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2009-10-27 16:05:00

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- PlastiPure announced today that it received a $1.1 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health and Safety (NIEHS) to continue development and commercialization of plastics that do not leach chemicals with harmful estrogenic activity (EA). PlastiPure will use these federal funds to expand its line of innovative materials and products that are free from EA (EA-Free(TM)). "This NIEHS funding validates our innovative technology...

2009-10-21 12:51:47

Exposure to a combination of excess stress hormones and chemicals while in the womb could affect a man's fertility in later life, a study suggests Exposure to a combination of excess stress hormones and chemicals while in the womb could affect a man's fertility in later life, a study suggests. Researchers looked at the effect of stress hormones "“ glucocorticoids "“ combined with a common chemical used in glues, paints and plastics. They found that the combination strikingly...

2009-09-29 14:45:00

BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Did you know that the average woman applies about 150 different chemicals to her body every day through her skincare and cosmetics? The Beauty With a Conscience Awards in the October issue of Natural Solutions: Vibrant Health Balanced Living (on newsstands now) recognizes the top 101 natural beauty products and uncovers the not-so-pretty truth that carcinogens, hormone disruptors, and heavy metals lurk in shampoos, lotions, perfumes, and makeup -...

2009-09-16 10:34:45

Some flip-flops and plastic shoes sold in the Philippines contain toxic chemicals that are dangerous to humans and the earth, an environmental group says. EcoWaste Coalition says a recent study found 17 of the 27 pairs of flip-flops, sandals, clogs and other plastic shoes tested contained phthalates, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported Wednesday. The chemicals, used as a softening agent for polyvinyl chloride plastic, have been associated with developmental and reproductive disorders,...

2009-09-14 12:30:00

CLEVELAND, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- PolyOne Corporation (NYSE: POL) today announced it has received the Frost & Sullivan 2009 North American Plastics in Medical Tubing & Catheters Product Line Strategy of the Year Award. The award highlights PolyOne's continuous innovations that provide sustainable solutions for the medical industry. Walter Ripple, general manager, PolyOne's GLS Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPEs), said, "Our R&D efforts include creating new compounds...

2009-09-02 19:08:00

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Green to Grow (www.greentogrow.com), a leading Los Angeles-based manufacturer of BPA-free baby bottles that provide a safe alternative to polycarbonate products containing Bisphenol A (BPA) - a chemical currently banned in Canada, Minnesota, Connecticut and under scrutiny in several European nations - is urging the public and California Assembly members to support the Toxics-Free Babies and Toddlers Act (SB 797). Introduced by Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Santa...

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...


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