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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
National Institutes of Health seminar on environmental exposures and women's health (video)

The four topics discussed in this two-hour video are: Risks from Environmental Exposures During Pregnancy; Endocrine Disruption, Developmental Epigenetic eprogramming and Adult Cancer Risk; Environmental Aspects of Autoimmune Diseases; and Occupational Exposures and Cancer Risk: Women Are Not Just Small Men

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Published: 2010
Mercury poisoning: one woman’s story

This article consists of an interview with a dental assistant who learns too late about the occupational hazards of mercury. Her story describes a struggle with illness, with the dental and medical professions, with the compensation system, with family and friends and with herself. 

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Published: 1983
Our stolen future

Website that explores the emerging science of endocrine disruption, or how some synthetic chemicals interfere with the ways that hormones work in humans and wildlife. Based on The book Our Stolen Future on endocrine disruption and the common contaminants can interfere with the natural signals controlling development of the fetus.

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Atomic radiation is more harmful to women

Research paper showing that exposure to radiation causes 50% greater incidence of cancer and 50% greater rate of death from cancer among women, compared to the same radiation dose level to men. Discusses how, despite these differences in the ways women and men react to radiation, the world's radiation standards are determined using a "reference man" as the guide for assessing radiation risk. The paper is based on underreported information contained in the National Academy of Sciences 2006 BEIR-VII report, which also concluded that there is no "safe" level of radiation exposure.

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Published: 2011
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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