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Formaldehyde is put on carcinogen list

Formaldehyde put on carcinogen list

Formaldehyde, a chemical widely used in industrial processes, and aristolochic acids, which occur naturally in some plants and are found in some herbal remedies that claim to treat arthritis, gout and inflammation, were added to the government's Report on Carcinogens that was released Friday by the National Toxicology Program. Six other substances, including styrene, which is used to make coffee cups and food containers, among other products, are now considered to be "reasonably anticipated" to be a human carcinogen. The report is a congressionally mandated list that is prepared for the secretary of the Health and Human Services Department.

'Miracle on river' completes road trip

Two years after a US Airways jet left New York for Charlotte, N.C., and made a miraculous landing on the Hudson River, it reached its intended destination and future home in a museum. Flight 1549 had just taken off from LaGuardia airport when a flock of geese disabled the engines on Jan. 15, 2009. Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger III safely glided into a water landing. All 155 passengers and crew members were rescued. Thousands of people in several states have lined up along the road to glimpse the 120-foot-long fuselage on its 600-mile journey on a flatbed truck from Newark, N.J. The wings from the damaged Airbus A320 were removed and shipped earlier to the Carolinas Aviation Museum.

Share that Social Security number?

It's one of the most important pieces of advice an identity-theft expert gives: Do not, ever, put your Social Security number online. But that's just what the Social Security Administration says you will have to do in the future if you want to receive your annual income statement. That document now arrives in the mail ahead of your birthday and tells you how much in benefits you've got coming when you retire. To avoid ID theft, the paper statements carry just the last four digits of your Social Security number. Now the SSA, looking to save $70 million a year, plans to skip paper statements. Americans over 60 would continue to get the statements by mail. But everyone else would have to go to the agency's "online retirement estimator," at No date has been set for the end of paper statements.

Formaldehyde is put on carcinogen list 06/10/11 [Last modified: Friday, June 10, 2011 8:44pm]
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