Chemicals used to make everyday items linked to brain disorders in children, study finds (The Independent)

The Independent
By May Bulman

Exposure to chemicals used to manufacture everyday items such as cosmetics, furniture and plastics could be linked to brain development disorders in children, a medical review has found.

A report published in Endocrine Connections found that a number of common chemicals can interfere with thyroid hormone actions – which are essential for normal brain development of children – in pregnant women.

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Reference: Bilal B Mughal, Jean-Baptiste Fini, Barbara Demeneix. Thyroid disrupting chemicals and brain development: an update. Endocrine Connections, 2018; EC-18-0029 DOI: 10.1530/EC-18-0029 

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How chemicals can result in autism and IQ loss in developing children (ECHA)

Echa2Nowadays, there is concern about endocrine-disrupting chemicals, especially their interference on the thyroid gland. The impact on thyroid hormone levels, especially for pregnant women during the first three months of pregnancy, may result in neurodevelopmental diseases, autism and IQ loss in the unborn child. We spoke to Barbara Demeneix, Professor from the French National Museum of Natural History, to ask why these chemicals affect the signalling of thyroid hormones and what we can do to protect our children.

>> Read European Chemicals Agency’s newsletter (February 2018)

Identification of Endocrine Disruptors – Open Letter to the EU Ministers of Environment, Health and Agriculture and EU Health Commissioner

Subject: Open Letter to the EU Ministers of Environment, Health and Agriculture and to the EU Health Commissioner regarding the identification of Endocrine Disruptors in the EU. Date: 6 Apr 2017.

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“History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided”. These words of Konrad Adenauer, a founding father of the European Union, are especially pertinent today. For the last four years the European Union has been wrangling over the definition of endocrine disruptors, thereby blocking the application of long-standing European legislation on these chemicals, including the Pesticides (Plant Protection Product) and Biocides regulations, designed to limit their health and environmental impacts. However, as early as 2002 the World Health Organization (WHO) proposed a definition of endocrine disruptors. Here we call on the EU’s Environment, Health and Agriculture Ministers and on the Health Commissioner to heed the scientific community not to attempt bending scientific definitions for political or economic purposes. In practice this implies to abandon the derogation that would not allow pesticides and biocides developed in order to affect target organisms via their endocrine systems to be recognized as endocrine disruptors.

First signatories: Rémy Slama (Environmental Epidemiologist, Inserm, France), Barbara Demeneix (Endocrinologist, Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, France), Jean-Pierre Bourguignon (Pediatric Endocrinologist, Belgium), Andreas Kortenkamp (Toxicologist, Brunel University, UK), Andrea Lenzi (President of the Italian Society of Endocrinology, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy), Giancarlo Panzica (Neuro-endocrinologist, University of Turin, Italy), R. Thomas Zoeller (Endocrinologist, Amherst University, USA), Leonardo Trasande (Environmental Epidemiologist, New-York University, USA), Russ Hauser (Environmental and reproductive epidemiologist, Harvard University, USA), Richard Ivell (Endocrinologist, Nottingham University, UK), Ezio Ghigo (Past president of the Italian Society of Endocrinology, University of Turin, Italy), Martine Vrijheid (Environmental Epidemiologist, ISGlobal, Spain), Cécile Chevrier (Environmental Epidemiologist, Inserm, France), Merete Eggesbø (Environmental Epidemiologist, NIPH, Norway), Joseph Braun (Environmental epidemiologist, Brown University, USA), Ana Soto (Endocrinologist, Tufts University, USA), Carlos Sonnenschein (Tufts University, USA).