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Do dust and chemicals make you fat?

“One reason, according to Sharpe, is that fast food and packaged foods, which are high in fat, also increase exposure to many of the chemicals suggested to be obesogens” writes Nicola Davis for theguardian.com. While public health messages have focused largely on the food we eat, some scientists suspect there is another factor at play: substances being dubbed as “obesogens” – found in our packaging, household goods and furnishings that might affect our hormones and the buildup of fat in the body. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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Removing shoes when entering the house could help people stay slim, scientists claim

“Removing shoes when entering the house and swapping carpet for wooden floors could help people stay slim because it prevents environmental chemicals accumulating in the house, scientists have claimed” writes Science Editor for telegraph.co.uk. According to new research presented at the European Society of Endocrinology in Barcelona, everyday products contain ‘obesogens’ which interfere with hormones and promote the build up of a fat in the body, Researchers at the Universities of Aveiro and Beira Interior in Portugal carried out a review into the current surveys and studies on obesogenic chemicals…

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Is Someone Still Producing Ozone-Killing Chemicals In Secret?

“For decades, we used chemicals called clorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in aerosol cans and refridgerators, unaware of the effect they had on the environment” writes Avery Thompson for popularmechanics.com. In response, the world’s nations signed the Montreal Protocol in 1987, which slowly phased out CFCs over the subsequent two decades. Source: popularmechanics.com Share This:

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Smoke from Wisconsin refinery explosion poses health risk

“Also present in asphalt smoke are microscopic particles of chemicals that stick together as visible smoke” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. An explosion and asphalt fire at a Wisconsin oil refinery on Thursday sent huge plumes of smoke into the air that pollution experts said almost certainly contains large amounts of toxins, posing a serious health risk to those living downwind.Asphalt is a petroleum product that when burned emits chemicals in gaseous form and small particles that can linger long after the smoke dissipates, said Wilma Subra, a chemist…

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Scores reported dead in ‘chemical attack’ in Syria as US blames Russia

“A suspected chemical attack has reportedly killed scores of civilians, including children, in Syria on Saturday” writes Christopher Booker for telegraph.co.uk. A Syrian rebel group accused government forces of dropping a barrel bomb containing poisonous chemicals on civilians in eastern Ghouta, and a medical relief organisation said 35 people had been killed in chemical attacks on the area.Syrian state media denied government forces had launched any chemical attack as soon as the reports began circulating and said rebels in the eastern Ghouta town of Douma were in a state of collapse and…

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California Judge: Coffee needs cancer warnings

“Many coffee companies have already posted warnings that specifically say acrylamide is found in coffee and is among chemicals that cause cancer” writes Associated Press for suntimes.com. LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles judge ruled that California law requires coffee companies to carry an ominous cancer warning label because of a chemical produced in the roasting process. Source: suntimes.com Share This:

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Eating out increases levels of phthalates in the body, study finds

“Adolescents who frequently ate at fast-food outlets while out with their friends had 55% higher levels of the chemicals than young people eating at home” writes Patrick Greenfield for theguardian.com. Eating at restaurants and fast food chains may increase exposure to potentially harmful hormone-disrupting chemicals used to increase the flexibility and durability of plastic, a study has found.A total of 10,253 people were asked to recall what they ate and where their food came from over the previous 24 hours. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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19 chemicals you didn’t know were in your food

“We consulted the databases of various government organizations and research institutions to reveal the truth about 19 common chemicals found in your food and drink” writes Holly Van Hare for sun-sentinel.com. If you ever look at the nutrition labels on processed foods — and you might be reading these labels all wrong — you probably know there are tons of chemicals in most packages.Are these foods really safe?. Everything you know about ‘health foods’ is wrong, doctor says.  Source: sun-sentinel.com Share This:

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Akzo Nobel to sell chemicals arm to Carlyle Group, Singapore wealth fund for $12.4 billion

“Akzo Nobel has agreed to sell its specialty chemicals business to U.S. private equity firm Carlyle Group and Singapore’s GIC for 10.1 billion euros ($12.6 billion), including debt” writes Jock Fistick Bloomberg for cnbc.com. The net proceeds of the deal are expected to amount to 7.5 billion euros, Akzo said, with the bulk going to shareholders. The deal is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to be concluded before the end of the year.”Carlyle has significant experience in the chemicals industry and a proven track record when it comes…

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