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Coastal women at twice the risk from mercury exposure

Chicago Tribune environmental reporter Michael Hawthorne recently reported on a new study by EPA that found 1 in 5 women of child-bearing age living in coastal states are contaminated with excessive...

Feminine Care Product Increases Women’s Exposure to Harmful Phthalates

A new study has found that vaginal douching by American women of childbearing age may increase their exposure to hormone-disrupting phthalates and contribute to racial and ethnic differences in...

Spotlighting women’s health for Women’s Health Month

Women’s relationship to the environment is unique in many ways, with lifestyle choices and habits presenting special challenges, because some of the personal care products they use may contain harmful...

Exposures add up – Survey results

A personal care product use survey of more than 2,300 people, conducted by EWG and a coalition of public interest and environmental health organizations, shows that the average adult uses 9 personal...

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.

TOXIC FIRE RETARDANTS FOUND IN U.S. WOMEN'S BREAST MILK

In the first nationwide tests for chemical fire retardants in the breast milk of American mothers, Environmental Working Group (EWG) found unexpectedly high levels of these little-known thyroid toxins...

Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics: New Legislation to Prevent Exposure

WASHINGTON, July 21 –For the first time in 70 years, Congress is poised to close the gaping holes in the outdated federal law that allows chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, learning...

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...

Women's health: An Enviroblog round-up

While it may be true that for each and every day, week and month on the American calendar there is something to celebrate or advocate, this week we're into it. Why?

Study: Women of Color Exposed to More Toxic Chemicals in Personal Care Products

Women of color use more beauty products and are disproportionately exposed to worrisome chemicals compared to white women, according to a new study.

Prenatal Pesticide Exposure Linked to Diminished IQ

In a 2010 meeting between the pesticide industry and the Obama Administration, the pesticide industry revealed its objective that government food testing data (like the USDA pesticide residue data EWG...
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Pollution in 5 Extraordinary Women

An unprecedented two-year study commissioned by the Environmental Working Group and conducted by four independent research laboratories in the United States, Canada and the Netherlands has documented up to 481 toxic chemicals in the blood of five minority women leaders in the environmental justice movement.

U.S. Toxics Registry Should Set Exposure Limit For Chemicals in "Teflon" Family

EWG comments that the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry draft toxicological profile for perfluoroalkyl compounds lacks risk-based values despite abundant data that the chemical family...

12th Annual Heinz Women's Health and the Environment Conference

Richard Wiles, the Environmental Working Group's Executive Director, and development associate Jocelyn Lyle joined more than 2,300 women for the 12th Annual Heinz Women's Health and the Environment...

This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Reduce Exposure to Pollutants, Additives

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month we reach out to friends who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, celebrate remissions and comfort those who have lost loved ones.

Bisphenol A - what are the sources of exposure?

On January 28, 2009, Susanne Rust of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on a new finding that endocrine disruptor and suspected cancer-causing chemical Bisphenol A may stay in the human body much...

Why Children, Pregnant Women Should Eat Food with Fewer Pesticides

“For many children, diet may be the most influential source” of pesticides, said the Academy of Pediatrics in a landmark report published in November 2012.

Prenatal Pesticide Exposure Linked to Diminished IQ

Arriving at stunningly similar conclusions, a trifecta of studies published today (April 21) have each shown a connection between prenatal exposure to organophosphate pesticides and diminished IQs in...

UCLA study: U.S. Women at Greater Risk from Teflon Chemical

A major new study published yesterday in Human Reproduction, a European reproductive medicine journal, has found that pregnant women and women of child-bearing age in the United States are at greater...

EWG's Tips to avoid BPA exposure

EWG is working hard to pass laws that limit or ban the dangerous chemical BPA. But until they pass, we think you should have the latest info on sources of exposure and our tips to avoid them on your...

Chemical Industry to Pregnant Women: Don’t Worry your Pretty Little Heads

I had two challenging pregnancies filled with uncertainty and stress. Thankfully, the end result was two healthy kids. One thing was certain, though – I could handle the truth. I wanted all the facts...

In a First, Calif. Bill Would Address Salon Worker Exposures To Toxic Chemicals in Beauty Products

Hairdressers, nail technicians and other beauty salon workers face some of the greatest occupational exposures to toxic chemicals. A bill moving through the California Legislature would be the first...

EWG’s Women of Courage: A Celebration of Fearless & Compassionate Leadership

In June of 2003, Linda Reinstein found out that her husband Alan had a type of lung cancer called mesothelioma, caused by breathing asbestos. “I can treat it,” the surgeon told her, “but I can't cure...

PFAS Exposure May Increase Risk of Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – as you may have noticed from the annual explosion of pink products claiming to fund breast cancer research.