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EWG’s guide to endocrine disruptors

Endocrine disruptors are natural or synthetic chemicals that can disrupt the hormone system in many ways – increasing the production of some hormones, decreasing the production of others and interfering with their signaling, which can result in health problems.

What are endocrine disruptors?

A class of potent chemicals is wreaking havoc by interfering with our hormone system. They’re called endocrine disruptors and they throw off the regular functioning of the hormone system, causing a...

Fracking and Endocrine Disruptors, Sunscreen and Endometriosis

Our California fracking report continued to gain fantastic coverage this week with three large stories in Santa Cruz Weekly, Sacramento News and Review and Wines and Vines. Our president, Ken Cook...

This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, reduce your exposure to endocrine disruptors

For almost four decades, the U.S. has recognized October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month to spotlight the disease and funding for research on breast cancer diagnoses, treatments and prevention.

New York Times' Kristof Lays Out the Case Against Endocrine Disruptors

Nicholas Kristof a columnist for The New York Times, has written about the expanding evidence that hypospadias and other birth defects in people and wildlife that may be linked to the daily...

EWG news roundup (7/22): Analyzing endocrine disruptors, making healthier food choices and more

EWG news roundup (7/22): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

Please don't disrupt my endocrines!

Unless you've been living under a rock these past few years, or purposefully avoiding the newspaper, you've likely heard the term ' endocrine disruptor .' And it has a serious ring to it, doesn't it...

EWG News Roundup (2/7): California Bans Neurotoxic Pesticide, Endocrine Disruptors in Menstrual Products and More

EWG News Roundup (2/7): Here's some news you can use going into the weekend.

EWG's “Dirty Dozen” list of hormone-disrupting chemicals

EWG and the Keep A Breast Foundation today released a guide to educate consumers about some of the most problematic hormone-altering chemicals that people are routinely exposed to. EWG parntered with...

Shifting sex ratio may be caused by PCBs, but how?

More girls than boys are being born in certain Inuit villages in the Arctic, and scientists say man-made chemicals are to blame. Women were tested for the level of PCBs (pervasive hormone mimicking...

Less Expensive K-Beauty Skincare Products Score Green

A new EWG analysis of serums and essences, popularized by Korean beauty, or K-Beauty, finds that about 40 percent of the products were formulated with less hazardous ingredients. U.S. sales of K...

To Help Prevent Breast Cancer, Avoid Excessive Estrogen Exposure

Hormones drive many cases of breast cancer. Prolonged heavy exposure to the hormone estrogen is a major risk factor. Here are some things that will help you avoid excessive estrogen exposure and...

Every Parent Concerned About Their Kids’ Health Should Read This Book

If the Environmental Working Group were to assign a book for parents and expectant parents, it would be “Children and Environmental Toxins: What Everyone Needs to Know.”

Preschool puberty from cometics, drugs

Today the New York Times reports some disturbing news about certain drugs and cosmetics causing preschoolers to go into puberty. In one case, a girl and her brother--whose father had been using a...

Duke-EWG Study Finds Toxic Nail Polish Chemical In Women’s Bodies

Researchers at Duke University and Environmental Working Group have found evidence of a suspected endocrine-disrupting chemical widely used in popular nail polishes in the bodies of more than two...

This may be worse than we thought

Reusable plastic bottles leach BPA at room temperature A lot of people have those reusable polycarbonate water bottles; you can’t go to a college campus these days without seeing students carrying...

EWG Celebrates 13 Women Scientists in 2013 Women’s History Month

March is Women's History Month, when the nation honors the many women who have had a lasting impact on American culture, history and women's rights.

Feinstein Introduces Bill To Protect People From BPA

Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., introduced a bill yesterday that would help protect Americans from the toxic chemical bisphenol A, known as BPA, the Environmental Working Group said in a statement...

Intersex fish on Colbert Nation

On July 1st Nicholas Kristof wrote an opinion piece in The New York Times on endocrine disruptors: It's Time to Learn from Frogs.

Food Additives State of the Science

A new EWG guide brings attention to food additives, commonly found in many processed foods, that can increase the risk of cancer, harm the nervous system, change the body's hormonal balance and affect the immune system.

EWG determined the types, quantities and locations of pesticides used in Ventura County, Calif., by drawing on data from 2015 to 2020 provided by the Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner’s office through a public records request.

EWG determinó los tipos, las cantidades y las ubicaciones de los pesticidas utilizados en el condado de Ventura, California, a partir de los datos de 2015 a 2020 proporcionados por la oficina del Comisionado de Agricultura del condado de Ventura a través de una solicitud de registros públicos.

EWG news roundup (9/17): Green hydrogen as affordable way to combat the climate crisis, algae blooms causing ER trips and more

EWG news roundup (9/17): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

Toxic Chemicals May Increase Chances of Regaining Weight After Dieting

Exposure to fluorinated industrial chemicals, known as PFAS or PFC chemicals, may increase the amount of weight that people, especially women, regain after dieting, according to a new study by Harvard...