Health

BPA Diminishes In Vitro Success

In an article released today on the Environmental Daily News, Lesliam Quirós-Alcalá and Wendy Hessler write about a study produced by Harvard University which has found that bisphenol-A exposure levels which are common to the general public may impact a woman's ability to concieve through the In Vitro process.

Common Garden Tools Found to Contain Toxic Chemicals

In an article on the Bangor Daily News website today, Matt Hickman of the Mother Nature Network reports that a new study has found garden implements such as gloves, hoses, and other tools, to be high in a number of chemicals including bisphenol-A and pthalates. The report, which was produced by HealthyStuff.org, stated that in a number of garden tools tested, chemical amounts were registered at dangerous levels. According to Hickman:

Ocean Now Contains 100 Times More Microplastic Than 1970s; Fish Ingesting Plastic, Too

Many people are familiar with the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, but few realize just how much its grown in the past thirty years. In a report published Tuesday, it's estimated that the amount of oceanic microplastic (plastic particles smaller than 5mm in diameter) has increased more than 100 times since the 1970s. Miriam Goldstein, a Ph.D.

Reusing Plastic Shopping Bags Can Make You Sick

Plastic bags are apparently worse for your health than previously thought. In a study published today in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, researchers explain how a reusable plastic shopping bag was responsible for transmitting a stomach flu virus between soccer teammates. It sounds unlikely, but the epidemiologists studying the small flu outbreak found that particles of bodily fluids (such as blood) can attach to an item like a plastic bag and live there for hours, days, or even weeks. In fact, that's exactly what happened.

Bisphenol A Study Hints at Breast Cancer Link

In an article published today by the San Francisco Chronicle, a new study suggests that bisphenol A has impacted the development of mammary glands in monkeys. The study found that monkeys fed a piece of fruit contaminated with bisphenol-A each day during their third trimester of pregnancy had female offspring which developed dense tissue, which in humans often leads to breast cancer. The article says:

BPA Exposure Could Lead To Breast Cancer

Despite the United States Food and Drug Administration's refusal to consider banning bisphenol A (BPA) in food packaging, a study published on Monday by the National Academy of Sciences reveals that fetal exposure to BPA could lead to breast cancer.

How Chemicals Change Us

In an article published yesterday in the New York Times, reporter Nicholas D. Kristof writes about the effects of hormone mimicking chemicals, and the ubiquitous role they take in daily life. He discusses the lack of vigilance on the part of the United States Government in protecting consumers from big chemical companies, and the delay in the manifestation of side-effects that make these chemicals hard to trace. Kristof writes: 

Glowing Zebrafish Detects Endocrine Disruptors

In an article published in the [United States'] Sacremento Bee today, Russell Mclendon of Mother Nature Network discusses the use of a genetically modified Zebrafish in detecting endocrine disrupting pollutants' impacts on the body. The fish, which has had genes implanted into it from another species (referred to as "transgenic") glows the brightest in the parts of its body most impacted by pollutants such as bisphenol-A, amongst others. The study has revealed that more parts of the body are affected by environmental estrogens than was previously thought.

EFSA to Evaluate Low Dose BPA 'Hypothesis'

In an article published by Food Production Daily on Wednesday, contributor Mark Astley reports that the European Food Safety Authority has begun new research on the effects of low doses of bisphenol-A. This will address a commonly held belief in a "threshold dose" below which it is thought that the chemical is harmless, and the study will take into account ongoing research as well as information regarding the "low dose hypothesis," a theory that some chemicals, even at low doses, may still cause harmful effects.

Edible Spoon is Good for Environment and Health

The organization Triangle Tree has released information on a new, environmentally friendly option for cutlery that they have created, the "Edible Spoon." This spoon is created entirely out of edible corn-based ingredients, and comes in three flavours that correspond to the meals they can be eaten with: neutral, spicy, and sweet. This new type of disposable cutlery could be a viable option in replacing single-use plastic spoons, and in addition to providing a soultion for eating, these spoons contain beneficial nutrients.

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