BPA and autoimmune disorders

Scientists report evidence suggesting that immune reactivity to BPA bound to human tissue proteins may contribute to neurological autoimmune disorders

IARC replies to critiques

IARC scientists reply to critical commentary; point out the importance of hazard classification as an initial step in the risk assessment process, highlight the role of epidemiological evidence

“Should I worry about plastics?”

BBC2 report investigates chemical exposure from plastic food packaging and consults with leading toxicologists; likely no concern for average adults; reducing plastic use recommended

Impact of EDCs on fertility and health

Expert panel discusses health effects of endocrine disruptors at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; video recording available

Industry group challenges UN cancer classifications

American Chemistry Council launches campaign to reform WHO cancer agency’s evaluation of carcinogenic risks to humans, criticizes hazard-based substance assessment

Nanoparticles in food linked to cancer

Oral ingestion of titanium dioxide nanoparticles induces abnormal immune responses, preneoplastic lesions in the colon; scientists call for re-evaluation of risks from oral exposure to nanoparticles

DEHP disrupts insulin signaling

Scientists find that long-term oral exposure of adult rats to the phthalate DEHP disrupts insulin signaling pathways, resulting in the development of insulin resistance

U.S. funds long-term studies of environmental impacts on children’s health

U.S. NIH initiates ECHO, 7-year program to study the effects of environmental exposures on children’s health; NIEHS launches CHEAR enabling more NIH scientists who study children’s health to add exposure measures to their research

Vitamin D levels affected by BPA and phthalates

Scientists find exposure to bisphenol A and phthalates associated with decrease in vitamin D levels; women affected more than men; implications for public health may concern bone and muscle health, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer

Health risks of ‘BPA-free’ baby bottles

Scientists evaluate health risks of migrants from ‘BPA-free’ baby bottles made of PP, PA, PES, silicone, Tritan™, stainless steel; silicone bottle, several PP bottles of ‘high concern’; Tritan™ bottle, several more PP bottles of ‘concern’