childrens health

Umbilical Cord Blood Tests Reveal Widespread PFAS Contamination

Umbilical Cord Blood Tests Reveal Widespread PFAS Contamination

Five years of research, more than 40 studies, and over 30,000 samples reveal per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also called “forever chemicals,” are present in umbilical cord blood. Further, many of the studies linked PFAS in umbilical cord blood with health issues of the fetus during the parent’s pregnancy, in childhood, and as adults. “Even before […]

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    More Than Half of Car Safety Seats Tested in U.S. Contain Toxic Chemicals

    More Than Half of Car Safety Seats Tested in U.S. Contain Toxic Chemicals

    Car safety seats are designed to protect children, but many of them contain a hidden threat.  A new report from the Ecology Center found that more than half of car seats in the U.S. tested contain toxic flame retardants or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also known as forever chemicals for their tendency to persist in […]

    Phthalate Exposure Linked to Increased Risk of Childhood Cancer, Study Finds

    Phthalate Exposure Linked to Increased Risk of Childhood Cancer, Study Finds

    Phthalates, known as “everywhere chemicals” or plasticizers, have been linked to an increased risk in childhood cancer, a new study finds. These chemicals are widely used in consumer products and increase the durability or consistency of plastic. Researchers at the University of Vermont Cancer Center measured gestational and childhood exposures to phthalates and compared them […]

    EPA to Address Air and Water Pollution in ‘Cancer Alley’

    EPA to Address Air and Water Pollution in ‘Cancer Alley’

    After a week-long environmental justice trip to Mississippi, Texas and Louisiana in November, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan announced that the EPA will address residents’ complaints about contaminated drinking water, chemical plants placed close to residences and a school and toxic air, The Washington Post reported. Regan said the EPA will invest […]

    White House Unveils Plan to Replace All Lead Pipes in Next 10 Years

    White House Unveils Plan to Replace All Lead Pipes in Next 10 Years

    The Biden administration has released the “Biden-Harris Lead Pipe and Paint Action Plan,” an ambitious plan to replace all the lead water pipes and service lines in the country in the next decade. The plan also intends to provide support to local communities for lead paint removal. The administration seeks to engage local, state and […]

    There May Be a Link Between Rising Humidity and Suicide

    There May Be a Link Between Rising Humidity and Suicide

    The climate crisis has been called the “biggest global health threat of the 21st century,” and there is a growing awareness that it puts mental as well as physical health in jeopardy. Now, a first-of-its-kind study published in Scientific Reports Monday finds an association between the increased humidity caused by global heating and suicide. “It’s […]

    Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals Found in Fast Food

    Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals Found in Fast Food

    New research has revealed yet another potential health risk from eating fast food: it contains hormone-disrupting chemicals known as phthalates that have been linked to a variety of health problems. The study, published in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology Wednesday, analyzed 64 food samples from six burger, pizza and Tex Mex restaurants […]