Better protection of children from toxics needed

Opinion article in New York Times outlines children’s prenatal exposure to various toxic chemicals, discusses impact on fetal brain development and health consequences

Reference guide on health effects of chemicals

Integrative Environmental Medicine book provides comprehensive overview of chemical effects on health, outlines resources and tools helping to reduce exposure and risks

Occupational exposure to BPA

Scientists measure urinary BPA in workers from industries that use or manufacture BPA; find on average 70 times higher levels compared to general public

Population-level effects of toxic chemicals

Article by Silent Spring Institute discusses exposure to toxic chemicals and outlines how small influences on the health of individuals can translate into significant negative impacts on public health as a whole

EDCs’ burden of disease

Scientific study estimates the costs of EDC-caused disease and disability at >2% of U.S. gross domestic product; calls for improvements in EDC screening and proactive prevention; American Chemical Council criticizes study sharply

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

Reverse causation bias in PFOA studies

Scientists suggest increased perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) blood levels are consequence of early menopause and kidney disease, not cause

Health effects: How to identify causation?

Royal Society of Medicine hosts anniversary workshop on milestone work for environmental epidemiology by researcher Bradford Hill; commemorates his 1965 lecture ‘Environment and disease: Association or causation?’

Chemicals and global burden of disease

International scientists review early-life environmental contributions to disease, identify chemical exposure as leading factor to be considered, discuss challenges, outlook

EFSA: New guidance for priority topics

EFSA’s Scientific Committee identifies priority topics requiring new guidance such as interpretation of epidemiological studies, chemical mixtures, and nanotechnologies