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‘Is my baby a boy? Is it a girl?’ No one could tell me
by Steve BogganThe London Times
July 26th, 2005
The number of male babies born with reproductive disorders is rising rapidly, and some scientists blame a group of chemicals that are around us.

Levels of Risk: Common Industrial Chemicals In Tiny Doses Raise Health Issue
by Peter Waldman, Staff ReporterThe Wall Street Journal
July 25th, 2005
For years, scientists have struggled to explain rising rates of some cancers and childhood brain disorders. Something about modern living has driven a steady rise of certain maladies, from breast and prostate cancer to autism and learning disabilities.

Toxic elements found in infants' cord blood
by Christine Stapleton, Palm Beach Post Staff WriterPalm Beach Post
July 14th, 2005
In a benchmark study released today, researchers found an average of 200 industrial compounds, pollutants and other chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of newborns, including seven dangerous pesticides — some banned in the United States more than 30 years ago.

EPA Is Faulted as Failing to Shield Public From Toxins
by Marla Cone, Times Staff WriterLos Angeles Times
July 13th, 2005
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is failing to protect the public from tens of thousands of toxic compounds because it has not gathered data on the health risks of most industrial chemicals, according to a report by the investigative arm of Congress to be released today.

Should You Worry About the Chemicals in Your Makeup?
July 7th, 2005
Not that you would notice from the color, thickness or shine, but nail polish is not what it used to be. Last year many nail polishes contained a little-known chemical that made the veneer more flexible and resistant to chipping. This year some of the biggest brands, including Revlon, Estée Lauder and L'Oréal, have taken that chemical out and replaced it with another ingredient meant to do the same thing.

What's organic anyway?
by LISA LIDDANEOrange County Register
June 26th, 2005
Lisa LaBarre has been filling up her shopping cart with organic food every week for more than two years. In the past six months, she has expanded the amount of organic products in her life, switching from regular skin- and body-care products to organic brands.

Activists call for safer cosmetics during Portsmouth visit
by MICHAEL GOOT, Portsmouth Bureau ChiefFoster's Daily Democrat
June 24th, 2005
Activists have spent the week lobbying for cosmetics to be made without harmful chemicals linked to cancer and other diseases.

Cosmetic Caution
by Reported by Dr. Deanna LitesWHDH-TV (Boston NBC affiliate)
June 24th, 2005
You use them every day: shampoo, make-up, moisturizer, perfume or cologne. But with each use you could be spreading a dangerous chemical. On Monday, Massachusetts legislators will hear from the public on the Safer Alternatives Bill asking companies to remove toxic chemicals from their products.

Call to regulate gender-bending chemicals:
by Alok Jha, science correspondentThe Guardian
June 20th, 2005
Scientists will call on European leaders today to take urgent action to speed up regulation of the thousands of gender-bending chemicals in use across the continent.

Sorry, but We've Got Really Bad Chemistry
by Steve Lopez: Points WestLos Angeles Times
June 8th, 2005
The results are in, and it turns out I'm a walking cocktail of toxic chemicals. I've got a jigger of lead in me, a splash of flame retardant and a dash of DDT.

Beauty Contested
by Natasha SingerWomen's Wear Daily Beauty Biz
June 1st, 2005
The battle is heating up between the cosmetics industry and activist groups who are targeting the very foundations of the business.

Legislature Targets Toxic Risks in Products
by Jordan Rau, Times Staff WriterLos Angeles Times
May 30th, 2005
Moving more assertively than lawmakers in other states, the California Legislature is stepping into a growing global debate over how to regulate potentially dangerous chemicals used in perfume, nail polish, plastic baby bottles, rubber ducks and thousands of other products.

Study Finds Genital Abnormalities in Boys
by Marla ConeLos Angeles Times
May 27th, 2005
Scientists studying the effects of hormone-mimicking chemicals on humans have reported that compounds called phthalates, used in plastics and beauty products and widely found in people, seem to alter the reproductive organs of baby boys.

Phthalates: An Interview with Shanna Swan
by Steve CurwoodLiving On Earth (National Public Radio)
May 27th, 2005
Researchers have known for years that phthalates, a family of chemicals found in paints, pesticides, and consumer products like shampoo, soap, and makeup, can have detrimental effects on genital and reproductive development in male rats. Now for the first time, a study looks at possible impacts on male human babies. Host Steve Curwood talks to Shanna Swan, one of the study's authors, about the results.

'Gender-bending' chemicals found to 'feminise' boys
by Andy news service
May 27th, 2005
“Gender-bending” chemicals mimicking the female hormone oestrogen can disrupt the development of baby boys, suggests the first evidence linking certain chemicals in everyday plastics to effects in humans.

Chemicals in plastics harming unborn boys
by Ian Sample, science correspondentThe Guardian (United Kingdom)
May 27th, 2005
Scientists in America have found the first evidence that common chemicals used in products as diverse as cosmetics, toys, clingfilm and plastic bags may harm the development of unborn baby boys.

Common chemical may cause defects in baby boys
by Elizabeth WeiseUSA Today
May 27th, 2005
For the first time, scientists have shown that pregnant mothers exposed to high but common levels of a widely used ingredient in cosmetics, fragrances, plastics and paints can have baby boys with smaller genitals and incomplete testicular descent.

ACHES & CLAIMS: The Ingredients of Beauty
May 24th, 2005
Are hazards lurking in your hair gel and hand cream? That's the claim of some environmental groups and politicians, who are pushing to remove chemicals known as phthalates from a wide array of beauty products. While studies show the chemicals may cause birth defects and other problems in animals, the Food and Drug Administration says there's no evidence that levels in cosmetics pose a risk to humans.

Chemicals' toxicity debated: Phthalates are used in personal products
by Julie Sevrens LyonsSan Jose Mercury News
May 18th, 2005
They're in soap. And hair spray. Baby toys. Hand lotion. Deodorant. Vinyl upholstery. Nail polish. And perfume. Chemicals known as phthalate esters are so prevalent, in fact, that most personal hygiene products and soft PVC plastics contain some — and most Americans have traces of the compounds circulating inside their bodies, according to government reports.

Europe's Rules Forcing U.S. Firms to Clean Up
by Marla Cone, Times Staff WriterLos Angeles Times
May 16th, 2005
At their headquarters in Santa Clara, researchers at Coherent Inc., the world's largest laser manufacturer, are wrestling with an environmental law that is transforming their entire product line.

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