Whether it’s tracking toxic chemicals in drinking water or uncovering new mechanisms by which chemicals trigger breast cancer, we publish updates about our work throughout the year.

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Recent News

In April, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh signed a bill to amend the Boston Fire Code so that public spaces in the city can now have furniture free of harmful flame retardant chemicals.

Silent Spring Institute launches its new mobile app Detox Me, a personalized guide that helps consumers lead a healthier life by reducing their exposure to toxic chemicals.

Septic systems likely source of contamination, study finds

Estrogen-mimicking chemicals called parabens, which are commonly found in an array of personal care products, may be more dangerous at lower doses than previously thought, according to a new study.

Our perspective on the Tomasetti and Vogelstein article “Variation in cancer risk among tissues can be explained by the number of stem cell divisions,” published in Science, January 2, 2015.

New study finds people are contaminated with several toxic flame retardants rarely studied in the US, including one that has never before been detected in Americans called TCEP.

To find out how chemical contaminants affect health, scientists measure them in people’s blood, urine, breast milk and other tissues, and in household air and dust.

We identified 17 types of chemicals that should be top targets for breast cancer prevention. These include chemicals in gasoline, diesel and other vehicle exhaust, flame retardants, stain-resistant textiles, paint removers, and disinfection byproducts in drinking water.

Study is among the first to examine the impact of septic systems on groundwater used for drinking supplies