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.

Endocrine Disruptors Causing Lower Sperm Counts in French Men

A landmark 2012 study, published in the journal Human Reproduction, has found that endocrine disruptors present in pesticides are responsible for the decline of the sperm counts of French men on a large scale. According to an article published by eNews Park Forest, the study found that from 26, 600 sperm samples from otherwise virile men, an annual 1.9% dip in sperm concentration was detected, with a 33.4% decrease in the percentage of sperm normally formed within the 16 year period that the study was run.

Danube Plastic Count Outnumbers Fish Larvae, New Study Finds

In a startling new study, researchers from the University of Vienna have found that the samples they collected from the Danube river contained less fish larvae than they did plastic -- approximately 317 plastic particles to 275 fish larvae per 1,000 m3. This study, which was reported by Kriztina Kupi of Green Fudge News, left even researchers surprised: researchers were intending to take stock of fish larvae presence in their research, but found that industrial plastic outnumbered the subjects they were looking for.

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.

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:

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.

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