Cancer Prevention

Chemical in BPA-Free Products Linked to Irregular Heartbeats

New ingredient in plastic bottles, receipts has same effect on lab animals as the old chemical does.

Many consumers avoid products that contain bisphenol-A (BPA) because the estrogen-imitating chemical has been linked to an array of health effects in people and animals. But new research published Thursday suggests that an ingredient that has replaced BPA in many items may have a similar effect on the heart.

BPA-free labels have been popping up on many plastic bottles, cash register receipts, food packaging, and other products.

Autistic Features Associated With Prenatal Exposure to Endocrine Disruptors

SAN DIEGO — Exposure during pregnancy to a combination of fire retardant chemicals and phthalate chemicals, which are present in the average home, may contribute to autistic-like behaviors in offspring, according to a Canadian study presented at ENDO 2015.

The research only involved animal models but it points to potentially preventable causes of autism. Today, autism remains a diagnosis with enormous social costs and limited solutions. In addition, the rates appear to be steadily rising in North America.

State Sues Gallo Over Hazardous Dust Used To Make Wine Bottles

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control has sued Ernest and Julio Gallo's glass production plant in Modesto.

Keith Kihara with the state says the company improperly stored, then improperly recycled oil and hazardous dust -containing lead, arsenic, cadmium and selenium from 2009 -to- last year.

"What Gallo was doing was getting this dust that was collected by the air pollution control device and re-introducing it as an ingredient in the glass-making process."

The suit alleges Gallo broke the law by recycling the dust.

Why ‘BPA-Free’ May Be Meaningless

After years of campaigning, health advocates finally convinced many household product manufacturers to remove the chemical Bisphenol A, known as BPA, from items like receipts, plastic bottles and the lining of tin cans. And as a result, it’s not hard to find products labeled “BPA-free.” But it turns out the chemicals used to replace BPA may have nearly the exact impact on the human body — hormone disruption — as BPA, according to a new study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

TSCA Chemical Substance Inventory

Basic Information

Background

Section 8 (b) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires EPA to compile, keep current, and publish a list of each chemical substance that is manufactured or processed in the United States.

How Jessica Alba Proved Her Doubters Wrong

Even movie stars have to stare down skeptics when they're launching a company and seeking funding. Here's how Jessica Alba persevered--and wound up with a company valued at nearly $1 billion.

Popular weed killer deemed probable carcinogen by UN

LONDON — One of the world’s most popular weedkillers – and the most widely used kind in the U.S. – has been labeled a probable carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

The decision was made by IARC, the France-based cancer research arm of the World Health Organization, which considered the status of five insect and weed killers including glyphosate, which is used globally in industrial farming.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which makes its own determinations, said it would consider the French agency’s evaluation.

From Climbing Mountains to Cleaning Couches: The Woman Eliminating Toxic Chemicals From Our Lives

Some challenges are worth taking on more than once. That's what Arlene Blum decided after realizing her work to reduce toxic chemicals in the home was in jeopardy.

Arlene Blum took 20 years to write her memoir, Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life. This isn’t surprising, considering her life has taken shape as a constant and gradual learning process, with very few resting moments.

Fatal If Swallowed

Dogs and cleaning products don’t mix!

There are plenty of cleaning products out there that are harmful to humans, but our dogs are much more sensitive to them.

Why?

Well, our fury companions spend much of their days on our floors, carpets, and head deep in our toilet bowls.

All places we clean – all places they like to lick and lay in!

Food coloring in soft drinks carries cancer risk, new study shows

The caramel coloring used in many soda products produces a carcinogen that could raise the risk of cancer in consumers

The latest results of a study comparing the attributes of 11 different soft drinks, as well as analyzing the consumption habits of Americans, have shown that drinking as little as one soda a day could be enough to expose consumers to potentially cancer-causing levels of the chemical 4-methylimidazole, or 4-MEI for short.

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