Health

Breast Cancer UK Demands Complete BPA Ban

Breast Cancer UK, a prominent charity devoted to raising money for Cancer research, has just asked the UK government to support a full ban on bisphenol A in light of rising health concerns emerging from research surrounding the chemical. According to Jonathan Sanders of Top News US, concerns over the carcinogenic properties of the chemical have spurred Breast Cancer UK's stance. Sanders writes:

Negative BPA Effects Begin When Metabolized by the Body

In a study whose findings were made public on October 4th, it was found that the negative effects of endocrine disruptor bisphenol A actually begin as soon as BPA has broken down inside the body. Alan Mc Stravick of redOrbit News writes that researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine found that the chemical mimics another chemical found in the body, inhibiting estrogen transmission. He states:

Mother's BPA Levels Linked to Son's Thyroid Problems

CBS News contributor Michelle Castillo writes that a new study from UC Berkeley has emerged linking a mother's consumption of bisphenol A to her son's overactive thyroid problems. The study was conducted by Berkeley's Environmental Research and Children's Health Centre, and 

Dental Manufacturer Supports FDA Ban of Baby Products Containing BPA

In an article issued by Dentistry Today, a dental firm called Ultradent Products, Inc. has come out in support of the United States Food and Drug Administration's ban on the controversial chemical bisphenol A. Unlike many dental sealants, which have been known to contain BPA, Ultradent's sealants have never contained the chemical, and the company has maintained an active stance against the inclusion of such a potentially harmful substance. According to the article:

Canadian Government Backs BPA in Food Containers

In a report from ABC News today, Canada has announced that it supports the inclusion of bisphenol A in food packaging despite numerous health warnings generally associated with the chemical.

BPA Damages Chromosomes in Monkeys

In an article posted yesterday on USA Today's website, a new study on bisphenol A has shown that the chemical has altered chromosomes in Rhesus monkeys, increasing the chances they experienced of miscarriages and birth defects in offspring. The study has had particular impact because, unlike many studies which use mice as test subjects, the Rhesus monkey is a much closer relative to humans. Contributor Liz Szabo writes that

Buyer Beware: Hidden Health Risks in Food

In an article authored by Margaret Cuomo, M.D., a discussion is raised regarding the safety of the foods consumers are presented with, and the omnipresent chemical known as bisphenol A. The article begins by announcing the recent defeat of bisphenol A by the United States Food and Drug Administration, but asks the question: how much of a victory is this achievement?

Denmark Bans Phthalates Ahead of European Union Ruling

Denmark has decided to outright ban four phthalates ahead of the European Union's next scheduled time to revisit the issue, which isn't until 2013. The EU already outlaws the use of several phthalates, and going against EU regulation, even to strength a current ban or piece of legislation, isn't permitted for member countries.

BPA's Effects Might Last in our Bodies for Generations

A disturbing article on Grist.org today announces that a new study on bisphenol A has found evidence of multi-generational effects of exposure to the endocrine disrupting hormone. Contributor Tom Laskawy writes that evidence of genetic alterations as a result of BPA exposure have indeed been found, and that these alterations occurred after exposures equivalent to those people experience on a daily basis. Laskawy states:

CEMEX to Burn Plastic in Louisville Cement Kiln, Health Concerns Emerge

CEMEX Kosmos, a cement company located in Louisville, Kentucky, has recently issued a statement that it plans to introduce scrap plastic into stoking the kiln that fires its cement. The company already burns a number of materials which could be potential health concerns such as coal and petroleum coke. According to James Bruggers of the Courier-Journal:

...industrial pollution has been an issue in southwest Louisville for decades. The plant is near the coal-fired Mill Creek power plant, and residents have long complained about dust and soot from both.

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