The harmful chemical lurking in your children’s toys

A scientist tracks the dangers of flame retardants, meant to protect children, and why manufacturers cannot seem to stop using them.
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Phthalates and autistic traits: Exploring the association between prenatal exposures and child behavior

In a recent paper published in Environmental Health Perspectives, investigators reported associations between specific phthalate metabolites and autistic traits in a group of Canadian preschoolers, with additional evidence that folic acid supplementation during pregnancy may mitigate potential effects.


This chemical can impair fertility, but it’s hard to avoid

Hormone-disrupting phthalates can be found in everything from plastics and household goods to personal care products. Studies have shown they may be harmful to women’s reproductive systems.

Dogs can be 'early-warning systems' for toxic chemical exposure at home

Dogs and people carry remarkably similar amounts of common household chemicals in their bodies, a possible boon for human health.

Work resumes on cleaning up contaminated sediment I & J waterway

Many of the substances found can be traced back to historic industrial plants such as a pulp and paper mill, municipal landfills and shipyards.

Products we use every day are full of harmful chemicals. Can green chemistry lead to safer alternatives?

Organization and consumer demand for products that don't harm people or pollute the environment are moving forward-thinking brands toward safer ingredients.


Coronavirus PPE likely to contain hazardous chemicals such as PFAS, NGO says

Lack of transparency over additives in protective equipment being produced.


Eat less plastic

We all consume thousands of microplastic particles in food, water, and air, and plastic use can expose us to harmful chemicals. Consumer Reports explains how to eat less plastic and try to reduce your risk.
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Autism and phthalates: Exposure in womb linked to autistic traits in boys

Young boys who were exposed in the womb to certain phthalate chemicals were more likely to have autism traits at ages 3 and 4, according to a new study published in Environmental Health Perspectives.

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Lower birthrates are a result of toxic environment, Jeremy Grantham says

Lower birthrates are a result of people postponing childbirth into later years as well as chemical toxicity in the environment according to research.


NGO: PFASs, flame retardants to dominate US state chemical legislation

Twenty-nine states to consider more than 180 such policies in 2020.


The new ‘Toxic Beauty’ documentary asks: Are skin-care products the new cigarettes?

A thought-provoking documentary considers the impact of virtually unregulated chemicals in personal-care products.

EFSA to look again at phthalates in plastic food contact materials

The European Commission will ask the European Food Safety Authority to conduct another risk assessment of phthalates in plastic food contact materials.

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