Chemical Watch Blog

Common Chemical Linked with Motor Control Problems in Girls

Scientists have found a decrease in fine-motor functioning among girls following mothers’ exposure to phthalate chemical metabolites during pregnancy. 

Delta Air Employees Sue Lands End Over Toxic Clothing Chemicals

A lawsuit has been filed by flight attendants and other Delta Air Lines employees against Land’s End alleging their new uniforms are produced with chemicals that are causing them serious health problems.  The class-action lawsuit against Lands’ End, alleges that the uniforms provided by the clothing company are “toxic” and causing workers health issues. 

Exposure to PBDE in the Womb Linked to Lifelong Metabolic Disorder

The effects of the common flame retardant PBDE (present in everything from baby pajamas to plastics and furniture) may be both serious and potentially lifelong for unborn children.  A new scientific study has revealed that when mothers-to-be are exposed to the chemical during pregnancy their unborn children are also exposed (via the umbilical cord and later, breast milk) and that this perinatal exposure to PBDE is linked with a lifelong metabolic disorder affecting the liver of the unborn child throughout life making them vulnerable to insulin resistance and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Consumer BPA Exposure Much Higher than Originally Thought

Using new direct testing methods, scientific experts on the chemical BPA have made a new discovery: Previous estimates of the levels of BPA consumers are exposed to each day have been based on flawed, inaccurate testing methods. The previous measurements and estimates that have been used by regulatory agencies–including the FDA**–have underestimated exposure levels by as much as 44 times. With new, more advanced methods*** scientists are now able to see that previous estimates of exposure to the endocrine-disrupting chemical are far greater than regulators and legislators believed when establishing guidelines for what is “safe” exposure levels for U.S. children and adults.

Its Harder to Stay Thin Now: Millennial Spread and Food Additives

The results of a scientific study on weight gain demonstrate that it is harder for adults today to maintain the same weight as those 20 to 30 years ago did, even at the same levels of food intake and exercise. In other words, people today who eat and exercise the same amount as people 20 years ago, are still fatter–and additives in food and prescription drugs may be the culprit.

Ultra-Processed Foods Damage Your Heart: Study

The results of a new pilot study have confirmed what many of us having been saying for decades: Highly processed foods are damaging to health and well-being. More specifically, the new study has demonstrated that ultra-processed foods, which account for more than half of an average American’s daily calories, are linked to lower measures of cardiovascular health.