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What does the environment have to do with autism?

September 24, 2017

In a recent review of epidemiological studies of nongenetic autism factors, researchers reported advanced parental age and preterm birth as established risk factors, and short intervals between pregnancy and prenatal exposure to air pollution as potential risk factors. They concluded that a long list of other possible environmental factors, including endocrine disruption, warrant further investigation.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission calls for removal of a class of toxic chemicals in consumer products.

September 20, 2017

In response to a petition filed by leading consumer, healthcare, firefighter and science groups, today the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)  took three critical steps toward protecting consumers and firefighters from the hazards posed by a class of flame retardant chemicals, known as organohalogens.  Earthjustice.

New report: TV Reality: Toxic Flame Retardants in TVs.

September 20, 2017

Clean Production Action found flame retardants were present in 11 of the 12 TVs tested, at concentrations of up to 33%, or one-third by weight, in the plastic enclosures.

Are “green” buildings killing us?

September 15, 2017

Does calling a building “green” mean it’s healthy? Not according to researchers from the nonprofit research institution Silent Spring, who found dozens of harmful chemicals in newly renovated, LEED-certified low-income public housing in Boston. Co.Design.

UMass research tells dads-to-be to avoid plastic wrap, mac & cheese, cologne.

September 14, 2017

We've all been told that expectant mothers should avoid alcohol and smoking during, and preferably before, pregnancy. Well, what about expectant fathers? New England Public Radio.

Companies are coming clean about fragrance, but is that enough?

September 11, 2017

While it's great news that leading manufacturers are acknowledging consumer concerns about the ingredients in fragrances and making those ingredient lists publicly available, clearly we still have a long way to go in terms of studying those ingredients to determine whether they're truly safe. Mother Nature Network.

Endocrine disruption.

September 10, 2017

This Nature Reviews Endocrinology web collection on endocrine disruption contains reviews and commentaries written by leading researchers in the field, as well as key advances in EDC research highlighted by journal editors. Nature Reviews Endocrinology.

Scientists narrow down the startling risk factors that can cause autism.

September 10, 2017

Mothers who have bacterial or viral infections during pregnancy or those who are obese are more likely to give birth to babies who later develop autism. Childhood or prenatal exposure to toxic chemicals, such as pesticides and hormone-disrupting phthalates (often found in plastics) and some found in air pollution, play a role. CNBC.

New report: State of the Evidence 2017.

September 6, 2017

In this review, published in the journal Environmental Health, we examine the continually expanding and increasingly compelling data linking radiation and various chemicals in our environment to the current high incidence of breast cancer. Breast Cancer Prevention Partners.

Member states adopt endocrine disruptor criteria.

September 6, 2017

EU ministers adopted on Monday (4 September) the European Commission's draft criteria for endocrine disruptors in plant protection products, laying the foundation for a comprehensive strategy to limit citizens' exposure to harmful substances. Euractiv.

In a victory for public health, Procter and Gamble will disclose fragrance ingredients.

August 30, 2017

"People need to know if the products they bring into their homes contain powerful allergens, or synthetic musks linked to breast cancer, or known hormone disruptors like phthalates, all of which can be found in fragrance." Women's Voice for the Earth.

Negative effects of pesticide exposure on birth outcomes.

August 30, 2017

They found negative effects of pesticide exposure for all birth outcomes—birth weight, low birth weight, gestational length, preterm birth, birth abnormalities— but only for mothers exposed to very high levels of pesticides—the top 5 percent of the exposure distribution in this sample. ScienceDaily.

Combined effects of increased temperature and endocrine disrupting pollutants on sex determination, survival, and development across generations.

August 30, 2017

F1 sex ratios were significantly influenced by elevated temperature and EDCs, potentially altering adaptive development. We also observed fewer viable offspring and increased developmental deformities in the F1 and F2 generations, with a greater impact on F2 juveniles. Scientific Reports.

Endocrine disruptors and health effects in Africa: a call for action.

August 22, 2017

We recommend the institution of education and training programs for chemical users, adoption of the precautionary principle, establishment of biomonitoring programs, and funding of community-based epidemiology and wildlife research programs led and funded by African institutes and private companies. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Can endocrine disruptors elevate risk of breast cancer?

August 15, 2017

"Hormone disruptors can affect how estrogen and other hormones act in the body, by blocking them or mimicking them, which throws off the body's hormonal balance." This imbalance may lead to the development of cancer later in life, Soto says, because "chemicals that affect mammary gland development may also increase the propensity to develop breast cancer." US News & World Report.

New resource: Videos on the Six Classes Approach.

August 15, 2017

This series of short video from the Green Science Policy Institute discuss the “Six Classes” of chemicals that are known to harm human health and the environment.

No guarantees: studies shed new light on the EDC potential of BPA & BPS.

August 10, 2017

While bisphenol A is a known endocrine-disrupting compound (EDC), its substitute bisphenol S has been shown to be worrisome as well. Three new studies add more evidence that exposure to these EDCs early in life will likely lead to serious health issues later in life. Endocrine News.

Exposure to antimicrobials during development may cause irreversible outcomes.

August 10, 2017

Exposure to environmental levels of triclocarban (TCC), an antibacterial chemical common in personal care products like soaps and lotions as well as in the medical field, can transfer from mother to offspring and interfere with lipid metabolism, new research shows. ScienceDaily.

Endocrine disruptors induce perturbations in endoplasmic reticulum and mitochondria of human pluripotent stem cell derivatives.

August 9, 2017

Endocrine disrupting chemicals [perfluorooctanoic acid, tributyltin and butylhydroxytoluene] induce endoplasmic reticulum stress, perturb NF-κB, and p53 signaling, and diminish mitochondrial respiratory gene expression, spare respiratory capacity, and ATP levels. As a result, normal production and secretion of appetite control hormones PYY, α-MSH, and CART are hampered. Nature Communications.

Developmental exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals alters the epigenome: Identification of reprogrammed targets.

August 9, 2017

These data suggest that expression of Scgb2a1 in the adult prostate could be epigenetically reprogrammed by BPA exposure during prostate development. Gynecology and Obstetrics Research.

Endocrine disruption in human fetal testis explants by individual and combined exposures to selected pharmaceuticals, pesticides, and environmental pollutants.

August 7, 2017

Our results with the FEtal Gonad Assay (FEGA) provide the foundations of a predictive human mixture risk assessment approach for anti-androgenic exposures in fetal life. Environmental Health Perspectives.

The great soy formula experiment.

August 3, 2017

Soy milk and soy formula contain potent human hormone disruptors. We don't know what this means for child development. Undark.

Catalysts efficiently and rapidly remove BPA from water.

August 2, 2017

In a paper published in Green Chemistry, Collins' research team and collaborators at the University of Auckland and Oregon State University also compiled evidence of BPA's presence in a multitude of products and water sources, as well as the chemical's toxicity. ScienceDaily.

How to save your sperm.

July 31, 2017

Some environmental toxicologists and activists have begun to push for a more categorical approach to safer chemicals, drawing attention to entire classes of chemicals that might be better avoided, as opposed to focusing on particular chemicals whose substitutes might be just as bad. New York Times.

Official list of 'endocrine disruptors' published.

July 31, 2017

The French government has published an official list of pesticide products currently in circulation suspected of containing 'endocrine chemical disruptors.' Connexion, France.

Science: are we in a male fertility death spiral?

July 26, 2017

Two new research papers add scientific weight to the possibility that pollution, especially endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), are undermining male fertility. Environmental Health News.

High-throughput analysis of ovarian cycle disruption by mixtures of aromatase inhibitors.

July 24, 2017

These results demonstrate the possibility to predict large-scale mixture effects for endocrine disrupters with a predictive toxicology approach that is suitable for high-throughput ranking and risk assessment. The size of the effects predicted is consistent with an increased risk of infertility in women from everyday exposures to our chemical environment. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Addressing endocrine disrupting chemicals requires an integrated strategy.

July 24, 2017

On 4 July, a European Commission proposal for criteria to identify endocrine disrupting chemicals for pesticides was agreed by representatives of EU governments—the end of a four-year process. Unfortunately, the criteria agreed are narrow, insufficient, impractical, and they will make it very difficult—if not impossible—to prove that a pesticide is disrupting the endocrine system. Euractiv.

Treated fracking wastewater contaminated watershed with radium and endocrine disrupters, study finds.

July 20, 2017

A study in the Marcellus Shale region of western Pennsylvania has shown that even after being treated, wastewater from hydraulic fracturing operations left significant contamination in a waterway downstream of treatment plants. Yale Environment 360.

New report: Application of Systematic Review Methods in an Overall Strategy for Evaluating Low-Dose Toxicity from Endocrine Active Chemicals.

July 19, 2017

From the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, this report proposes a strategy that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should use to evaluate the evidence of adverse human health effects from low doses of exposure to chemicals that can disrupt the endocrine system.