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"Endocrine disruptors" are a broad term for chemical substances that may disrupt the hormonal systems of humans and wildlife by mimicking or blocking the action of normal hormones. The best-known example is synthetic estrogens. DDT, dioxins, PCBs, and certain epoxy resins are among the chemicals that may act as endocrine system disruptors.
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Öko-Recherche - Analyses of material flows of chemicals in the environment, including endocrine-disrupting industrial chemicals. [Site in English and German. Flags are language selectors.] e.hormone: At the Cutting Edge of Endocrine Disruptor Research. - Provide information about: upcoming conferences, the latest in research techniques and results, commentaries from distinguished scholars in the field, links to related news and stories. Hormonally Active Agents in the Environment - 1999 National Academy of Sciences report (1) examines the science behind the ominous prospect of "estrogen mimics" threatening health and well-being and (2) identifies research needs. Purchase book or read it online. Introduction to Hormone Disrupting Chemicals - An introduction to the effects of hormone disrupting chemicals on man and the environment, and the response of governments and industry to this problem. Written for anyone interested in the subject. Includes internet links and other references. Endocrine/Estrogen Letter - Newsletter and comprehensive set of endocrine disrupter links. International POPs Elimination Network - IPEN works for the global elimination of persistent organic pollutants. Information on PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) including health effects, international, national and local policy efforts, elimination technology, and links to further research and resources. Our Stolen Future - Provides updates about endocrine disruption created by man-made chemical contaminants that interfere with hormones in humans and wildlife. Dioxin Facts - Chlorine Chemistry Council provides information regarding dioxins, their release into the environment, and their effects on human health. PCB Home Page at EPA - Provides information on Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB's). Background, resources and links to many topics. The Dioxin Home Page - Personal home page by Lewis A. Shadoff, Ph.D., discusses dioxins, furans, and similar toxic substances, including what they are and where they are found. Weed Killer Deforms Sex Organs in Frogs, Study Finds - New York Times report on University of California study that found that male frogs exposed to very low doses of atrazine are deficient in testosterone and can develop multiple sex organs. Dioxin Threat - A report on the technical and social implications of dioxin. New Studies Confirm Dangers of Atrazine, a Widely Used Agricultural Weed-Killer - NRDC website describes research suggesting the atrazine is a carcinogen and causes sexual abnormalities in male frogs.
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