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German consumer minister calls for ban on glyphosate

German states are calling for an EU-wide ban on glyphosate on precautionary basis following IARC categorisation as a  “probable carcinogen”. A demonstration took place in Germany last Thursday and a petition with 200,000 consumer signatures calls for an immediate ban on commericial and private use. Full article in Euractiv is available here http://www.euractiv.com/sections/science-policymaking/german-states-call-ban-household-pesticide-314508

Breathing in chemical fumes may cause hormone disruption

The first comprehensive review of the hormone disrupting effects of human exposure to low levels of four chemicals in the air was published on 15 April 2015. The review, “New look at BTEX: Are ambient levels a problem?” appears in Environmental Science & Technology, an online peer-reviewed journal. You can download slides and listen to the author discuss the results […]

Conference on EDCs, health impacts and public health costs in Madrid

Conference on EDCs, health impacts and public health costs in Madrid

The Alborada Foundation in Spain is organising on 27th  February the event “Environmental factors and health: Impacts for the uninformed consumer and for public health costs” in Madrid, where HEAL will present their report “Health costs in the European Union. How much is related to EDCs” and release figures relating to Spain. The event is open to all public and […]

Event and workshop for health and patient groups on EDCs and health in Munich

Event and workshop for health and patient groups on EDCs and health in Munich

           HEAL is organising with WECF and the Women’s health centre (Frauengesundheitszentrum e.V.) in Munich a one day event on March 5th to discuss chronical diseases, health problems and chemicals. The conference will especially look into the health impacts of endocrine disrupting chemicals, which have been associated with several chronical diseases, such as hormonal cancers (breast, […]

Chemicals Health Monitor Newsletter #8 World Cancer Day

EUROPE: World Cancer Day 2015 in Malta: Environmental Policy to Prevent Cancer-Causing PollutionHEAL collaborated with its member organisation, Action for Breast Cancer Foundation in Malta, for World Cancer Day on 4 February in two events which attracted over 250 participants, and gained wide TV and print media coverage. Read more …SCIENCE: New multimedia eBook about how our environment interacts with our […]

EUROPE: EU Council joins EDC court case

The EU Council of Ministers is now supporting a court case against the EU Commission regarding the delay in delivering the criteria for EDCs. The European Parliament is also set to join. The lawsuit was started by Sweden last year. The Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee has voted to do so, and the Parliament legal service has also recommended this step. […]

EUROPE: World Cancer Day 2015 in Malta: Environmental Policy to Prevent Cancer-Causing Pollution

EUROPE: World Cancer Day 2015 in Malta: Environmental Policy to Prevent Cancer-Causing Pollution

      World Cancer Day: Action on environmental pollutants to close gap in cancer prevention HEAL collaborated with its member organisation, Action for Breast Cancer Foundation in Malta, for World Cancer Day on 4 February in two events which attracted over 250 participants, and gained wide TV and print media coverage. HEAL’s Executive Director gave the keynote speech focusing […]

SCIENCE: New multimedia eBook about how our environment interacts with our genes and health includes childhood leukaemia

SCIENCE: New multimedia eBook about how our environment interacts with our genes and health includes childhood leukaemia

A new multimedia eBook illustrates how multiple environments may affect our genes and health across a person’s entire lifespan.  The eBook ”A story of health” explains scientific understanding of risk factors for diseases through fictional characters and different case scenarios.  The story of health looks at possibilities for prevention and for promoting good health and resilience. Developed by the Collaborative […]

SCIENCE: Most types of cancer not due to “bad luck”

Leading research institutes like the International Agency on Research on Cancer (IARC) and the Silent Spring Institute have strongly responded to a recently published scientific article,showing their disagreement with the article’s conclusions, and underlining that cancer is not due to “bad luck”. The controversial article written by researchers Cristian Tomasetti and Bert Vogelstein from the Johns Hopkins University  and published […]

NATIONAL: US Public Health group call for action on breast cancer

NATIONAL: US Public Health group call for action on breast cancer

The American Public Health Association (APHA) has released their new policy statement titled Breast Cancer and Occupation:  The Need for Action. This resolution on breast cancer and the risks faced by women due to the hazards and exposures in the work environment calls for more action to promote and support research on occupational and other environmental causes of breast cancer.  They […]