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2013-08-19 15:09:48

By determining the three-dimensional structure of proteins at the atomic level, researchers at the National Institutes of Health have discovered how some commonly used flame retardants, called brominated flame retardants (BFRs), can mimic estrogen hormones and possibly disrupt the body's endocrine system. BFRs are chemicals added or applied to materials to slow or prevent the start or growth of fire. "We're beginning to have a better understanding of flame retardants and their effect on...

2013-08-15 12:31:28

DUBLIN, August 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/tq98ch/china_flame) has announced the addition of the "China Flame Retardant Industry Report, 2012-2015" [http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/tq98ch/china_flame ] report to their offering. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 ) The establishment of fire prevention rules and standards brings objective demand for the development...

2013-07-23 12:34:19

Flame retardants are often extremely harmful to health. Despite this, they are found in many types of synthetic materials which would otherwise ignite quickly. Empa researchers have now succeeded in producing non-harmful flame retardants. Synthetic materials made from organic polymers usually burn very well due to their high carbon content; when turned into foams, they ignite even more easily – and, depending on their chemical compositions, they produce toxic gases such...

2013-06-11 12:23:05

OUDENAARDE, Belgium, June 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Addition to the "Nanofics 120" coatings widely used to make consumer electronics and technical textiles water and oil repellent. Demonstration of the technology at TECHTEXTIL, Frankfurt June 11 till 13th, Hall 4.1 K09 The "Nanofics 110" coatings are highly water repellent (water contact angle of 110 degrees according to ASTM D5964) and highly oil repellent (oil repellency level 6 according to ISO 14419)...

Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) Are Everywhere
2013-05-09 10:23:59

University of Iowa Since polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are produced through industrial processes or activities, it is assumed that people living in industrial cities will have higher concentrations of these toxic chemicals in their blood than people in rural communities. Researchers at the University of Iowa say this isn´t the case. In a paper published in March in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, scientists report that mothers and children in East Chicago,...

2013-04-02 23:04:56

Following the April 1, 2013 article, “Firemaster 550 an obesogen: linked to weight gain, early puberty, and anxiety in rats,” published by Environmental Health News, http://www.thefutonshop.com responds to the Importance of such studies. San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) April 02, 2013 On April 2, 2013 The Futon Shop responds to a new study “Firemaster 550 an obesogen: linked to weight gain, early puberty, and anxiety in rats,” published by Environmental Health News. The...

2013-03-12 12:23:08

OUDENAARDE, Belgium, March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Addition to the "Nanofics 120" coatings widely used to make consumer electronics, technical textiles and filtration materials water and oil repellent. The "Nanofics 110" coatings are highly water repellent (water contact angle of 110 degrees according to ASTM D5964) and highly oil repellent (oil repellence level 6 according to ISO 14419) fluoropolymer type of nanocoatings deposited by low pressure plasma...

2013-03-08 00:45:52

Lead investigator says discovery is cause for concern, not alarm Researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) have discovered phthalates, industrial chemicals, in common foods purchased in the United States. Phthalates can be found in a variety of products and food packaging material, child-care articles and medical devices. “Although it´s not completely understood how phthalates get into our food, packaging may be a contributor to the...

2013-02-27 08:23:54

REUTLINGEN, Germany, February 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- - CE documentation and several years of document archiving will become obligatory In addition to the Chemicals Regulation REACH (Regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals), medical devices will have to comply with the European RoHS Directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment in the future: As of July...

Some Cheeses Surpass Contaminant Levels Recommended By EU
2013-02-19 09:20:11

FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology Researchers at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain) have analyzed more than 60 brands of cheese commonly available in supermarkets. The concentration of organochloride contaminants in the majority of the samples was lower than levels set by European legislation, but in a few cases it was higher. The scientists recommend that an eye is kept on polychlorinated biphenyls as they are carcinogenic. The majority of these...