Scientific American has published a good article outlining why lead remains a danger years after it was banned from paint and gasoline: Lead Exposure on the Rise Despite Decline in Poisoning Cases. Lead poisoning is caused by acute exposure at high concentrations, like when a child eats paint chips. But “even though the average concentration […]
Flame retardants now seen as health risk (San Francisco Chronicle, 2/3/13) Flame retardant chemicals aren’t only in your furniture. They’re in foam insulation and they may be leaching from your walls. California finally moves to revise its decades-old flammability standard to reduce the use of flame retardants. Secondhand smoke significant source of lead exposure for […]
Boys in USA, like girls, showing signs of early puberty (USA Today, 10/20/12) New research finds that American boys are showing signs of starting puberty six months to two years earlier than they did 30 to 40 years ago. Special Report: Government has little authority to stop unsafe cosmetics (Environmental Health News, 10/18/12) Brazilian Blowout […]
Is it a Good Time to Be a Girl in India? (NYT, 10/11/12) India’s “scuffled steps towards girls’ rights and gender equality.” Iraq records huge rise in birth defects (The Independent, 10/14/12) Compelling evidence that US and NATO munitions used in the conflict in Fallujah are linked to a “staggering rise” in birth defects among […]
You’re probably not surprised that I’m a news junkie when it comes to chemicals, the environment, and children’s health. Here are some recent articles of interest. Lead found in many purses, bags and wallets (San Francisco Chronicle, July 11) BPA makes fish court other species (New Scientist, July 11) […]
The temperature will approach 100 degrees today in New York City. Whew! Sweet William and I filled the wading pool first thing after breakfast. As I uncoiled the hose, I remembered HealthyStuff.org’s recent study of lead and phthalates in garden equipment. Researchers tested 179 common garden products, including hoses, gloves, and kneeling pads. More than […]
Dr. Philip Landrigan is a pediatrician and the director of Mt. Sinai’s Children’s Environmental Health Center. Here’s a link to his 8 tips for a healthy pregnancy. They include beware of lead, eat only safe fish, and avoid phthalates and BPA. Landrigan’s advice should be heeded not only by pregnant women, but also by those […]
I love the idea of treating toxic contamination with plants. Click here for a story about vetiver, a subtropical grass with long roots that absorb lead from the soil. Researchers are looking into planting it in New Jersey to reduce lead exposure for children.