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Rolf Halden has concluded that triclocarban is contaminating water resources across the U.S.

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If You Build It, Make It Safe
Designing or modifying buildings and communities to facilitate physical activity must include strategies to maximize safety. Researchers develop the first ever “how-to” report to give designers and architects strategies to promote safe active living.

Testing of Seafood Imported into the U.S. Is Inadequate
Finfish, shrimp, and seafood products are some of the most widely traded foods and about 85 percent of seafood consumed in the U.S. is imported. The Bloomberg School's Center for a Livable Future found that testing of imported seafood by the U.S is inadequate for confirming its safety or identifying risks.

Place, Not Race, May Be a Larger Determinant of Health Disparities
Where you live could play a larger role in health disparities than originally thought. An examination of a racially integrated, low-income neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland, found that, with the exception of smoking, nationally reported disparities in hypertension, diabetes, obesity among women and use of health services disappeared or narrowed.

Measuring Potential Chemical Exposure
Researchers study of umbilical cord blood samples to detect the presence of environmental pollutants. The study found that exposure to perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoate (PFOA) in the womb is statistically associated with lower weight and head circumference at birth.

Air Pollutants Drive Up Hospital Admissions of Cardiovascular Patients
A Bloomberg study of U.S. urban counties linked increased levels of microscopic airborne particles with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease hospitalizations.