Thursday, February 12, 2015
Source:
Wall Street Journal

The periodic scares over chemicals in vaccines, foods and other products are typically a war on the periodic table, and one compound that on all of the evidence deserves exoneration is bisphenol-A, or BPA. The latest research deserves more attention before more federal dollars are wasted. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Source:
Science 2.0

Both the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have recently released assessments that strongly support the safety of bisphenol A (BPA).  

Thursday, January 22, 2015
Source:
Good Morning America
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Source:
Science 2.0

For many years, scientists around the world have been intensely interested in bisphenol A (BPA), a common chemical used to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins.  But what have we learned from the supersized investment in research on this one chemical, and what can we expect in the future? Recent articles suggest that we haven’t learned as much as might be expected from such a large investment, but more research on BPA is probably in our future anyway.

Monday, November 17, 2014
Source:
Forbes

The amazing rendezvous last week of the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft with a comet 317 million miles from the Earth after a ten-year journey depended on the astrophysicists and engineers who built the hardware and programmed its trajectory in keeping with the laws of celestial mechanics. They would have known immediately if they had made an error because the rendezvous would never have taken place. In the field of high-energy physics, as I was told by Professor Robert Adair of Yale, if a young scientist publishes a result that is not confirmed by others, he/she will be granted slack, because “anyone can make a mistake.” However, if he/she publishes a second finding that is not confirmed, that person had better look for another profession.

Friday, October 24, 2014
Source:
Forbes

With an estimated 40 percent of Americans, according to a Harvard poll, worried that they could contract Ebola, two days ago the journalPLoS ONE published a paper which claims to show that handling of cash register receipts puts you a risk of myriad diseases. The paper is from a group at the University of Missouri headed by Frederick vom Saal, a biologist who has the distinction of being the driving force behind the subgroup of scientists who are convinced that BPA is wreaking havoc with our endocrine systems and our health. The study describes experiments in which 24 subjects cleaned their hands with a hand sanitizer and then handled thermal cash register receipts.  In a second step, subjects who had handled the thermal paper then ate French fries with their hands.  Due to the solvent action of the hand sanitizer, BPA was absorbed rapidly through the skin, resulting in, what the authors call, “high levels” of BPA in the blood and urine.

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