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  • Is it Safe?

    Q: My 5-year-old son will only eat mac and cheese for dinner, pretty much 7 days a week.  The convenience is huge and he loves it.  However, a recent media report on toxic chemicals in mac and cheese concerns me. Should I stop feeding him this product?

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  • Is It Safe? Round-up

    Q: I normally use Round-up to remove weeds around my property. But now this weed killer is being called a carcinogen. Should I stop using it altogether? Is my health seriously in danger from the amount I have already used?

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  • Is It Safe? Vaping

    Q: My teenage son started vaping against our wishes, but claims it’s much better than cigarettes. What do toxicologists think about the safety of vaping?

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  • Is It Safe? Chemical Odors

    Q: My handyman husband is catching up on house repairs this winter and chemical-type odors from caulks and glues, etc. are bothering me. Is it in my head?

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  • Senator Blumenthal Calls for Approval of Budget Request to Study Health Consequences of Crumb Rubber Turf Fields – Press Conference Held at the Yale School of Public Health

    U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut held a press conference on Wednesday at the Yale School of Public Health calling for full funding of President Obama’s fiscal year 2017 budget request for $1 million to help determine whether exposure to crumb rubber surfaces made from scrap tires poses a health risk.

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  • Is It Safe? - Testing Well Water

    Q: I am interested in buying a house on a beautiful rural street. The home’s water supply is its own private well. The home inspector suggests I test the water for radon and bacteria. Is this all that should be tested for? We plan on starting a family and want to make sure the well water is pure and safe for children.

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  • Is it Safe? Humidifiers

    Q: My child has chronic bronchitis and we have a humidifier in his room to keep his airways moist. However, I am worried about bacteria growing in the water as it sits there for days. Should I be?

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