2010-12-20 09:10:00

Hexavalent chromium--a substance dubbed a "probable carcinogen" by the National Toxicology Program--has been found in the drinking water of 31 U.S. cities, according to a Sunday report by the Washington Post. The substance, which Washington Post Staff Writer Lyndsey Layton notes entered the public consciousness as a result of the movie 'Erin Brockovich', has been known to cause cancer in laboratory animals. The discovery was made by the Washington D.C. based Environmental Working Group, which...

2010-04-20 10:50:00

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently working on a new plan that will reduce the amount of salt consumed each day, according to a Washington Post report published Tuesday. According to the article, written by staff writer Lyndsey Layton, the FDA "is planning an unprecedented effort" to reduce salt consumption, "saying that less sodium in everything from soup to nuts would prevent thousands of deaths from hypertension and heart disease." Layton reports that new regulations will...

Word of the Day
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.