Previously, "popcorn lung" disease has been limited to plant workers exposed to flavoring chemicals. The new verdict awarded to a microwave popcorn consumer may spark a rash of similar suits, lawyers say.
A former hedge fund manager-turned-philanthropist is donating millions of dollars to challenge the conventional wisdom about what makes us fat. The Nutrition Science Initiative says new research will make it possible to significantly lower obesity rates by 2020.
Scientists question the methods and results of a new study showing harm to rats fed a diet of GMO corn and herbicide. But the debate is far from settled as interest groups call for a ban and governments ask for further studies.
Levels of inorganic arsenic found in rice worry some, but the FDA says more study is needed before it would recommend consumers change their diets. If you're worried, vary the grains in your diet and swap out sweet potatoes for rice as baby's first food, consumer groups say.
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