Is your drinking water safe?

Radium in water in all 50 states: More than half of all Americans could be drinking tap water tainted with a radioactive element. A new report from the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) finds more than 170 million people are exposed Read More …

Were we wrong about how Black Plague spread?

Lice and fleas, not rats, may have been the culprit: Plague came to Europe in the 14th century and rapidly conquered the continent. The pandemic, one of the worst in human history, killed tens of millions. Up to 60 percent of the population succumbed to Read More …

Salmonella may have brought down the Aztec empire

Researchers find evidence in ancient remains: In 1545 disaster struck Mexico’s Aztec nation when people started coming down with high fevers, headaches and bleeding from the eyes, mouth and nose. Death generally followed in three or four days. Within five years possibly Read More …

What’s making you sick?

CDC names top five food borne illness pathogens: The top five germs that cause illnesses from food eaten in the United States are norovirus, Salmonella, Clostridium perfringens, Campylobacter and Staphylococcus aureus, aka “staph,” according to the Centers for Disease Control. Some other germs Read More …

Supermarket price wars getting more intense

And Amazon is not the cause: The price war in the American grocery aisle is getting more intense. And believe it or not, the reason isn’t Amazon.com Inc. Amazon’s debut as a brick-and-mortar grocery chain last year sent tremors through the supermarket Read More …

Major computer chip flaws cause vulnerability

Chips need to be replaced: Two major flaws in computer chips could leave a huge number of computers and smartphones vulnerable to security concerns, researchers revealed Wednesday. And a U.S. government-backed body warned that the chips themselves need to be replaced to Read More …

Small farmers file suit over withdrawal of Obama-era rules

They say they are exploited by big companies: An organization representing the interests of small farmers across rural America fired a legal salvo Thursday aimed at the Trump administration. The lawsuit was filed by the Organization for Competitive Markets —a small-farmers think Read More …

Is there too much arsenic in infant rice cereals?

Rice absorbs arsenic from soil and water: Infant rice cereals are popular with parents because they are affordable, easy to digest, and unlikely to cause allergic reactions. Infants typically begin eating cereals when they are between four and six months old. But, Read More …

Why are American farmers killing themselves?

Farmers’ suicide rate far surpasses that of veterans: Dr. Mike Rosmann, an Iowa farmer, is a psychologist and one of the nation’s leading farmer behavioral health experts. He often answers phone calls from those in crisis. And for 40 years, he Read More …