That Store Receipt Could Be Bad for Your Health

The next time the cashier asks, “Would you like your receipt?” the healthiest response might be, “No thanks!” That’s because a small but troubling new study finds that touching a cash register receipt can increase your body’s absorption of a controversial chemical used in the receipt’s coating. The chemical is bisphenol A, or BPA, which has been at the center of debate for decades over its use in plastic water bottles, baby bottles and the linings of cans of food. …

From Cosmetics to Cans, When to Throw Stuff Out

Do you have canned food that dates from the Reagan years? When was the last time you replaced your mascara? Or your contact lens case?  Are you storing leftovers in Tupperware that’s older than a kindergartner? Do you know where to take those old cans of paint in your garage? These are just some of the potential health hazards we detail in our slide show “9 Nasty Things to Throw Away Today.” Find out why old plastic containers (including Tupperware made before …