Scientists discover hazardous chemicals accumulate in household dust

September 15, 2016 by  
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Scientists have found an array of hazardous chemicals inside everyday household dust , putting the health of families at serious risk. The toxic cocktail accumulates over time from a variety of household products, including cleaners, electronics, furniture, and flooring. Families are warned that infants are more at risk, as they tend to crawl on the floor and frequently touch their mouths. An analysis of 26 studies and one unpublished set of data reviewed findings covering a range of indoor settings, including homes, gymnasiums, and schools. They discovered a disturbing trend of at least 45 different chemicals present in dust, 10 of which were found in at least 90 percent of the samples taken. Related: What kind of toxins are lurking in your mattress? Known carcinogen TDCIPP, a flame retardant found in furniture foam, carpet padding, and some baby products, was at the top of the list. Another flame retardant present, TPHP, has been linked to adverse effects on reproductive and nervous systems. Phthalates , an ingredient in vinyl flooring as well as food and personal care packaging that can interfere with hormones and infant development were also found in abundance. “It is really important for companies and regulators to get the message that people care about this and want and need safer products for their families,” expressed study co-author Veena Singla to The Guardian . She noted that consumer demands will help with future risks, but many of the products contaminating homes do not get replaced often, such as flooring. By frequently vacuuming, dusting with a wet cloth, and washing hands before meals, families can reduce their risk of ingesting or inhaling these toxic elements. Via The Guardian Images via Pixabay ( 1 , 2 )

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Taking An Honest Stand Against Stains

September 14, 2015 by  
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Once upon a time… A dad named Christopher and a mom named Jessica found themselves utterly frustrated trying to find the perfect products for their babies and homes. They wanted products that weren’t only effective, but unquestionably safe,…

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Get Honest: A Toothpaste That Both Kids And Moms Adore

August 3, 2015 by  
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Once upon a time… A dad named Christopher and a mom named Jessica found themselves utterly frustrated trying to find the perfect products for their babies and homes. They wanted products that weren’t only effective, but unquestionably safe,…

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Innovative Birth Simulator Device Trains Women To Handle Life-Threatening Complications

August 31, 2013 by  
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Expectant mothers in developing nations don’t always have the luxury of a nearby hospital or well-trained OB/GYN. Instead, when the baby decides it’s ready to be born, they must rely on the assistance of midwives and family friends. Unfortunately, this often means that thousands of newborn babies and mothers die of complications during childbirth that could have been prevented with adequate tools and well trained birth assistants. A Norwegian company recently debuted a low-cost, portable birthing education kit that could better prepare midwives for potential complications, and reduce child and maternal mortality rates by 47% in developing countries. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: babies , childbirth , developing nations , education , healthcare , Natalie Collection , parenting , pregnancy        

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Sweden Announces BPA Ban in Children’s Food Packaging

April 29, 2012 by  
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Just one month after the FDA rejected a proposal to ban Bisphenol A (BPA) in food packaging, Sweden has announced that it will ban the chemical in food packaging intended for children under 3 years old. BPA is a powerful hormone disrupter that is used in plastics and aluminum can linings. Government officials in Sweden say that this new chemical ban will mostly affect lids of baby food bottles but the new mandate also gives the Swedish Chemicals Agency a 3-month deadline to decide if BPA should also be banned from certain types of thermal paper, including receipts and tickets, and to determine how BPA is being used in drinking-water pipes, toys and children’s goods. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: babies , bisphenol A , BPA , chemicals , Children , endocrine disruptor , food safety , hormone disruptor , packaging , Sweden

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Super Flatpack Baby Crib Assembles & Transforms In A Blink

October 6, 2011 by  
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Photos: Bam B. model, via Gro Furniture As a new parent, the unending avalanche of over-packaged, saccharine-cute baby products never ceases to annoy. Cribs are no exception. We found a generic one that was affordable and built like a tank, but the process of assembling it was mildly agonizing. I might have given my left ovary for something like this flatpack crib offered by Nashville,TN’s Gro Furniture . They say it’s designed to last as a heirloom pie… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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How Many Slaves Work For You Every Day? Find Out With New Online Tool.

October 6, 2011 by  
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Images via screengrab Um, so this is a kind of horrifying wake-up call. A website called Slavery Footprint will run a few questions by you to tell you just how many slaves around the world are at work providing you with the things you wear, the things you eat, even the sporting equipment you play with. Scariest part is just how many there are working for even those of us who try to be conscious consumers. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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LEDs Used to Help Babies with Severe Jaundice

August 7, 2011 by  
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Photo Credit: USAID Light-emitting diodes not only use less energy, they give off better light than those compact fluorescents, without using mercury. Add to the list: LEDs also are being used to help babies born with severe jaundice , which can lead to brain damage and death…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Pediatricians Say U.S. Policy Fails Children on Chemical Safety

April 26, 2011 by  
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Image: christina rutz via flickr Pediatricians are, at least in theory, among the most trusted groups of professionals in the country, so it’s notable when they come out with a position statement on the health of our children and the lack of proper policy to protect the most at-risk populations . That’s exactly what has happened this week: the American Academy Of Pediatrics released a

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IRS Provides Tax Break to Breastfeeding Moms

February 27, 2011 by  
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Photo: paparutzi Breastfeeding is easier on the planet because formula takes energy to produce, transport, and it wastes space in landfills. Not to mention that breastfeeding is the most natural means of giving your baby the best possible start. Michelle Obama even promoted breastfeeding as a means of reducing childhood obes..

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