Household products concern exposing health risk, deadly chemicals humans everyday

New research predicts health risks of everyday chemicals

10:45 AM, 21st October 2013
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New research predicts health risks of everyday chemicals.

WASHINGTON DC, US: Concern over the safety of everyday household products, such as baby bottles and soaps, has spurred a wide-ranging research effort into predicting the health risks of tens of thousands of chemicals.

Britt E Erickson, Senior Editor, C&EN points out that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is charged with overseeing the safety of chemicals in consumer products. It’s a monumental task — an estimated 80,000 chemicals are on the market in some form, whether in plastics, detergents, electronics or other items. But the agency is not alone in its efforts to understand chemicals’ hazards and people’s exposure to them. It relies on multiple sources to investigate chemical risks. In addition to its own computer programme that model toxicity and levels of human exposure, the EPA is weaving together massive amounts of data on consumer buying trends, as well as data from various laboratory tests.

The article points out that while a concerted push is underway, much remains to be done. Getting a handle on the levels of chemicals people are actually exposed to is in its infancy. Holes remain in understanding the science of toxicity — for example, scientists haven’t fully explored the molecular pathways involved in brain development and where chemicals might derail it.

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Rollie Oct 22 2013, At 5:08 pm

When we walk out of our house every day we are exposed to thousands of chemicals given off by plants. While we may have been exposed to them in the past, new natural chemicals are been generated by new imported plants. I first suffered from hay fever when I moved from the middle west to California.Plants often literally spit out chemicals, but since they are natural that is OK. That does not mean that chemists can make bad stuff, it only means that the human body has been defending itself from many chemicals for a long time now.

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