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PFAS – News and Features

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Identifying and Characterizing PFAS Compounds

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) do not readily break down in nature and so can become persistent pollutants. This article will explore the challenges of detecting PFAS compounds and how recent advancements in testing techniques are addressing these issues.
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Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Found in Menstrual Products

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals can interfere with human hormones and cause medical issues, including gynecological conditions such as endometriosis and uterine fibroids.
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Takeaways From a Global Plastics Treaty

Technology Networks caught up with Aidan Charron, director of the End Plastic Initiatives at Earth Day, not long after he arrived back from Nairobi to hear how negotiations on an international plastics treat went.
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PFAS Exposure Linked to Worse Bone Health in Young People

Exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) can lead to lower bone density in adolescents and young adults – particularly for those of Hispanic origin, according to a new longitudinal study.
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Explore the World of PFAS With Dr. Carol Kwiatkowski

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are widely used and persist in the environment and the human body for extended periods. Technology Networks invited Dr. Carol Kwiatkowski to an Ask Me Anything session to answer your questions about PFAS and their impact on human health.
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Most Americans Are Oblivious to “Forever Chemicals” and Their Risks

Scientists conducting the first generalized US study on public awareness of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, found most Americans do not know what the substances are or have knowledge of any potential associated risks.
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Converting PFAS “Forever Chemicals” Into Valuable Compounds

Converting PFAS “forever chemicals” into valuable carbenes. The conversion was achieved by simply removing two fluorine atoms from 1,2-difluoroalkene derivatives.
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A New Way To Detect PFAS

A polymer-based test that can detect trace amounts of PFAS has been developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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PFAS Linked to Thyroid Cancer Risk in Humans

Some per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) – also known as “forever chemicals” – may be linked to an increased risk of thyroid cancer, according to a study from Mount Sinai School of Medicine
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Scientists Use Chicken Feathers To Generate Clean Energy

Turning unused waste from food production into clean energy: Researchers at ETH Zurich and Nanyang Technological University Singapore are using chicken feathers to make fuel cells more cost-​effective and sustainable.