Tag Archives: Health

Don’t let unfounded health claims rain on your holiday toy parade

It’s that time of year again when stores slash prices on many popular gadgets, gizmos and toys, bringing droves of families to retail stores for some early holiday shopping. It’s also that time of year when activists try to convince you that many of the products swept off the store shelves are bad for you [...]

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Golden ticket: Peer inside the wonky world of candy chemistry

From mouth-puckering sour gummies, to milky chocolate cups with peanut butter or fruity centers, candy is tasty as it is unique – and it turns out chemistry plays a large part in what makes Halloween trick or treating so “spooktacular” and so sweet. So, here’s an “inside look” at candy chemistry and the manufacturers that [...]

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State of the Science (Part 3 of 3): Dr. Melvin Andersen Q&A on EPA formaldehyde workshop

Following the completion of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) state-of-the-science workshop on formaldehyde inhalation last month, the American Chemistry Council’s Formaldehyde Panel invited the co-chairs of three workshop sessions to offer their thoughts on some of the key discussions that took place. You can check out our first [...]

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6 chemical myths debunked: New guide helps consumers see through common misconceptions

If there were ever a guide to help put to bed the all-too-common myths about chemicals in our daily lives, this might just be it. Making Sense of Chemical Stories, re-published in May by Sense About Science with support from the Royal Society of Chemistry, culls from the opinion of nearly two dozen independent scientists. And they [...]

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Scientific leaders strongly disagree with EU’s proposed approach to regulate endocrine active substances

Criticism of the EU’s proposed approach to regulating endocrine active substances reached new heights this summer when senior scientists — editors of 14 leading toxicology and pharmacology journals — emphasized the European Commission’s approach is being driven by unscientific precaution, “defying common sense [and] well-established science and risk assessment principles.” Read the jointly authored editorial [...]

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Significant new research shows BPA exposure too low to cause health effects

New research studies conducted by a toxicologist at a Department of Energy Pacific Northwest National Laboratory under a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference show that “human exposure is likely to be too low for estrogenic effects” from typical daily exposure [...]

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ACC responds to Chicago Tribune story on flame retardant research

At ACC, we believe in the importance of science and we value the scientists that produce the studies and analysis that advance safety and help inform public policy debates. However, based on the Chicago Tribune’s recent story on flame retardants, it appears the Tribune is more interested in attacking the credibility, character, and work of [...]

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New report finds no causal link between product exposures and new-onset asthma

The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) today released a report summarizing outcomes from the Asthma Science Forum, a 2011 gathering organized and attended by scientists and expert researchers from an array of chemical and consumer-product organizations, including the American Chemistry Council. There are lots of questions and misunderstandings about asthma and the factors that might cause [...]

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With fraudulent studies on the rise, consumers must read between the headlines

Consumers have borne the brunt of a barrage of pseudo-scientific studies in mainstream media over the past ten years claiming that the chemistry behind everyday products could be harmful to them or their families. Over the course of that same decade, retractions of “scientific” studies found to be fraudulent or inaccurate increased by tenfold — [...]

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Precautionary principle can do more harm than good, CPSC commissioner says

Commissioner Nancy A. Nord of the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says “it’s time to discard the precautionary principle at the CPSC,” referring to work underway as mandated by Congress and the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. Currently, the CPSC appears to be making decisions to limit or ban a substance [...]

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