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Articles Related to Chemicals, Toxins & Pesticides
Ped Med: Keeping Toxins Away From Kids
With potentially harmful pollutants infiltrating even a mother's
womb, there appear to be few places where children can run and hide
from threats to their health. At the University of Rochester,
scientists are investigating the effects on an infant of a pregnant
woman's exposure to chemicals, such as phthalates. The
hormone-disrupting compounds used to soften plastics are found in
many cosmetics, lotions, shampoos and baby products.
Bisphenol A (BPA) Has Been Linked to
Damage in Developing Brain Tissue
The chemical bisphenol A (BPA), widely used in products such as food
cans, milk container linings, water pipes and even dental sealants,
has now been found to disrupt important effects of estrogen in the
Scientists Union Opposes EPA's
The union representing scientists at the Environmental Protection
Agency added its voice yesterday to critics who are protesting the
agency's proposed rule for human experimentation in testing
pesticides. The rule, which Congress ordered the agency to develop
earlier this year, has been criticized by several members of Congress
and some EPA personnel as allowing unethical experimentation and
failing to protect children and pregnant women.
Lindane: A Pesticide’s Toxic Legacy
Lindane production, once thriving in the United States and Europe, is
now limited to China, India, Romania and possibly Russia. But its
legacy still lingers on in the form of waste sites that threaten the
environment and human health.
US Slow to React to Possible Toxic
Compounds as Europeans are Setting the Pace for Reforms
Like many new Berkeley parents, Michele Hammond and Jeremiah Holland
try to live as green a life as they can, making as informed a choice
on synthetic chemicals as possible.
A Fight Over Easing Rules for Reporting Toxic Emissions
Gracie Lewis is on a crusade to save the Toxics Release Inventory,
a trove of federal pollution data vital to helping her - and
activists nationwide - win community battles for cleaner air and
Two New Documents Released on
Announcing the release of The
Vallombrosa Consensus Statement on Environmental Contaminants and
Human Fertility Compromise and its companion lay background paper,
Challenged Conceptions: Environmental Chemicals and Fertility. These
two documents are available as downloadable PDF.
Fact Sheet on How Some Environmental
Chemicals Can Disrupt the Thyroid Hormone
The thyroid hormone is essential for the
development of the brain and other organs in fetuses and children.
Visit the website listed to download this fact sheet in PDF format.
Testing the Additivity Assumption:
Chemical Mixtures and Thyroid Function
The study also showed that the mixture exerted an effect on
[thyroid hormone] even though concentrations of its constituent
chemicals were at least an order of magnitude below [the doses at
which they're known to have a toxic effect]. This indicates that
considering individual chemicals in isolation may not predict their
effects in mixtures because, even though chemicals may not be potent
enough by themselves to cause effects, the cumulative effects of low
doses of many chemicals may be enough to do so.
Pollutants Linked to Diabetes Risk
Exposure to high levels of a class of environmental pollutants may
increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, research suggests.
Articles Related to Lead & Mercury
Susan Thornfeldt knows firsthand what chemical exposure can do to
a child. Thornfeldt and her husband unintentionally exposed their
baby boy to lead dust when they renovated their 180-year-old home in
Doctors Debate Level at which Lead
No one disputes that lead is unsafe. The discussion is over where to
set the bar: At what level do the harmful effects of lead poisoning
How Safe is Tuna?
The tuna industry has failed to adequately warn consumers about the
risks of eating canned tuna, while federal regulators have been
reluctant to include the fish in their mercury advisories--at times
amid heavy lobbying by industry. The full article can be found at:
Toxic Risk on Your Plate
In one of the nation's most comprehensive studies of mercury in
commercial fish, testing by the newspaper showed that a variety of
popular seafood was so tainted that federal regulators could
confiscate the fish for violating food safety rules. The testing also
showed that mercury is more pervasive in fish than what the
government has told the public, making it difficult for consumers to
avoid the problem, no matter where they shop.
Kids' Jewelry Recalled For Lead Risk
About 6 million children's metal necklaces and zipper pulls are
being recalled for safety reasons, the government said. Stravina
Operating Co. of Chatsworth, Calif., is recalling the products, which
pose a serious risk of lead poisoning to young children, the Consumer
Product Safety Commission said in a statement.
State Laws May Hurt US Flu Efforts
State laws forbidding the use of a controversial vaccine preservative
could threaten efforts to protect the population against an avian flu
pandemic, health officials said Wednesday. They said more than 20 US
states have laws pending that would limit or forbid the use of
thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative. Six states have enacted
legislation that takes effect as soon as January 2006.
Fact Sheet: Lead Poisoning And The
Brain - Cognitive Deficits And Mental Illness
Over the past few decades, research on the neurotoxic effects of lead
has predominantly focused on cognitive deficits in children and
infants. Evidence demonstrating various learning and behavioral
problems resulting from lead exposure is voluminous, and links have
been discovered between lead-poisoned children and deficits in a
variety of functions.
Fact Sheet: Mercury Emission Trends
This is a very interesting fact sheet from USGS showing mercury
emission/deposition trends and sources over approximately 200 years
in the US.
Articles Related to Environmental Effects on Learning
The Need for Healthier Schools
Most people think all asbestos was removed from New York City public
schools years ago. So participants in a New York State Assembly
hearing on healthy schools earlier this year were shocked to learn
that last year construction workers who were replacing a gym floor at
P.S. 219 in Brownsville, Brooklyn inadvertently released the flaky
white substance throughout the building.
Hair Study Raises Health Questions
The evidence is puzzling, with no answer forthcoming. But authorities
say a pilot study of 32 children in Miami was quite revealing in that
it raised some important questions. Hair samples from the children
were analyzed via a mass spectrometer for four heavy metals: arsenic,
manganese, cadmium and lead. In half of the hair samples, arsenic and
manganese were detected at varying levels. The children were given a
battery of problem-solving, visual, spatial, verbal and memory tests.
The tests, which spanned 21/2 hours, showed one thing: Verbal
learning was reduced in the children who had been exposed to both
arsenic and manganese.
Schools in 45 States Can Be Built On
On Tuesday, December 6, 2005, community groups fighting local schools
being built on contaminated land in Alabama, New Jersey,
Massachusetts, and Rhode Island will host coordinated press events to
release a new report, Building Safe Schools, Invisible Threats,
Visible Actions, with the national group, the Center for Health,
Environment and Justice. Subsequent research of all 50 states
revealed that only five states prohibit a school from being built on
a site identified as hazardous.
Articles & Resources
Related to Children's Health Issues
New The Collaborative on Health and
the Environment (CHE) Website
CHE now has redesigned its website. Some of the highlights of
features on the new site include: the new CHE Toxicants and Disease
Database, a searchable database that summarizes links between
chemical contaminants and approximately 180 human diseases or
conditions; downloadable MP3 files of CHE National Partnership Calls,
which to enable visitors to listen to past calls; a space for CHE
Partners to announce events; a specialized feed of specialized
environmental health news and science content; a "What's New" section
featuring current CHE events and announcements, such as upcoming
National Partnership Calls, new papers, etc.; and a new CHE Partner
Directory, where you can search for Organizational and Individual
Partners by state, by type of organization or alphabetically...and
Developmental Origins of Health and
"Recent studies of maternal diet during pregnancy indicate, for
example, that the higher a mother's intake of fish, if the fish is
low in mercury content, the higher the child's score will be on a
test of cognition, and the higher the mother's calcium intake, the
lower the child's blood-pressure level will be."
Saving the Environment, One Quarterly
Earnings Report at a Time
A few years ago, scientists at Cargill Inc. learned how to make
rigid, transparent plastics from corn sugars. There was just one
problem: they cost a lot more than the oil-based plastics they would
replace. But that was before the price of oil shot up and companies
came under pressure from consumers and investors to find economically
sound ways to adopt "green" packaging and other environmentally
friendly products and processes. This year, Wal-Mart, Wild Oats
Market and many other retailers, as well as food suppliers like Del
Monte and Newman's Own Organics, all embraced corn-based packaging
for fresh produce.
Parents Ask How Air Pollution Affects
The people who breathe the nation's most unhealthy factory air worry
about more than just asthma and other respiratory problems. They also
want to know if their daily dose of toxic pollution is slowing the
academic and physical development of their children.
New Website Launched: Health Care
A global coalition of 443 organizations in 52 countries working to
protect health by reducing pollution in the health care industry. No
Harm's website contains comprehensive tools and resources to help
hospitals reduce pollution in their communities, create safer
environments, and lessen exposures to hazardous chemicals and
The Learning Disabilities Association of
Michigan is pleased to offer grants to 501(C) 3 non-profit
organizations located in Michigan for educational
programs/events/materials which will help inform key stakeholders of
the existing and emerging science linking certain chemical exposures
to learning, behavioral, and developmental disabilities. Priority
will be given projects which target families and disability groups
and/or promote action towards creating a healthier environment for
Grantees will be responsible for submitting a final project report,
documentation of all expenditures, and copies of materials produced.
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