Tag Archives: BPA

BPA may be linked to infertility in women

A new study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) recently analyzed the effects of Bisphenol-A (BPA) on human eggs, and it may reveal why some couples are unable to conceive. The study, published recently online in the journal Human Reproduction, is the first of its kind to show the direct effects of BPA on egg maturation in humans… …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Medical News Today

BPA And Breast Cancer: When Academics Spin Statistics

By Trevor Butterworth, Contributor A new study, funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), and published in a journal the institute subsidizes – Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) – raises an alarm. This is not, in itself, unusual; EHP is a repository of alarming claims about the environment; but what makes this study different – and alarming in its own terms – is not the claim that “human relevant” exposure to BPA causes breast cancer in rodents (as declared in the title of the paper: Perinatally Administered Bisphenol A Acts as a Mammary Gland Carcinogen in Rats), it’s that when you look at the statistical data there is no meaningful relationship between BPA and cancer whatsoever. The data presented are completely at odds with the claims made by the researchers. …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

A Touch-Screen Game That Wants to Save the World

By Jordan Shapiro, Contributor

Get Water is a game with two goals. First, it wants to be an awesome touch-screen game: fun, challenging, engaging. Second, it wants to raise awareness about water scarcity and inspire conversations about human rights and social justice. In my opinion, it succeeds at both goals. I can’t stop playing and I’m having conversations with my children about the fact that there are kids in other parts of the world who don’t have faucets. After enthusiastically swiping my finger across the ipad screen in my doctor’s waiting room for about an hour, I found myself glancing at the humming five gallon chilled spring water dispenser in the corner and thinking about how all of my everyday conversations about water take it for granted–reusable vs. disposable bottles, BPA-free plastic vs. glass, brita vs. spring. I’m realizing how privileged I am to have First-World water problems. Maya, the fictional main character in the game Get Water, has bigger problems. “Maya loves going to school, but she keeps getting pulled out of class to fetch clean water because the water pump is always broken! They never seem to make the boys get water though. What’s up with that?“ And right away, halfway through reading the description on the itunes download page, I realize it is not just a question of thirst and purity, but also an issue of education and gender. These are some big human rights issues that Get Water drags out of the invisible shadows and brings into the light of discussion. I’m now having surprisingly sophisticated conversations with my two sons (five and seven years old) about the privatization and commodification of water rights while we swap devices and controllers on living room sofa…all because of a video game. Hence, Get Water proves not only that games can do more than just entertain, but also that game developers can, and perhaps should, give serious consideration to the potential social and cultural impact that a game’s narrative can have. Get Water is made by Decode Global, a Montreal based startup that aims to “break down barriers” around what games mean. Angelique Mannella, CEO and founder, started the company last June with 25,000 Euro in seed funding from Nokia. She wants to “develop fun and engaging games that not only increase awareness about important social issues, but also drive change in our communities and the world.” Get Water, Decode Global’s first game, is an addictive endless runner/side-scroller that is newly available for free in the itunes app store. The game hopes to earn revenue using freemium model in which consumers have the option of buying in app currency should they wish to fast-track through the game.  Players control Maya, a young girl who can’t go to school because she needs to retrieve water for her family. She collects drops of water in the vessel she carries on her head, avoiding dirty water, flinging boomerangs at pesky peacocks, jumping over turtles, and avoiding bouncing footballs. The game’s art and music are first rate …read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

1 Way to Prevent Cancer Today

By Max Macaluso, Ph.D., The Motley Fool

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In the book A World Without Cancer, Dr. Margaret I. Cuomo notes that about half of all cancers today can actually be prevented. One way consumers can lower their risk of developing cancer is by reducing their exposure to chemicals linked to the disease — including BPA, parabens, and formaldehyde.

Recently, Motley Fool health-care analyst Max Macaluso sat down with Dr. Cuomo to discuss which chemicals consumers should be on the watch for, and the companies, including Johnson & Johnson , that are committed to removing these chemicals from their products.

Johnson & Johnson may be committed to its consumers, but is it a good investment? Involved in everything from baby powder to biotech, is this corporate giant spread way too thin — or is it a well-diversified company that’s perfect for your portfolio? If you’re looking for more information, check out The Motley Fool‘s new premium report outlining the Johnson & Johnson story in terms that any investor can understand. Claim your copy by clicking here now.

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New Reports Reveal Need for Regulation of Chemicals in Infant Products

By Amy Westervelt, Contributor Infant products are the marijuana of chemical regulation: A gateway to the harder stuff. Passing regulations related to infant exposure to toxics has proven to be relatively easy; it’s also the only area in which this country’s chemical regulations tend to follow the precautionary principle. No politician wants to make the case for including anything that might be toxic in things like baby bottles and sippy cups, and so it is that we wind up with chemicals like BPA and phthalates that are banned or severely limited in children’s products but widely used elsewhere.
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

Have You Ever Heard of 'Sexsomnia'?

Have You Ever Heard of ‘Sexsomnia’?

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Sleep disorders aren’t just a nuisance — some of them they can be scary. The effects of ‘sexsomnia’ are just one example. 10 sleep disorders you may not know about