Do sweeteners raise diabetes risk? Does the US EPA favour industry data? And more. October 2014 news round-up

October 14, 2014 at 4:34 pm | Posted in News and Science Bulletins | Leave a comment
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October 2014 News Round-Up

Do artificial sweeteners raise diabetes risk? “Artificial sweeteners may promote diabetes, claim scientists,” reports the Guardian. But before you go clearing your fridge of diet colas, the research in question – extensive as it was – was mainly in mice. [Editor’s note: The fact this research was done in mice should be understood in the context that this research cannot ethically be performed in humans.] (NHS Choices)

Are parabens and phthalates harmful in makeup and lotions? Should you worry about the chemicals in your makeup, lotion, shaving cream, soap and shampoo? The answer is a clear maybe. (Washington Post)

Priorities for Breast Cancer Research: Taking Stock of Chemicals, Biomarkers, and Exposure Assessment Tools “There’s quite a lot of biological evidence that chemicals are plausibly linked to breast cancer, but very little research has been focused on this,” says study co-author Julia Brody. “We wanted to really open up the discussion about breast cancer prevention and provide a road map for considering chemicals that are mammary gland carcinogens in rodents.” (Environmental Health Perspectives)

Does the EPA Favor Industry When Assessing Chemical Dangers? Article outlining apparent over-dependence on industry input at the US EPA, in how it assesses the safety of compounds such as atrazine. (Newsweek)

Sweden and Denmark’s influence on EU policy. National strategies to tackle human health and environmental risks, triggered by exposure to chemicals, can provide a good indication of the future of European chemicals policy. Indeed, some strategies originating in Europe’s Nordic countries are now visibly beginning to guide action at the EU level. (Chemical Watch)

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