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Blog Posts in 2018

  • Why Ethylene Oxide is Used for Sterilization

    This summer, residents of Willowbrook, Illinois learned that a company in their town has been negligently releasing high concentrations of a toxic gas for over 30 years. The toxic gas, ethylene oxide (EtO), is classified by the EPA as a human carcinogen because of its ability to damage DNA ...
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  • The Risks of Ethylene Oxide, Explained

    Residents of Willowbrook have the highest cancer risk in Illinois, and the 19th-highest in the nation, due to Sterigenics toxic ethylene oxide pollution...
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  • 7 Cancers Caused by Ethylene Oxide Exposure

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) keeps an electronic database that lists the cancer-causing potential of different substances. The EPA first classified ethylene oxide (EtO) as a possible human carcinogen in 1985. Fifteen years later...
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  • FDA Limits Sale of Essure After Doctors and Medical Centers Fail to Tell Women of Risks

    In April 2018, the FDA took a unique move to restrict the sale of Essure. Now, only those health care providers who promise to give patients information about the risks and benefits...
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  • Essure Birth Control will no Longer be Sold in U.S.

    Since its FDA approval in 2002, Essure, manufactured by Bayer, has had risks and side effects that women weren’t adequately warned about...
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  • Chemical Used for MRIs May Be Harmful, Deadly

    Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a technique used to take detailed pictures of a person’s soft tissues, like the brain, muscles, and nerves. The technique uses a powerful magnet, radio waves, and a computer to create these pictures...
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  • 7 Things to Always Do After a Car Accident, and 3 to Never Do

    Independence Day is one of the most-traveled holidays of the year. Drivers should be especially vigilant on this holiday and the weekends before and after it. With all the excitement surrounding this special day...
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  • 5 Risk Factors of Pool Drowning

    When someone is drowning in the movies, Hollywood shows them waving their arms and calling out for help. In reality, drowning doesn’t always look like that. More often than not, a drowning person has decreased mental and lung capacities, so it’s hard for them to show that they’re in trouble...
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  • 5 Common Types of Elderly Financial Abuse

    Elderly nursing home residents with various mental, physical, and social weaknesses are likely targets of financial abuse. Manipulative people may presume they are weak and have limited knowledge about their finances, so they think they can take advantage of them...
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  • Four Most Dangerous Chemicals to Nail Salon Workers

    Prolonged exposure to certain chemicals found in in nail polishes, glues, removers, and other salon products may cause serious health problems to pregnant women. Manicurists who inhale the harmful chemicals for hours at a time have the highest risk of developing serious...
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  • Self-Driving Uber Kills Pedestrian

    On Sunday, March 18th, Arizona woman Elaine Herzberg was killed by a self-driving car. This is believed to be the first pedestrian fatality by a self-driving car. The car, owned by Uber, contained a human driver who was supposed to take the wheel if the system malfunctioned. The driver made no attempt to stop the vehicle or turn the car away as it approached Ms. Herzberg. Arizona police say ...
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  • What Is Secondhand or Take-Home Asbestos Exposure?

    Did you know people can get an asbestos-related disease, such as mesothelioma, without ever working around the toxic mineral? In an asbestos-heavy work environment, acts such as cutting, drilling and sanding can expel toxic fibers in the air, which can get distributed across the workplace through ventilation ducts and onto workers’ clothing and skin. Depending on work regulations and knowledge of ...
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  • Knee Injection Drug Recalled for Contamination

    American biotech company Sanofi Genzyme voluntarily recalled a lot of over 12,000 Synvisc-One (hylan G-F 20) syringes on December 11, 2017. Synvisc-One is a drug to relieve knee pain in patients with osteoarthritis. The gel inside the syringe is reportedly contaminated with certain microbes that may increase patients’ risk of infection. Sanofi revealed that the microbes are resistant to many ...
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  • Warning: Girls' Makeup Recalled for Containing Asbestos

    Parents of young girls everywhere are disappointed after learning that their daughters’ favorite stores are under investigation for selling asbestos-containing makeup. Below is a list of popular stores that may have sold makeup contaminated with asbestos, a known carcinogen. Justice A recent third-party investigation revealed that Justice’s “Just Shine Shimmer Powder” tested positive for four ...
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  • 10 Ways to Manage Stress During Cancer Treatment and Recovery

    The physical and mental strength it takes to battle cancer is often so stressful that it leaves people feeling helpless. Prolonged stress can cause serious damage to the body, leaving it more vulnerable to illness. Finding ways to cope with cancer surely isn’t easy, and while there’s no single solution that works for everyone, there are some tried and true methods worth exploring. Our Lung Cancer ...
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