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PVC flooring chemicals taken up by skin contact

Higher levels of the plastics chemicals known as phthalates have been found in children from homes containing PVC flooring materials, suggesting these softening agents can be absorbed by contact with the skin. The study, from Karlstad University in Sweden, shows that ingestion with food is not the only way that phthalates can be absorbed into […]

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Male fertility impacted by stress in the womb

A surprising new study has found that exposure to a combination of excess stress hormones and chemicals while in the womb can affect a man’s fertility in later life. The researchers, from the University of Edinburgh, looked at the effect of glucocorticoids (stress hormones) combined with a common chemical (dibutyl phthalate) used in glues, paints […]

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More evidence linking testicular cancer to chemicals in breast milk

Published in the International Journal of Andrology, a new analysis of breast milk samples from Denmark and Finland has revealed a significant difference in levels of the environmental chemicals associated with the development of testicular cancer. A worldwide increase in testicular cancer has been observed in recent years, but the cause has not been established. […]

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An Apple A Day Keeps Alzheimer’s Away

Researchers at Cornell University say the antioxidant quercetin found in apples and some other fruits and vegetables appears to protect brain cells against oxidative stress, a tissue-damaging process associated with Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative disorders. The new study – appearing in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry – adds strength to the theory that […]

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New Species Of Organism Excites Astrobiologists

They thrive without oxygen, growing in salty, alkaline conditions, and may offer insights into what kinds of life might survive on Mars. They’re a new species of organism, isolated by scientists at the National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC) in Huntsville, Alabama. The discovery, published in the May issue of the International Journal of […]

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