Most US fast food found to contain potentially harmful chemicals

A first-of-its-kind study led by researchers at George Washington University has measured levels of plasticizer chemicals in a number of fast food products. The findings reveal high concentrations of a number of potentially harmful chemicals, such as p… Continue reading Most US fast food found to contain potentially harmful chemicals

Exposure to common plastic chemical linked to 100,000 early deaths

Researchers from the Grossman School of Medicine at New York University are calling for urgent regulatory action limiting the use of chemicals called phthalates in the production of plastics. The research strikingly estimates up to 100,000 premature de… Continue reading Exposure to common plastic chemical linked to 100,000 early deaths

Toxic lead found in over half of blood samples from US children

The first large-scale study to look at very low levels of lead in blood samples from children has been conducted

A new study published in JAMA Pediatrics is reporting one half of American children under the age of six have detectable levels of lead in their blood. The research looked at recent blood test results from over one million children and is the first study of this scale to analyze minute traces of lead in blood samples.

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Scientists call for limited use of acetaminophen during pregnancy

A newly published consensus statement, co-signed by nearly 100 scientists, is calling for the common painkiller acetaminophen (also known as paracetamol or APAP) to be used cautiously and conservatively during pregnancy. The researchers indicate there … Continue reading Scientists call for limited use of acetaminophen during pregnancy

Track-inspection drone rides the rails, and flies away from trains

Although the inspection of railway tracks is a very important task, such inspections typically have to be performed when no trains are anywhere nearby. The new rail-riding Staaker BG-300 Railway Drone offers an alternative, as it just flies off the tra… Continue reading Track-inspection drone rides the rails, and flies away from trains

Researchers show how to tamper with medication in popular infusion pumps using software flaws

McAfee security researchers on Tuesday said they had found multiple vulnerabilities in infusion pump software that, under certain conditions, a skilled hacker could use to alter a patient’s medication dose to a potentially unsafe level. The vulnerabilities are in equipment made by multinational vendor B. Braun that are used in pediatric and adult health care facilities in the United States. While there are no reports of malicious exploitation of the flaws, the research illustrates the challenge of securing devices conceived decades ago from 21st-century digital threats. The findings come as the health care sector reckons with a series of ransomware attacks that hit aging hospital computer networks during the pandemic. Medical devices “remain vulnerable to legacy issues that have persisted for many years and have exceptionally slow update or upgrade cycles,” said Steve Povolny, who heads the Advanced Threat Research team at McAfee. In a statement, B. Braun said the […]

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EPA finally bans common food pesticide after years of court battles

After years of lengthy court battles the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced it will ban agricultural uses of chlorpyrifos, a pesticide suspected of causing neurodevelopmental problems in children. The ban comes into effect in six … Continue reading EPA finally bans common food pesticide after years of court battles