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How Big Companies Choose Who Is Laid Off

Soon after a company decides to cut its head count, the debate begins: Who should go?In the current economic environment, a final decision can take weeks, according to executives and corporate advisers. Workers remain in short supply, raising the stakes of determining who is expendable and who is worth keeping. With layoffs that target corporate staff, department heads often take the lead and human resources troubleshoots their lists, which can lead to intense debate and multiple rewrites.  “There is no good way to do…

‘Forever Chemicals’ May Reduce Fertility in Women by Up to 40%, Study Finds : ScienceAlert

Robust chemicals once used in everything from cosmetics to waterproofing to food containers to firefighting foam could have a significant impact on the fertility of women worldwide.A new study led by researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in the US uncovered evidence in a sample of women in Singapore linking plasma concentrations of perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) with an increase in the difficulty of becoming pregnant.Though the nature of this connection isn't clear, the results add to growing…

Chemicals Commonly Found in Cosmetics and Personal Hygiene Products Could Contribute to Preterm Birth

Preterm birth, also known as premature birth, is the delivery of a baby before 37 weeks of pregnancy. This can lead to a range of health complications for both the baby and the mother, including low birth weight, breathing difficulties, and developmental delays.A recent study by researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons suggests that chemicals present in the vagina, possibly from personal care products, may play a role in causing spontaneous preterm birth.A study of 232 pregnant women…

“Concerning” – Hairdressers of Color Exposed to Potentially Hazardous Mix of Unknown Chemicals

The findings indicate the need for further research to fully comprehend the dangers faced by hairdressers and to determine the most effective ways to minimize these risks.According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, Black and Hispanic hairdressers are exposed to a complex mix of chemicals, many of which are unknown, potentially harmful, and not disclosed on product labels.The new study, recently published in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, is the first to utilize a sophisticated…

U.K. Billionaire Bidding for Manchester United Plots a U.S. Expansion

LONDON—U. K. billionaire Jim Ratcliffe has built one of the world’s most unconventional conglomerates, a sprawling collection of assets that includes a global chemicals business and baubles like a centuries-old London pub and a luxury British fashion brand.Now the 70-year-old tycoon, who was knighted in his home country but isn’t as well known outside of Europe, is making a deeper push into the U.S. market. Mr. Ratcliffe, majority owner of the privately held London-based chemicals giant…

EPA Moves to Limit ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Drinking Water, But Is It Enough? : ScienceAlert

"Forever chemicals" are toxic, they're everywhere, and they don't break down. The problem can be solved, though, according to health experts and scientists, if the government bans the substances in household products.On Tuesday, the US Environmental Protection Agency proposed strict limits on six per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water.It's the first time the government has moved to regulate PFAS, a class of thousands of chemicals used in everything from dental floss and toilet paper, to common…

Your Tap Water Is Filthy, but That Could Finally Change

Following years of concern, the US Environmental Protection Agency moved this week to clean up drinking water, announcing the nation’s first standards for six “forever chemicals” found in tap water. It’s a foreboding and informal name for human-made chemicals that coat nonstick pans, food packaging, and waterproof clothes before ending up in the water you drink. These chemicals, known as PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are pervasive and found in pretty much everyone—even newborn babies.If the EPA rule is…

The EPA Is Finally Going to Limit Forever Chemicals in America’s Drinking Water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposal that would limit the amount of forever chemicals allowed in the nation’s drinking water to the lowest levels that can be detected on tests. The move will address rising concerns about how widespread PFAS exposure contributes to health concerns like liver disease, birth defects, and cancer.PFAS, which are per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, are commonly called ‘forever chemicals’ because they do not break down in nature or in the human body over time. The…

‘Toxic Forever Chemicals’ in U.S. Drinking Water to Be Regulated for the First Time

For the first time, the U.S. government has proposed limits on toxic “forever chemicals” in the nation’s drinking water. Compounds in this class of chemicals, known scientifically as perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), have a strong carbon-fluorine bond. That means they don’t readily break down under ambient environmental conditions—and it is suspected that they can persist in the environment for hundreds, or even thousands, of years. PFASs have been linked to a wide range of health issues, including…

EPA Proposes Limits for ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Drinking Water

The EPA is proposing maximum allowable levels for two compounds in a class of chemicals known as perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. Known as forever chemicals because they take a long time to break down, they were used for decades in carpeting, clothing, food packaging, firefighting foam and other consumer and industrial products. Once prized as innovative substances that could resist stains, water, grease and heat, PFAS are increasingly viewed as a threat because they persist in the environment and…