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NEW STUDIES ON MCS

FROM: Anne Steinemann <anne.steinemann@unimelb.edu.au>

Dear Friends:

Thank you for your interest in my research on chemical exposures, fragranced products, and adverse health effects.

It’s been a productive year: 14 new journal articles published on this topic. Many thanks to my students, colleagues, and all of you.

You can obtain these and related articles, free of charge, on my website:

https://www.drsteinemann.com/publications.html

In particular, I might like to draw your attention to a few of the articles (listed below).

(1) International prevalence of chemical sensitivity and fragrance sensitivity. Across four countries (United States, Australia, United Kingdom, Sweden), 19.9% of the general population report chemical sensitivity, 7.4% report medically diagnosed MCS, and 32.2% report fragrance sensitivity (i.e., health problems from fragranced consumer products). For individuals with asthma or with autism, the prevalences are several times higher. (See Table 1 of the paper.)
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11869-019-00672-1

(2) Emissions from dryer vents during use of fragrance and fragrance-free products Switching from fragranced to fragrance-free laundry products significantly reduced emissions of limonene (an irritant that can generate hazardous air pollutants such as formaldehyde).
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11869-018-0643-8

(3) Asthma and effects from fragranced products. Among Americans with asthma/asthma-like conditions, 64.3% report health problems, such as breathing difficulties, when exposed to fragranced consumer products such as air fresheners.
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11869-017-0536-2

(4) Autism and effects from fragranced products. Among individuals with autism/ASDs, 83.7% report health problems, such as migraine headaches, when exposed to fragranced consumer products such as air fresheners.
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11869-018-0625-x

(5) Emissions from essential oils (both regular and organic). All essential oils tested emitted chemicals classified as hazardous (such as toluene), with no significant difference between the regular and “organic” essential oils.
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11869-018-0606-0
accepted pre-publication pdf
http://nebula.wsimg.com/81e47269a4d218f17f42c5613b679726?AccessKeyId=5D08F679D61730E5CF3A&disposition=0&alloworigin=1

(6) Emissions from fragranced baby products (both regular and organic). All baby products tested emitted chemicals classified as hazardous, with no significant difference between the regular and “organic” fragranced baby products.
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11869-018-0593-1

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Media coverage:

Our research has been covered in over 30 countries this year. For instance:

Documentary on SBS (Australian national television):
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/the-feed/mcs-the-condition-that-affects-one-million-australians-but-is-dismissed-by-doctors

Facebook link:

MCS: The illness crippling Australians, dismissed by doctors

This condition affects one million Australians, but it's dismissed by doctors.

Posted by The Feed SBS VICELAND on Monday, August 13, 2018


You can find additional examples of media coverage (e.g., television and radio programs, newspaper and magazine articles) on my website at:
http://www.drsteinemann.com/media-coverage.html

Warmest regards,

Anne

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Anne Steinemann

Professor of Civil Engineering
Chair of Sustainable Cities
Dept of Infrastructure Engineering
The University of Melbourne
Parkville VIC 3010 Australia

Adjunct Professor of Science and Engineering
James Cook University
Townsville QLD 4811 Australia