Navigation Links
Pollution at home lurks unrecognized, instead attributed to large-scale environmental disasters
Date:11/20/2008

WASHINGTON, DC Although Americans are becoming increasingly aware of toxic chemical exposure from everyday household products like bisphenol A in some baby bottles and lead in some toys, women do not readily connect typical household products with personal chemical exposure and related adverse health effects, according to research from the December issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

"People more readily equate pollution with large-scale contamination and environmental disasters, yet the products and activities that form the backdrop to our everyday liveselectronics, cleaners, beauty products, food packagingare a significant source of daily personal chemical exposure that accumulates over time," said sociologist Rebecca Gasior Altman, the lead author of the study, "Pollution Comes Home and Gets Personal: Women's Experience of Household Chemical Exposure."

Altman and her team examined how women interpreted and reacted to information about chemical contamination in their homes and bodies. After reviewing their personal chemical exposure data, most women were surprised and puzzled at the number of contaminants detected. They initially had difficulty relating the chemical results for their homes, located in rural and suburban communities, with their images of environmental problems, which they associated with toxic contamination originating outside the home from military or industrial activities, accidents or dumping.

"This research illustrates how science is beginning to play a paramount role in discovering and redefining environmental problems that are not immediately perceptible through direct experience," Altman said. "Pollution at home has been a blind spot for society. The study documents that an important shift occurs in how people understand environmental pollution, its sources and possible solutions as they learn about chemicals from everyday products that are detectable in urine samples and the household
'/>"/>

Contact: Jackie Cooper
jcooper@asanet.org
202-247-9871
American Sociological Association
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. K-State research: Freshwater pollution costs US at least $4.3 billion a year
2. Mercury pollution causes immune damage to harbor seals
3. Wildfires cause ozone pollution to violate health standards, new study shows
4. Lichens function as indicators of nitrogen pollution in forests
5. Chemical equator discovery will aid pollution mapping
6. Biological selenium removal: The solution to pollution?
7. Lighting research center develops framework for assessing light pollution
8. Living sensor can warn of arsenic pollution
9. Greenland ice core reveals history of pollution in the Arctic
10. Many US public schools in air pollution danger zone
11. Scientists to assess Beijing Olympics air pollution control efforts
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/24/2014)... have invented a simple and cheap way of making ... into a high-resolution microscope. , Costing less than a ... medicine in developing countries and remote areas. , The ... from The Australian National University (ANU) Research School of ... Garvan Institute of Medical Research to find ways to ...
(Date:4/24/2014)... have identified the structural features that enable the ... endogenous RNAs in living cells. , When viruses ... and hijack cellular resources for the production of ... RNA molecules that are delivered directly to (in ... in the host cell, and provide the blueprints ...
(Date:4/24/2014)... study of animal intelligence to-date finds that animals with bigger ... week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy ... history of research aimed at understanding the animal mind. Specifically, ... and use tools, read social cues, or even understand basic ... of animal intelligence have focused on only one or a ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Droplet lens 2Viral infections: Identifying the tell-tale patterns 2Viral infections: Identifying the tell-tale patterns 3Animals with bigger brains, broader diets have better self control 2Animals with bigger brains, broader diets have better self control 3
... ended in 2004, found much higher levels of blindness than ... for the provision of health services in the region. , ... the poorest in the world. The southern region of the ... war that went on for nearly half a century, with ...
... brain protein known to underlie a form of Parkinson's disease ... branching of neurons, researchers have found. They have pinpointed the ... gene called LRRK2 and how it affects neurons, ultimately leading ... to the pathology of PD, and loss of connections among ...
... A masked marauder has emerged unexpectedly from the ocean to ... of time. , With the dramatic flair of comic-book superhero ... being choked to death by seaweed ?although the fish was ... at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies ...
Cached Biology News:High levels of blindness in southern Sudan following years of war 2Parkinson's mutation stunts neurons 2Batfish to the rescue! 2
(Date:1/15/2014)... CA (PRWEB) January 15, 2014 ... research solutions, today announced that Lupin Limited, one of ... Freeslate’s CM Protégé PharmD System for high ... Mumbai, India, is focused on a wide range of ...
(Date:1/14/2014)... 2014 Histogen, Inc., a regenerative medicine ... grown under simulated embryonic conditions, today announced that they ... Medical, Inc. for physician-dispensed aesthetic products containing Histogen’s proprietary ... agreement is an amendment to the existing license between ...
(Date:1/14/2014)... DIEGO and BETHESDA, Md. ... are joining together with two institutes from the National ... reliable tools for bringing safer, more effective treatments to ... the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and ...
(Date:1/14/2014)... , Jan. 14, 2014   Kinaxis ®, provider of ... ) and sales and operations planning ( S&OP ) service, ... Biomanufacturing Summit , which will be held at the Hilton ... conference, join Kinaxis customer Elisabeth Kaszas , Director of ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Lupin Selects Freeslate’s CM Protégé PharmD System to Accelerate Polymorph Screening for Drug Development 2Lupin Selects Freeslate’s CM Protégé PharmD System to Accelerate Polymorph Screening for Drug Development 3Histogen and Suneva Medical Expand License for Cell Conditioned Media-based Aesthetic Products Internationally 2Histogen and Suneva Medical Expand License for Cell Conditioned Media-based Aesthetic Products Internationally 3Organovo Announces Collaboration with National Institutes of Health 2Organovo Announces Collaboration with National Institutes of Health 3Event Alert: Kinaxis Customer to Present at the Biomanufacturing Summit "Supply Chain: Improving Network Effectiveness" 2
... , SAN DIEGO, Sept. 16 ... oligonucleotide radiolabeling services. TriLink discontinued the service in May 2009 ... no longer require it. However, strong customer feedback led TriLink ... , "We,ve learned that no other suppliers ...
... SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Sept. 16 Poniard Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ... innovative oncology therapies, today announced that Jerry McMahon, Ph.D., chairman ... the 2009 UBS Global Life Sciences Conference on Wednesday, September ... Hyatt Hotel in New York City. , , ...
... CHENGDU, China, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Tianyin,Pharmaceutical ... a manufacturer and supplier of,modernized traditional Chinese medicines ... the Good Manufacturing Practices Certificate for,pharmaceutical products ("GMP ... in China. , According ...
Cached Biology Technology:TriLink BioTechnologies, Inc. Relaunches Oligonucleotide Radiolabeling Services 2Poniard Pharmaceuticals to Present at the 2009 UBS Global Life Sciences Conference 2Tianyin Pharmaceutical Co., Inc. Obtains GMP Certification for Its New Production Facility 2Tianyin Pharmaceutical Co., Inc. Obtains GMP Certification for Its New Production Facility 3
Bovine Aortic Smooth Muscle Cells (BAOSMC) (>500,000 cells)...
Bovine Brain Microvascular Endothelial Cells (BBMVEC) (>500,000 cells)...
... This adapter allows ... (AB-0800 and AB-1000) PCR ... in the ABI PRISM® ... contact ABgene® for information ...
The improved design and new mechanical solutions of Finnpipette Focus Multichannel Plus improves accuracy and precision.In these low volume multichannel pipettes, the super blow-out function ensures ...
Biology Products: