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Chloramines: Understanding “Pool Smell”

A whiff of pool water—often described as the smell of chlorine—can stir happy thoughts of summer. However, if strong enough, “pool smell” can signify a source of irritation to the eyes, lungs and skin of swimmers.

Sunscreen: Chemical Ingredients and Summertime Safety

When it comes to sun protection, the science is clear. Health experts agree that using sunscreen is important during outdoor summer activities to protect the skin from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays. Too much sun exposure can cause sunburns, premature skin aging and skin cancer.

Debunking the Myths: Are there really 84,000 chemicals?

If you’ve ever read a news article or blog post about chemicals, you may have heard the oft-cited claim that there are 84,000 chemicals in commerce but only 200 of these have been tested for safety.

COVID-19 and the Dangers of Self-Medicating

Ongoing concerns about COVID-19 have led to some people to “self-medicate” to treat the virus or prevent contracting it.

Government Regulation of Chemicals

Congress passed bipartisan comprehensive reform legislation to update the regulation of chemicals in commerce for the first time in 40 years, modernizing the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

Vaccine Ingredients and Safety: A Close-Up Look

Hailed as one of the Ten Great Public Health Achievements in the 20th century by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vaccines can help save 2 to 3 million lives every year.

“The Dose Makes the Poison”

Nearly 500 years ago, Swiss physician and chemist Paracelsus expressed the basic principle of toxicology: “All things are poison and nothing is without poison; only the dose makes a thing not a poison.”

Sweet Colors: Food Coloring and Dyes

While Mother Nature makes an impressive array of colors, those that would work as food dyes are limited. Food dyes or color additives need to meet certain technical aspects to color food.

Understanding Risk and Hazard When it Comes to Chemicals

Every day, people are exposed to a variety of activities or products that could, under certain circumstances, cause harm. There’s a potential for harm or injury in nearly every activity we engage in – whether it’s when we cross a street, ride in an automobile, or play in a baseball game.

Does Coffee Need a Cancer Warning Label in California?

Have you heard that your cup of coffee may come with a cancer warning in California? For many people, the idea of starting the morning without their regular latte or double espresso is unthinkable.

How Chlorine Keeps Pools Safe for Summertime Fun

Most people probably wouldn’t want to go swimming in a giant, germ-filled petri dish. But without modern chemistry, that’s what swimming in pools could be like.

Six Ways Chemistry Helps Kids Get Back to School

Chemistry isn’t just a course requirement – it’s a key part of many of the items students use throughout the school day. Chemical compounds help create durable and reliable school supplies, clothes, sports equipment and classroom learning aids.

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