August news bulletin: identifying “bad actors”; asking why cancer prevention is not more of a priority

August 8, 2016 at 5:34 pm | Posted in News and Science Bulletins | Leave a comment

August 2016 News Bulletin

Commentary: Identifying the “bad actors”— new challenges for the evaluation of endocrine disrupting chemicals. “We encourage decision makers around the world to adopt a new chemical evaluation tool that could save lives and money.” (Environmental Health News)

Why Isn’t Cancer Prevention a Priority? “Research shows that more than half of all cancers are preventable. Yet, why isn’t prevention a priority? More precisely, why aren’t environmental chemicals a focus of prevention research? When researchers talk about prevention, more often than not, they’re referring to things like diet, exercise, tobacco, and other lifestyle factors. Given the mounting evidence linking environmental chemicals with cancer, however, and the fact that toxic chemicals are so widespread, it’s hard to understand why there is so little research focused on environmental carcinogens.” (Silent Spring)

A Call for Action on Toxic Chemicals. Every day, children and adults are exposed to a variety of chemicals found in common household items. Now a growing body of research suggests that many of these chemicals — which are used to make plastic more flexible, fruits and vegetables more abundant and upholstery less flammable — may also pose a threat to the developing brain. (New York Times)

PFOA, PFOS Likely Hazardous to Immune System: Scientists. A panel of epidemiologists, toxicologists, microbiologists and other scientists have critiqued and then supported the National Toxicology Program’s draft analysis that concluded perfluorooctanoic acid, more commonly known as PFOA, and perfluorooctane sulfonate, or PFOS, are presumed to be immune hazards to humans. “The systematic approach helped readers to clearly understand what science the program considered and the reasons some scientific studies provided higher levels of confidence while others were graded more moderate or lower priority in the program’s final conclusions,” the commenters and panel members said. (Bloomberg BNA)

Wal-Mart Asks Its Suppliers to Stop Using Eight Chemicals. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is asking suppliers to remove formaldehyde, triclosan and six other substances from their products, part of an effort to eliminate controversial chemicals from household goods. (Bloomberg)

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