December 2015 News Bulletin: glyphosate disagreement; more on obesogens

December 14, 2015 at 12:23 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

December 2015 News Bulletin

Obesogens. Low doses of environmental chemicals can make animals gain weight. Whether they do the same to humans is a thorny issue.

EFSA and Member States vs. IARC on Glyphosate: Has Science Won? Superbly detailed analysis of how IARC and EFSA came to different conclusions on the carcinogenicity of glyphosate. A good deal seems to rest firstly on a technicality, that EFSA only looked at pure glyphosate thereby rendering all real-world exposure studies irrelevant to their evaluation, and secondly on privileged access to three animal studies which nobody else can see.

Contaminating Our Bodies With Everyday Products. “It’s frustrating to see the same story over and over,” Professor Woodruff said. “Animal studies, in vitro tests or early human studies show that chemical A causes adverse effects. The chemical industry says, ‘Those are bad studies, show me the human evidence.’ The human evidence takes years and requires that people get sick. We should not have to use the public as guinea pigs.”

MEPs call for ban on recycled plastics containing DEHP. MEPs have passed a non-binding Resolution demanding that the European Commission does not authorise the recycling of plastics containing the phthalate plasticiser DEHP.

Leading breast cancer journal article makes the case for prevention. Environmental exposures offer one of the greatest opportunities to reduce breast cancer risk, according to a recent article published in Breast Diseases: A Year Book Quarterly, an interdisciplinary publication for medical professionals. While both scientific literature and mainstream media tend to focus breast cancer research and coverage on primary genetic mutations, these account for just five-to-seven percent of breast cancer risk.

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