine Devices Give New Options for Relief

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved two new migraine devices for pre-migraine and migraine symptoms. Each unit may help migraine sufferers who do not want to take prescription drugs, have had limited benefit with medication or can’t tolerate their side effects. Typical migraine symptoms include a pulsing or throbbing headache, often on… Read more »

Young Scientists Face New Challenges

This week’s New York Times op-ed, “Young, Brilliant and Underfunded” by Maryland Congressional Rep. Andy Harris, MD, brings attention to several important scientific and political issues. Among them: the paradox that research funding is often awarded based on past achievement instead of promising, innovative ideas. Dr. Harris finished the piece with a call to action… Read more »

The Zadroga Act, Ground Zero and Justice

First responders paid a tremendous price on September 11, 2001. Hundreds of them were among those who died that day. Today, the loss of life continues. Fire fighters, police officers, emergency medical technicians, construction workers, volunteers and World Trade Center-area workers and residents sustained exposure to a toxic stew of chemicals and fumes–including dozens of… Read more »

Drug Take-Back Day Is Tomorrow

Tomorrow–Saturday, September 27–is National Drug Take-Back Day. Gather up old drugs—or those you no longer need–for safe disposal at a North Shore-LIJ Health System site. Disposing of old/unused medicine properly means they won’t end up in the wrong hands (illicitly used at adolescents’ “pill parties”) or in the wrong place (our water supply). Never flush… Read more »

National Forum on Sepsis

Rory Staunton was a 12-year-old Queens boy who died suddenly from sepsis in 2012.  In his memory, Rory’s parents established the Rory Staunton Foundation. The foundation recently hosted first National Forum on Sepsis in Washington, DC, to create a nationwide movement to address the illness and its treatment. Learn more about sepsis, the Rory Staunton… Read more »

Autumn Vegetable Succotash

Meatless Mondays don’t only make for a healthier body, but also a healthier home—that is, Planet Earth. Count these among the environmental benefits of Meatless Mondays: A reduced carbon footprint–The meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that accelerate climate change, according to UN estimates. Minimized water use–Animals raised for food… Read more »

World Sepsis Day: Learn to Spot the Signs

Tomorrow is World Sepsis Day, an opportunity to turn the spotlight on a devastating disease that is common but unfamiliar. Once it takes hold, up to a third of patients die from it, says the Sepsis Alliance. In fact, sepsis kills more Americans every year than breast cancer, colon cancer and HIV/AIDS combined, yet most Americans… Read more »