Toxic Algae Blooms: What You Should Know

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By Iris Myers and Sarah Graddy, Environmental Working Group Toxic algae blooms are a growing epidemic, polluting lakes and other waterways across the U.S., as a 2018 EWG report revealed. They can occur any time, but they thrive when water is warmer, usually from May through October. Toxic algae...
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Will the Trump USDA Deliver on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans? Our New Report Shows What’s at Stake

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By Sarah Reinhardt, Union of Concerned Scientists Sixty percent of adults the United States are now living with one or more chronic diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes. That’s 150 million people—not counting millions of children and young adults—whose daily...
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Understanding the New Restrictions on Fetal Tissue Research, and Attacks on the Scientists Who Use It

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By Michael Halperin, Union of Concerned Scientists Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has announced new restrictions on the use of fetal tissue in research. Fetal tissue research has led to profound progress in understanding and treating countless diseases and public health threats,...
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Wheeler’s Breathtaking Ignorance of Science, in One Comment

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By Gretchen Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists Yesterday at the EPA’s Science Advisory Board meeting, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler made comments on the agency’s proposed Restricting Science Rule that raised eyebrows for anyone who understands the basics of health studies. In his defense...
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“Big Food” Companies Spend Big Money in Hopes of Shaping the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

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By Karen Perry Stillerman, Union of Concerned Scientists The maker of Snickers, M&Ms, and Skittles has built a global conglomerate on sugar. The privately held Mars Incorporated let it be known earlier this year that it hopes to double its $35 billion annual revenue over the next decade,...
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