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New parents who obsessively clean their homes to protect babies from germs might want to relax a bit, suggests a new study linking high exposure to cleaning products with an increased risk of childhood asthma.
Researchers surveyed parents about how often they used 26 common household cleaners over babies' first three to four months of life. By the time the kids were 3 years old, children with the highest exposure to cleaning products were 37% more likely to have been diagnosed with asthma than those with the least exposure.
With greater exposure to cleaning products, kids were also 35% more likely to have chronic wheezing and 49% more likely to have chronic allergies, the study found.
"Parents are striving to maintain a healthy home for their children," said study coauthor Dr. Tim Takaro of Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.
More at source: CMAJ
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An enormous floating device designed by Dutch scientists for the non-profit Ocean Cleanup successfully captured and removed plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the company announced Wednesday, as CNN reported.
Ocean Cleanup has been hard at work on creating a device to attack the plastic waste crisis for seven years, by creating a device that captures plastic in its fold like a giant arm, according to Business Insider. The company announced that it was able to capture and hold debris ranging from large cartons, crates and abandoned fishing gear — according to an Ocean Cleanup press release.
More at source: Eco Watch
LOS ANGELES (CNS) - More than 1,000 janitors in Los Angeles will carry out a march today to demand that the owners of the world's largest buildings adopt a “new deal” for immigrant workers.
Janitors will also rally in Orange, San Jose, Oakland, Sacramento and San Diego.
These events mark the start of the contract campaign for 25,000 janitors across California organized by SEIU United Service Workers West, according to a union statement. They are using the occasion to lay out a list of human rights standards that they are asking all building owners and property managers in California to adopt.
After their march, the workers will be addressed by speakers, including L.A. County Labor Federation President Ron Herrera.
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Mr. Clean had a big presence at this year’s Super Bowl—even though there wasn’t actually a Mr. Clean ad airing during the game.
First, Mr. Clean appeared as a guest at the Funeral Of Mr. Peanut alongside the Kool-Aid Man and actors Matt Walsh and Wesley Snipes. What’s particularly notable about this Mr. Clean cameo is that the brand is not owned by Kraft Heinz, the company that owns Planters.
More at source: Ad Week
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(CNN)As the new coronavirus continues to cross international borders, the two key questions on public health officials' minds are: 'How deadly is it?' and 'Can it be contained?'.
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The two outbreaks in recent memory that give the most insight into these questions are the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak, which spread from China to 26 other countries but was contained after eight months, and the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, which originated in Mexico and spread globally despite all containment efforts.
The severity and mortality of a novel emerging virus, which we scientists in this case are calling 2019-nCoV, are very difficult to judge when new data are coming in on a daily basis. During the 2009 influenza pandemic, the earliest reports listed 59 deaths from approximately 850 suspected cases, which suggested an extremely high case fatality of 7%.
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DOW CEO Jim Fitterling told CNBC on Wednesday that the coronavirus outbreak is driving up demand for some of the company’s products that are used in household cleaning items.
Fitterling, appearing on “Squawk on the Street” after his company topped analyst expectations for its fourth quarter, said Dow’s cleaning products are seeing increased demand due to the rapidly spreading virus.
“We’ve seen some demand pull from coronavirus on things like cleaning materials for disinfectants, like you would use in household cleaners; non-wovens for masks and wipes and those kinds of things,” Fitterling said. “And I think as you see people stay at home and use more food from the grocery store, you’re going to see a pull on packaging as well.”
Fitterling said he’s unsure what the overall impact of the virus would be for Dow, which sees Asia as a growth area.
More at source: CNBC
Stocks fell to their lowest levels in months Monday on the spread of coronavirus. But the companies that make your cleaning products are rallying.
Shares of Clorox, Procter & Gamble, Colgate Palmolive and Kimberly-Clark were all up Monday. An outbreak can be good for disinfectant sales: In 2009, when consumers were worried about the spread of swine flu, hand sanitizer sales spiked 70% over a six-month stretch, according to Nielsen.
But the stocks weren’t necessarily rising because investors expect them to sell a ton of cleaning supplies. These companies are defensive stocks, and investors often head to them during volatile periods.
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The regular cleaning fluid is peroxide based and doesn’t have to be wiped off, Morgan explained. Although the electrostatic sprayer bears the Clorox name, its sanitizing solution also does not use bleach, which can cause problems with people who have conditions such as asthma.
Blount County Schools custodians are on the front line protecting students from flu and other germs circulating this season, armed with a special sanitizing sprayer.
Since 2017 BCS has used four Clorox Total 360 Systems to deep clean the district’s 21 schools. The machines create a fine electrostatic mist that custodial manager Rick Morgan said “will go behind, under and around surfaces,” killing the germs.
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Terrie Eddy has been a janitor at Sherwin Williams’ headquarters in downtown Cleveland for 16 years. But in 10 days, she will be out of a job.
“It was really shocking,” Eddy said. “My heart stopped beating.”
Eddy is among roughly 30 union janitorial workers who received notice on December 30 that the paint company would be dropping union service members in favor of non-union janitors.
“It’s not just 30 workers, it is 30 human beings that have rent to pay, and children to take care of, and groceries to buy and car notes and mortgages. just like you do,” said Yanela Sims, director of Ohio SEIU Local 1, the union that represents the workers.
More at source: ABC
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