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27 Sep 2022
Can chemicals travel from mother to unborn child? 
A young mother recently told us she was doing everything possible to give her children the healthiest diet and environment. She described the careful diet she provided for her children, the home...
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20 Sep 2022
Edible cutlery – would you eat your own fork?
Billions of tonnes of plastic cutlery are thrown away every year. Many are manufactured using chemical substances considered to have endocrine disrupting properties, including Bisphenol A which has been associated with...
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09 Sep 2022
New water system for Illinois city will remove PFAS
A small town in Illinois is pioneering the way to bring safer water into people's homes by investing in a brand new water system.   At a cost of $13m,...
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23 Aug 2022
Can ‘Forever Chemicals’ be broken down?
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a widely used chemical group used in the manufacturing process of everyday items such as non-stick pans, plastics, water and stain resistant clothing, and...
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20 Aug 2022
What are Per- or poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS)?
Per- and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances, PFAS, are a large group of 9,000+ chemical substances which have a carbon-fluorine bond that is extremely hard to break. Because they persist for a long...
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16 Aug 2022
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) linked to liver cancer
In the first ever human population based study a connection has been made between exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and a later diagnosis of liver cancer.    Samples...
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03 Aug 2022
Have PFAS exceeded planetary boundaries?
A new study just published by researchers at Stockholm University, Sweden has examined data to determine whether so-called planetary boundaries levels of PFAS have been exceeded.     Researchers compared levels...
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26 Jul 2022
80% of us might have glyphosate in our bodies – how does that make you feel?
An American health study carried out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that 80% of urine samples collected had detectable levels of glyphosate. Samples were analysed from...
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04 Jul 2022
Glyphosate – an everyday herbicide that divides opinion
Glyphosate is a herbicide used to control weeds in a wide variety of settings ranging from farming to domestic gardens.   Opinion is divided about how safe it is to...
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15 Jun 2022
Indoor Air Quality study at the University of Leicester
In the UK more than 8 million people suffer with symptoms of asthma, higher than all other lung related health conditions combined. It affects all ages, and even though many...
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14 Jun 2022
PFAS linked to hypertension in new study of mid-life women
PFAS might be a factor contributing to cardiovascular disease risk in mid-life women a new study published on 13 June 2022 finds. In this extensive study more than 1000 women underwent...
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13 Jun 2022
Endocrine disrupting chemical risk to sperm health
Exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) presents a risk to the quality of human sperm. A new study has just been published by researchers in Denmark to investigate the impact...
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03 Jun 2022
Can exercise reduce the effects of phthalates during pregnancy?
Master student Eva Poling at the University of Wyoming, USA has revealed some interesting findings in her study of mice exposed to Benzyl Butyl Phthalate (BBP) during pregnancy.   Her...
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27 May 2022
What are phthalates?
In our EDC Insights report on phthalates we explain more about this vast group of chemical substances and how they can disrupt our endocrine and hormonal systems, creating a serious...
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28 Apr 2022
European Commission takes the global lead on chemical restriction 
This week the EC revealed an ambitious plan to further restrict the use of harmful chemicals in Europe.    The Restrictions Roadmap published on Monday sets out a plan to...
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21 Apr 2022
NEW – Insight Reports to endocrine disrupting chemicals
We've created our new EDC Insight Reports to use as guides into key groups of endocrine disrupting chemicals, and to help you discover more about how everyday chemicals may be...
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13 Apr 2022
Is Bisphenol a risk to male fertility? 
Bisphenol is identified by the European Chemicals Agency as an endocrine disrupting chemical because it can mimic the actions of hormones in the body, especially the reproductive system.    Latest...
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05 Apr 2022
Can we learn about EDCs from animal studies?
Scientific experiments involving animals have long been surrounded by controversy, but they can be a sentinel to identify human risk. In a new study using non-invasive test methods, researchers have provided some...
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30 Mar 2022
EDCs increase the risk of delayed speech development
Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) have long been associated with a wide range of health risks, but new research has identified a link between exposure to EDC mixtures and delayed neurodevelopmental...
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25 Mar 2022
Microplastics detected in blood samples
This week it was reported that up to three types of microplastics can be detected in human blood samples. This is the first time that microplastics have been found in...
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16 Mar 2022
The Ideal Food Plan by Breakspear Medical
With so many opinions about what constitutes the ideal diet, it’s no wonder that we might still feel a little confused. So we'd like to share a healthy eating food plan...
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22 Feb 2022
What’s the State of the Science for EDCs?
In 2012 the World Health Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme published 'The State of the Science, Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals'. This ground breaking report informed decision makers and health...
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14 Feb 2022
What’s lurking in your favourite fragrance? 
Research published last week examined ingredients in popular fragrances sold in Belgium. The study was commissioned by Belgium’s Fight against cancer, Dutch ‘Erase all Toxins’, and the Danish Consumer Association.   ...
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07 Feb 2022
Can chemicals cause obesity? 
Scientists at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim reported their study last week to identify whether a relationship can be established between plastics containing potent mixtures of chemicals...
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31 Jan 2022
Endocrine disrupting chemicals as a risk factor in pregnancy
A team based in Chongqing, China have carried out a systematic review and meta-analysis of associations between exposure to EDCs during pregnancy and thyroid hormones in newborns. This area of study...
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24 Jan 2022
Are we at break point on chemicals?
Last week a new study published in the American Society of Chemicals explored the impacts of climate change, and reviews how well we can manage the consequences of our global reliance...
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17 Jan 2022
Impacts of maternal exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals
Could exposure to phthalates during pregnancy increase the risk of premature birth? A study published last week which carried out a systematic review of prior studies may hold some of the answers.  ...
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10 Jan 2022
Products designed to keep you safe might be causing more harm than good
In our second update of 2022 we feature news about everyday consumer products that featured in the headlines this week.     How safe is vaping?   With 1.3 billion...
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03 Jan 2022
Microplastics Insight Report
We're all too familiar with the risk that air pollution poses to our health from inhaling air polluted by vehicles and industrial manufacturing processes. With the first death recorded with...
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04 Nov 2021
EDCs and pregnancy health risks
Can microplastics pass across the placenta? A new Dutch study has reported that microplastics have the potential to pass from mother to unborn child across the placenta. In laboratory based...
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05 Oct 2021
Are ECCs present in ultrasound gels a health risk?
Ultrasound tests during pregnancy are routine for most pregnant women, so it comes as quite a shock to discover that the gel used to lubricate skin during the procedure might...
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16 Sep 2021
“Forever chemicals” in our air
We spend a lot of time indoors, so it’s quite worrying to discover that the quality of our air is affected by so-called “forever chemicals”. They have been shown to...
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09 Aug 2021
Viral load and body burden
What is viral load? The term viral load emerged into the public consciousness during the past year when health scientists and academics stepped forward to help us all to understand...
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09 Aug 2021
How does the immune system work?
During the past year, the coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated not only how important our immune system is in fighting infection, but also the need to understand our own immune health...
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27 May 2020
Is there a link between air pollution levels and COVID-19?
We invited Professor Anna Hansell to share her thoughts on the important questions surrounding the relationship between air pollution levels and disease outcomes of the coronavirus, COVID-19. Anna is a Professor...
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13 May 2020
Can dioxins contribute to the toxic load of children?
A study published in March 2020 has been looking at the levels of chemicals with potentially toxic properties present in children’s toys and other consumer products, collectively known as dioxins....
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05 May 2020
Can we boost our immune system?
During this difficult time when many of us are thinking more about our health, one question seems to bubble up to the surface time and time again - how can...
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07 Apr 2020
How does our immune system work?
Every day our bodies have the difficult task of selecting what has to be rejected as foreign material to prevent illnesses, including viral illnesses such as COVID-19. This sorting process...
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30 Mar 2020
How can vitamins support a healthy respiratory tract?
During the coming weeks we will be sharing expert information about some of the things we can all do to look after our general health. To begin, we invited medical expert...
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06 Mar 2020
Air pollution reduces life expectancies
This week also brought a new study published in European Society of Cardiology which looked at long term effects of exposure to air pollution on cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. The study...
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21 Feb 2020
Indoor Air Quality and Children’s Health – Part two
A study of Indoor Air Quality and Children’s Health In our last post we discussed a new study published in January 2020, The Inside Story. It was a systemic review...
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10 Feb 2020
Indoor Air Quality and Children’s Health
A new study published in January 2020, The Inside Story, was a collaboration between The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and The Royal College of Physicians.   The...
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27 Jan 2020
What Ella’s mum is doing to prevent further deaths from air pollution
Ella Kissi-Debrah died in 2013 age nine years old following a series of severe asthma attacks. Her death has been linked to air pollution levels near her home and school,...
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14 Jan 2020
Are you ready to switch your shampoo?
Welcome to January, the month where many of us will make New Year’s resolutions about our health and well-being. And where 'Dry January' and eating plant-based for the month -...
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20 Dec 2019
Endocrine disrupting chemicals in the health news
Endocrine disrupting chemicals and increased risk of breast cancer A new study in the US has found a strong link between use of hair dye and chemical straighteners and breast...
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20 Dec 2019
Endocrine disrupting chemicals in the health news
Endocrine disrupting chemicals and increased risk of breast cancer A new study in the US has found a strong link between use of hair dye and chemical straighteners and breast...
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11 Dec 2019
Air pollution in the scientific news
Proof that air pollution can age the brain New research published in the Journal of Neurology in November 2019 has found a connection between exposure to air pollution and increased...
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06 Nov 2019
Is plastic affecting our health?
It’s thought that we could be breathing in as many as 20,000 microplastic particles each year and ingesting up to 2000 pieces of microplastic every week. 40% of all plastic...
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10 Oct 2019
Can air pollution affect us whilst we’re at work?
We spend up to 90% of our time indoors so it makes sense that we might be exposed to airborne pollution at some point. Focus in the media is centred...
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10 Oct 2019
Can air pollution affect us whilst we’re at work?
We spend up to 90% of our time indoors so it makes sense that we might be exposed to airborne pollution at some point. Focus in the media is centred...
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10 Sep 2019
Bob Woods MBE, lastinghealth Sponsor
Bob’s journey began when he went looking for answers to positively address his own health issues, including chronic asthma. Drawing on expertise from environmental health.   Drawing on expertise from...
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