The impact of environmental contaminants on baby health

Watch this short video recently released by Bruce Lanphear, environmental health expert at Simon Fraser Univeristy, about contaminants exposure and its possible link to premature babies. According to scientific evidence, environmental toxins such as phthalates, BPA and some pesticides can disrupt the hormonal system that regulates the implantation and development of the placenta leading to 

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Organic food consumption during pregnancy and male urogenital anomalies at birth

A population-based prospective pregnancy cohort study conducted by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health examined associations between organic food consumption during pregnancy and prevalence of genital birth defects hypospadias (in which the urethra opens inferior to its normal position) and cryptorchidism (the absence of one or both testicles from the scrotum) in male neonates. According 

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Organic diet is associated with reduced levels of pesticide metabolites in children’s urine

A recent study examined the relative contribution of dietary versus non-dietary pesticide exposures in low-income children living in California urban and agricultural communities using an organic diet intervention study. Results of 23 urinary metabolites for organophosphorous and pyrethroid insecticides, as well as several herbicidal compounds were reported. Results showed that an organic diet was significantly 

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Prenatal exposures to pesticides and child neurodevelopment

A new study based on the analysis of four birth cohorts was performed in order to evaluate associations of prenatal organophosphorus pesticide exposure with child mental and psychomotor development indices. The results obtained should be interpreted with caution due to heterogeneity in associations by Center, race/ethnicity and genotype. However, researchers argue that subgroups with unique 

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Residential exposure to pesticides during childhood and childhood cancers

A new study has recently been published by researchers (Prof. Alex Lu) of the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health (Boston) based on a meta-analysis of the existing observational epidemiologic studies concerning chronic low levels pesticide exposure during childhood and their influence on childhood cancers. This study observed 

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Press release: Workshop – The impact of organic food on human health

The workshop on “The impact of organic food on human health” was organized by the European Parliament’s Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) unit, on 18/11/2015. In the STOA workshop, experts from different EU countries discussed the current knowledge about the effects of organic foods on human health. First speaker, Dr Axel Mie pointed out 

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