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You are not half human

More than half of your body is not human, say scientists.  Human cells make up only 43% of the body's total cell count. The rest are microscopic colonists.  (BBC)  MORE:   Microbiota   How bacteria are changing your mood


Toxic chemicals in baby products

Two-thirds of 137 items tested contained PFOA or PFOS, both banned in Canada and internationally.  (Toronto Star)  


Very little is being done

FASD is part of a problem everyone knows Canada's corrections system faces - but no one is sure just how big the problem is thanks to under-diagnosis.  FASD is a brain injury that is caused when an unborn baby is exposed to alcohol. It is the leading known cause of preventable developmental disability in Canada, impacting at least 1% of people across the country, according to Health Canada.  (CBC) 


Cancer fields

SEATTLE - More than 50 soccer players at the same university have been diagnosed with cancer - allegedly linked to chemicals in their artificial turf field.   (Daily Mail)   Artificial turf


No risk to public

MULBERRY - Mosaic, the company that kept secret a massive sinkhole that drained a 215M gallon radioactive pond into a Florida underground aquifer said it didn't go public with the crisis for 3 weeks because it found 'no risk to the public.'    (ABC)   MORE:   Sinkhole drains contaminated water into Floridan aquifer 


World's highest rate

Research shows newborn babies in some Arctic regions have the highest rates of serious lung infections ever recorded in medical literature.  (Globe & Mail) 


Microbeads labelled toxic

OTTAWA - The federal government has officially listed microbeads as a toxic substance, giving it the ability to ban the plastic beads used in cleansers.  An online notice published says the tiny plastic beads commonly found in facial and body scrubs is now listed as a toxic substance under the Environmental Protection Act, which gives the government the option to control their use or institute an outright ban.  (CP)


Disaster you've never heard about

LOS ANGELES - The US government deliberately hid 'the worst nuclear disaster in US history,' according to experts and an in-depth investigation by NBC4 Southern California.   (zerohedge) MORE:   North American Aviation   Sodium Reactor Experiment  


Toxic ponds are leaking

Researchers have found heavy metals leaking from unlined coal ash ponds near 21 power plants in 5 US states: Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Virginia, and North Carolina.  High levels of heavy metals, including arsenic and selenium, were found in surface waters or groundwater at all of the sites tested.  (Duke University)   RELATED:   Sheen on Lake Ontario traced to oil spill from nuclear power plant      


Environment watchdog spring report

OTTAWA - A new report by the federal environmental watchdog says Health Canada isn't doing enough to protect Canadians from hazardous chemicals in household and cosmetic products.   (CBC)   REPORT:   2016 Spring Reports of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development    Chemicals in your cosmetics  


Plague kills 40

ANTANANARIVO - An outbreak of the Plague has killed 40 people out of 119 confirmed cases in Madagascar since late August and there is a risk of the disease spreading rapidly in the capital.   (Reuters)   PREVIOUS:   Plague   Bubonic plague  


Death toll

SILIGURI - The death toll from Encephalitis outbreak in north Bengal has climbed to 102 while the disease has spread its tentacles to Assam as well taking 43 lives there.  (Indian Express)   MORE:   Outbreak   


Public health emergency

The World Health Organization has declared polio a 'public health emergency of international concern,' marking only the second time the UN agency has given such a designation after the H1N1 flu pandemic in 2009.  (Toronto Star)   

What could go wrong?

CHALK RIVER - Indigenous groups say a plan to store nuclear waste near the Ottawa River in eastern Ontario is 'insanity' and want the federal government to intervene.  Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, a private company, wants a 10-year licence to keep running the Chalk River Laboratories in eastern Ontario.  CNL has plans for a permanent nuclear waste disposal site at Chalk River.  (CBC) MORE:   Safety stand down


Rotten stench in the air?

OXBOW - As the number of shale oil wells has soared in SK, the risk of hydrogen sulfide leaks has multiplied. A year-long investigation reveals what the government and industry knew - and kept from the public.  (Toronto Star)  MORE:   Screams from the yard    There's no sense in speaking up   Government dodges questions


Paper pulled

VANCOUVER - Researchers from the UBC are retracting their scientific paper linking aluminum in vaccines to autism in mice, because one of the co-authors claims figures published in the study were deliberately altered before publication.  (CBC) 


Lab risks

WINNIPEG - More than a dozen employees may have been exposed to potentially dangerous pathogens in incidents at Winnipeg's National Microbiology Laboratory over a 22-month period.  There were 14 cases involving possible exposures in 45 incident reports between Jan 2015 and Oct 2016.  (CBC) 


We've been deceived

TrialsTracker maintains a list of all the trials registered on the world's leading clinical trials database and tracks how many of them are updated with results.  Amid pharmaceutical companies and research bodies from around the world on 9 Canadian universities and institutions rank in the top 100 organizations with the greatest proportion of registered trials without results.   (CBC)


Killed by a kiss

MONTREAL - Myriam Ducre-Lemay, 20, had recently met the boy when she went to his house to spend the night after a party in 2012, her mother said.   After the boyfriend ate a peanut butter sandwich for a late-night snack, he returned to the bedroom and gave Myriam the fatal kiss, the mother, Micheline Ducre, told the Journal De Quebec  (Daily Mail)   MORE:   Coroner's report prompts allergies concerns 


Household dust deadly

WASHINGTON - Everyday items like non-stick cookware, children's toys, cosmetics, pizza boxes, and cellphones release toxic chemicals into the air that settle into the dust inside your home, a revelation that new research is linking to a host of serious health problems.   (CTV)    REPORT:   Potentially harmful chemicals widespread in household dust   


Residents sue

MISSISSIPPI MILLS - A group of Mississippi Mills residents is suing the National Research Council for more than $40M after residential wells were contaminated by chemicals originating from an NRC fire lab in their neighbourhood.   (CBC)    MORE:   Fire lab source   PFAS in drinking water 



More than half the world's population is infected with the form of the herpes virus that causes cold sores, according to new numbers from the WHO.  The study, published in the journal PLoS ONE, reports that 3.7B people under age 50 carry herpes simplex virus Type 1 (HSV-1).  (CTV)


Toxic school

CHANGZHOU - The opening of the new 153-acre campus of the Changzhou Foreign Languages School last fall was supposed to mark a bright new era for the institution's 2,500 seventh-through-12th-graders.  An expose aired on state-run China Central Television found nearly 500 students had developed illnesses - including cancer - and quoted experts saying their ailments were likely linked to toxins in the soil and water, including chloroform and benzene.  (LA Times)


9th farm

VANCOUVER - Federal officials say avian influenza has been detected in a 9th poultry barn in BC's Fraser Valley.  (Globe & Mail) PREVIOUS:   5th farm   Countries ban Canadian poultry 

Dangerous air

More than 95% of the world's population is breathing polluted, unsafe air and the hardest hit areas are in Africa and Asia, a major study of global air pollution has found.  (Fox) 

State of global air 2018  

Breathing dangerous air

95% breath dangerous air

Cost of pollution in Canada 

Pollution responsible

Cost of polluted environment

Air pollution deaths

Toxic air

Pollution costs 


Clear the air for children

Already polluted

Environmental Defence


India declares air pollution emergency 

Energy and air pollution

90% of world breathing bad air

Air pollution deaths 

Satellite finds unreported toxic air pollution

Air pollution rising

WHO global urban ambient air pollution 

Common chemicals when combined

Downwind of plants

Pollution in area with cancer spikes

Government defend air quality

Air pollution leading cause of cancer deaths   .pdf

Air pollution causes cancer

Air pollution and cancer


Air pollution    

Pollution tied to death rate

India's tea bosses on polluted water

Cancer prevalence in the population 


sulfur dioxide 

Air pollution deadly

7M deaths linked to air pollution

Residents not told about bad air

Increased cancer risk

10M people at risk from pollution

Guide to less toxic products

Nuclear plant spills tritium

EPA reins in smog limit

Canadian health measures 2007-09

BPA present in 91% of Canadians

Chemicals pollute Ontario's leaders

Coal causing lung cancer  

Likely to get cancer

Almost 1 in every 2 Canadians is expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, and 1 in 4 Canadians will die from the disease, a new report by the Canadian Cancer Society predicts.   (CBC)

Canadian cancer statistics 2017

Half of all Canadians will get cancer

Bad luck

Crunching the numbers

Latest health emergency

GENEVA - Declaring that the Zika virus is 'spreading explosively,' the chief of the WHO announced that it will hold an emergency meeting of independent experts to decide if the virus outbreak should be declared an international health emergency.  (CBC) 


Few cases brought back to Canada

What makes a public health emergency

Case of sexually transmitted Zika virus

Birth defects


Virus to spread across Americas

Danish find Zika virus in returning tourist  

2016 Rio Summer Olympics     

Patients escape

MBANDAKA - 3 patients infected with the deadly Ebola virus slipped out of an isolation ward at a hospital in the Congolese city of Mbandaka.  Two patients left the hospital on Monday, one was found dead and another was sent back to hospital and died shortly afterwards. Another patient left on Saturday, but was found alive the same day and is under observation.  Health officials are particularly concerned by the disease's presence in Mbandaka, a crowded trading hub upstream from Kinshasa, a city of 10M people.   (Reuters)   

 Patients taken to prayer meeting

New phase 

Systems failure

Ebola outbreak, one year on

Ebola budget unaccounted for

Unsafe practices

Virus mutating

2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak

WHO admits it botched attempt

Canadian vaccine seems to work

Vaccine 100% effective

Vaccine trial proves successful

Cleared to fly

Anger over flight

Nurse to be moved  

Spanish nurse

121 more dead 

Canadian vaccine to begin trials 

Vaccine delay 

10,000 mark

Ebola case in Mali  

'Most severe'  


Pushed to the limit and beyond  .pdf

WHO admits Ebola mistakes  

Endgame begins

Ebola budget report

Detailed report

Canada won't issues visas

House-to-house search 

Ebola 'could lead to failed states'

2nd care worker tests positive  

Health worker tests positive

Screening 'mostly a waste of time'

Canada screening at 6 airports

Don't joke about Ebola

Deaths exceed 4,000  


NewLink Genetics

Texas patient dies


Ebola in the US

Bodies pile up

2014 Time 'Person of the Year'

Sierra Leone banning Christmas

Timeline of NY Ebola case      

From the Ebola clinic

Real risk to UK

Aid row

Dead abandoned in streets

Risk in Canada is still low 

Don't panic

Liberia's chief medical officer

Liberia finds 'missing patients'

Liberia creates 'plague villages'

Confusion as patients vanish    

Liberia buckles under Ebola strain 

More than 3,000 dead 

Sierra Leone begins lockdown

House-to-house hunt

6M confined to their homes


Bodies dumped in the street

Ebola victim dies in Saudi Arabia

Ebola blockades

Core of experimental drug

How to protect yourself  

Treated with untested drug

Ethics of using experimental drugs

Use of untested drugs ethical

Releasing patients poses no risk

Clinic raided 

'Trash bag' method success

Global health emergency

Guinea shuts borders 

Treatment centre overwhelmed   

Deaths rise

Suspects arrested

8 bodies found in village latrine  

Ivory Coast blocks refugees

More deaths

Death toll jumps

Virus spreading

Ebola virus

Crowd attacks treatment centre

Ebola vials found in car trunk

Bio material smuggled

Radon high risk

VANCOUVER - The BC Building Code separates the province into two areas based on their potential for radon exposure. Radon Area 1 is east of the Coast Mountains and covers the Interior of the province. Radon Area 2 covers everything west of the mountains.  According to Health Canada, radon kills 3,200 Canadians a year and is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.   (CBC)  


Radon at dangerous levels

High radon levels

High radon levels

Get your home tested for radon

Radon in RCMP buildings 

Measles outbreak

Measles, all but wiped out by 2002, has begun resurfacing in Canada this year.  The BC outbreak involves a church group in Chilliwack that doesn't believe in vaccinations.   (SunMedia) 

Confirmed in Edmonton
Warning at 2 Calgary restaurants
Across Canada
Anti-vaccination movement
Outbreak shows importance of education 

Canada won't oppose limits

Canada's dying asbestos industry was dealt another blow with Minister Christian Paradis announcing that the federal government will no longer oppose global rules that restrict use and shipment of the substance.  (CBC)


Inside the asbestos trade

Lead in school drinking water

VANCOUVER - Unsafe levels of lead were found in drinking water in 25% of the BC schools that reported test results this year, including eight schools that found levels more than 100 times higher than the allowable limit.  (Toronto Star) 

FDA lipsticks and lead

Left behind by mine

Giant Mine

Nepotism and neglect 

Arsenic-tainted water


Guilty plea

OTTAWA - Dr. Klaus Nielsen was arrested in Oct 2012 with 17 vials of potentially lethal brucella bacteria placed on ice in a kid's lunch bag and stowed in his suitcase as he prepared to leave Ottawa.   (SunMedia)  

Researcher charged

Pathogens to China

Former CFIA employee arrested


Antibacterial soaps

WASHINGTON - The FDA says there is no evidence that antibacterial chemicals used in liquid soaps and washes help prevent the spread of germs. (AP)   Ruling      

Electronic waste tracked

E-waste - all those discarded electrical or electronic devices, from cell phones and TVs to tablets and computers.   (Toronto Star)   MORE:   Toxic 'e-waste' dumped in poor nations   StEP       

Toxic places 

A list of 10 filthy sites, from Russia to Indonesia to Ghana, has been amassed by the global environmental group The Blacksmith Institute - which says 200M people are endangered daily in the top 10 places alone.  (Daily Mail)  REPORT:   Top toxic sites 2013   .pdf  10 most toxic places      

Growing and aging populations 

The WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer said cancer was growing "at an alarming pace" worldwide and new strategies were needed to curb the sometimes fatal and often costly disease.  (Reuters)   REPORT:   WHO: World cancer report 2014   World Cancer Day 2014   Focus on global spread of cancer    Cancer 'tidal wave' on horizon    

Flu won't spread

The WHO says it is confident that the bird flu virus will not spread in Canada after an Alberta nurse who had recently travelled to China died of the virus.  (CTV)   PREVIOUS:   H5N1 death   H5N1  H1N1 in lungs of child who died   NB woman dies, H1N1 strain  

Get phthalates out

OTTAWA - Conceding a decade-old voluntary ban on hormone-disrupting chemicals in children's toys hasn't worked, Health Canada announced new regulations requiring toy companies to get phthalates out of soft vinyl toys.    MORE:  Children win claim   EU's discarded computers are poisoning Africa's kids  


Teck Resources treated the Columbia River as a free waste disposal system for decades, said a Washington state judge who has ruled the Canadian company is liable for the cost of cleaning up the contamination of the river south of the border.  (CBC)    

Container ordered out

MONTREAL - The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has sounded the alarm, ordering that a shipping container be removed from the Port of Montreal after its contents tested positive for radioactivity.  (CBC)  MORE:     Hanjin Shipping Cobalt-60 

Sites cleanup to cost more

OTTAWA - The federal government has underestimated the cost of cleaning up contaminated sites under its jurisdiction by at least $2B, according to an estimate by the parliamentary budget officer.    (CBC)   REPORT:   Federal contaminated sites cost    .pdf   Breakdown of sites    

Flame retardants

A probe conducted by Marketplace tested the effectiveness of chemical retardants in upholstered furniture and also examined their potential health risks. Environmental and health researchers are also concerned that some of the chemicals are linked to a wide range of health problems.  (CBC)

Dust a cancer risk

The substance is coal tar sealant, a waste product of steel manufacturing that is used to protect pavement and asphalt against cracking and water damage, and to impart a nice dark sheen. It is applied most heavily east of the Rockies but is used in all 50 states.  (Investigate West)  

Work-related carcinogens

As part of a three-part series, Exposed: On the Job, CBC News looked at what carcinogens are present in Canadian workplaces and how Canadian regulations stand up.  (CBC)   MORE:  North's limits weakest in Canada   Fewer Canadians dying from cancer  

Gene predicts time of death

The study, led by University of Toronto professor Dr. Andrew Lim and published in the November edition of Annals of Neurology, emerged from research into seniors’ sleep-wake cycles.  (Toronto Star)

Doctors quit

SEPT-ILES - Twenty doctors have quit their practice in a remote Quebec town because of plans to build a uranium mine.  (CP)  

Company acquitted

SEATTLE - A federal jury cquitted WR Grace & Co. and three of its former officials of charges that they knowingly exposed residents of Libby, Mont., to asbestos poisoning associated with a mining operation and conspired to hide it.  In Libby, where an estimated 1,200 residents have died or developed cancer or lung disease, the judgment dashed hopes that someone would be held accountable for decades of suffering.  (LA Times) 

Just passing through

MONTREAL - About 50 trucks will be required to move the uranium, thought to be the last stocks of Saddam Hussein's nuclear program, to a processing facility operated by Cameco Corp. in Blind River, Ont.  The 550 tonnes of concentrated natural uranium, also known as yellowcake, was purchased in a US brokered deal reported to be worth tens of millions of dollars.   PREVIOUS:  2004 report: No WMD stockpiles in Iraq

Radioactivity leaked unchecked

KASHIWAZAKI - The nuclear power station at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant pumped radioactive particles into the air for nearly 3 days after Monday’s massive Niigata earthquake.  

Leak bigger than thought

Radiation leak at Russian plant

Nuclear waste dumped

Open-air storage

Toxic legacy of the Cold War

Japan disaster poses 'small' risk  

Cancer's 'chaos' explained

Clear evidence

GRASSY NARROWS - More than four decades after mercury was dumped upstream from Grassy Narrows First Nation, the physical and mental health of the people there is by many key measures 'considerably worse' than that of other First Nations in Canada, according to a landmark new government-funded survey.  (Toronto Star)

Health report released

Mercury dump

Ontario Minamata disease

Mercury in ecosystems


Mercury levels still rising

Mercury contamination

Mercury poisoning

Grassy Narrows FN

Free Grassy net

Money for cleanup

Mercury still there 

Children of the poisoned river

Mercury still leaking 

Signs of poisoning

Reports show the water is still contaminated

Poisoned people 

Contaminated with mercury 

Protest dump

6 charged

Canada unprepared

SCC rules on bankrupt company

OTTAWA - The SCC says a bankrupt company doesn't have to pay to clean up the environmental mess it left in Newfoundland and Labrador.   (CBC)  PREVIOUS:  AbitibiBowater  Resolute Forest Products

No perceived health effects

TORONTO - A Health Canada study has found no evidence to support a link between exposure to wind-turbine noise and health effects reported by people living near the towering structures.   (CP)   REPORT:   Wind-turbine noise 

Radiation tests 'alarming'

PORT HOPE - New tests that show radiation contamination in a few Port Hope residents should compel the federal government to put the town under a health microscope, local advocates say.  (Toronto Star)   MORE:  85,000 radioactive baby teeth

Court dismisses lawsuits

TORONTO - Nurses, people who contracted SARS and their families cannot sue the Ontario government over the deadly 2003 outbreak that claimed 44 lives, Ontario's top court ruled.  (CP)

Cities not getting true air quality

TORONTO - The federal and provincial governments are lulling Ontario residents into a false sense of security about the level of pollution they're breathing in on city streets.

Tailings in groundwater

OTTAWA - Tailings ponds from oilsands production are leaking and contaminating AB groundwater.   (PostMedia)  PREVIOUS:   Canadian oil sands

MERS virus deaths over 200

Saudi Arabia says 282 people are now confirmed to have been killed by the Mers virus, almost 100 more than initially thought.  (BBC)


MERS virus spreads easily

More cases, deaths from MERS

Saudi officials report more deaths

Raw sewage

More than 205B litres of raw sewage and untreated waste water spewed into Canada's rivers and oceans last year, despite federal regulations introduced in 2012 to try to solve the problem.   (CBC)

Slacking over sewage oversight


'Disaster waiting to happen'

Farmers split over safety

Illness followed sludge on the fields

Family files suit over sewage lagoon

Vancouver moves to ban bottled water

Is sewage fertilizer safe?

Workplace safety sludge disease

When sludge rules are broken

Poisoned, then billed for it

FLINT - The warning letters arrived in Flint mailboxes in early March.  Rick Snyder's government, which was largely responsible for the water disaster, announced in Feb that it would stop giving Flint residents subsidies for their water.  Mayor Karen Weaver then decided to resume the practice of shutting off the water for people with unpaid bills. (Toronto Star) 

Flint water crisis

Rick Snyder

Karen Weaver

State of emergency

Water testing cheats

Lead poisoning

Lead taints city's water

Lead poisoning


No cure virus

KERALA - A rare, brain-damaging virus that experts consider a possible epidemic threat has broken out in the state of Kerala, India, for the first time, infecting at least 18 people and killing 17 of them, according to the WHO.  (NY Times) 


Sample of killer flu virus found

College of American Pathologists (CAP)

1st case in North America confirmed

VANCOUVER - North America's first human case of the H7N9 virus has been confirmed in BC.  A couple in their 50s from BC's lower mainland recently returned from a trip to China and began developing symptoms of a flu-like illness within a day or two of each other.  (CTV)  

Bird flu confirmed

Husband confirmed as 2nd bird flu case

China warns against unsafe research

RAND: Bioterrorism

Bird flu cull hit by 'corruption'

Timeline: Bird flu in the UK

Bird flu spreads to far western China

Fox Series:  Bird Flu: Part 1   Part 2   Part 3    Part 4    Part 5

Category: Biological weapons

China in national bird flu alert

Bird Flu drug rendered useless

Vaccine in hands of advocates

Deadly silence


Hole in a tunnel

HANFORD SITE - When workers at the Hanford Site suddenly found a hole in the ground, there was cause for concern.   The concern was that if the roof of the tunnel collapsed it could release long-trapped contaminated material into the air.  (CBC)

Work begins to fill hole

Government says sinkhole has been sealed  

Take cover

Hanford site alert

Refrain from eating or drinking 

Hanford VIT plant  

Washington River Protection Solutions

Radioactive waste leak

AECOM   EnergySolutions   Areva   

Radiation and heart disease link 

Hanford site

Hanford Emergency info 


Columbia Basin  

Hanford Site in Washington State

$19B+ 'clean up'

Hanford cleanup cost soars

GAO report   .pdf

Leak reported contained

Underground nuclear tanks leaking

Tourist site

Study: No radiation level safe

Downwinders' court win

Sick DOE workers' claims languish

Hanford water cleanup not working

Hanford site: Past horror, future hope

Hanford watch

Marburg virus death toll

The World Health Organization is investigating an outbreak of Marburg hemorrhagic fever in northwestern Angola.  (CNN)  

Congo's Ebola town is sealed off

Marburg fever death toll tops 300

WHO to warn on changing avian flu

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