Search Resources (English): Environmental illnesses

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How strong is the evidence of a link between environmental chemicals and adverse effects on human reproductive health?
Describes the current evidence for the link between environmental chemicals and human reproductive health, and the difficulty in obtaining such data or the genuine absence of effects. (See Details)
Published: 2004
Environmental contaminants and breast cancer: the growing concerns about endocrine disrupting chemicals
Examines the link between increasing rates of breast cancer and the impacts of hormone disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Highlights the need for strong legislation to control EDCs which are used in everyday products such as baby bottles and other plastics and cosmetics. (See Details)
Published: 2006
State of the evidence: the connection between breast cancer and the environment

A comprehensive report on the environmental exposures linked to increased breast cancer risk, including natural and synthetic estrogens; xenoestrogens and other endocrine-disrupting compounds; carcinogenic chemicals and radiation.

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Published: 2008
Cumulative impacts project

Collects the latest science, emerging best practices, analytical tools, and legal shifts that can reduce cumulative harm from environmental factors to our planet, our communities, and ourselves. These three scopes represent different aspects of the problem of cumulative impacts and leverage points for addressing it. They also overlap and affect each other. Together they call for new precautionary decision structures and initiatives aimed at reducing total environmental impacts.

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The falling age of puberty in US girls: what we know, what we need to know

The Breast Cancer Fund commissioned ecologist and author Sandra Steingraber to write The Falling Age of Puberty — the first comprehensive review of the literature on the timing of puberty — to help us better understand this phenomenon so we can protect our daughters’ health.

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Published: 2007
Collaborative on Health and the Environment toxicant and disease database

A searchable database that lists over 200 diseases and conditions associated with exposures to toxic chemicals, including endocrine disruptors. The data are categorized by strength of scientific evidence (strong, good or limited). The database is updated as new data are published in scientific literature reviews. The database does not include information about the route, timing, duration, or amount of exposure, but refers researchers to research sources for this information. 

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Cancer: 101 solutions to a preventable epidemic

A book that offers cancer prevention solutions for everyone from individuals to big business to labour to government. Contains practical tools for parents, youth and NGOs.

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Published: 2007

The US Environmental Protection Agency’s online warehouse of all publicly available data about potential chemical risks to human health and the environment. Aggregates data from over 1000 public sources on over 500,000 environmental chemicals searchable by chemical name, other identifiers and by chemical structure. 

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Maternal-infant research on environmental chemicals (MIREC): a national profile of in utero and lactational exposure to environmental contaminants

A five-year national study (currently in progress) of the impacts of exposure to environmental chemicals, heavy metals and tobacco smoke on pregnant women, fetuses and infants that is part of the Government of Canada’s Chemicals Management Plan. 

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Neurotoxic exposures and effects: gender and sex matter!

Discusses how environmental and occupational neurotoxicology research continues to confuse the terms sex (biological attributes) and gender (socially constructed roles and behavior) and to use these words interchangeably. Notes studies that examine both males and females, providing evidence for sex differences in toxicokinetics and responses to neurotoxic assault as well as gender differences in exposure patterns, biomarkers of exposure, neurobehavioral performance and social consequences. Argues that integrating sex and gender considerations into research in neurotoxicology would not only provide us with a better understanding of the mechanisms and pathways that lead to toxic assault, but also provide a means to improve preventive intervention strategies.

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Published: 2012