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

Accumulation of carcinogens in people

Report by Environmental Working Group compiles inventory of carcinogens present in the bodies of American people; recommends further studying carcinogenic ‘cocktails’ and reducing exposures

Early puberty in girls

The Wall Street Journal discusses early onset of puberty in U.S. girls; obesity and exposure to EDCs considered key factors, according to experts

Epidemiology of mixtures: Xenoestrogens and breast cancer

Scientists find strong association between breast cancer risk and total burden of xenoestrogens; in contrast, individual compounds show only weak associations, if any

Carcinogenicity of chemical mixtures

The Halifax Project assesses potential role of low-dose chemical mixtures in developing cancer

Key characteristics of carcinogens

Scientists propose ten key characteristics of carcinogens to be used as a basis for organizing and evaluating mechanistic data collected in support of hazard identification

WHO: Chemicals impact public health

New report by World Health Organization estimates that 1.3 million deaths in 2012 occurred due to chemical exposure; provides examples of intervention and economic benefits of prevention

Environmental chemicals and child health

Scientists review epidemiological evidence on associations between environmental pollutants and child health; find ‘moderate’ evidence for perfluorooctanoate and reduced fetal growth; literature on bisphenol A and phthalates ‘inconsistent’

Environmental factors of cancer

Environmental Working Group launches cancer prevention platform with a focus on the role of chemicals in the development of cancer

Childhood obesity and other chronic diseases

Obesity, asthma, autism, ADHD among U.S. children have continuously increased over past decade, new studies find; Mother Jones article discusses nutrition, chemicals and physical activity as key factors in childhood obesity