First Charges Filed Against Officials Behind the Flint Water Crisis

Three officials have been charged for their alleged roles in the Flint water crisis, and many more people are expected to face charges.


Zika Won’t Stop Athletes from Competing in Olympics

Although the 2016 summer Olympics are due to take place in Rio de Janeiro where the risk of Zika infection is quite high, the United States athletes will not likely cancel their participation.


USDA Won’t Pay 2 Idaho Families over Pesticide Contamination Cases

The USDA has rejected claims filed by 2 Idaho families who claim their cows were poisoned after eating hay contaminated with methyl bromide.


This Grocery Store is Replacing Candy in its Checkout Aisles with Healthy Alternatives

Grocery chain Aldi announced earlier this year that it will be replacing the candy in checkout aisles with more healthful alternatives by the end of 2016.


Marijuana Compound Shows Promise in Helping Kids with Epilepsy

In the 3-month study involving 313 children, on average, participants saw a 50 percent decrease in both grand-mal and tonic-clonic seizures.


EPA Says Bayer Pesticide Harms Bees when “Used on Certain Crops”

Imidacloprid, a chemical in the neonicotinoid class of pesticides, was shown to be harmful to honeybees on some crops in an EPA safety assessment.


Study Says Acetaminophen ‘Not Clinically Effective’ for Osteoarthritis Pain

A recent study in The Lancet shows Tylenol is nearly useless in treating osteoarthritis pain, but there are many other safer therapies.


A Strange Birth Defect is on the Rise in the United States, Says the CDC

Officials are alarmed at the increasing rates of gastroschisis, a potentially deadly birth defect of the abdominal wall believed to occur from environmental exposures.


Farmers Sue USDA for Appointing Unqualified Individuals to Organics Board

The Cornucopia Institute and 2 of its members have filed a lawsuit against the USDA and Tom Vilsack, alleging unqualified individuals were appointed to determine what is “organic.”


Study Suggests Women are Exposing Themselves to Unsafe Mercury Levels

Study finds women whose consumption of seafood followed federal guidelines had 11 times more mercury in their bodies than those who ate no fish.


People Who Think Positively About Aging Less Likely to Have Alzheimer’s

A recent study suggests one of the best ways to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and dementia is to stop thinking negatively about getting old.


Huge LA School District Switching to Chicken Free of Antibiotics and Hormones

School districts in several large cities are or will serve only antibiotic- and hormone-free chicken to students. LAUSD will be the largest to do so.


WHO Warns of Yellow Fever Outbreak Being a ‘Potential Threat to Entire World’

The World Health Organization (WHO) is warning that an outbreak of yellow fever in Angola presents a threat to the entire world, and must be taken care of.


Schizophrenia and Autism Linked to Low Levels of B12 in the Brain

Research shows abnormally low levels of Vitamin B12 in people with schizophrenia and autism, suggesting decreased metabolism and a threat to cell survival.


New Genetically Modified CRISPR-Mushroom Bypasses USDA Regulations

A Penn State University researcher has created a genetically modified mushroom using CRISPR technology, allowing it to sidestep USDA regulations of GMOs.


How Some Hotels are Creating ‘Rooftop Bee Sanctuaries’ to Help Bee Populations

Seven luxury hotels in San Francisco have made their rooftops sanctuaries for honeybees in an effort to boost the insects’ numbers.


Pennsylvania Becomes 24th State to Legalize Medical Marijuana

After more than 2 years, much political infighting, and numerous changes, Gov. Tom Wolf has signed Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana bill into law.