Things We’ve Read: Week of March 10th, 2014

Armed with Arm Candy (Environmental Health News): Researchers test slightly modified silicone bracelets for 1,200 substances and detected several dozen compounds – everything from caffeine and cigarette smoke to flame retardants and pesticides.

FDA Official Rejects Cosmetics Firms’ Safety Proposal (Wall Street Journal): “The cosmetics industry is fighting against modern regulation. It’s the Wild West as to what the industry puts in its products.” The FDA Official Rejects Cosmetics Firms’ Safety Proposal

Leave Mothering Decisions to Mothers (The Atlantic): New studies question the importance of two behaviors mothers are often shamed for: drinking during pregnancy and not breastfeeding

Secondhand Smoke Tied to Miscarriages, Stillbirths (Reuters): Pregnant women who have been exposed to high levels of secondhand smoke have a higher rate of miscarriages, stillbirths and fetal deaths, a new study suggests.

Warning Signs: How Pesticides Harm the Young Brain (Fern): Researchers have been trying to unravel the tangled effects of pesticides and other chemicals on children’s development.