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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

What are phthalates?

In our EDC Insights report on phthalates we explain more about this vast group of chemical substances and how they can disrupt our endocrine and hormonal systems, creating a serious risk to our health. Read EDC Insights Phthalates

What are PFAS?

In our latest EDC Insights – PFAS we focus on a large group of chemicals called PFAS.

European Commission takes the global lead on chemical restriction 

This week the EC revealed an ambitious plan to further restrict the use of harmful chemicals in Europe.    The Restrictions Roadmap published on Monday sets out a plan to significantly expand the list of chemicals that could be banned for wide usage in future years. Described as a ‘rolling’ list, entire chemical groups could be … Continued

Can we learn about EDCs from animal studies?

Scientific experiments involving animals have long been surrounded by controversy, but they can be a sentinel to identify human risk. In a new study using non-invasive test methods, researchers have provided some clues about what might be happening when EDCs enter the body, and how we accumulate them.   Placental samples were analysed from women and dogs … 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

Microplastics detected in blood samples

This week it was reported that up to three types of microplastics can be detected in human blood samples. This is the first time that microplastics have been found in blood, they have only previously been detected in urine.   Blood samples were taken from 22 anonymous donors of which 17 were found to have … Continued

What’s the State of the Science for EDCs?

In 2012 the World Health Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme published ‘The State of the Science, Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals‘. This ground breaking report informed decision makers and health providers across the globe, and raised awareness about the health risks of exposure to chemicals in our everyday lives.   The general conclusions from this … Continued

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