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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

Are we at break point on chemicals?

Last week a new study published in the American Society of Chemicals explored the impacts of climate change, and reviews how well we can manage the consequences of our global reliance on chemicals. The research team assert that we’ve reached a point where unless we make significant changes to our use of plastics and the pollution … Continued

Products designed to keep you safe might be causing more harm than good

In our second update of 2022 we feature news about everyday consumer products that featured in the headlines this week.     How safe is vaping?   With 1.3 billion people around the world who smoke tobacco, the switch to vaping is something that many smokers have adopted as a healthier alternative. In the UK … 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

“Forever chemicals” in our air

We spend a lot of time indoors, so it’s quite worrying to discover that the quality of our air is affected by so-called “forever chemicals”. They have been shown to rise as particles into the air and settle onto surfaces in our homes, entering our bodies as we breath and drink.   PFAS – a … Continued

Indoor Air Quality and Children’s Health – Part two

A study of Indoor Air Quality and Children’s Health In our last post we discussed a new study published in January 2020, The Inside Story. It was a systemic review of the impacts of air pollution on children’s health, respiratory health. In this post we will focus on some of the findings for each age group. … Continued

Are you ready to switch your shampoo?

Welcome to January, the month where many of us will make New Year’s resolutions about our health and well-being. And where ‘Dry January’ and eating plant-based for the month – ‘Veganuary’ – have made the usual headlines, there are other smaller changes you can make to improve your consumption and how it impacts your body … Continued

Endocrine disrupting chemicals in the health news

Endocrine disrupting chemicals and increased risk of breast cancer A new study in the US has found a strong link between use of hair dye and chemical straighteners and breast cancer risk. Women age 35-74 were enrolled into the study over a 6 year period. They completed a questionnaire including information about their use of … Continued

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