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Baking Soda Wash Removes More Pesticides 
Researchers tested a selection of wash water ingredients, to find that baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, provided clear benefits in removing pesticides from apples. CNET has the story: https://www.cnet.com/news/apples-pesticides-baking-soda-water-american-chemical-society/

Many Herbal Remedies Linked to Liver Cancer 
So-called alternative medicine frequently turns to herbal therapies, often with origins in traditional and folk cures. Looking at populations using such treatments, researchers found significantly increased incidences of liver cancer. Ars Technica has a good explanation of the news and its import: https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/10/herbal-remedies-embraced-by-naturopaths-alt-med-widely-linked-to-liver-cancers/

Distraction and Death: The Uncounted 
While a sudden rise in traffic fatalities has gripped our nation, the data around distracted driving is being ignored. Bloomberg visits the issue: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-17/smartphones-are-killing-americans-but-nobody-s-counting