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Posts tagged "exposure"

We are exposed to harmful substances each day. As our environment changes and we spend more time indoors, our health risks change as well. Learn all about your indoor exposures–from water, air, and daily products–in our primer on exposures and "the exposome".

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PFAS, or per- or poly-fluoroalkyl substances, are man-made chemicals found in all sorts of products, like nonstick cookware, firefighting foam, and stain-resistant fabrics. We didn't know they had negative health effects, until now. What’s worse, these compounds are extremely stable, meaning that they don’t break down in the environment at all. This makes them very hard to get rid of, and they’ve started building up in out bodies. Learn more about what we know about the health effects of PFAS.

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While fluoride has been added to drinking water for upwards of 70 years in the United States, fluoride has come into the hot seat in recent years. A study published in the Journal Environmental Health found that areas with a higher proportion of artificially fluoridated water also had a higher prevalence of ADHD in children. Should you be concerned?

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To know if your environment impacts your health, we rely on research in the field of toxicology. What is toxicology? We’re here to break down the jargon. Read this primer on toxicology and our short list of how you can reduce your exposure to environmental risks–from household products to drinking water.

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