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Good news/bad news: Some phthalates down, some up

By Lindsey Konkel Staff Writer Environmental Health News January 15, 2014 Scientists have documented for the first time that several phthalates – controversial chemicals used to make vinyl and fragrances – are declining in people while several others are rising. The study, published today, is the first comprehensive, nationwide attempt to document trends in exposure to [...]

US CPSC proposes ban on phthalates in children’s products

12 January 2015 The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is proposing to permanently ban the use of another five phthalates in children’s toys and childcare articles. The move is based on the recommendations of the Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel (CHAP), which assessed the risks of 14 phthalates and six alternatives to the substances (CW [...]

Phthalates risk damaging children’s IQs in the womb, US researchers suggest

Additives found in plastics and scented products could affect brain development and lower IQ. Pregnant women should avoid additives called phthalates found in common household products, according to US researchers, who found evidence that the substances may reduce children’s IQ. Children whose mothers had the highest levels of phthalates had IQs on average seven points [...]

2014: A look back at the year’s biggest environmental stories and a peek ahead

What’s in the water? We can tell you. What’s in your food? You don’t want to know. Here’s a look at the big environmental health stories that shaped 2014 and a glimpse at what’s to come in 2015. Jan. 2, 2014 By Brian Bienkowski Environmental Health News A warning from our feathered friends; water woes in [...]

Chemicals Lurk in Holiday Meals

As many of us are getting ready for our big holiday meals for Christmas and Hanukkah, dangerous chemicals may be lurking in our favorite dishes.  Studies have shown toxic chemicals like phthalates, chemicals that have been linked to birth defects in baby boys and asthma in children, can migrate out of food packaging and get [...]

EPA Prevents Harmful Chemicals from Entering the Marketplace

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking action to protect the public from certain chemicals that have the potential to cause a range of health effects from cancer to reproductive and developmental harm to people and aquatic organisms. “We are committed to protecting all Americans from exposure to harmful chemicals used in [...]

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 [...]