This week in health and medicine: Why pizza boxes are bad for your health, New York says hello to medical marijuana, and bisexuality is on the rise while cancer death rates drop.
Why Pizza Boxes May Be Worse For Your Health Than Pizza
Last week, the FDA banned three chemicals often used as oil repellents in paper and cardboard food containers (not to mention products as varied as shoes and electronics). And one of the most common places you’ll find these chemicals, part of a group called PFASs, is in pizza boxes.
The FDA report was rather reserved, stating only that “there is no longer a reasonable certainty of no harm” (echoing what other researchers and manufacturers have been saying for years now). Similarly, the FDA was not specific about the health problems that PFASs can cause, although related chemicals have been known to cause thyroid disease and high blood pressure.
Objections to last week’s ban can still be submitted into early next month, and then there will of course be some lag time as manufacturers make the necessary adjustments. So, for now, if you plan on getting take-out pizza, just know the risks. Read more at Quartz.