London Daily Mail: Toothpaste chemical ‘that can leave unborn babies brain damaged.’

A chemical in toothpastes and soaps has been linked with brain damage to babies in the womb. Scientists fear pregnant women who are exposed to high levels of the chemical, called triclosan, may be putting their babies at risk. Alarming new findings suggest triclosan may disrupt the flow of blood to the uterus, starving a baby’s brain of the oxygen it needs to develop properly. Last night researchers involved in the study called for urgent investigations into the dangers to unborn babies. More . . .

Reuters: Study links cellphones to child misbehavior.

Researchers studying the health effects of cellphones say they have found evidence that when pregnant women use them regularly, their children are more likely to have behavioral problems.

The study, sure to renew controversy over the safety of mobile telephones, does not demonstrate that cellphone use causes the behavioral problems and does not suggest a possible way that they could. But the researchers say their findings are worth checking out.

“It is hard to understand how such low exposures could be influential,” Dr. Leeka Kheifets, an epidemiologist at the University of California Los Angeles who led the study, said in a telephone interview. “It is just something that needs to be pursued.” More . . .

Bloomberg News: Lead in most U.S. holiday tree lights poses hazard for kids, group says.

Fifty-four percent of holiday lights tested in a U.S. study had more lead than regulators permit in children’s products, with some strands containing more than 30 times those levels.

Consumers should wash their hands after handling holiday lights, according to HealthyStuff.org, a product-information website that posted the data today. The Ecology Center, the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based group which runs HealthyStuff.org, tested 68 light sets in the study. More . . .

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