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FDA Curtails Antibiotic Overuse in Livestock, But US Still Trails Global Standards

By John Otrompke, Contributing Writer
A Food & Drug Administration order prohibiting the use of certain antibiotics in livestock finally went into effect this summer, but according to some public health advocates, the FDA's move is too little, too late.

Foul Air, Fast Rx's Fuel Childhood Obesity

By Erik Goldman
Exposure to air pollution and overuse of antibiotics may be important risk factors for childhood obesity, according to recent studies. The findings suggest that there's more to the obesity equation than excess calories & lack of exercise.

Creating a "Frack-as:" Physicians Call for Halt on Hydrofracking

By Erik Goldman - Vol. 13, No. 1. Spring, 2012
Physicians and public health advocates gathered outside Washington, DC, calling for an immediate moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (aka "Fracking"), a controversial natural gas extraction method that many believe has serious negative impacts on human health.

CEFALO: Mixed Signals on The Cell Phone–Brain Tumor Issue

By Erik Goldman - Vol. 12, No. 3. Fall, 2011

A high-profile international study of the impact of cell phones on childhood brain tumor risk is sending the signal that there is no “exposure-response relationship. However, some environmental health experts contend that significant safety concerns are hidden within the data.

Making Sense of CEFALO

By August West - Vol. 12, No. 3. Fall, 2011

CEFALO, a multi-center European project, is the first study to look specifically at the impact of self-reported mobile phone use on risk of childhood brain tumors. While it  seemed to dispel the notion that EM radiation from cellphones can cause brain tumors, critics contend that the conclusions are not so clear cut. Writers from the Environmental Health Trust challenge CEFALO's findings; a spokesman from the study team responds.

EMF Hygiene: How to Minimize Health Risks From Wireless Devices

By Camilla Rees, MBA
In recent years, there’s been a groundswell of science documenting significant health risks associated with exposure to radiation from cell phones, computers, and other modern wireless devices. Concerns range from reduced fertility to potentially increased risk of cancers including brain tumors. A bit of “EMF hygiene” will go a long way in minimizing risk. EMF safety expert Camilla Rees shares a wealth of tips.

Cordless Phone EMFs Trigger Heart Rhythm Abnormalities

By Erik Goldman / Editor in Chief - Vol. 11, No. 4. Winter, 2010
Much of the controversy about cell phone radiation and health has centered around the potential risk of brain tumors. But researchers recently discovered that in roughly 40% of people, the EMF field from a cordless phone system consistently produces measurable and sometimes severe heart rate disturbances.

CleanMed 2001: Hospital Administrators See the Green Light

By Janet Brown | Staff Writer - Vol. 2, No. 3. June, 2001

Hospital administrators are finally starting to reckon with the damaging effects their institutions can have on the environment. Janet Brown, HPC's resident medical environmentalist, reports from CleanMed, the nation's largest conference dedicated to health care and ecology.

Enviro-Consciousness Dawns in U.S. Hospitals: Hospital Recycling Survey

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 1, No. 2. December, 2000

A green light is slowly dawning in the nation's hospitals.

Enviro-Friendly Asthma Inhalers Emerge, But Slowly

By August West | Contributing Editor - Vol. 1, No. 1. October, 2000

Environmentally friendly propellants may soon replace the ozone-eating chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in metered dose inhalers used for asthma medications. CFC-free formulations of albuterol and salbutamol, two common asthma drugs, are already available for testing, but since the new propellants change the amounts of drug delivered to the lungs, it may be a few years before drug manufacturers release these new products to the market.

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