EDC exposure costs; “toxic shockers”; and more // Recent news highlights (Jan 2015)

January 14, 2015 at 1:07 pm | Posted in News and Science Bulletins | Leave a comment
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Recent news highlights (Jan 2015)

Costs of EDC exposure | Toiletry chemicals linked to testicular cancer and male infertility cost EU millions, report says. The hormone-mimicking chemicals used routinely in toiletries, cosmetics, medicines, plastics and pesticides cause hundreds of millions of euros of damage to EU citizens every year, according to the first estimate of their economic impact. (The Guardian)

Evaluating PFC harms | PFOA and High Cholesterol: Basis for the Finding of a Probable Link. Interesting backgrounder on the work of the C8 Science panel, created as part of a class action settlement to study the relationship between perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and disease in the community surrounding DuPont’s Washington Works facility in West Virginia. (Environmental Health Perspectives)

Systematic review methods | Growing Use in U.S., EU of Systematic Review For Safety Analyses Targets Different Issues. Research and regulatory agencies in North America and Europe are increasing their use of systematic review, but they are applying the strategies to different targets. (Bloomberg)

Understanding chemical health risks | Toxic shockers: Key chemicals to look out for. “From BPA to burnt toast, pretty much everything in the modern world comes with a hidden cocktail of chemical extras. Get the facts on what to worry about.” (New Scientist)

Flaws in evaluating carcinogens | Benzene and worker cancers: ‘An American tragedy’. Internal memorandums, emails, letters and meeting minutes obtained by the Center for Public Integrity over the past year suggest that America’s oil and chemical titans, coordinated by their trade association, the American Petroleum Institute, spent at least $36 million on research “designed to protect member company interests,” as one 2000 API summary put it. Many of the documents chronicle an unparalleled effort by five major petrochemical companies to finance benzene research in Shanghai, China, where the pollutant persists in workplaces. Others attest to the industry’s longstanding interest in such “concerns” as childhood leukemia. (Center for Public Integrity)

EDC regulation | Echa committee says DEHP is an endocrine disruptor. Echa’s Member State Committee (MSC) has unanimously agreed to identify the phthalate DEHP as a substance of very high concern (SVHC) because of its endocrine-disrupting properties in the environment. (Chemical Watch)

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