Tag: Environmental health

Activists Want Toxic Shampoo Off the Shelves

  By HEATHER JOHNSON ShareThis OAKLAND (CN) – Dozens of brand-name and store brand shampoos, liquid soaps and bubble baths contain toxic levels of cocamide DEA, a known carcinogen, environmentalists claim in court. The Center for Environmental Health sued retailers Macy’s, JC Penney, Kohl’s and Marshalls, as well […]

Troubling levels of toxic metals found in lipstick

Contact: Sarah Yang scyang@berkeley.edu 510-643-7741 University of California – Berkeley Berkeley — A new analysis of the contents of lipstick and lip gloss may cause you to pause before puckering. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Public Health tested 32 different lipsticks and lip glosses […]

BPA raises risk for childhood asthma

Contact: Timothy S. Paul tp2111@columbia.edu 212-305-2676 Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health Children exposed to the plastics chemical bisphenol A had an elevated risk for asthma Researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health at the Mailman School of Public Health are the first to report […]

Contaminated Diet Contributes to Exposure to Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals: Phthalates and BPA * 183mg per Kg of bodyweight per Day!!! *

Phthalates and bisphenol A are synthetic endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Previous studies have linked prenatal exposure to phthalates to male reproductive system abnormalities. Fetal exposure to BPA is linked to hyperactivity, anxiety, and depression in girls. People may exposed to these chemicals in their diets, even if their food is […]

Study finds high exposure to food-borne toxins: preschool-age children had higher exposure to more than half the toxic compounds being measured. Even relatively low exposures can greatly increase the risk of cancer or neurological impairment.

Preschool children are particularly vulnerable to compounds linked to cancer and other conditions. November 13, 2012 (SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — In a sobering study published in the journal Environmental Health, researchers at UC Davis and UCLA measured food-borne toxin exposure in children and adults by pinpointing foods with high […]

Prenatal exposure to environmental pollutants affect a child’s intelligence quotient or IQ : polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

2009 study posted for filing   July 20, 2009 — Prenatal exposure to environmental pollutants known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) can adversely affect a child’s intelligence quotient or IQ, according to new research by the the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH) at the Mailman School […]

Chemicals in common consumer products may play a role in pre-term births : phthalates

2009 study posted for filing Contact: Laura Bailey baileylm@umich.edu 734-647-1848 University of Michigan ANN ARBOR, Mich.—A new study of expectant mothers suggests that a group of common environmental contaminants called phthalates, which are present in many industrial and consumer products including everyday personal care items, may contribute to […]

Environmental pollutant has sex-skewing effect

Re-Post 2008 Contact: Graeme Baldwin graeme.baldwin@biomedcentral.com 44-020-707-94804 BioMed Central Women exposed to high levels of PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls – a group of banned environmental pollutants) are less likely to give birth to male children. A study published today in BioMed Central’s open access journal Environmental Health found that […]

Long-term pesticide exposure may increase risk of diabetes

2008 Repost for filing Contact: Robin Mackar rmackar@niehs.nih.gov 919-541-0073 NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Licensed pesticide applicators who used chlorinated pesticides on more than 100 days in their lifetime were at greater risk of diabetes, according to researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The associations […]

Chlorinated Tap water substantially increased the risk of three common birth defects: ventricular septal defects, cleft palate, and anencephalus

Contact: Charlotte Webber charlotte.webber@biomedcentral.com 44-020-763-19980 BioMed Central Is tap water safe for expectant mothers? Drinking water disinfected by chlorine while pregnant may increase the risk of having children with heart problems, cleft palate or major brain defects, according to a study published today in BioMed Central’s open access […]

Prenatal exposure to flame-retardant compounds affects neurodevelopment ( IQ ) of young children: polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)

Contact: Stephanie Berger sb2247@columbia.edu 212-305-4372 Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health January 19, 2010 — Prenatal exposure to ambient levels of flame retardant compounds called polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) is associated with adverse neurodevelopmental effects in young children, according to researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s […]

Folic acid lowers blood arsenic levels

Contact: Stephanie Berger sb2247@columbia.edu 212-305-4372 Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health October 8, 2007 — A new study by researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health finds that folic acid supplements can dramatically lower blood arsenic levels in individuals exposed to arsenic through contaminated drinking […]