Chemicals in plastics and obesity

U.S. researchers discuss contribution of exposure to endocrine disruptors to metabolic disorders such as obesity and diabetes

Chemical exposures during pregnancy

Washington Post discusses exposure to environmental chemicals during pregnancy and risks posed to unborn children

BfR: No link between BPA and dental defects in children

German risk assessment institute considers direct link between occurrence of molar incisor hypomineralization and exposure to bisphenol A in children unlikely

Food additives and child health

Policy statement and technical report by American Academy of Pediatrics describe child health effects of direct and indirect food additives, provide recommendations for reducing exposures, call for revision of food additives regulation in the U.S.

Four acrylates possibly carcinogenic

International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies four acrylates used in food contact materials as possibly carcinogenic to humans; American Chemistry Council criticizes the decision

Phthalates reduce neuron numbers in developing brain

Rats perinatally exposed to phthalates show lower number of neurons and synapses in the brain, decreased cognitive flexibility

BPA a risk factor for gut inflammation

Scientists observe BPA exposure in mice decreases anti-inflammatory metabolites produced by gut microbiota, worsens disease symptoms and mortality in disease model of induced colitis

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