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Endocrine Disruption and Unconventional Oil and Gas Production: A Teleconference Series (4/16)

TEDX presented a Spring 2016 teleconference series on how chemicals associated with unconventional oil and gas development (known as fracking) may be affecting endocrine function, reproduction and prenatal development. Hear scientists deliver short presentations on their recent research, followed by Q&A. Listen to MP3 recordings using the links below.  

Thursday September 15, 2016, 1-1:30 pm Eastern -  Listen to the recording of Dr. Susan Nagel presenting on Endocrine disrupting activity associated with oil and natural gas extraction.

Thursday April 7th, 2-2:30 pm Eastern – Listen to the recording of Dr. Chris Kassotis presenting on Unconventional oil and gas extraction and endocrine disruptors: Implications for human and animal health.

Thursday May 5th, 2016, 2-2:30 pm Eastern - Listen to the recording of Dr. Shaina Stacy presenting on Perinatal outcomes and unconventional natural gas development in Southwest Pennsylvania.

Thursday June 2, 2016, 2-2:30 pm Eastern - Listen to the recording of Dr. Nicole Deziel presenting on A systematic evaluation of chemicals in hydraulic-fracturing fluids and wastewater for reproductive and developmental toxicity.

2016 teleconference series (1/16)

Learn about the broad range of effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals in this series of half-hour teleconference presentations in which leading scientists present the latest research on endocrine disruption and the immune system, the metabolic system, the brain, behavior and more.

The Endocrine Society releases it's Second Scientific Statement on EDCs (11/15)

In this statement The Endocrine Society reviews the literature on obesity and diabetes, female and male reproduction, hormone-sensitive cancers in females, the prostate, the thyroid, neurodevelopment and neuroendocrine systems. See the Executive Summary and read the Full Statement.

New Look at BTEX: Are Ambient Levels a Problem? (4/15)

This TEDX review of the human health effects of air pollutants referred to as BTEX was published on April 15th. Download the paper, read a TEDX statement on the implications of the findings, and hear lead author Ashley Bolden discuss the results on a teleconference call on Wednesday, May 20th at 1pm Eastern time.

TEDX review of BPA substitutes (3/15)

Rochester JR, Bolden AL. 2015. Bisphenol S and F: a systematic review and comparison of the hormonal activity of bisphenol A substitutes. Environ Health Perspect 123:643–650; http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1408989.

The Endocrine Society speaks out! (3/15)

On Thursday March 6, 2015 The Endocrine Society held a webcast to announce the release of a new series of studies on EDCs. The highlight was a new economic analysis of the staggering costs of exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Read the press release here. Also recommended is the Introduction to Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals.

2015 teleconference series (1/15)

Learn about the broad range of effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals in this series of half-hour teleconference presentations in which leading scientists present the latest research on endocrine disruption and the immune system, the metabolic system, the brain, behavior and more.

New EDCs added to ChemSec's SIN List (10/14)

On the 8th of October the SIN List was updated with additional 28 chemicals that ChemSec has identified as being Substances of Very High Concern. Watch this presentation by Dr. Carol Kwiatkowski at the launch of the updated SIN List and SINimilarity: The new SIN List substances and the science behind their inclusion.

2014 EDC teleconference series (1/14)

Learn about the broad range of effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals in this monthly teleconference series of half-hour lectures in which leading scientists present the latest research on endocrine disruption and the immune system, the metabolic system, the brain, behavior and more.

Listen now to the Nov 19th call with Frederick vom Saal: BPA and Health: New Research Focuses on Routes of Exposure.

Listen now to the Oct 15th call with Michele La Merrill: Cold Feet: Perinatal DDT Exposure Increases Risk of Insulin Resistance.

Listen now to the Sep 17th call with Michael Ross and Mina Desai: Maternal Bisphenol A Programs Offspring Metabolic Syndrome.

Listen now to the Jun 18th call with Juliette Legler: Prenatal Exposure to EDCs and Obesity: Combining Toxicology and Epidemiology.

Listen now to the May 21st call with Retha Newbold: CLARITY-BPA: A Novel Approach to Study Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals.

Listen now to the Apr 16th call with Philippe Grandjean: Chemical Brain Drain: How the Next Generation's Brain Functions are Endangered by EDCs and Other Environmental Chemicals.

Listen now to the Mar 19th call with Dr. Frederica Perera: Effects of Prenatal Exposures to EDCs on Childhood Development.

Listen now to the Feb 19th call with Dr. Jamie DeWitt: Endocrine Disruption of the Neuro-immune Interface.

Listen now to the Jan 8th call with Dr. Rodney Dietert: Endocrine Disruption and Immune Dysfunction.

New study on endocrine disruptors near natural gas operations (12/13)

Kassotis CD, Tillitt DE, Davis JW, Hormann AM, Nagel SC. 2013. Estrogen and androgen receptor activities of hydraulic fracturing chemicals and surface and ground water in a drilling-dense region.Endocrinology: doi:10.1210/en.2013-1697.

Earth Focus video on endocrine disruption (12/13)

Earth Focus recently produced an excellent 27 minute video on endocrine disruption: UNSAFE: The Truth Behind Everyday Chemicals.

TEDX Celebrates its 10th Anniversary (10/13)

Click here to see comments sent from around the world, congratulating TEDX on 10 years as a non-profit and Dr. Colborn on her transition to President Emeritus.

The Critical Windows of Development Website tool has been entirely redesigned (10/13)

Don't miss it! Click here to view the new timeline.

The TEDX List of Potential Endocrine Disruptors (10/13)

The TEDX List can now be searched by chemical name, CAS number or any of 14 categories of chemical use/source. A short video tutorial is also available on how to navigate the list. Click here for more.

Bisphenol A and Human Health: A Review of the Literature (9/13)

Accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Reproductive Toxicology, this TEDX review confirms that BPA can be harmful to humans at levels experienced by the general population, and well below levels considered safe by the EPA. Click here to read the abstract and download a copy of the article.

WHO/UNEP report describes hormone-disrupting chemicals as a 'global threat' (2/13).

Click here to read an Environmental Health News report on the release, with links to the full report.

TEDX on TEDx - See Theo Colborn on Youtube (12/12)

In October, 2012, Theo Colborn gave a presentation at a TEDxMidAtlantic event in Washington DC in which she read a letter she sent to the President and First Lady of the United States. In the letter, she reminds them of the current epidemics of endocrine-related disorders and describes how the laws that were supposed to protect us have let us down. She closes with two practical suggestions for the President to take action. Click here to view the presentation on Youtube.

An Exploratory Study of Air Quality near Natural Gas Operations (11/12)

This paper was peer-reviewed and accepted for publication by Human and Ecological Risk Assessment (November 9, 2012). Click here to read the abstract and download the paper.

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals - New Directions in Science and Policy (7/12)

Carol Kwiatkowski, Executive Director of TEDX, speaks on current directions in endocrine disruption science, why the old system of setting safety standards doesn’t work for endocrine disruptors, and how the principles of endocrinology can be used to create a better system.

Click here to listen to the presentation.

Pivotal scientific paper on effects of low dose exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (3/12)

Authored by Laura Vandenberg and 11 other leading experts in the field, including TEDX's founder Theo Colborn, this paper has implications for legislation and chemical regulation.

Download the paper.

Read Linda Birnbaum's Editorial in Environmental Health Perspectives.

Read Laura Vandenberg's Opinion piece in Environmental Health News.

Read Marla Cone's Environmental Health News Report on the paper.

TEDX releases a one-page Fact Sheet on Endocrine Disruption (11/11)

Click here to download the Fact Sheet (pdf).

The Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Exposure Elimination Act of 2011 (7/11)

Click here to read about this bill and learn what you can do to support it.

TEDX List of Potential Endocrine Disruptors (4/11)

Click here to read about and download the newly released TEDX List of Potential Endocrine Disruptors containing approximately 800 chemicals.

Award winning film Bag It to air on Public Television (3/11)

Click here to link to the Bag It website and find out how you can view this great film, clean up the environment and work towards reducing exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals. Click here for the latest news on Bag It and how to find show times on your local PBS station.

TEDX releases a new spreadsheet and summary of the health effects of chemicals used during natural gas operations (1/11)

Click here for TEDX's database and summary of the potential health effects of chemicals used during natural gas operations. The list currently contains nearly 1,000 products, but it is by no means complete.

New TEDX webpage: Endocrine Disruption Broadly Defined (11/10)

New legislation regulating toxic chemicals must employ a broad definition of endocrine disruption...read more.

Chlorpyrifos data now available on TEDX’s Critical Windows of Development (10/10)

Chlorpyrifos now joins bisphenol A, phthalates, and dioxin in the Critical Windows of Development timeline, which reveals effects of chlorpyrifos on the central nervous system, thyroid, heart, liver and more in laboratory animals experiencing prenatal and early postnatal exposure. Click here to see the timeline.

Manuscript accepted for publication: Natural Gas Operations from a Public Health Perspective (9/10)

TEDX continues to use scientific evidence to support the fight against irresponsible natural gas production. Our manuscript Natural Gas Operations from a Public Health Perspective has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of  Human and Ecological Risk Assessment, a peer-reviewed scientific journal. The paper illustrates the urgent need for full disclosure of the chemicals used during natural gas operations. Click here to download the manuscript. While in press, please cite the article as:

Colborn T, Kwiatkowski C, Schultz K, Bachran M. 2010 Sep 4 (in press). Natural gas operations from a public health perspective. International Journal of Human & Ecological Risk Assessment.   

TEDX releases a statement on The Fossil Fuel Connection (9/10)

Extracting, processing, and burning fossil fuels (natural gas, oil and coal) introduces huge volumes of harmful chemicals into our environment. These chemicals, and the tens of thousands of chemical products synthesized from them, are now present in every environment on earth, including the womb. Extremely low concentrations of many chemicals can damage the endocrine system of our bodies by interfering with the intricate, delicate network of natural chemical interactions critical to healthy development and normal function. Click here to download the full statement.

The Story of Stuff Project presents: The Story of Cosmetics (8/10)

What are all those chemicals in your shampoo? your lipstick? your aftershave? And what do they have to do with asthma, cancer and learning disabilities? Click here to go to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics website and see this 8 minute video.

CHEM Trust releases a report linking pesticide exposure to certain cancers (7/10)

CHEM (Chemicals, Health and Environment Monitoring) Trust recently reviewed the role pesticides play in some cancers. Are children, farmers and pesticide users at risk? Click here to download a pdf of their report.

Gasland wins Sundance Special Jury Prize (3/10)

See what one man and a banjo can do when Josh Fox tours the country revealing the devastating effects natural gas drilling is having on our country. Click here to go to the Gasland website.

The Colorado Safe Personal Care Products Act (3/10)

House Bill 1248 was introduced into the Colorado State Legislature on February 3, 2010. The act would prohibit manufacturers from distributing or selling in Colorado personal care products that contain known and probable carcinogens and reproductive toxins. The bill creates “a private right of action,” whereby any person can file a suit alleging a violation of the law. For more information, click here to go to the Women's Lobby of Colorado website.

NIEHS Director Dr. Linda Birnbaum gives testimony on endocrine disruptors in drinking water (2/10)

On February 25, 2010, Dr. Linda Birnbaum, Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences provided testimony before the US House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, at a hearing titled "Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Drinking Water: Risks to Human Health and the Environment". This beautifully written testimony is worth the read - click here to download the pdf.

Environmental Working Group releases a new report: Drilling Around the Law (1/10)

Companies drilling for natural gas and oil are skirting federal law and injecting toxic petroleum distillates into thousands of wells, threatening drinking water supplies from New York to Wyoming. Federal and state regulators, meanwhile, largely look the other way. Click here to link to the executive summary and download the full report.

The Endocrine Disruption Prevention Act of 2009 (12/09)

On December 3, 2009, Congressman Jim Moran and Senator John Kerry introduced The Endocrine Disruption Prevention Act of 2009 to authorize an ambitious research program in endocrine disruption at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). Click here to read an overview, download a copy of the bill, read a press release, get a fact sheet, see a list of supporters and add your support to the bill.

TEDX has just released two new videos (10/09)

TEDX is proud to announce that we have produced two of Dr. Colborn's most popular lectures, posted them for viewing on our website and are providing them free of charge to the public.

Click here to read about and view/order The Male Predicament.

Click here to read about and view/order What You Need to Know About Natural Gas Production.

Split Estate world premier (10/09)

Split Estate maps a tragedy in the making, as citizens in the path of a new drilling boom struggle against the erosion of their civil liberties, their communities and their health. As our appetite for fossil fuels increases despite mounting public health concerns, Split Estate drives home the need for real alternatives  — both here and abroad.  Click here for the Split Estate website, including a trailer and viewing dates and times.

Doug Abrams' novel Eye of the Whale (9/09)

Eye of the Whale is an action-packed fiction, laced with scientific accuracy, that has the potential to open the eyes of millions of people to "the other ED" -endocrine disruption. Click here to link to Abrams' website where you can read sample pages and see video footage.

Endocrine disruption is discussed by NY Times op-ed columnist Nicholas Kristof (7/09)

July 15th: Nicholas Kristof calls on Obama and Congress to pay attention to phthalates. Click here to link to the column.

June 27th: Nicholas Kristof writes about links between fish, frogs, and feminized boys and the slow pace at which government is addressing endocrine disrupting chemicals. Click here to link to the column.

See Kristof's interview with Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report. Click here for the humorous video clip.

The Endocrine Society issues a scientific statement on endocrine disrupting chemicals (6/09)

In their first scientific statement, The Endocrine Society presents evidence that endocrine disrupting chemicals affect reproduction, metabolism, the brain, thyroid, heart, cancer and obesity. Click here for a pdf of the published statement.

EPA's pesticide testing is outdated (4/09)

Dr. Theo Colborn responds to the EPA's announcement of their plans to test 67 pesticide ingredients for endocrine disrupting effects. Click here to read the article published in Scientific American.

New state-based summaries for natural gas operations (4/09)

TEDX has expanded and updated its summaries of the health effects of chemicals used in natural gas operations. Click here to see new state-based information.

Critical Windows of Development (2/09)

TEDX announces its newest release! The Critical Windows of Development is a unique interactive webpage that pairs normal human development in the womb with laboratory research showing where and when low-dose exposure to bisphenol-A, phthalates and dioxin has effects. Click here to view the Critical Windows of Development.

Dr. Theo Colborn Receives Award (11/08)

TEDX is proud to announce that Theo Colborn was one of four recipients of Sweden's prestigious Göteborg Award in 2008. The award was founded in 1999 by the Swedish city of Göteborg and several interested companies. Its purpose is to stimulate and encourage strategic work for national and international sustainable development. Click here for more information on the Goteborg award.