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PFAS – News and Features

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Popular Herbicide Ingredient Linked to Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemic in Sri Lanka

The active ingredient in Roundup, the world’s most popular herbicide, may play a role in the epidemic levels of chronic kidney disease seen in rural Sri Lanka, a new study suggests.
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Ultrashort PFAS Compounds Detected in People and Their Homes

Ultrashort-chain PFAS compounds have been used as an alternative to legacy PFAS, but now these have also been detected in people and their homes.
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U.S. Drinking Water Often Contains Toxic Contaminants, Scientists Warn

A new study published by a University of New Mexico scientist with colleagues from across the U.S. warns that water from many wells and community water systems contains unsafe levels of toxic contaminants, exposing millions to health risks.
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PFAS Exposure May Delay Girls’ Puberty

New research has shown that PFAS exposure can delay the onset of puberty in girls, which may lead to negative long-term health outcomes.
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Ultrasound May Rid Groundwater of Toxic “Forever Chemicals”

New research suggests that ultrasound may have potential in treating a group of harmful chemicals known as PFAS to eliminate them from contaminated groundwater.
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Humans Can Serve as Sentinels for “Forever Chemicals” Ecological Harm

"PFAS is not just a problem for humans. It's a problem for species across the globe." Can humans act as an early warning system to understand their impact on other species?
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Significant Chemical Exposures Linked to Certain Cancers in Women

A new study has found a link between exposure to PFAS compounds and phenols and a prior diagnosis of uterine, melanoma and ovarian cancer. The same study also identified racial differences in such associations.
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A Novel Approach for Removing Microplastics From Water

A new study has identified what may be a novel biological approach for removing extremely small and potentially dangerous plastic particles from water.
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Paper Drinking Straws Might Also Be Bad for the Environment, Researchers Warn

In the first analysis of its kind in Europe, and only the second in the world, Belgian researchers tested 39 brands of straws for the group of synthetic chemicals known as poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
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Some Menstrual Products Contain PFAS

At this year’s American Chemical Society fall meeting, researchers from Professor Graham Peaslee’s laboratory at the University of Notre Dame present new evidence that some menstrual products contain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. Based on the high concentrations of fluorine in some products, the researchers suggest their use is intentional by manufacturers.