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Worried Your Neighbors Are Getting Sick? There's an App for That

HEALTHYDAY uses crowdsourced data to help users track nearby illnesses and (hopefully) avoid getting sick.

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There’s really nothing worse than being sick. Coming in at a close second, however, is being surrounded by those who’ve fallen ill, and realizing, with depressing finality, that you, inevitably, are next. It’s there, in that liminal space between “getting” and “being” sick that the new HEALTHYDAY app plans to make itself at home. The app is designed to do for health and wellness what mapping systems like Waze have done for navigation: Draw from public data to show users the real time geography of, in this case, illness.

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Label, Rinse, Repeat: A Guerilla Labeling Campaign Takes on Baby Shampoo Carcinogens

Public health activists take carcinogen labeling into their own hands.

Johnson & Johnson's baby shampoo is a comforting relic of our youth. But "No More Tears" becomes a bit sinister with the realization that it contains two preservatives—1,4-dioxane and quaternium-15—that release carcinogenic formaldehyde. Parents asked the company to remove the toxins two years ago, but recent testing by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics showed that small amounts are still present in the formula used in the United States. (Foreign countries with better regulation already force the company to put out carcinogen-free products.)

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