Endocrine Issues

Black Children Are Increasingly Obese To Chemicals

Research published today shows that black children who have high levels hormone-altering chemicals in their shampoos or lotions are more likely than white kids to become obese. The study by New York University scientists is the second to link phthalates to obesity in children but the first to use a large sample of children and look for racial disparities. Black children experience higher levels of chemicals than their...

Chemical Exposure and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), In Children

According to Thursday's study, children who are exposed to fragrances or cosmetic chemicals during pregnancy are at greater risk of developing behavioral issues similar to those in attention deficit disorder children. Mount Sinai School of Medicine researchers found that children of mothers with high levels of phthalates were more likely than their parents to be exposed. They had lower scores in...

Abnormal Sperm: DDT Link

A new study has shown that men who were exposed to banned chemicals, even long-lasting ones as teens are more likely later on to develop defective sperm. Researchers report today that organochlorine chemicals-specifically DDT and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)-may affect how testicles mature and function. This is the first time that a study has been done to determine if men are exposed to organochlorine ch...

Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Are Indoor Risk

Concentrations of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) -- found in many everyday products and of concern due to potential health hazards -- are higher indoors than outdoors, according to a new study. However, they were equally prevalent in both an urban low-income community and a coastal community with a lot of industry. "The higher your exposure to consumer products, the higher your exposure to endocrine-disrupting c...

Preterm Birth and Chemicals In Personal Products

Pregnant women exposed to phthalates, a group of hormone-mimicking chemicals found in personal care products and processed foods, may have an increased risk of preterm delivery, a new study suggests. This study involved 130 Boston women who gave birth before 37 weeks and 352 who were full-term. The women had their urine tested for common phthalates like DEHP up to three times throughout their pregnancy. Researchers found that preterm birth rates w...

The Skin's Defense Against Pollution Failure

People often use face masks in the cities of Asia to prevent breathing harmful pollutants. Jean Krutmann, a dermatologist began questioning whether these pollutants might also be affecting the skin. His colleagues and he began studying people in Europe and Asia exposed to car exhaust gases such as particulate matter or nitrogen dioxide, and tracked changes over time.Krutmann’s results at first were shocking. The results of Krutmann's initial research were traffic-stopping. People living in...

Scientists Fear Hormones From Common Solvents

Four chemicals present both inside and outside homes might disrupt our endocrine systems at levels considered safe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to an analysis released today. Chemicals such as benzene (toluene), ethylbenzene, and xylene are everywhere: they can be found in the environment and many items inside our homes and businesses. There have been links to heart and reproductive problems. The Endocrine Disruption Exchange, Boulder (TEDX...

Does an Endocrine Disorder Raise Your AFib Risk?

AFib is the most frequent type of irregular heartbeat. It affects approximately 2.7 million Americans. It occurs when electrical activity within the heart stops working as it should. The heart can then beat irregularly and start to quiver. An AFib condition can make it harder for the heart pump blood throughout the body. This can cause heart failure. Blood can pool in the heart and cause clots because it doesn't circulate properly. You could experience strokes if...

Plastics and Chemicals used to make them are Linked with Diabetes in Women

According to Harvard researchers, a group of chemicals that can be found in medical and household supplies has been linked with higher levels of diabetes among women. This is up to twice the rate of women who have the highest concentrations. Scientists reported that phthalates are most commonly found in the eyes of blacks, Mexican Americans, and poor women. However, it is still not clear if the chemicals can cause diabetes in femal...

EPA Announces a Plan To Examine Six Controversial Chemicals

The top official in the environment department of President Obama announced Tuesday that the country's regulatory system for industrial chemicals would be reformed. Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency called 1976's toxics law "inordinately cumbersome" and "time-consuming." Accordingly, Lisa Jackson of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said that the Obama Admini...

Study: Paper Money Contains Traces Of BPA

Paper money may contain trace levels of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical found in some plastics and other consumer products, a study shows. But only small amounts of BPA are absorbed through our skin when we handle the money, the study shows. This study was published in Environmental Science & Technology. BPA is considered an endocrine disruptor, which means it looks or acts like a hormone in the body. BPA may cause...

Would you like Phthalates With That?

Are you a fan of burgers with plastic on the side? It's unlikely. However, a recent study shows that fast foods often contain large amounts of plastic softening chemicals which could lead to learning disabilities, hormone disruptions and infertility. At issue are phthalates and other so-called "replacement plasticizers." These chemicals are used by manufacturers to soften plastics in food products. These chemicals in...

The Endocrine System and Glands of The Human Body

The endocrine system is a network of glands in your body that make the hormones that help cells talk to each other. These glands are responsible for nearly every function, cell, or organ in your body. You might experience problems with puberty, pregnancy, and managing stress if your endocrine systems isn't in good health. It's possible to gain weight quickly, develop weak bones or lose energy. This ...