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Autistic Features Linked to Prenatal Exposure to Fire Retardants, Phthalates

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Exposure during pregnancy to a combination of fire retardant chemicals and phthalate chemicals—both present in the average home—can contribute to autistic-like behaviors in the offspring, according to an animal study to be presented Thursday at the Endocrine Society’s 97th annual meeting in San Diego.

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Pregnancy Hormone Plays a Role in Fetal Response to Hormone Disruptors

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Early exposure in the human womb to phthalates, which are common environmental chemicals, disrupts the masculinization of male genitals, according to a new study that will be presented Sunday at the Endocrine Society’s 97th annual meeting in San Diego.

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Estimated Costs of Endocrine-Disrupting Chemical Exposure Exceed €150 Billion Annually in EU

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A new economic analysis found exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals likely costs the European Union €157 billion ($209 billion) a year in actual health care expenses and lost earning potential, according to a new series of studies published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

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Research Uncovers Basis for Cadmium Toxicity

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University of Adelaide research has uncovered how the metal cadmium, which is accumulating in the food chain, causes toxicity in living cells.

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Climate Change Affects Human Health, ATS Membership Survey Shows

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The American Thoracic Society has published the results of a survey of the ATS membership on climate change which found that the majority of ATS members believe that climate change is real and that it is having a negative impact on the health of the patients that they care for.

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Rowan University Study Links BPA Exposure to Autism Spectrum Disorder

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A newly published study is the first to report an association between bisphenol-A (BPA), a common plasticizer used in a variety of consumer food and beverage containers, with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children.

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On-Board School Bus Filtration System Reduces Pollutants by 88 Percent

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An on-board air filtration system developed specifically for school buses reduces exposure to vehicular pollutants by up to 88 percent, according to a study by researchers at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

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Draft U-M Report Analyzes Policy Options for Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan

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University of Michigan researchers today released a detailed draft analysis of policy options for hydraulic fracturing, the natural gas and oil extraction process commonly known as fracking

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Flame Retardants Found to Cause Metabolic, Liver Problems

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Chemicals used as synthetic flame retardants that are found in common household items such as couches, carpet padding, and electronics have been found to cause metabolic and liver problems that can lead to insulin resistance, which is a major cause of obesity, according to new research from the University of New Hampshire.

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Exposure to Low Levels of Common Chemical Shown to Possibly Affect Reproductive Health of Male Newborns

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Male infants whose mothers were exposed during pregnancy to chemicals called phthalates may have a greater risk of future infertility