November 26, 2014

Ground-breaking scientific review calls for better methods for determining safety standards

Hormones and Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals: Low-Dose Effects and Nonmonotonic Dose Responses
By Laura Vandenberg et al, Endocrine Reviews, March 14, 2012

A paradigm shift in how chemicals are assessed for safety is underway, led by the need to address chemicals that affect the endocrine system at very low exposure levels. A ground-breaking scientific review by Laura Vandenberg and a team of world-renowned scientists was published in Endocrine Reviews recently. It provides comprehensive and detailed evidence supporting the need to completely revise how we determine safety standards to reduce exposure to harmful chemicals and protect public health.

Download the article free from Endocrine Reviews: http://edrv.endojournals.org/content/early/2012/03/14/er.2011-1050.full.pdf+html

An editorial by Linda Birnbaum, Director of the NIEHS was published in Environmental Health Perspectives shortly following the release: http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/article/fetchArticle.action?articleURI=info:doi/10.1289/ehp.1205179

Other articles include:

An opinion piece by lead author Laura Vandenberg: http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/2012/opinion-endocrine-disruptors-low-level-effects

A synopsis by Marla Cone, Environmental Health News: http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/2012/low-doses-big-effects

A report by Elizabeth Grossman, YALE Environment 360: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/scientists_warn_of_low_dose_risk_of_endocrine_blocking_chemical_exposure/2507/

An article by Lisa Song, Inside Climate News, linking endocrine effects with chemicals used during drilling and fracturing for natural gas: http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20120321/endocrine-disrupting-chemicals-fracking-natural-gas-low-dose-environmental-health

More information on endocrine disrupting chemicals can be found at www.endocrinedisruption.org.