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BPA Exposure and Obesity in Children
BPA Exposure and Obesity in Children

  BPA Exposure and Obesity in Children:  Just a Correlation? In a recent article, Eng et al. (2013) found that higher levels of bisphenol A (BPA) were associated with several measures of obesity in children.   Specifically, children exposed to higher levels of bisphenol A had increased odds of having a body mass index (BMI) in […]

BPA and Plastics – What you need to know
BPA and Plastics - What you need to know

  What is Bisphenol A and where is it found? Bisphenol A, also known as BPA, is used in the manufacture of hard plastics and epoxy resins1. There are a variety of familiar products which use materials containing this substance, including: toys, hard plastic food and beverage containers, thermal receipts, dental materials, cigarette filters, and […]

Flame Retardants: Benefits and Risks
Flame Retardants: Benefits and Risks

You may have heard or read about flame retardants in the news.  Some are concerned that exposure to flame retardants may cause unwanted health effects, with children being at greater risk.  On the other hand, proponents believe the chemicals are very effective at preventing fires and fire-related injuries and deaths.  Read below to find out […]

Reader Question: Fumes from Toy
Reader Question: Fumes from Toy

Question: I purchased a collector ed. Middleton doll named Pansy from Shopatron on 1216/12.  It  arrived with a noxious fume coming from it as soon as we opened the box.  I decided to wash the clothes, shoes, socks, hair, face, arms, and legs.  The odor is still coming out.  Shopatron referred my concerns to the […]

Reader Submitted Question: Lead in toys?
Reader Submitted Question: Lead in toys?

Question: Does the toy, My 1st Teach Time Gift Set made in Shenzhen, China and distributed by Big Lots, Columbus, OH contain lead? – YD, Pheonix, Arizona Response: Thanks for the question! Our scientists could not find any readily available information that would allow us to make a determination about the lead content of your […]

Harmful Toys – The Physical Risks
Harmful Toys - The Physical Risks

How can we be sure that the toys we buy for our children are safe?  What sorts of guidelines can we use to minimize risks?  The following article will discuss a few current products that could be present a risk of more than minor harm and provide some guidance on minimizing the risk of harm […]

Lead in Paint & Old Houses – Risks to Kids
Lead in Paint & Old Houses - Risks to Kids

MGR, in Cincinnati, OH asks… Question:  My family and I live in an old house with peeling paint on the exterior. I have a 2 year old and a 6 year old. I’ve tested the pain and it contains lead. There is also lead in the dirt at the base the walls. I do not […]

Chemical Risks in Children’s Toys?
Chemical Risks in Children’s Toys?

Playing with toys is fun!  And toys are an integral part of child development, from increasing coordination to fostering imagination and social skills. Traditional toys are designed for children about 14 years of age or less and include a large spectrum of items ranging from mouthing objects for infants, to arts and crafts, to play […]