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How do children manage exposure to environmental pollutants? 

Infants and children are at risk of exposure to the same levels of environmental pollutants as their parents. They are especially susceptible to these pollutants because their body organs including those that control detoxification are immature and still developing.    Children are especially at risk during sensitive periods of development and rapid growth when their … Continued

Early onset cancer rates

Since 1990 deaths from cancer have been rising in people under the age of 50 in many countries across the world. Rises have been recorded in a wide range of cancers including breast, liver, kidney, thyroid, and numerous others.   5.7 million people died globally in 1990 from cancer, increasing to 8.9 million by 2019. … Continued

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

Glyphosate detected in the urine of 99% of pregnant US women

Glyphosate has been detected in 99% of urine samples of 187 pregnant women tested during their first trimester in a study based in Indiana, US. High levels of glyphosate were also subsequently associated with lower birth weights.     Exposure to glyphosate has been associated with adverse developmental outcomes in numerous animal studies, but not 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

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 children grow out of it, more than 5.4m people receive ongoing treatment for this condition at a cost of around £1 billion a year for … Continued

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 laboratory experiments exposed pregnant mice to BBP to test whether the harmful effects of this endocrine disrupting chemical could be reduced by exercise, in this … Continued

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 affecting your health.   Download them to learn more about these widely used chemical groups – where they are found, and how they might be … Continued

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 disorders and speech development in children.   Carried out using data provided by the Swedish Environmental Longitudinal, Mother and child, Asthma and allergy (SELMA) pregnancy cohort, … Continued

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