Navigation Links
Pollution at home lurks unrecognized, instead attributed to large-scale environmental disasters
Date:11/20/2008

WASHINGTON, DC Although Americans are becoming increasingly aware of toxic chemical exposure from everyday household products like bisphenol A in some baby bottles and lead in some toys, women do not readily connect typical household products with personal chemical exposure and related adverse health effects, according to research from the December issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

"People more readily equate pollution with large-scale contamination and environmental disasters, yet the products and activities that form the backdrop to our everyday liveselectronics, cleaners, beauty products, food packagingare a significant source of daily personal chemical exposure that accumulates over time," said sociologist Rebecca Gasior Altman, the lead author of the study, "Pollution Comes Home and Gets Personal: Women's Experience of Household Chemical Exposure."

Altman and her team examined how women interpreted and reacted to information about chemical contamination in their homes and bodies. After reviewing their personal chemical exposure data, most women were surprised and puzzled at the number of contaminants detected. They initially had difficulty relating the chemical results for their homes, located in rural and suburban communities, with their images of environmental problems, which they associated with toxic contamination originating outside the home from military or industrial activities, accidents or dumping.

"This research illustrates how science is beginning to play a paramount role in discovering and redefining environmental problems that are not immediately perceptible through direct experience," Altman said. "Pollution at home has been a blind spot for society. The study documents that an important shift occurs in how people understand environmental pollution, its sources and possible solutions as they learn about chemicals from everyday products that are detectable in urine samples and the household
'/>"/>

Contact: Jackie Cooper
jcooper@asanet.org
202-247-9871
American Sociological Association
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. K-State research: Freshwater pollution costs US at least $4.3 billion a year
2. Mercury pollution causes immune damage to harbor seals
3. Wildfires cause ozone pollution to violate health standards, new study shows
4. Lichens function as indicators of nitrogen pollution in forests
5. Chemical equator discovery will aid pollution mapping
6. Biological selenium removal: The solution to pollution?
7. Lighting research center develops framework for assessing light pollution
8. Living sensor can warn of arsenic pollution
9. Greenland ice core reveals history of pollution in the Arctic
10. Many US public schools in air pollution danger zone
11. Scientists to assess Beijing Olympics air pollution control efforts
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/28/2014)... at the University of Minnesota have developed an animal ... used for muscle regeneration research as well as studies ... The research is published in the current edition of ... no treatment for FSHD, which is thought by many ... FSHD is an unusual genetic disorder because, unlike most ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... compounds that could positively impact the global ... possible, thanks to researchers in Penn State,s ... suppository made from the seaweed-derived food ingredient ... Tenofovir provides a woman-initiated, drug-delivery vehicle that ... transmitted infections during unprotected heterosexual intercourse, the ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... new roads will be built worldwide by 2050. Many ... where they bring an influx of destructive loggers, hunters ... has created a ,global roadmap, for prioritising road building ... demands of development and environmental protection. , The map ... natural importance of ecosystems and a ,road-benefits, layer that ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):UMN researchers find animal model for understudied type of muscular dystrophy 2Sensory-tested drug-delivery vehicle could limit spread of HIV, AIDS 2Sensory-tested drug-delivery vehicle could limit spread of HIV, AIDS 3Study shows where on the planet new roads should and should not go 2Study shows where on the planet new roads should and should not go 3
... Hamilton, Nov. 11, 2013 Researchers at McMaster University have ... and it may serve as a way to measure injury. ... muscle damage biomarker," said Thomas Hawke, principal investigator and an ... at McMaster. "Regardless of the way in which ...
... after giving birth plays a big factor in the quantity and ... University of Missouri have found that subclinical hypocalcemia, which is the ... occurs in many cows after giving birth, is related to higher ... the MU College of Veterinary Medicine, says these higher levels of ...
... his sons less sensitive to the drug and thereby more ... animal study presented by Penn Medicine researchers at Neuroscience 2013, ... The study, led by Mathieu Wimmer, PhD, a post-doctoral researcher ... of Neuroscience in Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine ...
Cached Biology News:Low levels of blood calcium in dairy cows may affect cow health and productivity, MU study finds 2Sons of cocaine-using fathers may resist addiction to drug, Penn Medicine study suggests 2
(Date:8/29/2014)... Due to a misstatement posted by the ... Cell Technology Center, LLC ( ASCTC ) was reported as ... that might benefit ALS patients. Because of ASCTC's exclusive ... technologies and therapeutic applications, FRC listed ASCTC as one of ... who wish not to support research that requires the death ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... 28, 2014 Best Sanitizers, Inc., a ... food processing industry, is asking industry professionals to prepare ... of the E2 soap they’re currently using to the ... . Hand hygiene is critical to fighting cross-contamination ... environment. Six key criteria are identified to evaluate the ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... devices in spintronics, an electronic which is not ... also on their spin and the spin-related magnetism. ... magnetic signals and vice versa. Recently, the research ... of Physics at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in ... Japan, has for the first time realised a ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... SunTrust Robinson Humphrey (STRH) today announced the ... research team in biotechnology and oilfield services.  ... demonstrates our commitment to providing our valued institutional ... decision making," said Biff Woodruff , Head ... significant investments in differentiated content at a time ...
Breaking Biology Technology:The Adult Stem Cell Technology Center, LLC Declines ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Donors Wishing to Support Ethical Research for New Stem Cell Therapies 2The Adult Stem Cell Technology Center, LLC Declines ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Donors Wishing to Support Ethical Research for New Stem Cell Therapies 3Best Sanitizers, Inc. Asks Food Industry Professionals: With Fall Harvest On the Way, Is Your E2 Hand Soap Up to the Task? 2A new, tunable device for spintronics 2A new, tunable device for spintronics 3SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Expands Equity Research in Healthcare and Energy 2SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Expands Equity Research in Healthcare and Energy 3
Identify and characterize Phosphoinositide (PI(3,4,5)P3) binding...
Mouse monoclonal antibody to PAEP - progestagen-associated endometrial protein (placental protein 14, pregnancy-associated endometrial alpha-2-globulin, alpha uterine protein)...
Anti-Human alpha2-Antiplasmin Purified (Polyclonal) (goat IgG)...
Compact, portable device, seals 96 and 384 well plates with preset temperature optimised for Eppendorf heat sealing foils and films. Suitable for plates of different heights. AC input: 50/60 Hz230 V...
Biology Products: