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The weed-killing chemical at the heart of a Monsanto lawsuit was found in Cheerios. Here’s how worried you should be

Environmental Working Group released a report showing traces of the herbicide glyphosate in popular cereals including Cheerios, Quaker Oats, and Lucky Charms. But the chemical likely does not cause cancer in the very low levels at which it is present. That's because the dose makes the poison.
A woman uses a Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller spray without glyphosate in a garden in Ercuis near Paris, France.

A common weed-killer chemical is at the heart of a $289 million cancer lawsuit against Monsanto. Here’s how worried you should be

A jury recently ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million in damages to a plaintiff who alleged that his cancer was the result of using Roundup, the company's popular herbicide. But the trial outcome does not mean that glyphosate — the active ingredient in Roundup — causes cancer.

Dangerous ‘forever chemicals’ have been found in US drinking water at alarmingly high rates — here’s what to know about PFAS

In more than 30 places around the country, people are drinking water with dangerously high levels of artificially produced chemicals. Here's what to know about PFAS, and what you can do if you've been exposed.
Agios CEO David Schenkein

The FDA just approved a new cancer drug that’s part of a groundbreaking approach to tackling the disease

The FDA just approved a new drug to treat a form of blood cancer. It's the second approval in about a decade for Agios Pharmaceuticals, a company that got its start in 2008.
Emergency responders examine the scene at a steam pipe explosion in Midtown Manhattan

A steam pipe explosion in New York City has sparked fears of asbestos contamination — here’s why that’s concerning

On Thursday, a steam pipe exploded on 5th Avenue in New York City, spewing muck, steam, and asphalt into the air. The incident also generated fears of asbestos contamination.

J&J ordered to pay $4.7 billion to women after claims its products gave them cancer

The Fortune 500 company Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $4.69 billion to women who argued in court that its talc products contained asbestos and caused them to develop ovarian cancer, Bloomberg reports.

7 ways that drinking coffee is connected to better health and a longer life

Most research on coffee consumption indicates that coffee is not bad for us, and is actually associated with some impressive health benefits. Here's why you shouldn't worry about your coffee habit.

A new study finds that US flight attendants have a higher risk of cancer than the general population

Researchers have found that flight attendants had a higher prevalence of cancer than the general population and that more working years correlated with higher rates of certain skin cancers. The paper says it's most likely explained by exposure to occupation-related factors.

People who drink in moderation may outlive teetotalers, according to a new study

A new study suggests that drinking in moderation could be linked to a longer life than being teetotal. But the advice around drinking is complicated, and there are still many health risks associated with drinking over the recommended limit.
California's Bixby Bridge, south of Monterey.

California’s cancer warning on coffee is ridiculously unscientific, experts say. Here’s why the state puts warnings on more than 1,000 foo...

Coffee sellers in California must post warnings about the potentially cancer-causing effects of a chemical called acrylamide. It's one on a long list of cancer warnings the state mandates consumers must see. But does drinking coffee, staying at a hotel, or using a parking lot really cause cancer?