Health & Welfare

State passes up federal disabilities aid for jobless, despite backlogs
State passes up federal disabilities aid for jobless, despite backlogs

Thousands of people with disabilities must wait for months to access state employment services, although the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation has not requested the full amount of federal funds available to it for the past three years, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism has found.

Endocrine disruptors: What can I do?

Advice from experts on how to limit your exposure and your impact on the environment.

Experts avoid sounding alarm on chemicals — but adjust their own habits

“It’s hard not to make people too worried about a lot of things,” said UW-Madison pediatric endocrinologist Ellen Connor, after running through a plethora of hypothesized health effects — genital abnormalities, tumors, lower sperm counts, diabetes, early puberty — and an equally long list of worrisome chemicals.

Tainted fish

The four groups of chemicals that trigger consumption advisories — PCBs, mercury, dioxins and PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfate) — have all been associated with endocrine disruption.

Environmental agencies respond to questions about endocrine disruptors

Emails from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Minnow reveals wastewater’s toxic effects

Males exposed to chemicals managed to mate if other males were not around. But if they had to compete with the control males, however, they “suffered nearly total reproductive failure”: They had no game.

Profiles: Chemicals in the water

More about nonylphenol and BPA, two chemicals commonly found in Minnesota’s waters.

Concerns grow about hormone-disrupting chemicals in Wisconsin water
Concerns grow about hormone-disrupting chemicals in Wisconsin water

Endocrine disruptors have been called a “global threat” to people and wildlife, but Wisconsin is lagging behind Minnesota in testing its waters for them.

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