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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.

China to Conduct Study on Endocrine Disruptors Roles in Female Infertility

The South China Morning Post reported today that a new study is being undertaken by scientists in China, who are concerned with growing rates of female infertility and want to determine the influence pollution has on these figures. The study is a joint effort involving Nanjing Medical University, Zhejiang University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

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.

Modified Forms of Bisphenol A Alter Hormone Signaling

By now, the health concerns bisphenol A creates have become common knowledge as scientific reports offering evidence of the chemical's hormone disrupting nature become more and more prolific. Known for its ability to interfere with hormones in the human body, many companies which once used bisphenol A as an ingredient in can linings, resins, plastic bottles, and even cash register receipts, are slowly beginning to phase out the chemical in search of safer alternatives.

Most Canadians Show BPA in Urine, Study Finds

New research from the organization Health Canada has concluded that most Canadians have measurable quantities of bisphenol A in their urine, as well as traces of lead. In a report from Metro News yesterday, it was revealed that the study found BPA in 95% of the subjects studied, with the highest concentrations found in children aged three to five and six to eleven. The article states:

California Decides Bisphenol A is Toxic

California has become the latest state to acknowledge bisphenol A, or BPA, as a chemical with potentially carcinogenic properties according to a new decision which surfaced yesterday, reports the SF Gate News. Contributor Stephanie Lee writes that bisphenol A is being included in the list of chemicals designated under Proposition 65 as cancer causing. The bill exposes such chemicals and:

Chemical in Food Packaging Can Harm Unborn Babies, French Study Confirms

According to an article in the Guardian this week, France's health agency has released yet another report on the health effects of bisphenol A, stating that a baby's exposure to BPA in the womb could be linked to a host of health problems, not least of all Breast Cancer, later in the course of its life. The study also warns readers about the dangers of packaging and bottles labeled "BPA Free" which often contain equally toxic substitutes.

Environmental Factors and Breast Cancer

There are certain, well known factors that have been identified as contributing to Breast Cancer: age, alcohol intake, and smoking habits being three of the more easily recognized ones. Studies have been uncovering further contributors to the disease in recent years, and the list has grown to encompass a range of chemicals which are in fairly regular use in the average consumer's day to day life. So, how safe are the products we use?

Study Claiming BPA 'Harmless' May Not Be Scientifically Sound

Recently, a study by scientist Justin Teeguarden has been circulating the news due to its claim that bisphenol A is not a significant threat to the human body. Tom Philpott of Mother Jones writes that Teeguarden gave a presentation at the American Association for the Advancement of Science last month that assured those present that the amount of bisphenol A needed to successfully mimic estrogen in the human body was much higher than the  dosages consumers get from products containing BPA. In other words, Teeguarden asserted, BPA is not a concern to the consumer.

New Reports Reveal Need for Regulation of Chemicals in Infant Products

Children's products are often the first items in which bisphenol A is banned, as they prove to be controversial to politicians who do not want to appear callous to the needs of children. In an article on Forbes written by Amy Westervelt, two new studies have emerged presenting evidence that it is important to monitor children's products and the chemicals they contain.

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