Anyone got any health problems after the HPV vaccination ?

Contact “TimeForAction”, a campaign group run by UK families for UK families

My daughter has developed health problems after receiving the Gardasil vaccine, what should I do ?

If your daughter has developed health problems after HPV vaccination, please get in touch with TimeForAction – a campaign group run by UK families for UK families. They’re campaigning hard to ensure that these health problems are properly acknowledged and investigated, that families are treated with compassion and respect within the health service and that there is educational support in place for the girls who are struggling to attend school on a full timetable.

TimeForAction is also calling for a full disclosure of all the potential risks associated with the HPV vaccination to be given to parents when seeking consent, in conjunction with a more accurate assessment of the stated benefits. For more information, visit TimeForAction website, call 07885 422690, email, tweet or use this form.

Les perturbateurs endocriniens affectent le développement du cerveau

Barbara Demeneix, chercheuse, 2017

La chercheuse Barbara Demeneix, biologiste au Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, nous explique dans cet entretien l’influence des perturbateurs endocriniens sur le développement du cerveau de l’enfant. Pour détecter les perturbateurs endocriniens, cette scientifique utilise des têtards qui changent de couleur en fonction de la présence de polluants.

Des scientifiques avaient alerté, le 16 juin dernier, les vingt-huit ministres européens chargés de l’environnement sur la faiblesse du projet de réglementation européenne de ces polluants. Pour Barbara Demeneix, il y a urgence à agir.

En Savoir Plus
  • Le livre de Barbara Demeneix: Toxic Cocktail, How chemical pollution is poisoning our brains. A HEAL book review, May 2017. Sur Facebook.
Perturbateurs Endocriniens

Sugar intake in pregnancy linked to childhood respiratory allergy, asthma in children

Maternal intake of sugar during pregnancy and childhood respiratory and atopic outcomes

Image credit mommywrites.

Pregnant women who consume high levels of free sugars during pregnancy are more likely to give birth to a child with allergy or allergic asthma, a study published in the European Respiratory Journal reported.

2017 Study Abstract

The possible role of maternal consumption of free sugar during pregnancy in the inception of respiratory and atopic diseases has not been studied. We aimed to study the relationship between maternal intake of free sugar during pregnancy and respiratory and atopic outcomes in the offspring in a population-based birth cohort, the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children.

We analysed associations between maternal intake of free sugar in pregnancy (estimated by a food frequency questionnaire), and current doctor-diagnosed asthma, wheezing, hay fever, eczema, atopy, serum total IgE and lung function in children aged 7–9 years (n=8956 with information on maternal diet in pregnancy and at least one outcome of interest).

After controlling for potential confounders, maternal intake of free sugar was positively associated with atopy (OR for highest versus lowest quintile of sugar intake 1.38, 95% CI 1.06–1.78; per quintile p-trend=0.006) and atopic asthma (OR 2.01, 95% CI 1.23–3.29; per quintile p-trend=0.004). These associations were not confounded by intake of sugar in early childhood, which was unrelated to these outcomes.

Our results suggest that a higher maternal intake of free sugar during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of atopy and atopic asthma in the offspring, independently of sugar intake in early childhood.

Patient Education and Chronic Pain

Preventing the abuse of pain medication via proper patient education

As you may know, officials have reported that Ohio is on track to have over 10,000 overdose deaths this year, making the state the epicenter of the United States opioid epidemic. This alarming rate is higher than the total number of overdose deaths for the entire nation in 1990. Couple this with the fact that almost 72% of physicians say they have inadequate knowledge of pain treatment and opioid dependency management, and it becomes clear that something must change in the way our healthcare system approaches pain management.

Over 100 million Americans have chronic or persistent pain, meaning they are most likely being treated with conventional medications, surgery, injection, or physical therapy. What’s troubling is the fact that 75% of people with chronic pain who visited an emergency room reported a desire for information on pain treatment options, but only half reported actually receiving such information. 

This June 2017 infographic – Patient Education and Chronic Pain, by Regis Online health care programs – provides information on different strategies doctors can implement to best educate their patients and gain a better understanding of how pain affects their individual patients.

Enjoy our health infographics album on Flickr.

Can Technology Promote Healthy Lifestyle Choices ?

Americans have the power to prevent disease by making healthy lifestyle choices

Americans are increasingly experiencing a host of health issues, with 29.1 million Americans having diabetes and 27.6 million with heart disease. To help improve these conditions, health care professionals have been leveraging health and wellness technologies, including mobile apps, wearable trackers, and even a wearable headband that can help treat depression.

  • For more about this infographic and topic, read Health and Wellness Providers – How Technology is Helping Promote Healthy Lifestyle Choices, by the Arizona State University, February 2017.
  • Enjoy our health infographics album on Flickr.

Toxic Cocktail

How chemical pollution is poisoning our brains

In her latest book, Professor Barbara Demeneix explains how exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals is resulting in reduced IQ levels in children and higher rates of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The author also explains the approaches needed to reduce exposure to today’s toxic cocktails.

The EDCs that interfere with the thyroid hormone are resulting in falling child IQ and contributing to rocketing rates of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Barbara Demeneix

  • Presents evidence, derived from a wide spectrum of scientific and epidemiological studies, that many of these chemicals are interfering with one of our bodies’ most essential regulators of brain development: thyroid hormone.
  • Offers number of recommendations for individuals to apply in their day-to-day life and suggest actions that should be taken at the regulatory level.
  • Goes through the main catalogue of chemicals that can interfere with thyroid hormone production and action.
  • Tells the personal story of how the author became aware of these problems.
  • Simply presented ways to decrease your individual chemical load to protect yourself and unborn children.
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Endocrine Disruptors

60 MiNueTs : Toxic Money

UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, 2017

The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE)’s mission is to create a healthier environment for human reproduction and development through advancing scientific inquiry, clinical care and health policies that prevent exposures to harmful chemicals in our environment.

PRHE is housed within the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, in the UCSF School of Medicine, one of the nation’s most prestigious medical schools. The Department is renowned for promoting cutting-edge reproductive science research, extending the frontiers of multidisciplinary women’s health care and professional education, advocating for women’s health at local, state and national levels, and engaging community involvement.

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The Toxins that Threatens our Brains

UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, 2017

The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE)’s mission is to create a healthier environment for human reproduction and development through advancing scientific inquiry, clinical care and health policies that prevent exposures to harmful chemicals in our environment.

PRHE is housed within the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, in the UCSF School of Medicine, one of the nation’s most prestigious medical schools. The Department is renowned for promoting cutting-edge reproductive science research, extending the frontiers of multidisciplinary women’s health care and professional education, advocating for women’s health at local, state and national levels, and engaging community involvement.

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The Florence Statement on Triclosan and Triclocarban

More than 200 scientists outline a broad range of concerns for triclosan and triclocarban and call for reduced use worldwide

Two ingredients used in thousands of products to kill bacteria, fungi and viruses linger in the environment and pose a risk to human health, according to a statement released today by more than 200 scientists and health professionals.

The scientists say the possible benefits in most uses of triclosan and triclocarban – used in some soaps, toothpastes, detergents, paints, carpets – are not worth the risk.

SUMMARY

“Triclosan and triclocarban have been permitted for years without definitive proof they’re providing benefits.”

Avery Lindeman, Green Policy Institute

The Florence Statement on Triclosan and Triclocarban documents a consensus of more than 200 scientists and medical professionals on the hazards of and lack of demonstrated benefit from common uses of triclosan and triclocarban.

These chemicals may be used in thousands of personal care and consumer products as well as in building materials. Based on extensive peer-reviewed research, this statement concludes that triclosan and triclocarban are environmentally persistent endocrine disruptors that bioaccumulate in and are toxic to aquatic and other organisms. Evidence of other hazards to humans and ecosystems from triclosan and triclocarban is presented along with recommendations intended to prevent future harm from triclosan, triclocarban, and antimicrobial substances with similar properties and effects.

Because antimicrobials can have unintended adverse health and environmental impacts, they should only be used when they provide an evidence-based health benefit. Greater transparency is needed in product formulations, and before an antimicrobial is incorporated into a product, the long-term health and ecological impacts should be evaluated.

Sources, Studies, Press Releases

  • The Florence Statement on Triclosan and Triclocarban, Environ Health Perspect; DOI:10.1289/EHP1788, JUNE 2017.
  • Patterns, Variability, and Predictors of Urinary Triclosan Concentrations during Pregnancy and Childhood, Environ. Sci. Technol., DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b00325, May 18, 2017
  • Hundreds of scientists call for caution on anti-microbial chemical use, EHN, June 20, 2017.
  • Hygiene leaves kids with loads of triclosan, EHN, June 1, 2017.
  • Image credit Mike Mozart.

60 MiNueTs : Toxic Research

UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, 2017

The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE)’s mission is to create a healthier environment for human reproduction and development through advancing scientific inquiry, clinical care and health policies that prevent exposures to harmful chemicals in our environment.

PRHE is housed within the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, in the UCSF School of Medicine, one of the nation’s most prestigious medical schools. The Department is renowned for promoting cutting-edge reproductive science research, extending the frontiers of multidisciplinary women’s health care and professional education, advocating for women’s health at local, state and national levels, and engaging community involvement.

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