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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

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

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 of PFAS substances detected in a variety of global settings in samples collected since 2010 to the present.    Samples were drawn from media such as … 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

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

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