ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: December 17, 2014
News Items in This Edition
Mistletoe hanging in doorways announces that the holidays are just around the corner. For some people, however, the symbolic plant might one day represent more than a kiss at Christmas time: It may mean better liver health. Researchers have found that...
The U.S. banned some phthalates from children’s toys, but the plastic additives that have been associated with health problems are still common in other products children are exposed to. A new study has found evidence for one such possible exposure route...
Promising treatments known as biologics are on the market and under development for many serious illnesses such as cancer, but some of them come with high risks, even lethal ones. Now scientists have produced a novel class of molecules that could be as...
Although gluten-free foods are trendy among the health-conscious, they are necessary for those with celiac disease. But gluten, the primary trigger for health problems in these patients, may not be the only culprit. Scientists are reporting in ACS' Journal...
Many consumers seek out shampoos, soaps and cosmetics that are labeled “hypoallergenic” or “dermatologist tested,” words that imply the products are safe to use. But recent research gives shoppers reason to question what those labels really...
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ACS National Meeting News
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Toolkits on Global Challenges/Research Funding
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ACS Press Release Archive
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ACS Video of the Month
The Chemistry of Cats - by Reactions
Cats are seemingly the most popular thing on the Internet. Now we've got answers to some of the biggest kitty questions out there: Why does catnip make most cats go crazy? How does kitty litter clump? And what does it mean when your cat rubs against your leg? It all comes down to some key "meow-lecules.". Check out the video to find out more.
C&EN Video Spotlight
What you need to know about microbeads
Your toothpaste and face scrub probably get their scrubbing power from tiny plastic beads. C&EN talks about these “microbeads” and why environmental scientists and dentists alike are nervous about them getting into lakes and rivers — and your gums. Find out more by watching the video.
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