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US environment agency cuts funding for kids’ health studies

From Nature, May 13, 2019. The Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health has tracked the lives of hundreds of children in New York City since 1998. Scientists have collected samples of blood, urine and even the air in children’s homes, starting when their subjects were in the womb, to tease out the health effects of […]

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From Wired, May 6, 2019. BY NOW, YOU’VE probably been taught to gird your sun-starved skin for battle with cancer-causing cosmic rays every time you go outside. Choose a spray, choose a lotion, but by heavens, choose something! Legions of doctors, parents, and YouTube beauty influencers are unanimous on this point. But with sunscreen application […]

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How to Minimize Exposures to Hormone Disrupters

From The New York Times, April 1, 2019. “We tend to think hormone disrupters are a mom and baby issue,” said Dr. Leonardo Trasande, the chief of the division of environmental pediatrics at N.Y.U. School of Medicine. “But it literally can be a life and death matter for folks who are not even trying to […]

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From The Intercept, February 24, 2019. After a crucial division of the Environmental Protection Agency reassessed the dangers of two key pollutants — ethylene oxide and chloroprene — the risk of cancer from air pollution shot up in many communities around the country. In 109 census tracts around the United States, the risk was suddenly unacceptable, according to the […]

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The FDA Wants to Make Sunscreen Safer, Finally

From Outside, February 21, 2019. Supporters say the proposed regulations are over 40 years overdue and would be a major win for public health On Thursday, the FDA announced that it is beginning a process to update regulatory requirements for sunscreen products. The proposed rules seek to bring over-the-counter sunscreen regulation into the 21st century. […]


Chemicals in cosmetics, soaps tied to early puberty in girls

From Reuters, December 3, 2018. Girls who are exposed before birth to chemicals commonly found in toothpaste, makeup, soap and other personal care products may hit puberty earlier than their peers who aren’t exposed to these chemicals in the womb, a U.S. study suggests. Many chemicals have been linked to early puberty in animal studies […]

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Why ‘BPA Free’ May Not Mean a Plastic Product Is Safe

From National Geographic, September 13, 2018. The study started as an accident. Geneticist Patricia Hunt of Washington State University and her team were investigating the reproductive effects of BPA in mice. Housed in BPA-free plastic cages, the test group got doses of BPA through a dropper; the control group didn’t. Everything seemed rosy—until it wasn’t. […]

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Household cleaners may make children overweight

From Cosmos, September 17, 2018. Household cleaners could be responsible for making children overweight, by changing their gut microbiota, medical researchers say. A study, published in Canadian Medical Association Journal, analysed the gut flora of 757 infants at age three to four months, and weight at ages one and three years, while cross referencing their […]

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Walmart to Shed Solvents Linked to Deaths, Birth Defects

From Bloomberg News, August 20, 2018. Walmart Inc., the world’s largest retailer, will stop selling paint strippers containing a solvent linked to more than a dozen deaths and a second solvent that could harm the development of babies in the womb. The phase out applies to paint strippers with either methylene chloride or n-methylpyrroilidone (NMP). […]

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Environmental toxins are seen as posing risks during pregnancy

From the Washington Post, August 4, 2018. Leading up to and during pregnancy, women are told to avoid alcohol and cigarettes, to make sure they get enough folate and omega-3 fatty acids, and to get adequate sleep and exercise. Most are told little or nothing about reducing their exposure to chemicals despite evidence suggesting that […]


Common food additives and chemicals harmful to children

From Harvard Health Publishing, July 26, 2018. What do a can of corn, a take-out pizza, a reusable water bottle, a bright green yogurt, and an inflatable pool toy have in common? They all contain food additives or chemicals that can be dangerous for children. Read the article.

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OSU wristbands reveal toxins in Houston area

From KGW8 News, June 19, 2018. When Hurricane Harvey swept through the Houston area last August, it caused devastating floods. Many residents worried those floodwaters had swept toxic chemicals into their neighborhoods. It was a concern shared by scientists from Oregon State University. So in the weeks following the hurricane, they flew down to Houston […]