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Public Health, Medical News: Chemicals, Cleaning and Human Endocrine Systems

So many of the recent postings on this blog have been about epidemiology and public health that I’ve added a new Category: Epidemiology/Public Health.

Here is a link I found on Eurekalert dated Friday, Dec 7 2007 outlining newly-published research by faculty at University of California-Davis: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-12/uoc–acd120707.php
The study, according to one of the authors, Dr. Bill Lansley, was the first to examine the effects of environmental exposure to cleaning products commonly found in homes throughout the world, and their influence on the human endocrine system, specifically reproductive toxicity. Here is an excerpt from that press release:

This is the first endocrine study to investigate the hormone effects of the antibacterial compound triclocarban (also known as TCC or 3,4,4′-trichlorocarbanilide), which is widely used in household and personal care products including bar soaps, body washes, cleansing lotions, wipes and detergents. Triclocarban-containing products have been marketed broadly in the United States and Europe for more than 45 years; an estimated 1 million pounds of triclocarban are imported annually for the U.S. market“.

The article entitled “Triclocarban Enhances Testosterone Action: A New Type of Endocrine Disruptor?” is due to be published in the journal Endocrinology soon. However, you can read the full-text of the pre-publication manuscript – released Nov 29 2007 – for free at this link.

As if I didn’t already have enough trouble sleeping at night, in regards to Public Health! Nuts!

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