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.

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:

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.

Bisphenol A Debate Drags on as Endocrine Disruptors are Identified

Bisphenol A has been making headlines with fair regularity lately as a bitter debate over its regulation as a chemical is waged. The number of studies and research projects that have found reasons for concern over the near ubiquitous nature of bisphenol A are growing, but voices from the chemical industry remain adamant that the chemical is safe. According to Lynne Peeples of the Huffington Post, the danger of this ongoing battle could affect more than just bisphenol A and those in contact with it.

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.

Study Finds BPA in All Umbilical Cord Samples Tested

Researchers at a San Francisco clinic were shocked to find that all of the umbilical cord samples gathered from pregnant women undergoing an elective procedure were contaminated with bisphenol A, a well known endocrine disruptor. The study was headed by Dr. Patricia Hunt, the same researcher who recently conducted a study examining the effects of BPA on maturing mouse eggs. Hunt's study examined umbilical cord samples from 85 women in the second trimester of their pregnancy, and the results showed a “universal” presence of bisphenol A.

Harvard Study Finds BPA May Cause Human Infertility

A study from Harvard University has determined that bisphenol A may be causing higher instances of birth defects and infertility. According to an article published by Stephen Reinberg of US News, researchers from Harvard have concluded from their study that bisphenol A's endocrine disrupting properties may play a role in about 20 percent of documented cases of unexplained infertility. Reinberg writes that the study involved exposing 352 eggs from 121 consenting patients to different levels of bisphenol A.

FDA BPA Ban: Protecting Industry Interests?

Recently, the United States Food and Drug Administration has passed legislation which seem, on the outset, to be victories for consumer welfare. Bisphenol A, a now widely recognized endocrine disruptor, was banned from baby formula packaging, recently joined by a limit of arsenic levels in apple juice. While it is welcome and long awaited legislation, Kristin Wartman of the Huffington Post Blog writes that the FDA's actions reflect government pandering to industry interests rather than genuine concern for the welfare of the constituents it claims to represent.

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