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Though BPA in plastics has borne the brunt of public and media attention, it may be the paper that is most worrisome. A new study published today has found that BPA is absorbed more quickly and extensively when people apply hand sanitizers before handling receipts.
Touching cash register receipts can dramatically increase your body's absorption of a potentially dangerous chemical, bisphenol A (BPA), researchers report. The chemical is found in products ranging from plastic water bottles and food-can linings. It is also used as a print developer in thermal paper for airline tickets and store and ATM receipts, according to the researchers.
Alarming research suggests that a substance used to produce paper in store tills, credit card machines and ATMs could be absorbed into the blood stream. Researchers say the chemical bisphenol-A - widely known as BPA - can disrupt hormones, raising the risk of a wide number of health problems.
Little research has been done on the effects of air toxics on autism spectrum disorders, but a new University of Pittsburgh study may show why those effects could have a big impact.
People handling shopping receipts on a regular basis may want to avoid using hand sanitiser. New research suggests the combination can increase absorption of the hormone-mimicking chemical BPA.
Women of Latin American descent, particularly those with indigenous ancestry, may carry a genetic variant that protects them from breast cancer. Previous epidemiological studies have shown that Latinas seem to be less susceptible to developing breast cancer than women of other ethnicities.
When we think about food raised with antibiotics, we probably picture oversized chickens and plumped-up cows. But they’re also in our fish - both farmed and wild, finds a new study published in the Journal of Hazardous Materials.
The aim of the voyage, and the play inspired by it, is to make 'the unseen seen' and enhance understanding of what the chemicals we put into the sea and our own bodies are actually doing.
Last month, the philanthropic Rockefeller Brothers Fund announced it would sell off the fossil fuel stocks that helped to enrich it. Pitzer College, one of the Claremont Colleges, had beaten the Rockefellers to the punch. Its decision to divest, in April, made it an early adopter in the movement to shift endowment money for the sake of the planet.
There's a false sense of safety that comes with knowing just a little bit of information. For instance, if you've kept yourself somewhat informed, you know that BPA-laced food packaging is to be avoided. But while "BPA-Free" is certainly worth paying attention to, that's not all that needs to be watched out for.
The number of women under 35 being diagnosed with cancer in Trinidad and Tobago has doubled this year, according to statistics from the National Radiotherapy Centre.
For decades, coal companies have been removing mountain peaks to haul away coal lying just underneath. More recently, scientists and regulators have been developing a clearer understanding of the environmental consequences. They aren't pretty.
Radiation warnings have gone up at a popular Seattle park, and many are worried that the plan to clean up the contamination doesn't go far enough.
As the international community raised awareness of food security on World Food Day last week, 1.3 billion Chinese people are facing critical health risks due to imports of genetically modified soy, including those from Argentina.
The youngsters knew their sport could be dangerous, even deadly. But for the junior team at the Vancouver, Washington, Rifle and Pistol Club, the peril that emerged from their sport didn’t come from a stray bullet. It came from lead (Part 3 of 3).
Mumbai has a population of over one million suffering from some stage of asthma – and witnesses a three-fold rise in asthma and other upper respiratory cases especially during Diwali.
A researcher at the University of Manchester has spent 15 years studying deep sea microbes which use the vitamin B12 to reduce the toxicity of polychlorinated biphenyals (PCBs), dioxins and other dangerous substances.
All three main Westminster parties will be condemned by the Government's anti-poverty tsar today for their failure to improve social mobility and reduce the number of children growing up in poor families.
Local communities have stepped up education to help prevent the spread of the enterovirus D68.
A peer-reviewed study by West Virginia University for the first time links dust from mountaintop-removal mining operations with human lung cancer.