Health effects: How to identify causation?

Royal Society of Medicine hosts anniversary workshop on milestone work for environmental epidemiology by researcher Bradford Hill; commemorates his 1965 lecture ‘Environment and disease: Association or causation?’

BPA and BPS impair fertility

New study shows that BPA and substitute BPS disrupt reproduction of roundworms causing germline apoptosis and embryonic lethality

Walmart removes 8 chemicals of concern from products

U.S. retailer Walmart names 8 high priority chemicals its suppliers must phase out and find alternatives for; list includes among others formaldehyde, phthalates, nonylphenol exthoxylates, and parabens

PFOA and PFOS harm immune system

Scientific panel and U.S. National Toxicology Program conclude that PFOA and PFOA are likely hazardous to the human immune system

Risk assessing chemical mixtures

European Commission’s Joint Research Centre reviews risk assessments of chemical mixtures for e.g. pesticides, phthalates, and FCMs; identifies need to address mixtures across chemical classes and legislative sectors

Modeling chemical exposure via food

Scientists discuss models available for estimating human exposure to chemicals through food; chemical inputs from processing, packaging, storage, and transportation are underreported

Scientific consensus on environmental neurotoxins

Project TENDR consensus statement calls for action against environmental chemicals affecting children’s brains and contributing to disorders such as autism, ADHD, and learning disabilities

Estimating non-dietary exposure to chemicals

EFSA report summarizes estimation methods for non-dietary exposure to chemicals from consumer products and the environment, provides examples for BPA

Platform on chemical exposure

National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark launches information portal on chemical exposure; special focus on chemical cocktails and endocrine disruptors

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