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Heat Boosts Phthalate Emissions from Vinyl Crib Mattress Covers

Dec. 17, 2014 The US continues to look at the use and regulation of phthalates, which have been associated with health problems. Of particular concern is the safety of these plastic additives to children. A new ... full story
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Phthalate Compounds Contaminating Your Glass of Wine

Aug. 8, 2014 Alcohol may be even more damaging to your health then you first thought, researchers report. Phthalate compounds are extremely widespread in our environment, and have major potential as hormone ... full story
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Prenatal Exposure to Common Household Chemicals Linked With Substantial Drop in Child IQ

Dec. 10, 2014 Children exposed during pregnancy to elevated levels of two common chemicals found in the home -- di-n-butyl phthalate and di-isobutyl phthalate -- had an IQ score, on average, more than six points ... full story
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Exposures to Some Phthalates Fall After Federal Ban

Jan. 15, 2014 Americans are being exposed to significantly lower levels of some phthalates that were banned from children's articles in 2008, but exposures to other forms of these chemicals are rising ... full story
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Phthalates Heighten Risk for Childhood Asthma

Sep. 17, 2014 An association between childhood asthma and prenatal exposure to two phthalates used in a diverse array of household products has been discovered by researchers. Phthalates are used in everything ... full story
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How Phthalate Exposure Impacts Pregnancy

Nov. 17, 2014 In recent years, scientists have linked chemicals known as phthalates with complications of pregnancy and fetal development. Phthalates are chemicals used to make plastic materials more flexible and ... full story
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Reduced Testosterone Tied to Endocrine-Disrupting Chemical Exposure

Aug. 14, 2014 Men, women and children exposed to high levels of phthalates -- endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in plastics and some personal care products -– tended to have reduced levels of testosterone in ... full story
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Dad’s Phthalate Exposure, Reproductive Success

June 11, 2014 A new study, among the first in humans, is underway to investigate whether phthalate (plastics) levels in expectant fathers have an effect on the couples’ reproductive success, via epigenetic ... full story
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Prenatal Phthalate Exposures and Anogenital Distance in Swedish Boys

Oct. 29, 2014 The first study to examine prenatal exposure to the phthalate DiNP finds it is associated with a shorter anogenital distance (AGD) in Swedish boys at the age of 21 months. These findings raise ... full story
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Premature Infants Are Exposed to Unsafe Levels of Chemical in Medical Products Used to Save Their Lives

Nov. 13, 2014 Hospitalized premature infants are exposed to unsafe levels of a chemical found in numerous medical products used to treat them, raising questions about whether critically ill newborns may be ... full story
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Food Packaging Chemicals May Be Harmful to Human Health Over Long Term

Feb. 19, 2014 The synthetic chemicals used in the packaging, storage, and processing of foodstuffs might be harmful to human health over the long term, warn environmental scientists. This is because most of these ... full story
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Endocrine Disruptors Start a Medical Revolution: From Alligators to Humans

Jan. 5, 2014 Early studies of alligators led biologists to realize that something in the environment was affecting their reproduction. Juvenile female alligators had malformed ovaries, while males had lower than ... full story
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Decoding Fat Cells: Discovery May Explain Why We Gain Weight

Dec. 11, 2014 Researchers believe they're on track to solve the mystery of weight gain -- and it has nothing to do with indulging in holiday eggnog. They discovered that a protein, Thy1, has a fundamental ... full story
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BPA and Related Chemicals: Human Safety Thresholds for Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals May Be Inaccurate

Apr. 8, 2014 Human and rat testes respond differently to endocrine disrupting chemicals such as BPA in two thirds of all cases, according to a recent review. As human safety levels are extrapolated from rodent ... full story
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Water Quality in Glass, Plastic Bottles: Better Than Expected in Spanish Study

Aug. 22, 2014 Bottled water sold in Spain is practically free of constituents given off by plastic packaging or glass bottle lids. They are only detected in some cases, albeit in quantities much lower than limits ... full story
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