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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 environment she had created to reduce her family’s exposure to harmful everyday chemicals – she was doing everything she could.  So when we asked her if she … 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

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 time, they are widely known as “forever chemicals.”   Breakthrough research published in August 2022 demonstrated that it’s possible to break these strong chemical bonds … 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

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 use and effects it might have on our health.   In our latest EDC Insights 5 – Glyphosate we focus on this controversial substance and explore … 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

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 of multiple, combined effects of EDCs on male sexual development.   Urine samples taken from 98 men were measured to detect levels of 9 key … 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

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