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Predicting exposure to food contact chemicals

U.S. EPA scientists develop high-throughput computational models for predicting dietary exposure to chemicals from food packaging; exposure from food contact materials found to contribute significantly to overall exposures

Exposure to phthalates from fast food

People eating fast food have higher urinary phthalate levels, U.S. study finds; association most pronounced among non-hispanic black consumers, suggesting environmental injustice

Prevalence and trends of diabetes in the U.S.

New study finds that about 50% of U.S. Americans had diabetes or pre-diabetes in 2011-2012; diabetes prevalence stabilizing since 2008

NHANES data to impact risk assessment decisions

Study evaluates use of NHANES biomarker data in chemical risk assessments, more than 100 articles that examine these data expected to be published each year

Banned phthalates replaced by worrisome alternatives

New study finds reduction of exposure to banned phthalate, increase in exposure to other phthalates

NHANES database may underestimate consumption

New study questions validity of important biomonitoring data collection, reported caloric intake does not correspond to physiologic features

Plastic chemicals affect children’s health

Two new scientific studies making headlines, one linking BPA to childhood obesity, the other links the phthalate DEHP to insulin resistance

Food contact chemical burden linked to wealth

New study linking chemical body to socioeconomic status, necessary to reduce chemical burden of the poor and the wealthy

Stain-resistant chemical linked to hypertension during pregnancy

New study investigates link between perfluorinated chemicals and high blood pressure during pregnancy

High blood pressure linked to dietary phthalate exposure in children

New scientific study finds association between exposure to DEHP and risk factor for cardiovascular disease in children

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