Category Archives: Health effects

PFOA in drinking water around Ohio River Valley

Starting in 1951, the chemical company DuPont produced the important fluoropolymer Teflon at a plant at Parkersburg, West Virginia, USA. The surface-active substance perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) was used as an auxiliary agent for the polymerization. During the years the company underplayed the danger of PFOA, although some workers at the plant contracted rare cancer diseases.…
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Continued decline of semen quality in the Western World

In 1992 Carlsen and coworkers published a controversial meta study claiming, that there had been a decline in mean sperm count from 113 million per ml in 1940 to 66 million per ml in 1990 and in seminal volume from 3.40 ml to 2.75 ml (p = 0.027), indicating an even more pronounced decrease in…
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DEHP is teratogenic in mice

More and more studies in recent years have shown that the banned plastiziser: Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP), is an endocrine disruptor, which disturbs the male reproduction. A new study documents, that DEHP also is teratogenic  in pregnant mice receiving  with oral gavage 500 mg DEHP/kg body weight dissolved in corn oil from embryonic days (E)7 to 16.   Structure formula for…
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Uppsala Consensus Statement on Environmental Contaminants and the Global Obesity Epidemic

  Obesity is a growing problem, not only in developed countries but also in the developing world. Because obesity is associated with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, reproductive disorders, and some common cancers, the global obesity epidemic is contributing to a major negative impact on human health. In recent years, the hypothesis that environmental contaminants could contribute to…
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