environmental toxins
EPA to Limit Assessments of Toxic Chemical Risks
EPA to Limit Assessments of Toxic Chemical Risks
Ashley Yeager | Jun 8, 2018
Reducing the evaluation to only direct contact, rather than including environmental exposures, could leave damaging substances on the market, critics say.
Cellular Senescence in Astrocytes May Play Central Role in Parkinson’s Disease
Cellular Senescence in Astrocytes May Play Central Role in Parkinson’s Disease
Katarina Zimmer | Jan 24, 2018
The elimination of these glia in the mouse brain ameliorated the development of Parkinsonian neuropathologies induced by the pesticide toxin paraquat.  
NOAA: Common Pesticides Threaten Endangered Salmon, Other Marine Life
NOAA: Common Pesticides Threaten Endangered Salmon, Other Marine Life
Shawna Williams | Jan 16, 2018
Organophosphates jeopardize dozens of species, a federal review finds.
Consilience, Episode 3: Cancer, Obscured
Consilience, Episode 3: Cancer, Obscured
Ben Andrew Henry | Apr 14, 2017
Ben Henry explores the science behind a deep-fried cancer scare and traditional treatments that may shrink tumors.
Cooking Up Cancer?
Cooking Up Cancer?
Diana Kwon | Apr 1, 2017
Overcooked potatoes and burnt toast contain acrylamide, a potential carcinogen that researchers have struggled to reliably link to human cancers.
Avoiding Endocrine Disruptors Drops Diabetes Risk: Study
Avoiding Endocrine Disruptors Drops Diabetes Risk: Study
Kerry Grens | Oct 27, 2016
Based on epidemiological data, researchers estimate that reducing exposures to certain environmental chemicals could drop people’s chances of developing the disease.
CDC to Track Algal Blooms
CDC to Track Algal Blooms
Bob Grant | Jun 23, 2016
The federal agency launches a new system to collect nationwide data on outbreaks of harmful algae and associated health problems.
Obesogens
Obesogens
Kerry Grens | Nov 1, 2015
Low doses of environmental chemicals can make animals gain weight. Whether they do the same to humans is a thorny issue.
Fat Factors
Fat Factors
Kerry Grens | Nov 1, 2015
A mouse's exposure to certain environmental chemicals can lead the animal—and its offspring and grandoffspring—to be overweight.
Undertaker's Bane
Undertaker's Bane
The Scientist Staff | Oct 1, 2015
Harvard Professor Marc Weisskopf discusses the potential link between formaldehyde and ALS.