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Newswise: Laundry Detergent Pods: What You Need to Know
Released: 18-Feb-2015 11:25 AM EST
Laundry Detergent Pods: What You Need to Know
Kids + Chemical Safety

Laundry detergent pods became available on the US market in 2010 and are easy to use. These pods contain highly concentrated detergents wrapped in a thin film that easily dissolves in water. The appeal and design of laundry detergent pods has already resulted in many reported poisonings among children.

Released: 18-Feb-2015 11:00 AM EST
Cold Medication and Child Poisoning
Kids + Chemical Safety

Many of the most serious and potentially fatal poisonings reported in children occur by the ingestion of medication. Approximately half of the poisonings in the USA occur in children 6 years or younger.

Newswise: Winter Salt Risks
Released: 18-Feb-2015 11:00 AM EST
Winter Salt Risks
Kids + Chemical Safety

Every winter the snow and ice cover our sidewalks and we scatter salt to make the walkways safer. However, there are risks to the health or our ids and pets if they accidentally ingest the salt.

Newswise: Is the Flame Retardant, Tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA), a Reproductive or  Developmental Toxicant?
Released: 18-Feb-2015 7:40 AM EST
Is the Flame Retardant, Tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA), a Reproductive or Developmental Toxicant?
Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment

The objectives of these GLP US EPA OPPTS 970.3800 and 970.3700 studies were to examine the effects of tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA) at oral doses of 10, 100 or 1000 mg/kg bw/day over the course of 2 generations on growth as well as behavioral, neurological and neuropathologic functions in offspring.

Released: 11-Sep-2014 10:30 PM EDT
Acute Photo-Induced Toxicity and Toxicokinetics of Single Compounds and Mixtures of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Zebrafish
Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment

In a recent publication, toxicity in zebrafish larvae was investigated from exposure to mixtures and multiple stressors. Mixtures included exposure to all combinations of four PAHs, with the additional stressor of ultraviolet light leading to phototoxic effects. The results indicated all PAHs were phototoxic and the mixtures mechanism of toxicity was additive. Data were compiled and a predictive toxicity model was developed.

Released: 11-Sep-2014 10:00 PM EDT
Smoke This! Public Health Impacts of E-Cigarettes
Kids + Chemical Safety

Despite the fact that traditional cigarette consumption has been on the decline in the United States since the mid-1970s, the use of electronic cigarettes, or “e-cigarettes,” among adults and teenagers is becoming more and more prevalent. These devices are regularly marketed as a safe alternative to smoking conventional cigarettes, and are promoted as smoking cessation aids, similar to nicotine patches and nicotine gum. However, e-cigarettes are becoming increasingly scrutinized by health experts and regulatory agencies and there are an increasing number of questions surrounding these safety claims, particularly in regard to exposure among teenagers and young children. This article explains the known and anticipated risks of e-cigarette use, as well as the potential for accidental ingestion of liquid nicotine by small children.

Released: 24-Mar-2014 8:25 PM EDT
Expert Health Effects Panel Members from the United Kingdom, Israel, and the UnitedStates are Announced
Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment

The WV TAP Expert Panel members have been finalized by the Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment (TERA) and are flying in from the United Kingdom, Israel, and across the USA to participate. After the expert panel convenes a press conference will be held on April 1.

Released: 21-Mar-2014 4:00 PM EDT
The WV TAP Project Team Provides Public Briefing to the People of West Virginia
Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment

WV TAP Project Team in Charleston, West Virginia for a Public Briefing and Convening of the Expert Panel. This press release describes two (2) important and distinct events that will take place on March 28 and April 1, 2014 in Charleston, West Virginia. Both events are part of the WV TAP project led by Mr. Jeffrey Rosen and Dr. Andrew Whelton.

Released: 4-Feb-2014 6:20 PM EST
Up in Smoke? Health Impacts from Wood Burning
Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment

With the winter weather still going strong, lots of people will be restocking the wood pile next to their fireplaces and wood burning stoves. Can using a wood burning stove or fireplace pose a threat to my health?

Released: 2-Feb-2014 1:40 PM EST
Understanding Vaccinations: Development and Review
Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment

Childhood immunization recommendations have been the focus of increased attention over the past decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently has an age-specific schedule of recommendations for sixteen vaccine preventable diseases for children/adolescents.

Newswise: Online Resource for Parents wins Risk Communication Award
Released: 1-Feb-2014 3:00 PM EST
Online Resource for Parents wins Risk Communication Award
Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment

Kids+Chemical Safety (www.KidsChemicalSafety.org), receives the 2013 Risk Communication Award from the Alliance for Chemical Safety.

Released: 1-Feb-2014 1:00 PM EST
Visiting Your Doctor with Environmental Concerns
Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment

Preparing for visits to our doctors or other healthcare providers is an important step to a successful outcome. Give your questions and concerns to your providers ahead of time, so that they can help address them and find additional resources as needed.

Newswise: Taking the Boo! Out of Halloween
Released: 29-Oct-2013 7:30 AM EDT
Taking the Boo! Out of Halloween
Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment

Super heroes, monsters, and princesses…oh my! Halloween is fast approaching and is often a favorite holiday for kids. You dress up and get lots of candy for free; what’s not to like! However, Halloween can present some safety concerns for parents. Make your Halloween safe and happy by following these safety tips.

Newswise: BPA Exposure and Obesity in Children:  Just a Correlation?
Released: 9-Sep-2013 8:00 AM EDT
BPA Exposure and Obesity in Children: Just a Correlation?
Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment

In a recent article, Eng et al. (2013) found that higher levels of bisphenol A were associated with several measures of obesity in children. Specifically, children exposed to higher levels of bisphenol A had increased odds of having a body mass index in the 95th percentile (i.e., greater than 95% of all children) and a waist circumference to height ratio (WC) greater than a value of 0.5. However, several other measures of obesity were unaffected, such as abnormal body fat percentage, BMI and WC thresholds below 95th percentile, and other laboratory measurements of cardiovascular disease and diabetes (e.g., total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, fasting triglycerides, insulin resistance, and fasting glucose).

Released: 27-Aug-2013 1:30 PM EDT
Is My Child’s Toy Toxic? Read the Label
Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment

There are thousands of children's toy manufacturers around the world. Toys can be made of metal, plastic, paint, fabric and many other components, but are they really safe for your children.

Released: 27-Aug-2013 12:30 PM EDT
Fluoride in Drinking Water: Why Is It Added and Is It Safe?
Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment

Flouride is added to drinking public drinking water supplies to help reduce the incidence of tooth decay in children, but too much can lead to health issues.


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