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FDA rules to ban ingredients in antimicrobial soaps

September 2, 2016

FDA issues final rule on safety and effectiveness of antibacterial soaps Rule removes triclosan and triclocarban from over-the-counter antibacterial hand and body washes The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a final rule establishing that over-the-counter (OTC) consumer antiseptic wash products containing certain active ingredients can no longer be marketed. Companies will no longer be able to market antibacterial washes with these ingredients because manufacturers did not...

Monterey Bay Aquarium Sustainable Foods Institute

August 18, 2016

Rolf Halden, Ph.D., Director, Biodesign Center for Environmental Security, to speak on a panel titled “Marine Plastics: What’s the Catch?” The Monterey Bay Aquarium Sustainable Foods Institute is a two-day, invitation-only event designed for a primary audience of national food and environment journalists. The institute convenes experts in diverse fields of fisheries, aquaculture, agriculture, food service, policy and academia to address critical emerging topics in...

Tracking water contamination

August 17, 2016

A new environmental monitoring device has been pioneered by Rolf Halden's Center for Environmental Security. Rolf Halden's innovative in situ sampler was recentlly featured in Environmental Monitor, a trade magazine for environmental professionals.  Here's the article below:  "For common water quality parameters like pH or dissolved oxygen, there are plenty of devices out there to measure them. For low-level contaminants like pesticides, however, the...

Halden kicks off American Chemical Society's Annual Meeting Plenary Session

August 17, 2016

Biodesign's own Rolf Halden will kickoff the upcoming 252nd American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition in Philadelphia with a plenary talk.  The plenary session, scheduled for Sunday, August 21, from 3-6pm is called "Chemistry of the People, by the People, for the People." The thematic program was organized by Rudy M. Baum, freelance science writer and the retired editor-in-chief of Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly news magazine...

252nd American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition

August 10, 2016

Rolf Halden, Ph.D., Director, Biodesign Center for Environmental Security, to speak on "Urban Metabolism Metrology – A New Discipline Elucidating the Human Condition in Cities Around the World" >>Visit conference website

12th Annual LC/MS/MS Workshop on Environmental Applications and Food Safety

June 20, 2016

Keynote speaker: Rolf U. Halden, Ph.D., Biodesign Center for Environmental Security "Urban Metabolism and Population Metrology Informed by Tandem Mass Spectrometry and Mass Balance Analyses" >>Full conference program

Urban Metabolism

May 20, 2016

What can a wastewater treatment plant tell us about the health of a population? Despite having a bad reputation for being the smelly place at the end of the pipeline, wastewater treatment plants are flush with a wealth of human health information. Rolf Halden, PhD, professor and director of the Biodesign Center for Environmental Security at Arizona State University can use the input and output from wastewater treatment plants to determine the health, lifestyle and consumption of a...

Innovative device traces chemicals affecting human and environmental health

February 23, 2016

Every hour, a multitude of chemicals complete their use life in homes, agricultural fields and industries and flood into the environment. The ultimate fate of these compounds is often poorly understood, as are the risks they may pose to humans and the ecosystems that are essential for our survival as a species. In a new study, a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional team of researchers headed by Rolf Halden, director of the Center for Environmental Security at Arizona State University’s...

Are Antibacterial Soaps Safe?

February 17, 2016

An article in The Wall Street Journal asked: "Is the quest for clean doing more harm than good?” “That’s the question at the heart of a debate between cleaning-products makers, researchers and environmental advocates. The outcome could affect millions of Americans who use antibacterial soaps, body washes and shower gels to fight germs—as well as the companies that supply the $5.5 billion market for soap, bath and shower products.” “In September, the Food and Drug...

Everyday Hazards: How to make healthy and green purchases

January 20, 2016

Buyer beware, some of the products we use every day to keep us clean and healthy, might contain ingredients that are really causing us and the environment harm.  Whether it’s cosmetics to look our best, shampoos, or antibacterial soaps to rid our homes from germs, how do we know which ones are safest and most effective? And how can we make better and more informed decisions when purchasing these products? “There are a few tips consumers can follow, e.g., read the labels and avoid...