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Alternative to BPA Made from Paper Industry Leftovers

In light of escalating concerns about the nature of known endocrine disruptor bisphenol A, chemists in the United States have been working on a replacement chemical, which was discovered as a by-product of paper making. The chemical, called bisguiacol-F (BGF), is an apparently safe alternative to BPA, displaying no endocrine disrupting tendencies thus far. In an article published by Chemistry World, Emma Stoye writes:

Research Finds High Contaminant Levels Affects IQ of Arctic Babies

According to new research, babies in the Arctic regions of Canada appear to be exhibiting detrimental side effects as a result of lead, mercury, and Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) presence in their mother's diet while they were in the womb. The study, which was published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, tested 94 Canadian Inuit infants and their mothers from Nunavik for the presence of detrimental chemicals, many of which enter the environment through food or via air currents. According to an article from Environmental Health News:

Scientists Believe Link Between BPA and Liver Cancer Found

Researchers at the University of Michigan School of Public Health were conducting an experiment to determine the links between bisphenol A exposure and obesity recently, but the results of their study were far more incriminating than they'd imagined, giving them reason to believe that BPA and Liver Cancer are directly linked.

EU Watchdog Warns of BPA Health Hazard

The European Food Safety Authority warned last week that a recent review of studies have given them reason to believe that bisphenol A can have adverse effects on the kidneys, liver, and mammary glands, Channel News Asia reports. While the watchdog is still uncertain of the likeliness of this connection, and continues to claim that the risk from bisphenol A is low, this has not prevented them from issuing a warning regarding the chemical. According to the article:

Industry Resists Recommendation to Phase Out PET

The Pharmaceutical Industry has expressed its objection to a move to exclude PET plastics from the packaging of liquid medicines recently, claiming that the elimination of PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) from medicine containers would prevent the transportation of medicine needlessly. The disagreement came as a result of a recommendation by the Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB), which suggested that PET plastic be phased out of liquid medical containers.

Study Links BPA to Migraines

An article from the Daily Mail this week has drawn attention to the findings of a study from Newcastle University, which found that endocrine disrupting chemical bisphenol A could be causing migraines in people exposed to it. Mark Howorth writes that the study, which was published in Toxicological Sciences, indicated that BPA was one of the factors behind the intense headaches that affect one in seven adults in Britain, and urges caution and avoidance of products which could contain the chemical whenever possible.

Study Finds Chances of Miscarriage Increase 80% From Foods Heated in Plastic

A study has found that pregnant women who consume food which has been heated in plastic containers have an 80% higher chance of miscarriage. Laura Donnelly of the Telegraph writes that the study was conducted at Stanford University, and featured 114 women. Women with high concentrations of the chemical were 80% more likely to miscarry than women with low to normal levels. Lead author Dr.

Prevention of Endocrine Disruptors is Critical, NAU Professor Affirms

The debate regarding the safety of endocrine disruptors has flared up over the past few weeks as the scientific community continues to clash over the issue. While researchers with industry interests argue that endocrine disruptors are not a case for concern, others see the issue in an entirely different light.

Debate Over Regulation of Endocrine Disruptors Builds

The past few weeks have seen growing intensity in the scientific community as researchers continue to add their voices to the battle over the regulation of endocrine disrupting chemicals. An article in Scientific American this week calls attention to the academic barbs being traded via scientific journals. Daniel Cressey writes that the fighting recently resurfaced over a leaked policy on endocrine disruptors from the European Commission instigated debate. According to Cressey:

China to Conduct Study on Endocrine Disruptors Roles in Female Infertility

The South China Morning Post reported today that a new study is being undertaken by scientists in China, who are concerned with growing rates of female infertility and want to determine the influence pollution has on these figures. The study is a joint effort involving Nanjing Medical University, Zhejiang University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

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