Wednesday, December 10, 2008

NEWS: Women surprised by home pollution

Women surprised by home pollution

In a new study of household contaminants, women asked for more scientific data on the sources and risks of chemicals found in their homes.

People tend to assume pollution stems from large-scale environmental problems and to downplay household sources, according to a new study in the December issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior (2008, 49, 417–435).

The research followed up on a household exposure study by the nonprofit Silent Spring Institute, published in ES&T in 2003, which measured 89 suspected endocrine disrupters in air, dust, and urine samples from 120 households on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.


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