Health

Low Fertility Rates of Pigs in Spain Attributed to Plastics

According to an article from National Geographic, a new study has investigated the cause of a strange case in which pigs across Spain ceased birthing young during the spring of 2010, and found that plastics may be at the heart of the problem. According to the article by Josie Glausiusz, the spring of 2010 saw the birth of pigs in farms across Spain plummet, with some pigs ceasing to reproduce at all, and those that continued producing smaller litters.

Endocrine Disruptors Could Impair Human Sperm Function, Study Finds

A team of German and Danish researchers from the Center of Advanced European Studies and Research in Germany, and the University Department of Growth and Reproduction, Rigshospitalet, Denmark,have published a new study which finds that endocrine disruptors may interfere with sperm function during the process of fertilization.

Endocrine Disruptor Safety Thresholds May Require Reassessment, New Study Suggests

Endocrine disruptors have been studied in great detail in recent years, a result of the awareness that these chemicals have a presence in day to day life. Many household products, especially those containing plastics, have been identified as containing endocrine disruptors, but industry groups have maintained that in the small levels these chemicals are present, they are not a threat for human consumption.

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.

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