July 31, 2015 |
Nearly three years after Hurricane Sandy devastated New Jersey, its effects linger in the form of heightened anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, a report released Wednesday found. More attention should be paid to the emotional consequences of housing damage, including mold, the report stated. Surprisingly, children who lived in homes with minor damage were even more likely than those in homes with major damage to feel sad or depressed or have trouble sleeping. "We're definitely still hearing about the issues and the problems," said David Abramson, a New York University researcher who led the Sandy Child and Family Health Study.
March 19, 2013 |
When Annmarie Cantrell, a chef and wellness educator, gives cooking demonstrations, she always talks about the importance of fresh, unprocessed food and her concerns about genetically engineered ingredients. She and her husband, Sam, no longer plant corn on their Maysie's Farm in Chester County, in part because she worries their organically grown crop will be contaminated by windblown pollen from nearby farms that grow genetically engineered corn. She and other members of a fledgling local group, GMO Free PA, are fully behind legislation that would require labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms that are sold in Pennsylvania.
November 29, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Tuesday ordered tobacco companies to publish corrective statements that say they lied about the dangers of smoking and that disclose smoking's health effects, including the death on average of 1,200 people a day. U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler previously had said she wanted the industry to pay for corrective statements in various types of advertisements. But Tuesday's ruling is the first time she's laid out what the statements will say. Each corrective ad is to be prefaced by a statement that a federal court has concluded that the defendant tobacco companies "deliberately deceived the American public about the health effects of smoking.
November 28, 2012
WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Tuesday ordered tobacco companies to publish corrective statements that say they lied about the dangers of smoking and which disclose smoking's health effects, including the death on average of 1,200 people a day. U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler previously had said that she wanted the industry to pay for corrective statements in various types of advertisements. But Tuesday's ruling is the first time she's laid out what the statements will say. Each corrective ad is to be prefaced by a statement that a federal court has concluded that the defendant tobacco companies "deliberately deceived the American public about the health effects of smoking.
October 15, 2012 |
The searchlights over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway have gone dark. The three-week Open Air show by Montreal artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is packing up. But the issue of light pollution that simmered throughout is still with us. It is of concern not only to astronomers, but to others who feel the bejeweled dark sky is an important part of living on Earth and being human. The lofty realm has inspired us to write poetry, compose music, ponder the existence of God, and fall in love.
October 30, 2009 |
Preliminary results of air-quality monitoring outside Paulsboro High School indicate no short-term health threat to students from heavy-metals pollution, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Paulsboro is near several refineries in Gloucester County. The EPA released its findings yesterday, based on two months of testing that began in August. The EPA cautioned that it still was analyzing whether there are long-term effects. The agency said it was not ready to release a report on whether volatile organic compounds, another type of toxin, were found in excessive amounts near the school.
March 28, 2009 |
Before the plumes of radioactive material wafted over farms, homes, schools and parks around Three Mile Island, waves of fear and dread spread through the region. Within three days after the March 28 accident, people reported classic symptoms of radiation sickness - they vomited, they felt nauseous, their hair fell out. Pets and farm animals died unexpectedly. But no radiation escaped until the fourth day of the crisis, say independent physicists with the Union of Concerned Scientists.
April 15, 2008 |
The "infinitesimally small amounts" of pharmaceuticals in Philadelphia's drinking water should not pose a health hazard, the city's water commissioner said yesterday, but he acknowledged that the health effects of the drugs remain largely unknown. With the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency still trying to understand what the presence of minuscule amounts of drugs in U.S. water supplies means for humans and wildlife, City Council yesterday asked the Water Department to explain why more substances turned up in Philadelphia than other areas.
August 13, 2006 |
Janice Reale isn't buying it. She's a little relieved that her daughter, Anastasia, 6, tested "on the low end" for mercury exposure among the 60 former Kiddie Kollege day-care center children. But she works in insurance claims, and she's worried about long-term health implications. Often, she said, "somebody works at a job and 10 years later they come down with cancer. . . . That's what's going to happen to our kids. " After the Franklin Township day-care center closed July 28, 60 children and nine adults were tested to determine the extent of their exposure to mercury vapors at the property, a former thermometer factory that was mistakenly dropped from a list of New Jersey's contaminated sites, an error now being investigated by the State Attorney General's Office.
June 17, 2004 |
DuPont Co., under investigation for the alleged failure to report health information on a chemical used to make Teflon and other nonstick plastics, will likely be subject to "formal action" soon, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said yesterday. The chemical, perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, has been found in drinking water near the West Virginia plant where DuPont makes Teflon, and small amounts have been found in samples from blood banks nationwide. No health effects have been confirmed in humans, but the chemical, also known as C-8, has been linked to several cancers and undersized pituitary glands in lab animals.