OECD guideline on development toxicity updated

OECD adds endpoints to prenatal development toxicity testing guideline to better detect effects of endocrine disruptors

Chemical exposures during pregnancy

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

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

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

EDCs impact neurodevelopment across generations

Scientists obtain epidemiological evidence demonstrating adverse effects of EDC exposure on neurodevelopment in humans across several generations

Prenatal PFAS exposure and smaller babies

Pooled analysis of several European birth cohorts finds association of prenatal exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances with babies being born ‘small for gestational age’

DEHP and male reproductive health

New research finds reproductive abnormalities in male mice prenatally exposed to DEHP and their succeeding generations; 3rd generation effects most pronounced at lowest exposure dose

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

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