BPA and brain development

New study finds increased numbers of neurons formed during early development in mouse pups prenatally exposed to bisphenol A; altered social behavior and hyperactivity observed later in life

ANSES to study EDCs and bisphenols

ANSES selects 36 new research projects to be conducted under French national “Environment-Health-Work” research program; includes studies on endocrine disruptors, bisphenols, micro- and nanoplastics

BPA linked to hyperactivity

Meta-analysis substantiates BPA’s link to hyperactivity in children

How to avoid exposure to BPA?

Article in The Guardian discusses health risks associated with bisphenol A and ways to reduce exposure from food packaging

Alternative plasticizers adipogenic in vitro

Several alternative plasticizers used in FCMs shown to promote lipid accumulation in vitro; direct activation of PPARγ suggested as possible mechanism

PFASs linked to weight gain

New study by Harvard scientists finds association between higher PFASs blood levels and greater weight gain after dieting; high PFASs levels also linked to low resting metabolic rates

Androgens may predispose to autism

Scientists show that androgens regulate key genes linked to autism risk and may contribute to excessive brain growth, suggest that androgens’ effects on developing brain may increase risk of developing autism spectrum disorders

New book on environmental chemicals and child health

Experts on pediatrics and public health publish book on effects of ubiquitous chemical exposures on children’s health; focus on non-communicable diseases such as autism, ADHD, birth defects, cancer

EU environment committee supports draft BPA regulation

EU Parliament’s Environment Committee votes in favor of EU Commission’s draft regulation on bisphenol A in food contact materials

Opinion: FDA fails to ensure food safety

Scientific perspectives article discusses current gaps in assessment and regulation of chemicals in food by U.S. FDA, illustrates problems with perchlorate example, calls for immediate action to protect child health