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Toxic Chemicals in the News: 6/23-6/30

Zoë Furlong July 01, 2015
Nanomaterials found detrimental to sea life


6/23/15 —“Insecticide lindane found to cause cancer(The Guardian). A common insecticide, lindane, has been found to increase the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in humans by 60%, according to a World Health Organization review. Lindane was once widely used in agriculture and continues to be found in some treatments for head lice and scabies.

6/23/15 — “Another controversial chemical gets cancer designation(E&E News). The World Health Organization's cancer research agency announced yesterday it had placed the herbicide 2,4-D on its list of "possible" carcinogens, just months after the body gave another weedkiller -- glyphosate -- a similar designation.

6/24/15 —“Nanomaterials found detrimental to sea life(Cosmetics Design). Published research from the University of California, Davis, casts doubt on whether personal care products can be safely designed with nano-zinc and nano-copper oxides.

6/24/15 —“Berkeley Lab Scientists to Develop Better Way to Screen Chemicals for Cancer-Causing Effects(Berkeley Lab). Unlike today’s cell cultures, the Berkeley scientists’ test will show if a chemical causes a breakdown in cell-to-cell communication, which is a fundamental defect of cancer.

6/26/15 —“Toxic ignorance and the challenge for Congress(The Hill). The House of Representatives recently passed a bill to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). But that bill, like a similar bill in the Senate, does not go far enough to protect Americans. Both bills tolerate continued toxic ignorance.

6/29/15 — “These Combinations of Everyday Chemicals Could Cause Cancer(Vice News). A new international study found that chemicals we are exposed to everyday (from cosmetics, food, and plastics), may come together in unexpected ways, causing a multitude of health hazards -- even cancer.

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