Household chemicals cause cancer and infertility - EEA
According to a report that has been published by the European Environment Agency(EEA), health problems such as cancer, infertility and obesity could all be linked to certain chemicals in household products and cosmetics.
The EEA has said products containing 'endocrine disrupting chemicals', otherwise known as EDCs, should be avoided, or at least treated with caution.
However, it stopped short of suggesting a ban on certain products, saying more research needs to be done to be able to better understand the effect they can have on human health.
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"Scientific research gathered over the last few decades shows us that endocrine disruption is a real problem, with serious effects on wildlife, and possibly people,” commented Jacqueline McGlade, the EEA’s executive director.
She added: “It would be prudent to take a precautionary approach to many of these chemicals until their effects are more fully understood.”
Specifically, she asked for five different types of chemicals to be investigated further.
These include phthalates, which are most commonly used in pesticides, bisphenol A and PCBs which are used to manufacture plastics, and parabens, which are often used in cosmetics and sunscreens.
ECDs are also present in contraceptive medication, such as the Pill, and more research into these has also been requested.
However, according to McGlade, it is not just one chemical that contributes to health problems such as cancer, infertility and obesity.
She believes it is more of a “cocktail effect”, when humans are exposed to many different chemicals at one time.
The European Environment Agency’s report, which was launched yesterday at Brunel University in the UK, has reviewed the findings of 15 years worth of research into the effect of such chemicals.
The 'Weybridge +15' report has been titled ‘The impacts of endocrine disrupters on wildlife, people and their environments.’
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LG launches purpose-built smart TV for hospitals
LG Business Solutions USA has announced two new hospital TVs that are designed to improve patient management and engagement while adhering to critical safety standards for healthcare facilities.
One of the TVs is LG's biggest ever screen for a hospital - the 65-inch 4K Ultra HD model. It has LG’s NanoCell display technology, enabling it to display vivid pictures, and provides built-in support for hospital pillow speakers and embedded broadband LAN capability, so hospitals can deliver video on demand without requiring a separate set-top box in the patient room.
It also includes configuration software with an intuitive interface for setting up the TV to work in a hospital setting, plus a software-enabled access point feature that turns the TV into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The second TV screen is the 15-inch Personal Healthcare Smart Touch TV with a multi-touch screen. It is designed to be installed on an adjustable arm for use in shared spaces or smaller patient rooms and will support LG's new, modular LG AM-AC21EA video camera, and HD video communication.
Both include support for video conferencing, and are UL Certified for use in healthcare facilities, a global safety standard. They also feature LG’s integrated Pro:Centric hospital management solutions, allowing hospitals and LG’s patient engagement development partners to personalise a patient's room, providing entertainment, hospital information, services, patient education, and more.
Additionally its communication platform makes it possible to conduct video calls between patients and clinicians or family.
“Our newest LG hospital TVs reflect ongoing feedback from the industry and include capabilities integrated to meet the unique needs of a critical market” said Tom Mottlau, Director of Healthcare Solutions, LG Electronics USA.
“Our healthcare patient engagement development partners requested an upgradable version of webOS for our Pro:Centric smart TV platform so they could more easily introduce new features for their hospital customers. For the latest versions of webOS, LG worked closely with our partners to make their request a reality and to deliver a hospital TV platform that can evolve over time.”