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Air pollution exposures linked to mutations in lung cells  

Exposure to air contaminated by pollution has been linked to changes in lung tissue which can increase the risk of lung cancer.     Air pollution can be measured by the levels of microscopic particulate matter which has a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5). PM2.5 is generated by vehicle exhaust fumes and combustion of … Continued

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 a range of serious health risks, including cancer, changes in reproduction, and obesity.   But what if you could eat your cutlery as well as … Continued

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, the new plant will supply fresh drinking water drawn from deep wells which will be treated to remove all traces of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). … Continued

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 food packaging. They have strong chemical bonds that are impervious to breaking down by known biological or chemical processes, so they are often described as ‘forever … Continued

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 taken during a long-term biomonitoring study in the US compared levels of PFAS detected in plasma to future risk of cancer. People who were later diagnosed … Continued

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 a group of 2316 US male and female citizens, with a third from children and young adults between the ages of 6 and 18.   … Continued

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