New TEDX report on chemical exposure and reproduction

The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX) announces free public access to their latest report:
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and female reproduction: A scoping review

PAHs are a diverse class of common air pollutants. Researchers at TEDX became concerned about the health effects when they measured PAHs in relatively high concentrations in a neighborhood surrounded by unconventional oil and gas wells. Since then, several studies have shown adverse birth outcomes (preterm birth, low birth weight) among children born in proximity to numerous wells.

To address this, researchers conducted a scoping review of the impact of PAHs on female reproductive function that was recently published in Reproductive Toxicology. They use scoping methods to identify and categorize a broad body of evidence to select the best candidate outcomes for more thorough systematic review. In this review they concluded that fertility, length of gestation/pregnancy, and fetal loss should be assessed through systematic review to determine if PAHs are hazardous to female reproduction.

Free access until October 6: Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and female reproductive health: A scoping review

At TEDX, researchers continue to pursue this line of scientific inquiry as they attempt to unravel the causes of adverse health outcomes attributable to preventable environmental exposures, including coal-fired power plants and oil & gas operations.

Listen to the latest podcast in the series Fracking and Health: Ask an Expert

Safe Setback Distances

In this third podcast, TEDX asks: “How can we determine safe setback distances from oil and gas operations?”

Hear answers from Dr. Marsha Haley, Physician and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Her concern over the proximity of wells to local schools led to a study on the adequacy of state setback distances in three shale plays. In this 8-minute podcast she discusses the factors that must be addressed to minimize risk when determining setback distances and recommends strategies for developing meaningful dialogue between affected communities and lawmakers.

Listen to previous podcasts:

Episode 2: Is our food at risk? Livestock exposure

Episode 1: Is our food at risk? Crop irrigation.

Submit a question to Fracking and Health: Ask an Expert.

TEDX’s one-page fact sheet Understanding Endocrine Disruption is a brief non-technical overview of endocrine disrupting chemicals, how we are exposed to them, and how they affect our health.

TEDX List of Potential Endocrine Disruptors Captures Chemicals Associated with Unconventional Oil and Gas identifies chemicals that have shown evidence of endocrine disruption in scientific research. TEDX researchers evaluate chemicals by searching the publicly available scientific literature and identifying peer-reviewed research showing effects on endocrine signaling.

Government agencies, non-profit groups, scientists, and businesses have different criteria for labeling a chemical as an endocrine disruptor. We provide a master list of potential endocrine disruptors, defined as chemicals with at least one study demonstrating endocrine disrupting properties, in order to serve a broad array of needs.

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