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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 almost 12,000 ‘person years’ of follow-up. A staggering 470 women who tested in the highest percentile of serum concentrations of PFAS developed hypertension when compared … 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

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 research identifies Bisphenol (BPA) as a key risk in declining sperm quality levels in animal studies, further building our understanding of the potential risk to … 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

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.    Twenty fragrance brands were tested for synthetic chemicals that have already been identified to have endocrine disrupting properties, interfering with the healthy functioning of the … Continued

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 and adipogenesis, a key process in the development of fat cells.    Adipocytes are cells that store fat in the body as an energy source. … Continued

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 is controversial because it’s difficult to make scientifically robust connections between maternal exposure to EDCs and thyroid outcomes in newborns, but this research team found … Continued

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 air pollution as the cause of death of a young girl who lived close to a busy London road in 2021, it’s become an alarming … Continued

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 studies, researchers found that plastics can be taken up by placental tissue. This highlights a serious health risk for the unborn foetus. The research also identified … Continued

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. The aim of the study was to determine if dioxin levels present in plastic constituents of toys could pose a threat to children’s health.   … Continued

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