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Chemical Phthalates in Food Packaging Linked With Lower IQ in Kids

Kids whose moms had the highest levels of certain chemicals in their bodies during pregnancy had markedly lower IQs at age 7, researchers said Wednesday. It’s the latest in a series of studies linking the chemicals, called phthalates, with health effects ranging from behavioral disorders to deformations of the sex organs. While the study doesn’t [...]

Prenatal Exposure to Common Chemicals Linked to Lower IQ in Kids

By Agata Blaszczak-Boxe  Live-Science The children of women who are exposed to higher levels of chemicals called phthalates during pregnancy may have lower IQ scores than those whose mothers are exposed to lower levels of those chemicals, according to a new study. Phthalates are common in products such as plastics and the fragrances used in [...]

European Union to Allow Ongoing use of DEHP

When it comes to green policies, toxic chemical law, and pretty much every other environmentally related topic, Europe is light years ahead of the United States. The European Union (EU) has been at the forefront of sustainable and environmentally friendly policies. However, that record now stands to be blemished by a poor decision regarding the [...]

SCIENCE: Phthalates and reproductive hormone levels in fetal blood

A new Japanese study examined the association between the exposure in utero to phthalates and reproductive hormone levels in cord blood. 514 pregnant females were enrolled in this study and their blood samples analysed for Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), a major phthalate compounds used in production in Japan. The study found that maternal DEHP exposure could [...]

How phthalate exposure impacts pregnancy

In recent years, scientists have linked chemicals known as phthalates with complications of pregnancy and fetal development. Phthalates are chemicals used to make plastic materials more flexible and can also be found in personal care products such as perfumes, deodorants and lotions. They can enter the human body by being ingested, inhaled or through the [...]

EPA Adds 23 Chemicals, Including BPA, to Key List for Scrutiny, Possible Action

On October 23rd, the EPA added 23 chemicals, including BPA, seven phthalates and two flame retardants to a key list of chemicals that may be subject to stricter regulation. The chemicals on this list all have properties that make them particularly hazardous, whether they are used in children’s products, have been linked to cancer, or [...]

Air pollution linked to children’s attention problems

Nov. 5, 2014 New York City children exposed in the womb to high levels of pollutants in vehicle exhaust had a five times higher risk of attention problems at age 9, according to research by Columbia University scientists published Wednesday. The study adds to earlier evidence that mothers’ exposures to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are [...]

Plastics chemical linked to changes in baby boys’ genitals

By Lindsey Konkel Environmental Health News Oct. 29, 2014 Boys exposed in the womb to high levels of a chemical found in vinyl products are born with slightly altered genital development, according to research published today. The study of nearly 200 Swedish babies is the first to link the chemical di-isononyl phthalate (DiNP) to changes in the [...]

Calls to Ban Toxic Chemicals Fall on Deaf Ears Around the World

When Denis Bibeyran was diagnosed at the age of 47 with bile tract cancer – a rare form of the disease usually found in men at least 20 years older than him – his sister Marie put it down to bad luck. Around the vineyards of Bordeaux, where they lived and worked, cancer among men [...]

This isn’t a trick: Toxic chemicals in Halloween costumes

Parents across the country are stocking up on this year’s hottest costumes for their little ghouls, goblins, and princesses, but some costumes may contain hidden toxic chemicals harmful to our children’s health. I wish I were tricking you. A new study released today by found elevated levels of toxic chemicals in popular Halloween costumes, accessories and [...]