News Stories Archive - Page 10 of 11 - Facts About BPA

  • 20 Tips for Analyzing Claims of a Scientific Study


    One of the big problems in science journalism is the tendency to hype scientific research. You're familiar with the routine: A new study comes out on, say, how coffee might lead to a slight increase in a particular disease. Then, plastered all over the front pages of websites and newspapers are headlines like, "Too Much Coffee Will Kill You!" Of course, the following week, a different study will report that coffee might protect you from another disease, and the media hysteria plays out all over again, just in the opposite direction.

  • BPA Causes Miscarriages (Or So The Headlines Say)

    Science 2.0

    It was the late astronomer and author Carl Sagan who popularized the phrase “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence,” and originated the closely related concept of scientific skepticism. In the case discussed here, skeptics we should be. Last week we saw a flurry of media articles with headlines suggesting that exposure to the common chemical bisphenol A (BPA) increases the risk of miscarriage. Considering how much research has been conducted on BPA already, in particular extensive research on laboratory animals that examined the potential for BPA to cause any effect on reproduction, that’s a rather extraordinary claim that has not been corroborated or replicated. 

  • What’s Missing from Nick Kristof’s Latest Column?

    American Chemistry Council

    What is most striking about Nick Kristof’s latest column about endocrine disruption is what’s missing from it.

    Granted, one has to know the science and regulatory considerations well enough to see all of the angles this article could have and should have covered. But what readers got instead was a very selective viewpoint, revealing a very narrow understanding of a hotly debated scientific issue about whether certain chemicals interact with the endocrine system to cause adverse effects in humans.

    Contrary to Kristof’s charges against the chemical industry, ACC has supported scientific research on the endocrine disruption issue from its inception. We regularly engage with the scientific community and regulatory agencies to enhance the scientific understanding of endocrine disruption, to promote sound decisions, and to effectively manage risks that may exist from exposure to some chemicals. We have also supported federal appropriations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) research on endocrine disruption.

  • USA Today Spins Breast Cancer Scare Out Of Retracted Study Claim As New EPA Study Dismisses Risk


    USA Today reporter Liz Szabo has long rung the alarm bells on bisphenol A (BPA), devoting an entire full page article to promoting the repeatedly discredited claims of University of Missouri researcher Frederick vom Saal. Now, she has turned to vom Saal’s longtime collaborator, University of Tufts researcher Ana Soto to advance the claim BPA increased the risk of mammary cancers in rats and therefore might pose a risk to humans.

  • Does Chemical X Cause Disease Y, and How Do We Know?

    Science 2.0

    That question is particularly relevant this week in light of numerous media articles reporting that exposure to a common chemical is linked to obesity in children and adolescents.  Underlying the articles is a new study on bisphenol A (BPA) published this week in Pediatrics.  The key question is that of causation versus statistical association. The new study is a cross-sectional epidemiology study in which the data analyzed is all collected at the same time.  The data are from the NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) database, which collects extensive health and nutrition information on a nationally representative sample of about 5,000 people each and every year.  Also collected is biomonitoring data from analysis of blood or urine samples for more than 300 chemicals, including BPA.  To be more precise, the analysis measures metabolites of BPA, the significance of which is discussed below.

  • How Abysmal Scientific Research Is Used to Scare America’s Parents


    Furthermore, it may alert us to the danger when a paper deals with a topic that has received enormous publicity and caused public alarm, as is the case with BPA.  This may have lowered the threshold for publication.  In other words, to the extent that the reviewers and editor were aware that the paper was weak and its results dubious, they may have over-ridden these reservations on the grounds that the paper was on a topic of great interest.  Finally, publication of this paper may be symptomatic of a lower level of scientific rigor and overall quality prevailing in the area of environmental health, an area where there is great public and media interest, as opposed to other research areas that do not evoke so much interest.

  • Has Your Child Seen This Propaganda Film in School?

    The Huffington Post

    Using vegetables canned at their peak freshness can be a way to enjoy your favourite produce out of season, but most of them will be in cans lined with BPA. There are growing concerns about Bisphenol A's estrogenic properties, and it was recently found that most Canadians have BPA in their blood. Avoid it by using frozen veggies instead.

  • What Do We Really Know About BPA And Fertility?

    Science 2.0

    Last week, a study published in the journal Human Reproduction reported that bisphenol-A (BPA), a compound widely used to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins, altered maturation of human oocytes in vitro.  Specifically, at high concentrations of BPA, oocyte maturation decreased while the incidence of oocyte degeneration increased. In an accompanying press release, the authors suggested that BPA “may cause a significant disruption to the fundamentals of the human reproductive process and may play a role in human infertility.” 

  • FDA’s Questions & Answers on Bisphenol A (BPA) Use in Food Contact Applications (updated June 2013)

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration

    FDA acknowledges the interest that many consumers have in BPA. FDA has performed extensive research and reviewed hundreds of studies about BPA’s safety. We reassure consumers that current approved uses of BPA in food containers and packaging are safe. Additional research is underway to enhance our understanding of BPA. FDA will take these studies into account as it continues to ensure the safe use of BPA in food packaging.