Bisphenol A Exposure During Pregnancy Negatively Affects Toddler’s Behavior

A study published in Pediatrics this month found that exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) during pregnancy is associated with anxious and depressed behavior and impaired emotional function in toddlers at 3 years of age, especially among girls. BPA concentrations in maternal urine were measured at 16 and 26 weeks of gestation and at birth, and… Learn More »

Bed Bug Pesticides Linked to Poisoning-Related Illness and Death

In the latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (PDF), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published a study linking bed bug pesticides to poisoning-related illnesses and death. The study, entitled Acute Illnesses Associated With Insecticides Used to Control Bed Bugs, investigated 111 reported incidents of illnesses and one fatality associated with bed bug–related insecticide use in… Learn More »

Breast Implants Linked to Rare Form of Cancer by FDA

In late January, the FDA announced that it had found a possible link between breast implants and the development of anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a rare type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The FDA stated that it believes that women with breast implants may have a very low but increased risk of developing ALCL adjacent to… Learn More »

Toxic Cadmium Detected in Children’s Jewelry from China

Cadmium is a known carcinogen. Like lead, it can hinder brain development in the very young, according to recent research. Unfortunately, now that lead is heavily regulated under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, Chinese manufacturers have turned to cadmium for the manufacture of children's jewelry. A recent investigation by the Associated Press… Learn More »

Environmental Working Group Releases Results of Three Year Investigation of Contaminants in Municipal Water Supplies

Last week, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the most vulnerable segments of the human population from health problems attributed to a wide array of toxic contaminants, released the results of a three-year investigation of contaminants in municipal water supplies across the U.S. The report analyzes the results of 20… Learn More »

Seattle Researchers Find Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) on Washington Beaches

Reports on finding antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria on Washington beaches previously only found in hospitals.

Drinking Water Contaminated With PCE Tied to Birth Defects

Reports on research tying the drinking of contaminated water by pregnant women to birth defects.

Watch Out for Toxic Toys

Discusses a recent report showing that many children’s toys such girl’s jewelry contain harmful levels of lead, mercury, arsenic, bromine, cadmium and other dangerous chemicals

Radon in Granite Countertops – Is There a Risk for Oregon and Washington Homeowners?

Reports on a story warning about radiation emission from granite countertops in kitchens

W.R. Grace & Co. Reaches Tentative $2 Billion Settlement on Asbestos Claims

It was announced today that chemicals giant, W.R. Grace & Co., had reached a tentative $2 billion settlement on asbestos claims with a committee of asbestos personal injury claimants, a representative handling future claims and a committee of Grace stockholders. The settlement should clear the way for Grace to emerge from its bankruptcy reorganization case.… Learn More »