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2009-09-01 16:00:00

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- In the past few years, consumers have had growing concerns about the health risks associated with plastic products, specifically those with Bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates. But, BPA and phthalates are only two of hundreds of chemicals that can leach from plastics and cause estrogenic activity (EA), which is a common and serious form of endocrine disruption. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090901/DA69052) The polymer scientists and...

2009-07-21 11:15:04

Trout are better models for cancer research than mice or rats, a leading researcher at Oregon State University said. George Bailey helped found the university's world-class trout research center, which recently completed a study of the effects on tissue of carcinogenic Dibutyl phthalate, used in adhesives, plastics and ink, The (Portland) Oregonian reported Tuesday. Three decades of aquatic study convinced Bailey, 68, that trout are cheaper to raise and care for than rodents, and have...

2009-06-05 10:10:31

In recent decades, there have been periodic reports of a worldwide decline in sperm count and quality. Male infertility has ostensibly been on the rise, accompanied by increases in testicular cancer and hypospadias -- a congenital defect in which the opening of the urethra is on the underside, rather than at the end, of the penis. Taken together, these three conditions have been termed testicular dysgenesis syndrome.Environmental chemicals known as phthalates, some researchers say, may be the...

2009-05-15 13:25:54

A bacteria found in sewage sludge could lead to products that reduce cholesterol contamination in urban areas, researchers in Spain said. Gordonia bacteria, in general, already have proven useful in degrading pollutants such as phthalates used in plastics and rubber. Gordonia cholesterolivorans, however, specifically shows promise for reducing cholesterol contamination found in sewage from cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, which use cholesterol as a stabilizer, emollient and water-binding...

2009-04-17 21:31:31

A U.S. study suggests endocrine disruptors such as phthalates may play a role in childhood obesity, the Mount Sinai School of Medicine said. Researchers found children in New York's East Harlem are three times more likely than other children in the United States to be overweight. The study determined neighborhood characteristics -- including availability of convenience foods -- likely play a strong role in the number of obese children. Eighty percent of the children in the study reported...

2009-03-12 05:30:00

Phthalates Phasing Out and Innovative Ingredient Communication Launched RACINE, Wis., March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- In a bold industry leadership move that affects 99 million U.S. households,(1) Chairman and CEO Fisk Johnson today announced that SC Johnson is continuing to go beyond regulatory requirements and is voluntarily leading by providing ingredient information for its home cleaning and air care products such as Windex(R), Shout(R) and Glade(R). To view the Multimedia News Release, go to:...

2009-02-06 15:49:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Starting on February 10, 2009, consumer products intended for children 12 and under cannot have more than 600 parts per million of lead in any accessible part. This new safety requirement is a key component of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) aimed at further reducing children's exposure to lead. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20030904/USCSCLOGO) In an effort to provide clear and reasonable guidance to those...

2009-01-08 14:37:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pew Charitable Trusts announced today that Erik D. Olson has been named director, chemical and food safety programs, in its Health & Human Services Policy program. Olson, who was formerly deputy staff director and general counsel of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, brings nearly 25 years of experience in environmental policy and consumer advocacy to Pew. "We are excited to be joined by such an experienced advocate...

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2008-12-08 13:30:00

Scientific research from around the world suggests that the male gender is in danger, with incalculable consequences for both humans and wildlife. The research shows that a host of common chemicals is feminizing males of every class of vertebrate animals, from fish to mammals, including people. On Wednesday, Britain will lead opposition to proposed new European controls on pesticides, many of which have been found to have "gender-bending" effects. Recent U.S. research has also shown that baby...

2008-12-04 13:50:00

NSF Toy Safety Program Offers Manufacturers A Way to Improve Toy Safety by Meeting the Requirements from the New Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act ANN ARBOR, Mich., Dec. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Recent toy recalls continue to generate concerns among consumers about the safety of their children's toys, reinforcing the importance of toy testing. The NSF Toy Safety team offers a solution -- integrated services that include auditing, testing and assessment. This team of toy...


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