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Chemicals in personal care products found in Chicago's air

Looking for traces of personal care products in the air isn't something that would occur to most of us, but it is all in a days work for researchers from the University of Iowa. In a recent study of air quality in Chicago, Cedar Rapids, and West Branch, Keri Hornbuckle and her colleagues found high concentrations of cyclic siloxane compounds. Commonly used in soaps, lotions, and shampoos, these chemicals are known to be toxic to lab animals and wildlife, affecting their reproduction and causing changes in their nervous and immune systems. To learn more, check out a recent article in Scientific American.

For the full report:
Yucuis, R.A., C. O. Stanier, and K. C. Hornbuckle. 2013. Chemosphere. Cyclic siloxanes in air, including identification of high levels in Chicago and distinct diurnal variation. Article in Press.

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 12:18PM on 6/25/2013
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