Archive for July, 2011

  1. What are the most common types of childhood cancer?Among the 12 major types of childhood cancers, leukemias (blood cell cancers) and cancers of the brain and central nervous system account for more than half of the new cases. About one-third of childhood cancers are leukemias. The most common type of leukemia in children is acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The most common solid tumors are brain tumors (e.g., gliomas and medulloblastomas), with other solid tumors (e.g., neuroblastomas, Wilms tumors, and sarcomas such as rhabdomyosarcoma and osteosarcoma) being less common.
  2. How many children are diagnosed with cancer in the United States annually?In the United States in 2007, approximately 10,400 children under age 15 were diagnosed with cancer and about 1,545 children will die from the disease (1). Although this makes cancer the leading cause of death by disease among U.S. children 1 to 14 years of age, cancer is still relatively rare in this age group. On average, 1 to 2 children develop the disease each year for every 10,000 children in the United States (2). (more…)

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Many agricultural pesticides disrupt male hormones, according to new tests By Marla Cone and Environmental Health News  | February 15, 2011 |

Many agricultural pesticides – including some previously untested and commonly found in food  – disrupt male hormones, according to new tests conducted by British scientists.The scientists strongly recommended that all pesticides in use today be screened to check if they block testosterone and other androgens, the hormones critical to a healthy reproductive system for men and boys.“Our results indicate that systematic testing for anti-androgenic activity of currently used pesticides is urgently required,” wrote the scientists from University of London’s Centre for Toxicology, led by Professor Andreas Kortenkamp. Thirty out of 37 widely used pesticides tested by the group blocked or mimicked male hormones. Sixteen of the 30 had no known hormonal activity until now, while there was some previous evidence for the other 14, according to the study, published online last Thursday in the scientific journal Environmental Health Perspectives. (more…)

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Next week, EPA’s science advisors will wrap up a 2-year review of the latest studies on the health and environmental harms of atrazine. Administrator Lisa Jackson needs to know that people across the country are paying attention to what happens next.

Keep following the science, EPA» Let the EPA Administrator  you support the agency’s review of new evidence on atrazine, and urge EPA to act swiftly once the science is in.  We know atrazine is in our lakes, streams and drinking water. And we know exposure to the widely used herbicide has been linked to birth defects, infertility and hormone disruption. At next week’s meeting, scientists will focus in on exactly how atrazine affects children’s health, how best to monitor the chemical in our water supplies, and what scientists know about links to cancer. (more…)

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Watch Ken Cook, Environmental Working Group, share  information about how babies are born pre-polluted with  industrial chemicals in the body (more…)

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One in Six Children has a Developmental Disorder. Parents, doctors, and scientists alike struggle to understand the causes and deal with the consequences. Scientists believe that industrial chemicals play a role in this “silent pandemic” (Grandjean and Landrigan 2006). However the chemical industry under current law is under no obligation to study the impacts or to produce products that are proven not to damage a child’s brain. (more…)

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The GMO Film Project

THE GMO FILM PROJECT tells the story of a father’s discovery of GMOs through the symbolic act of poor Haitian farmers burning seeds in defiance of Monsanto’s gift of 475 tons of hybrid corn and vegetable seeds to Haiti shortly after the devastating earthquake of January 2010. After a journey to Haiti to learn why hungry farmers would burn seeds, the real awakening of what has happened to our food in the US, what we are feeding our families, and what is at stake for the global food supply unfolds in a trip across the United States and other countries in search of answers. Are we at a tipping point? Is it time to take back our food? The encroaching darkness of unknown health and environmental risks, seed take over, chemical toxins, and food monopoly meets with the light of a growing resistance of organic farmers, concerned citizens, and a burgeoning movement to take back what we have lost. Today in the United States, by the simple act of feeding ourselves, we unwittingly participate in the largest experiment ever conducted on human beings. Massive agro-chemical companies like Monsanto (Agent Orange) and Dow (Napalm) are feeding us genetically-modified food, GMOs, that have never been fully tested and aren’t labeled. This small handful of corporations is tightening their grip on the world’s food supply—buying, modifying, and patenting seeds to ensure total control over everything we eat. We still have time to heal the planet, feed the world, and live sustainably. But we have to start now! (more…)

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(Published by TEDX The Endocrine Disruption Exchange.)Recommended Websites

Definitions at e.hormone  e.hormone is hosted and run by the Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research.  Their Featured Learning section provides definitions for many common terms in endocrine disruption research.

Our Stolen Future  The book Our Stolen Future, by Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski and John Peterson Myers, brought world-wide  attention to scientific discoveries about endocrine disruption.  This website tracks the most recent developments, including the cutting edge of endocrine disruption science, ongoing policy debates and suggestions for consumers.

Environmental Health News Environmental Health News provides access to hundreds of articles on environmental health topics published daily in the world press. Sign up for ‘Above the Fold’ to get daily news emailed right to your computer.

Environmental Working Group Environmental Working Group specializes in providing useful resources for consumers to protect them from health problems attributed to a wide array of toxic contaminants.

HealthyChild Healthy World HealthyChild Healthy World facilitates awareness of preventable health and development problems caused by exposures to toxic substances in homes, schools and communities and promotes the protection of children from these toxics.

 Body Burden Biomonitoring Resource Center Biomonitoring Resource Center is a program of Commonweal. The Center’s website offers information on biomonitoring, as well as a study of chemicals found in a cross-section of California residents.

Body Burden: The Pollution in People This site houses the Environmental Working Group’s biomonitoring studies covering adult, newborn, and multi-generational exposure. The site also offers discussion about the significance of the results and a self-quiz.

Breast Cancer Fund The Breast Cancer Fund links to resources on cancer prevention as well as efforts to measure the body burdens of chemicals in the state of California.

Centers for Disease Control National Biomonitoring Project The CDC’s Biomonitoring Project specializes in biomonitoring, which is the direct measurement of people’s exposure to toxic substances in the environment by measuring the substances or their metabolites in human specimens, such as blood or urine.

Chemical Body Burden Chemical Body Burden was created by a collaboration of health professionals, scientists, citizens groups and environmental organizations. This site focuses on the synthetic chemicals and heavy metals we carry in our bodies.

Healthy Milk, Healthy Baby Discussses the chemicals found in mother’s milk, and ways to reduce the burden. Also contains links to more information and resources.

National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental ChemicalsThis resource provides the results of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s ongoing biomonitoring efforts.

Pollution in People A product of the Toxic-Free Legacy Coalition, Pollution in People provides the background and results of a biomonitoring study

Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Exposure   Elimination Act of 2011 introduced by Senator John Kerry, facilitates cooperation between regulatory agencies to reduce exposure to chemicals identified as endocrine disruptors. This Act is essential to facilitate and strengthen the new Safe Chemicals Act of 2011. The Act addresses one of the most serious threats to the security and economy of our country: the health and well-being of our children who today face mounting odds of being born with an endocrine-related disorder. Please contact your Senators and Members of the House of Representatives and ask them to cosponsor The Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Exposure Elimination Act of 2011.

Most people are not aware of the thousands of pesticides and their formulations that are in use today, some of them in huge volumes and on huge acreages worldwide. They comprise acaricides, algicides, antifoulants, avicides, bactericides, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, molluscicides, nematicides, piscicides, rodenticides, virucides, and the related plant and insect growth regulators; chemosterilants; bird, mammal and insect repellents, insect pheromones and other attractants. Product formulations may contain more than one active ingredient, as well as synergists, “safeners”, and other ingredients formerly known as “inerts”.

One particular concern about pesticides is that they have been designed to disrupt biological systems, causing death to target organisms, such as insects or plants. Some actually work by acting on the endocrine systems of insects.  The problem is that the biochemistry of most living things is similar enough that humans, wildlife and plants can also be adversely affected by pesticides. In the past, much of the human and wildlife health-related research on pesticides has dealt with more or less immediate toxicity at relatively high doses, or has been concerned only with the primary mode of action of a single active ingredient in the pesticide product. In recent years, these concerns have broadened to include other possible actions of the ingredients, and testing at exposure levels more relevant to what may be in the environment. Follows is the literature that explores the adverse effects of pesticides, as well as the adverse health effects of their metabolites and formulations. Effects may happen at extremely low doses; they may affect multiple signaling systems that control function and development; they may be subtle, long-term and/or delayed; and through parental exposure they may even affect subsequent generations. (Published by TEDX The Endocrine Disruption Exchange.) (more…)

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