Tag: environmental toxins

Big Fish: Get Smart About Chemicals with Baltimore’s Toxin Guru McKay Jenkins

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Professor McKay Jenkins helps us answer the question: Are the toxins in everyday products healthy?

 

We’ve launched a year-long series, Beneath the Surface: What’s in Everyday Consumer Products.  Articles in this series will examine how prevalent synthetic chemicals are in everyday products, and the consequences of their use to our health and our environment.

The Beneath the Surface series was inspired by Professor McKay Jenkins’s book: What’s Gotten into Us? Staying Healthy in a Toxic World.  After learning he had a tumor the size of an orange, McKay’s cancer scare led him to research and write this important book.  Based in Baltimore, McKay has authored numerous books, and he’s currently the Cornelius Tilghman Professor of English, Journalism and Environmental Humanities at the University of Delaware. Yes, he commutes to the campus and has for 18 years! 

This Week in Research: Chemicals Harm Fetuses; Students Fight Breast Cancer

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When researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health decided to look at the effects of common environmental contaminants on fetuses, they recruited 50 pregnant women from the Baltimore area. All 50 tested positive for evidence of PCBs, DDT, pesticides, and other chemical contaminants — many of which have been banned for decades. And wealthier women had greater concentrations of chemicals than women of lower socioeconomic status.

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