October News Bulletin: strict air emissions reduce California cancer risk; safer chemicals benefit workers, consumers

October 22, 2015 at 2:57 pm | Posted in News and Science Bulletins | Leave a comment

October News Bulletin

How strict California rules on emissions led to lower cancer risk. The Air Resources Board has reported that Californians’ cancer risk from toxic air pollution has declined 76% over more than two decades, a trend the agency attributes to the state’s array of regulations targeting everything from diesel trucks to dry cleaners. (LA Times)

Safer chemicals would benefit both consumers and workers. Few people would say it’s worth the risk of a hazardous chemical exposure to check football scores or calm a fussy toddler. And consumers in North America and Europe are starting to expect that regulation will protect us from harmful chemicals in the products we buy. Unfortunately hazardous chemicals are still all around us – every time a child picks up a plastic toy, she may be exposed to myriad hormone disruptors, neurotoxins, dermal sensitizers, asthmagens or carcinogens. (The Conversation)

The race to remove toxic chemicals from mission critical systems. While consumer electronics companies have made headway removing harmful chemicals from their products, doing the same with tech used in hospitals, banks and airplanes has posed a greater challenge. (The Guardian)

Fetal exposure to dietary carcinogens and risk of childhood cancer: what the NewGeneris project tells us. The NewGeneris findings provide explicit evidence of fetal exposure and biologically relevant responses to carcinogens present in maternal diets in a large sample. This is an important advance in our understanding of potential early stage, chemically induced carcinogenesis in children. We cannot yet define specific risk factors for carcinogens in maternal diets because we do not know what proportion, if any, of childhood cancer may be so attributed. (BMJ)

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