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HEALTH
March 29, 2014 | Dana Sullivan Kilroy
There's a reason wine and spirits are stored in glass: purity of taste. Plastic (and, to a lesser degree, metal) can impart various "flavors" into the liquids it comes into contact with. But that's just one reason that glass is an increasingly popular alternative to plastic and aluminum or stainless steel sport-style bottles. Another is peace of mind. About five years ago, scientists and the Food and Drug Administration started issuing warnings about bisphenol A, commonly called BPA, a chemical used in plastics and in the linings of some metal vessels.
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NEWS
November 8, 2010 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
The evidence for bisphenol A's negative health effects keeps piling up. In a study released Monday in the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers at the Harvard Medical School reported that the chemical interferes with reproduction in the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans . Scientists had already shown that bisphenol A, which is used in many plastics and in the linings of food cans , is associated with...
BUSINESS
April 15, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
When the Kool-Aid Man next hurtles through some unsuspecting homeowner's wall, he'll look snazzier, more up-to-date, more “lifelike,” according to parent company Kraft Foods Group Inc. Which means that Kool-Aid Man -- a giant, anthropomorphic, red liquid-filled pitcher that's been around since 1954 -- will be “technologically advanced [and] CGI-generated” instead of the costumed character he once was, according to Kraft. The mascot for the drink mix brand is undergoing “a serious makeover with a brand-new modern look and distinctive voice” for an advertising campaign plugging the company's liquid mix. The product allows customers to add drops of sugar-free juice mix to water to create customized beverage blends.
NEWS
December 20, 1987 | GLEN WARCHOL, United Press International
It happened in September but Mike Weflen says it seems like it has been one long day since his wife, Julie, a Bonneville Power Administration worker, disappeared from a remote substation north of Spokane. "I work on it from the time I get up to the time I go to sleep," Weflen, 32, said of the search. "It's the only thing that keeps me going." Weflen, a painting contractor, quit working to spread more than 100,000 posters and buttons with Julie's picture throughout the Pacific Northwest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2009 | Amy Littlefield
A state panel will not require warning labels on metal cans, plastic bottles and other products that contain bisphenol A, despite more than 200 studies that have linked the chemical to cancer and reproductive problems. Wednesday's unanimous decision may speak to the limitations of the state Environmental Protection Agency's Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee. Dorothy Burk, chairwoman of the committee, acknowledged its reach is limited.
NEWS
June 27, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
For consumers, a major problem with judging the threat posed by the chemical bisphenol A -- a chemical used in the manufacture of many plastics that can mimic estrogens in the body -- is that researchers disagree about how dangerous it really is.  (For more on this controversy, check out the related links to the left.) Now researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia studying deer mice are shedding light on another way to measure the chemical's effects: Look at subtle changes in animals' behavior and cognition -- specifically, sexually selected behavioral and cognitive traits that drive their ability to find and attract a mate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 2009 | Eric Bailey
Despite a fierce lobbying effort by the U.S. chemical industry, the state Senate narrowly approved a proposal Tuesday that would ban the use of a substance in baby bottles, toddler sippy cups and food containers that independent scientists say is a threat to childhood development. The bill by state Sen.
NATIONAL
March 30, 2012 | By Bettina Boxall and Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that it would not ban the use of bisphenol A, also known as BPA, in food packaging but said it would continue research on the health effects of the widely used chemical. Although it rejected a petition by an environmental group to outlaw the compound in food and beverage containers, the agency did not close the door on future regulation. "This is not a final safety determination on BPA," FDA spokesman Douglas Karas said. "There is a commitment to doing a thorough evaluation of the risk of BPA. " Scientists are still working to determine what effects BPA, which mimics estrogen in the body, has on human health once ingested.
NEWS
August 25, 2010
A chemical found in plastics has been shown to increase testosterone levels in men, British researchers reported on Wednesday. They found that men who had high levels of the chemical bisphenol A also had higher testosterone levels compared to men with lower levels of the chemical in their bodies. The chemical, also known as BPA, is commonly found in plastic products around the world. The new study comes on the heels of research released earlier this month that found high amounts of BPA are present in everyday cash register receipts , as much as 3% of the total weight of the receipt.
SCIENCE
September 17, 2008 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
The first large-scale human study of a chemical used to make plastic baby bottles, aluminum can linings and myriad other common products found double the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and liver problems in people with the highest concentrations in their urine, British researchers reported Tuesday. The findings confirm earlier results obtained in animals, increasing pressure on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to limit use of the chemical bisphenol A, or BPA.
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