Effects of fetal and developmental exposures

Peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health presents collection of selected articles on fetal and developmental exposure effects, the topic of the PPTOX VI conference of May 2018

Special issue on EDCs and behavior

Special issue of peer-reviewed journal Hormones and Behavior focuses on endocrine disrupting chemicals’ effects on behavior; articles address molecular mechanisms, animal studies and epidemiological observations, discuss specific chemicals including BPA, triclosan, PBDEs, PFASs

Review on metals and autism

Scientists review evidence on links between autism spectrum disorder and toxic metal(loids) such as lead, mercury, aluminum, arsenic, postulate mechanism based on neuroinflammation, oxidative stress

Performance of in silico models for mutagenicity

Scientists evaluate performance of four in silico models to predict mutagenicity of food contact chemicals; applicability domain important, sensitivity for new substances poor

Recommendations for non-toxic environment

Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) calls on EU Commission to release strategy for non-toxic environment, recommends 12 priority actions

UN: Is plastic pollution poisoning us?

Head of UN Environment discusses chemical migration from plastic food packaging, microplastic pollution, calls on people to ‘break up with single-use plastic’

EDCs impact neurodevelopment across generations

Scientists obtain epidemiological evidence demonstrating adverse effects of EDC exposure on neurodevelopment in humans across several generations

Epigenesis in response to stress and toxicants

Adverse environmental influences during childhood act through epigenetic mechanisms to increase disease rates in adults; trigger factors include stress and childhood trauma, malnourishment, exposure to toxicants

Nanoparticles may affect gut function

New study finds zinc nanoparticles used in food can coatings to negatively affect intestinal functions such as nutrient absorption, iron and glucose transport

Endocrine effects of parabens

Scientists review evidence on paraben preservatives acting as estrogenic endocrine disruptors; certain effects observed in animals not confirmed in humans; studies on parabens’ effects on immune and nervous system lacking