There are almost 40,000 chemicals in commerce, and EPA needs to take action to limit those that are dangerous. That’s why the reformed Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) directs EPA to select (through a prioritization process as shown below) 20 “high-priority,” potentially risky chemicals by the end of next year for assessment. To make informed … Continue reading EPA’s unwritten policy on chemical data: don’t ask, don’t tell
Fresno County, in the San Joaquin Valley of California (CA) has significantly higher levels of preterm birth than the rest of California (12.1% compared to 9.6% in CA in 2012)—but why? Preterm birth happens when babies are born too soon, before 37 weeks gestation, and factors including environmental pollution may contribute. We wanted to understand … Continue reading What causes so much preterm birth in Fresno County?
The Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment invites you to the following events at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Exposition 2018, on November 10-14, 2018, at the San Diego Convention Center...
As a little girl, my dollhouse was my second home, filled with the dream family I wished to have one day. It included twin daughters who were stars of the soccer team and a son was going to play for the San Francisco Giants. But as I have grown older, my excitement for having children … Continue reading Children are no longer a fundamental American value
On October 15, 2018 at the FIGO World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Drs. Linda Guidice, Marya Zlatnik, Jeanne Conry and Anil Kapur will speak about the "Impact of Environmental Toxics on Global Women's Health." The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) is the leading global voice of reproductive health professionals, with member societies … Continue reading Impact of environmental toxics on global women’s health: FIGO 2018
The Senate Environment and Public Works committee held a hearing on EPA’s “Implementation of Sound and Transparent Science in Regulation.” EPA proposed a rule “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” on April 30, 2018. In response, Dr. Tracey Woodruff, Professor and Director at the University of California, San Francisco Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, … Continue reading Health professionals; scientists oppose “transparency” rule
When Congress reformed the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in 2016, it gave EPA a critical job: to protect the public’s health from the ‘worst of the worst’ hazardous chemicals – those that build up in our bodies and persist in the environment, known as persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic chemicals (PBTs). EPA’s recent assessment of … Continue reading ‘Worst of worst’ chemicals here to stay – EPA, we need action
Preterm birth, when a baby is born before 37 weeks, is a pressing public health problem because babies born early have greater risks of mortality and health complications and later disease in child and adulthood. In 2017 alone, California had more than 400,000 preterm births an increased rate of 8.6%compared to the previous year. Though … Continue reading Arsenic in drinking water may increase the risk of preterm birth
Why would the University of California San Francisco host internal industry emails, scientific studies, and public relations campaigns in its Industry Documents Library (IDL)? Because UCSF is dedicated to producing and using the best science to benefit the public’s health – and if science is manipulated or misrepresented, that can result in negative effects. Documents … Continue reading Unsealing science: UCSF’s Chemical Industry Documents Library
EPA recently released its new TSCA “systematic review” method that establishes how the Agency will use science to make decisions about whether to limit toxic chemicals in our air, water, food and everyday products. Unfortunately, our analysis finds that instead of ensuring a comprehensive, unbiased evaluation, like a systematic review is supposed to do, the … Continue reading EPA method will curtail science used in chemical evaluations