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Chemicals and Disease

Asthma-Related Chemicals in Massachusetts: an Analysis of Toxics Use Reduction Act Data (.pdf file)
Executive Summary (.pdf file)
The report examines the extent to which chemicals that can cause the initial onset of asthma or trigger subsequent asthma attacks are being used by Massachusetts industries who report under the Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) program. The analysis of use and air release trends was based on a master list of asthma-related substance (Excel).

President's Cancer Panel Fact Sheets, Industrial Carcinogens, Cancer--Air and Water Pollutants, Agriculture and Cancer, Radiation and Cancer. Molly Jacobs, Project Manager in the Lowell Center and Richard Clapp, Adjunct Professor, worked in partnership with the Collaborative on Health and the Environment, Breast Cancer Fund and the Science and Environmental Health Network to develop the following facts sheets focused on each of the four President’s Cancer Panel meeting topics, 2009.

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Environmental and Occupational Causes of Cancer: New Evidence, 2005-2007 By Richard W. Clapp, Molly M. Jacobs, and Edward L. Loechler. Prepared for the Cancer Working Group of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment. October, 2007.
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Environmental and Occupational Causes of Cancer. A Review of Recent Scientific Literature. By Richard W. Clapp, Genevieve K. Howe, and Molly M. Jabobs. Prepared for the Cancer Working Group of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment. September, 2005.
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Toxic Chemicals and Childhood Cancer:  A Review of the Evidence.  By Tami Gouveia-Bigeant and Joel Tickner with contributions from Richard Clapp.  Lowell Center for Sustainable Production.  May, 2003.
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