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Formaldehyde is a colorless, flammable, strong-smelling chemical that is used to manufacture building materials and to produce many household products. Formaldehyde sources in the home include pressed-wood products, cigarette smoke, and fuel-burning appliances. When exposed to formaldehyde, some individuals may experience various short-term health effects. Formaldehyde has been classified as a known human carcinogen (cancer-causing substance) by the International Agency for Research on Cancer and as a probable human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Research studies of workers exposed to formaldehyde have suggested an association between formaldehyde exposure and cancers of the nasal sinuses, nasopharynx, and brain, and possibly leukemia.
Formaldehyde exposure among industrial workers linked to greater risk of cancers of the blood and lymphatic system

Formaldehyde exposure among industrial workers linked to greater risk of cancers of the blood and lymphatic system

Alcohol flush signals increased cancer risk among east Asians

Alcohol flush signals increased cancer risk among east Asians

New method captures microRNAs before they disappear

New method captures microRNAs before they disappear

Radioactive "tag" added to formaldehyde helps monitor body chemistry, disease

Radioactive "tag" added to formaldehyde helps monitor body chemistry, disease

Gulf Coast area children who lived in trailer units at risk for long-term illnesses

Gulf Coast area children who lived in trailer units at risk for long-term illnesses

CDC report finds increase in reports of respiratory illness in children after hurricane Katrina; New Orleans Mayor pushes for city residents to leave trailers

CDC report finds increase in reports of respiratory illness in children after hurricane Katrina; New Orleans Mayor pushes for city residents to leave trailers

New air sensor system will help asthmatics

New air sensor system will help asthmatics

Real-time 3-D analysis of breast cancer biopsies

Real-time 3-D analysis of breast cancer biopsies

Managing asthma

Managing asthma

Mercury and formaldehyde found in Houston air

Mercury and formaldehyde found in Houston air

Ethanol vehicles pose a significant risk to human health

Ethanol vehicles pose a significant risk to human health

Common household cleaners and air fresheners may lead to health risks

Common household cleaners and air fresheners may lead to health risks

Study reveals most common causes of allergic contact dermatitis

Study reveals most common causes of allergic contact dermatitis

Killer secondhand smoke campaign flares up in the UK

Killer secondhand smoke campaign flares up in the UK

NicStic - world's first smokeless and tobacco-free cigarette to go on sale

NicStic - world's first smokeless and tobacco-free cigarette to go on sale

Public call for legal age of smoking to be raised helps underline dire health-care consequences of long-term smoking

Public call for legal age of smoking to be raised helps underline dire health-care consequences of long-term smoking

Secondhand smoke increases the risk of heart disease among non-smokers by as much as 60 percent

Secondhand smoke increases the risk of heart disease among non-smokers by as much as 60 percent