POPs in the news

04/05/2011 -

The decision of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants to include the pesticide endosulfan in the list of chemicals scheduled for elimination at the global level is a positive step.
More: The Hindu


Eliminating endosulfan

The decision of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants to include the pesticide endosulfan in the list of chemicals scheduled for elimination at the global level is a positive step.
More: The Hindu

18/03/2011 -

Documental sobre análisis niveles de dioxinas y furanos en una compra aleatoria de alimentos en un mercado español.  
More: www.rtve.es (Spanish)


Si te dicen qué comí

Documental sobre análisis niveles de dioxinas y furanos en una compra aleatoria de alimentos en un mercado español.  
More: www.rtve.es (Spanish)

27/02/2011 -

Climate change is a major obstacle to a 2004 global treaty aimed at cutting exposure to 21 highly dangerous chemicals, according to a new UN-commissioned report issued last week. The 66-page report says the risks of exposure could increase if more stockpiles and landfills leak due to flooding or other extreme weather linked to rising temperatures.
More: The Jerusalem Post


Extreme weather could heighten risk from toxic chemicals

Climate change is a major obstacle to a 2004 global treaty aimed at cutting exposure to 21 highly dangerous chemicals, according to a new UN-commissioned report issued last week. The 66-page report says the risks of exposure could increase if more stockpiles and landfills leak due to flooding or other extreme weather linked to rising temperatures.
More: The Jerusalem Post

26/02/2011 -

Wal-Mart is banning a controversial flame retardant found in hundreds of consumer goods, from couches to cameras to child car seats, telling its suppliers to come up with safer alternatives.
More: The Washington Post


Wal-Mart bypasses federal regulators to ban controversial flame retardant

Wal-Mart is banning a controversial flame retardant found in hundreds of consumer goods, from couches to cameras to child car seats, telling its suppliers to come up with safer alternatives. More:
The Washington Post

24/02/2011 -

Another type of brominated flame retardant widely used in consumer products has been detected in human breast milk in the United Kingdom, a recent study finds. The authors estimate the nursing infants are exposed to levels four times higher than those estimated for U.K. adults and toddlers.
More: Environmental Health News


Breast milk contains flame retardants with exposure patterns similar to phased-out PBDEs

Another type of brominated flame retardant widely used in consumer products has been detected in human breast milk in the United Kingdom, a recent study finds. The authors estimate the nursing infants are exposed to levels four times higher than those estimated for U.K. adults and toddlers.
More: Environmental Health News

01/02/2011 -

Women's risk of developing autoimmune rheumatic disease increases incrementally according to the frequency and duration of their exposure to insecticides, a large observational study suggested.
More: MedPage Today


Pesticides Linked to RA, Lupus Risk

Women's risk of developing autoimmune rheumatic disease increases incrementally according to the frequency and duration of their exposure to insecticides, a large observational study suggested.
More: MedPage Today

21/01/2011 -

Investigadores de la University of California, de San Francisco, Estados Unidos, aseguran que la mayoría de mujeres embarazadas de ese país están expuestas a productos químicos, incluyendo algunos presentes en muchos productos o utensilios de la vida diaria a otros que están prohibidos desde hace varias décadas.
More: JANO.es (Spanish)


El 99% de las embarazadas en Estados Unidos está expuesta a productos químicos

Investigadores de la University of California, de San Francisco, Estados Unidos, aseguran que la mayoría de mujeres embarazadas de ese país están expuestas a productos químicos, incluyendo algunos presentes en muchos productos o utensilios de la vida diaria a otros que están prohibidos desde hace varias décadas.
More: JANO.es (Spanish)

15/01/2011 -

The manufacture, production and use of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) have all decreased since their adverse health properties and environmental persistence were recognised but they remain an established and unwanted legacy.
More: www.spectroscopynow.com


POP surprise: alpine lake levels on the increase

The manufacture, production and use of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) have all decreased since their adverse health properties and environmental persistence were recognised but they remain an established and unwanted legacy.
More: www.spectroscopynow.com

14/01/2011 -

A new study finds for the first time that the bodies of virtually all U.S. pregnant women – and possibly their unborn children – carry multiple chemicals, including some banned since the 1970s and others used in common products such as processed foods and personal care products.
More: Environmental Health News


Banned, contemporary chemicals widespread in U.S. pregnant women.

A new study finds for the first time that the bodies of virtually all U.S. pregnant women – and possibly their unborn children – carry multiple chemicals, including some banned since the 1970s and others used in common products such as processed foods and personal care products.
More: Environmental Health News

19/12/2010 -

Ski wax can expose users to perfluorochemicals that build up in their bodies and carry potentially serious health risks. Racers, in particular, covet waxes with high amounts of fluorinated compounds because they make skis and snowboards go faster. But that extra speed could come at a cost. Wax technicians working for World Cup ski race teams had median levels of one compound that were up to 45 times higher than the general population’s.
More: Environmental Health News


Ski wax chemicals build up in people's blood, pose risks

Ski wax can expose users to perfluorochemicals that build up in their bodies and carry potentially serious health risks. Racers, in particular, covet waxes with high amounts of fluorinated compounds because they make skis and snowboards go faster. But that extra speed could come at a cost. Wax technicians working for World Cup ski race teams had median levels of one compound that were up to 45 times higher than the general population’s.
More: Environmental Health News

23/07/2010 -

People who live in houses with higher levels of flame retardant chemicals in the dust have themselves higher levels of the chemicals in their blood, a finding that implicates dust as a major exposure source for the compounds. 

More: Environmental Health News


Flame retardants in house dust match residents' blood levels

People who live in houses with higher levels of flame retardant chemicals in the dust have themselves higher levels of the chemicals in their blood, a finding that implicates dust as a major exposure source for the compounds. 

More: Environmental Health News

21/06/2010 -

High levels of brominated flame retardants can alter pregnant women’s thyroid hormones, which are critical to a baby’s growth and brain development, according to a California study. More: Environmental Health News


Flame retardants can alter thyroid hormones in pregnant women, new study shows

High levels of brominated flame retardants can alter pregnant women’s thyroid hormones, which are critical to a baby’s growth and brain development, according to a California study. More: Environmental Health News

10/06/2010 -

Scientists have found evidence suggesting that chemicals designed to prevent fires are getting into your children's blood and rewiring their brains, leading to attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity, hearing problems, slow mental development and, possibly, cancer.
More: life.salon.com


The poison crib: When protective chemicals harm

Scientists have found evidence suggesting that chemicals designed to prevent fires are getting into your children's blood and rewiring their brains, leading to attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity, hearing problems, slow mental development and, possibly, cancer.
More: life.salon.com

03/06/2010 -

Women with higher blood concentrations of PBDE flame retardants may take significantly longer to get pregnant. Chemicals widely used to prevent fires in household products like furniture and electronics may contribute to fertility problems by lengthening the time it takes for a woman to get pregnant, according to study of low-income, mostly Mexican-American women living in California.
More: Environmental Health News


Flame retardants linked to longer time to get pregnant, finds California study

Women with higher blood concentrations of PBDE flame retardants may take significantly longer to get pregnant. Chemicals widely used to prevent fires in household products like furniture and electronics may contribute to fertility problems by lengthening the time it takes for a woman to get pregnant, according to study of low-income, mostly Mexican-American women living in California.
More: Environmental Health News

24/05/2010 -

A study published in February, 2010 in Environmental Science & Technology found that professional ski-waxers, the people that help Lindsay Vaughn fly, have higher levels in their bodies of the toxic chemical C8, also known as perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA. The levels of PFOA were 50 times greater than are found in the general population.
More: NRDC - Smarter Living


Chemical Culprits: PFCs

A study published in February, 2010 in Environmental Science & Technology found that professional ski-waxers, the people that help Lindsay Vaughn fly, have higher levels in their bodies of the toxic chemical C8, also known as perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA. The levels of PFOA were 50 times greater than are found in the general population.
More: NRDC - Smarter Living

03/05/2010 -

Two new studies show remarkably high levels of PBDE flame retardants in the bodies of California children. PBDE body burden levels in two separate populations of California children were 10 to 1,000 times higher than European children, 2 to 10 times higher than other U.S. children and adults, and approached levels measured in occupationally-exposed adults.
More: Environmental Health News


Studies find remarkably high levels of flame retardants in California's children

Two new studies show remarkably high levels of PBDE flame retardants in the bodies of California children. PBDE body burden levels in two separate populations of California children were 10 to 1,000 times higher than European children, 2 to 10 times higher than other U.S. children and adults, and approached levels measured in occupationally-exposed adults.
More: Environmental Health News

12/04/2010 -

Selon l'Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des aliments, les femmes qui sont enceintes ou allaitantes et les enfants de moins de trois ans doivent être mieux protégés contre les PCB, classés en tant que substances probablement cancérigènes pour l'Homme.
More: BIOaddict


Pollution et PCB : après les poissons, c'est l'Homme qui trinque !

Selon l'Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des aliments, les femmes qui sont enceintes ou allaitantes et les enfants de moins de trois ans doivent être mieux protégés contre les PCB, classés en tant que substances probablement cancérigènes pour l'Homme.
More: BIOaddict

09/04/2010 -

Women with higher levels of dioxin in their blood when they tried to get pregnant took longer to conceive than women with lower levels, researchers report in a followup study. The women were exposed to high levels of the chemical when a manufacturing plant in Seveso, Italy, exploded in 1976.
More: Environmental Health News


Dioxin exposure linked to infertility, difficulty conceiving

Women with higher levels of dioxin in their blood when they tried to get pregnant took longer to conceive than women with lower levels, researchers report in a followup study. The women were exposed to high levels of the chemical when a manufacturing plant in Seveso, Italy, exploded in 1976.
More: Environmental Health News

07/04/2010 -

Wilkins talks in an upbeat way with anyone who will listen. She helps families seek answers and military benefits for the returning vets from Iraq and Afghanistan who are reporting an array of illnesses - from cancer to Parkinson’s disease, skin rashes to tremors. The unifying thread – all had been exposed to burn pits during their time in Iraq and Afghanistan.
More: InjuryBoard.com


Burn Pits: The Jill Wilkins' Story

Wilkins talks in an upbeat way with anyone who will listen. She helps families seek answers and military benefits for the returning vets from Iraq and Afghanistan who are reporting an array of illnesses - from cancer to Parkinson’s disease, skin rashes to tremors. The unifying thread – all had been exposed to burn pits during their time in Iraq and Afghanistan.
More: InjuryBoard.com

05/04/2010 -

A government study says fish in Swiss waters are not overly contaminated with PCBs but others say too little is known about the effects the chemicals have on humans.
More: www.swissinfo.ch


Banned for 24 years, PCBs still linger

A government study says fish in Swiss waters are not overly contaminated with PCBs but others say too little is known about the effects the chemicals have on humans.
More: www.swissinfo.ch

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