In an article published on January 31, 2017 The Huffington Post reports on an expert panel discussion on the health effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) that took place at The Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, U.S., on the same day (FPF reported). The panel of experts included Russ Hauser, professor of reproductive physiology, and Tamarra James-Todd, assistant professor of environmental reproductive and perinatal epidemiology, both at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, as well as Nneka Leiba, deputy director of research at the non-profit organization Environmental Working Group, and Pete Myers, founder, CEO and chief scientist at the non-profit organization Environmental Health Sciences. The discussion was moderated by Erin Schumaker, senior healthy living editor at The Huffington Post. The panel illustrated how it is “practically impossible to avoid the chemicals that are prevalent in everyday household goods,” The Huffington Post writes. Exposure to EDCs is especially concerning for pregnant women and women who are trying to conceive because EDCs have been linked to pregnancy-related complications (FPF reported), such as gestational diabetes, maternal obesity, miscarriage (FPF reported), and preterm birth (FPF reported). The panel also explained the updated U.S. chemicals regulation, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) (FPF reported). Further, the panel explored racial disparities in exposure to environmental chemicals and how the health of minorities is negatively impacted by these disparities.

The video recording of the hour-long event can be found in The Huffington Post’s article and on the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Youtube channel.

Read more

The Huffington Post (January 31, 2017). “The health effects of hormone-altering chemicals in everyday products.

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (February 1, 2017). “Hormone-altering chemicals: Fertility and health implications.Youtube