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

U.S. EPA’s activities on perchlorate

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposes measure to reduce exposure to perchlorate from drinking water, releases report confirming perchlorate’s effects on fetal brain development

Surfactants linked to birth defects

New U.S. scientific study associates exposure to quaternary ammonium compounds with transgenerational birth defects in rodents

Steep decline in sperm counts of Western men

New study finds 50-60% decline in sperm counts between 1973 and 2011 among men from Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand; authors see declining sperm counts as signal of risk to men’s overall health

Children significantly exposed to EDCs and neurotoxins

Danish EPA assesses risk of young and unborn children’s exposure to endocrine disruptors and neurotoxins; phthalates, bisphenol A, and lead identified among most critical substances

Better protection of children from toxics needed

Opinion article in New York Times outlines children’s prenatal exposure to various toxic chemicals, discusses impact on fetal brain development and health consequences

Prenatal phthalate exposure and male genital development

Study finds inverse association between mothers’ urinary phthalate levels and free testosterone blood levels in early pregnancy; lower free testosterone in mothers associated with higher prevalence of genital abnormalities in baby boys

Endocrine disruptors and sperm quality

Column in The New York Times discusses decreasing sperm quality and fertility in men, explains links to exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals

“Should I worry about plastics?”

BBC2 report investigates chemical exposure from plastic food packaging and consults with leading toxicologists; likely no concern for average adults; reducing plastic use recommended