China's smoggiest city closes schools amid public anger

China's smoggiest city closed schools Wednesday as much of the country suffered its sixth day under an oppressive haze, sparking public anger about the slow response to the threat to children's health.

Vietnam, US launch Danang dioxin clean-up

Vietnam and the United States on Tuesday launched the second phase of a dioxin clean-up in Danang, where millions of litres of Agent Orange were stored during the war between the former enemies.

Social trust eroded in Chinese product-tampering incident

For about a decade, Chinese consumers weren't getting what they paid for when they purchased Wuchang, a special brand of gourmet rice that has a peculiar scent. The quality was being diluted when less expensive rice was aromatized, ...

Health concerns swirl around electronic cigarettes

With sales of electronic cigarettes, or "e-cigarettes," on the rise and expected to hit $1.5 billion this year, concerns over potential health risks of using the trendy devices are also gaining momentum and political clout. ...

Making a common cosmetic and sunblock ingredient safer

Using a particular type of titanium dioxide—a common ingredient in cosmetics, food products, toothpaste and sunscreen—could reduce the potential health risks associated with the widely used compound. The report on the ...

Safety first: Reporting food scares

Journalists believe their primary role in food scares is to inform the public of potential health risks, according to Flinders research.

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