Tag Archives: Safety

Returning to fundamental principles can help science live up to the public trust

A revised approach in the biomedical sciences for reporting research should set a strong precedent for researchers, publishers, and regulators around the U.S. who are committed to improving the science that guides public health decisions. Scientists today are more prolific than ever. The sheer body of research published every year can be overwhelming—from breakthroughs in [...]

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NANOSAFE 2014 conference in France features paper sponsored by ACC’s Nanotechnology Panel

A paper sponsored by the ACC Nanotechnology Panel was presented last week at the NANOSAFE 2014 conference in Grenoble, France. The paper, “A Review and Perspective of Existing Research on the Release of Nanomaterials from Solid Nanocomposites,” is authored by Stephan Froggett of Froggett & Associates, Shaun Clancy of Evonik Corporation, Darrell Boverhof of The [...]

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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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The many ‘spooktacular’ ways chemistry contributes to Halloween fun and safety

Got your costume for Halloween yet? Whether you’re a zombie or a princess, passing out candies at home or masquerading at a party, safety should play an important role in festivity planning for October 31. Chemistry is very much ingrained in and beneficial to those safety plans. Many Halloween safety tips from scientific and health [...]

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Enjoy your French fries and ignore the hype about BPA

This week, yet another new bisphenol A (BPA) study hit the news after being announced with a sensationalistic press release. The study appears to have been designed not to benefit public health, but to create drama. The study, from Frederick vom Saal and co-workers at the University of Missouri, examined potential exposure to BPA from [...]

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Successful chemical assessment programs allow the science to speak for itself

Everyone who is committed to producing better and timely chemical assessments would agree objectivity is one of the hallmarks of a sound assessment program. Objectivity is particularly important when it comes to evaluating studies and results that will form the foundation for a chemical assessment. To ensure a strong foundation, these studies and results must [...]

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Three reasons TSCA reform should be kept high on the political agenda

Congress may be gone for the rest of the summer, but work to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) continues in earnest. Everyone who professes to care about modernizing this important statute – whether industry, observer or activist – should be encouraged that negotiations to advance TSCA reform in the Senate have not suffered [...]

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FDA sticks to the science while revamping its BPA website

While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refreshed its bisphenol A (BPA) website last week, the Agency’s stance on the safety of BPA remains the same. As the FDA puts it, “BPA is safe at the current levels occurring in foods” and that “the use of BPA in food packaging and containers is safe.” [...]

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Biomonitoring Equivalents: A valuable scientific tool for making better chemical safety decisions

Among all the discussion and debate about improving how chemicals are managed to ensure the public and the environment are protected from potentially harmful exposures, at least one point stands out on which we can all agree: better access to information, as well as a greater understanding of that information, will help lead to better [...]

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What makes polystyrene so different from styrene? It’s a matter of chemistry

The U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has released its review of the U.S. National Toxicology Program’s (NTP) June 2011 decision to include styrene in its 12th Report on Carcinogens (RoC). In reviewing the NAS findings, it’s important to understand the differences between the two. Styrene, a liquid, and polystyrene, a solid, are fundamentally different. [...]

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