Posts Tagged "consumer products"

Parabens Study (2015)

A study conducted by researchers from Silent Spring Institute in collaboration with scientists from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine found that lower doses of parabens might increase breast cancer risk. Parabens are chemicals used as preservatives in cosmetics, lotions, sunscreens and other personal care products. They…

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Flame Retardants Study (2014)

Flame retardant chemicals are added to many household products, from furniture to electronics. Once these products are in the home, flame retardants can migrate into household dust, putting humans at risk for exposure. Children are especially vulnerable because they spend a lot of time crawling around on the floor and putting their hands in their…

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Flame Retardants Study (2012)

Flame retardants sound like a good idea to prevent our couches and computers and carpets from combusting. Yet these chemicals also accumulate and linger in our homes, sometimes winding up in household dust at levels of health concern. That was one of the central findings of a Silent Spring Institute study, the first to test…

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Household Products Study (2012)

Many everyday products contain hormone disruptors and chemicals associated with asthma. To determine which consumer products might be contributing most to people’s exposure, Silent Spring Institute researchers tested a range of personal care, cleaning, and other products for chemicals associated with asthma and hormone disruption. They also sought to determine whether it was possible to…

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Consumer Products as Pollutants (2010)

Silent Spring Institute researchers analyzed indoor and outdoor air samples taken from 50 homes in Northern California, including 40 homes in Richmond, an urban, low-income, largely minority community close to a large oil refinery, other industry, and major transportation corridors, and 10 in Bolinas, a rural, affluent, coastal community without much local industry or transportation. The…

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Flame Retardants Study (2008)

Flame Retardants Study (2008)

Californians have been exposed to significantly higher levels of toxic flame retardants called polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, than people living in other parts of the country and the world. Animal studies have linked PBDEs to thyroid abnormalities, endocrine disruption, cancer, and effects on brain development. In this peer-reviewed study, Silent Spring Institute researchers found…

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Risk Factor Study in Newton, Massachusetts (1999)

Between 1982 and 1992, the city of Newton, Massachusetts, had a breast cancer rate that was 11 percent higher than that of the state as a whole. The breast cancer rates were uneven within the city, ranging from 22 percent below to 55 percent above the state average. In the late 1990s, Silent Spring Institute…

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