November 3, 2009 |
A consumer advocacy group's analysis of canned goods has found measurable levels of the chemical additive bisphenol A (BPA) across a range of foods, including some that were labeled "BPA free." Children eating multiple servings of some of the tested food could get doses of BPA "near levels that have caused adverse effects in several animal studies," according to the survey released Monday by Consumers Union, a nonprofit organization that publishes Consumer Reports. The findings bolster the case for banning BPA from use in materials that come in contact with food and beverages -- such as can linings, baby bottles and sippy cups -- the group said in a letter to Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg.
April 19, 2008 |
A ubiquitous chemical found in hard-plastic water bottles, DVDs, CDs and hundreds of other common items came under increased pressure Friday when Canada said it might ban the use of bisphenol A in baby bottles because it is potentially harmful. Health Canada made the announcement shortly after a U.S. company said it would stop selling hard-plastic Nalgene water bottles made with bisphenol A because of increasing consumer concern over whether the chemical poses a health risk.
February 8, 1991 |
C ynthia Blum was newly pregnant when she and her doctor husband decided to find out if their household was safe from lead exposure. They sent away for a home lead testing kit. When it arrived, they unpacked a set of Italian pottery. And, "just out of curiosity," Blum pulled out a crystal decanter they had received as a wedding gift. They tested the tableware at their Tenafly, N.J., home: The pottery was negative; the decanter was positive. Lead apparently was leaking from the crystal.
April 16, 2008 |
A controversial, estrogen-like chemical in plastic could be harming the development of children's brains and reproductive organs, a federal health agency concluded in a report released Tuesday. The National Toxicology Program, part of the National Institutes of Health, concluded that there was "some concern" that fetuses, babies and children were in danger because bisphenol A, or BPA, harmed animals at low levels found in nearly all human bodies.
June 6, 1991
The women arrived carrying baby bottles, clothing, bibs and cuddly toys--typical gifts for a baby shower. But, with no expectant mother in sight, this was no ordinary shower. The recent party at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Long Beach was the first annual baby shower for low-income women sponsored by the local chapter of the National Organization for Women.
May 19, 2008 |
The synthetic chemical bisphenol A has long been found in many household products, but it's just starting to become a household name. Not to mention a hot topic in the scientific community. "Papers about it are being published at the rate of about one a day," says John Bucher, associate director for the National Toxicology Program, an agency of the National Institutes of Health.
HOME & GARDEN
December 6, 2008
Just how crazy are some pet lovers? It's a question that needs no words to answer -- not when you have a photo of an otherwise dignified feline posed in a pink wig. Go to www.kittywigs.com, and the first question in the FAQ says it all: "Is this for real?" The answer, of course, is yes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1995 |
Amid widespread speculation that he is about to announce his candidacy for the White House, Gov. Pete Wilson on Friday took part in an odd twist on the traditional political ritual of kissing babies. To demonstrate the safety of products for infants made by Munchkin Inc. of Van Nuys, Wilson struggled to yank the nipple off a cap to a baby bottle before a crowd of reporters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1988
A Superior Court judge reinstated murder charges Tuesday against a Santa Ana couple accused of causing their 2-month-old baby's death by keeping her near uncovered amounts of cocaine in the house. The judge's decision sent Debbie Delgado into tears. Her husband, Gilbert Delgado, tried to comfort her. "She hadn't expected this," said her attorney, Charles Margines. "It's a tough disappointment."