Environmental Exposures

Children and Athletes at play on toxic turf and playgrounds The use of human-made surfaces on playgrounds has increased dramatically over the years, but some materials used to replace grass are potentially dangerous.
Third-hand smoke Third-hand smoke is the residue from cigarette smoke that stays on just about every surface exposed to that smoke. The smoke residue clings to hair and fabrics, including clothing, carpets, drapes, and furniture upholstery. Third hand smoke can cause serious health problems.
Phthalates and children’s products Phthalates are a material found in many products in your home. Read about this chemical and its connection to various cancers and other health problems.
Are e-cigarettes safer than regular cigarettes? Don’t be fooled. E-cigarettes are addictive and contain cancer-causing chemicals.
Phthalates Q&A Answers to common questions about phthalates and the possible risks.
Home sweet home? Flame retardants in your home can harm you Toxic flame retardants commonly found in upholstered furniture, drapery, carpets, plastic-cased electronics, and foam baby products have been known to cause cancer and affect children’s growth and brain development.
Children and cell phones: is phone radiation risky for kids? Children use cell phones to watch TV, play games, make phone calls, and send text messages. But are there risks to such frequent use by children, and if so is that different than the risks for adults?
Agent Orange and Serious Diseases including Multiple Myeloma Nicholas J. Jury, PhD and Diana Zuckerman, PhD 2015 It has taken many years to determine how Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam War has harmed the health of those who were exposed. One of the reasons is that it can take decades for cancer to develop after a dangerous exposure.  Agent Orange was used […]
Tanning beds: safe alternative to sun? Skin cancer concerns related to artificial tanning
Pesticides and cancer in children: is there a connection? Pesticides have long been known to cause birth defects and poisoning if ingested. Now research is showing that even small quantities of rodent and insect killing pesticides can be toxic over time to children
Can cell phones harm our health? The extensive use of cell phones is a relatively recent phenomenon, and since cancers usually take at least 10-20 years to develop, it will be years before research is likely to conclude whether cell phones cause cancer or not. However, the evidence indicates possible cause for concern
Are Bisphenol A (BPA) plastic products safe for infants and children? Bisphenol A (BPA) in products your children use and the possible risks associated.
Everything you ever wanted to know about radiation and cancer, but were afraid to ask Do you know how much radiation you are exposed to? Learn more about the risk of developing cancer from various sources of radiation.
Fracking and your health Of the more than 750 chemicals used in fracking, more than 100 can affect our hormones. These chemicals are called endocrine-disrupting chemicals, and research published in 2011 shows that these chemicals can get into the water near fracking sites, where they could potentially cause infertility, diabetes, and cancer.
The last 50 years of smoking: cigarettes and what we know about them has changed Smoking comes with serious health risks, such as lung cancer and COPD, the 50th anniversary report warns about less widely known risks.
Letter to Representative Markey in support of legislation that would give FDA authority to oversee compounding pharmacies, October 31, 2012 This letter expresses support for Massachusetts Representative Ed Markey’s proposed legislation that would give the FDA more authority over compounding pharmacies.
Airport security and radiation Following the September 11th attacks in 2001, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was created and given responsibility for protecting the public from security threats in transportation systems, such as airports.
Haz-Map: Is Your workplace putting your health at risk? How you can find out Have you ever wondered if where you work could be harming your health? Haz-Map, an online database that links jobs with illnesses and injuries, lets you see what hazards you may be exposed to.
Are Bisphenol A (BPA) plastic products safe? Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical used to make plastics. It is frequently used in sports equipment, water bottles, medical devices, as a coating or lining in food and beverage cans, and in credit card receipts. It leaches out of plastic into liquids and foods, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found measurable amounts of BPA in the bodies of 93% of the U.S. population studied. While early concerns about BPA’s health effects were based primarily on animal studies and research on cells, there is increasing evidence from studies in humans that BPA can cause serious harm, such as increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and sexual dysfunction.
Can cleanliness increase the risk of allergies and asthma? Is being too clean bad for your health? Research indicates that some of the products we use to avoid germs may contribute to the development of conditions like asthma and allergies.
ABC News covers link between rare cancer and breast implants 2011 CPTF President Dr. Diana Zuckerman advises women with breast implants not to get too worried about the connection between breast implants and a rare form of lymphoma, but to see their doctors if they have any concern in this ABC news story.
Do chemicals in our environment cause weight gain? Today’s obesity epidemic is also an epidemic of the health problems resulting from excess weight, such as diabetes, heart disease, some types of cancer, and early onset of puberty.
Buy a nice sleep mask! It’s an investment in your health Research shows that sleeping in total darkness allows your body to produce as much of the hormone melatonin as possible. This is good because when your production of melatonin drops, you are at greater risk of breast and/or colorectal cancer and other health risks.
Do hair dyes cause cancer? The bottom line for now, pending additional research, is that people who have been using permanent hair dyes since the 1980s appear to be at little to no increased risk of lymphoma or other cancers.
Harmful chemical found in fruit juices Certain fruit juices contain too much antimony (a chemical that may cause cancer or damage the reproductive system).