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 as such personal care companies as Shikai…

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 commonly found in drugstores and department stores.…

Combinations of estrogen-mimicking chemicals found to strongly distort hormone action

Contact: Jim Kelly jpkelly@utmb.edu 409-772-8791 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston For years, scientists have been concerned about chemicals in the environment that mimic the estrogens found in the body. In study after study, researchers have found links between these “xenoestrogens” and such problems as decreased sperm viability, ovarian dysfunction, neurodevelopmental deficits and obesity.…

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 an association between early childhood exposure to…

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 organic and not prepared in plastic containers,…

Man-made chemicals cited in health scourges -UN report : “a global threat that needs to be resolved,”

Tue, 19 Feb 2013 13:59 GMT Reuters * Childhood cancers, male sperm count cited * Action said needed to avert global threat * Product labels may not identify components By Robert Evans GENEVA, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Man-made chemicals in everyday products are likely to be at least the partial cause of a global surge…

Atrazine (Herbicide) causes prostate inflammation in male rats and delays puberty

2010 study posted for filing Contact: Robin Mackar rmackar@niehs.nih.gov 919-541-0073 NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences A new study shows that male rats prenatally exposed to low doses of atrazine, a widely used herbicide, are more likely to develop prostate inflammation and to go through puberty later than non-exposed animals. The research adds to a…

Prenatal exposure to pesticides linked to attention problems

2010 study posted for filing Contact: Sarah Yang scyang@berkeley.edu 510-643-7741 University of California – Berkeley Berkeley — Children who were exposed to organophosphate pesticides while still in their mother’s womb were more likely to develop attention disorders years later, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. The new findings,…

Pesticide chlorpyrifos is linked to childhood developmental delays

2010 study posted for filing Contact: Stephanie Berger sb2247@columbia.edu 212-305-4372 Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health March 18, 2010—Exposure to the pesticide chlorpyrifos—which is banned for use in U.S. households but is still widely used throughout the agricultural industry—is associated with early childhood developmental delays, according to a study by researchers at Columbia University’s…

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 levels of toxic compounds and determining how…

Mother’s exposure to bisphenol A may increase children’s chances of asthma

2010 study posted for filing Contact: Jim Kelly jpkelly@utmb.edu 409-772-8791 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Mouse experiments implicate common ingredient in plastic water bottles and food packaging GALVESTON, Texas — For years, scientists have warned of the possible negative health effects of bisphenol A, a chemical used to make everything from plastic water…

Study links reduced fertility to flame retardant exposure: PBDEs, or polybrominated diphenyl ethers

2010 study posted for filing Contact: Sarah Yang scyang@berkeley.edu 510-643-7741 University of California – Berkeley Berkeley – Women with higher blood levels of PBDEs, a type of flame retardant commonly found in household consumer products, took longer to become pregnant compared with women who have lower PBDE levels, according to a new study by researchers…

Superbug MRSA Identified in U.S. Wastewater Treatment Plants

The School of Public Health News November 5, 2012 NEWS RELEASE Contact: Kelly Blake, kellyb@umd.edu, 301-405-9418   University of Maryland-led study is first to document environmental source of the antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the United States   College Park, Md.–A team led by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health has found that…

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 of Public Health. PAHs are chemicals released…

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 the country’s alarming rise in premature births.…