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Silent Spring Institute

29 Crafts Street
02458 Newton

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Silent Spring Institute is staffed and led by researchers dedicated to science that serves the public interest. We partner with physicians, public health and community advocates and other scientists to identify and break the links between environmental chemicals and women’s health, especially breast cancer. Our groundbreaking studies have opened new doors to the health risks associated with toxics where we live and work – areas that have been ignored in cancer research. The Institute’s pioneering community-based approach to research has transformed the traditional dynamic between “scientist” and “subject” so both are working side-by-side to uncover findings that can help save lives and stop people from getting sick in the first place. The Institute’s research agenda is defined by these important priorities: Focus on the environment, an under-studied area that can lead to the discovery of preventable causes of cancer, particularly in communities with higher risk; Make women’s health, especially breast cancer, a central rather than peripheral research priority; Support innovation, including new research methods and pilot studies to test new hypotheses; Foster multidisciplinary teams of researchers to integrate their strengths; Foster true collaboration among scientists, physicians, and community members. Silent Spring Institute began in 1994, after members of the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition called for a scientifically sound investigation into elevated breast cancer rates on Cape Cod. They founded “a laboratory of their own” and named it Silent Spring Institute in tribute to Rachel Carson, whose landmark book, Silent Spring, launched the modern environmental movement. Carson died of breast cancer just two years after the book was published.

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    Toxic chemicals in building materials even in "green housing"

    Indoor air pollution can be a problem in many homes, even in eco-friendly buildings. Thanks to a new innovative study led by Silent Spring Institute, researchers have a better idea of where these pollutants come from--which ones come from chemicals leaching out of building materials and whi ... more

    Drugs and other contaminants found in private drinking wells on Cape Cod

    Recent news about tainted water in Flint, Michigan, and other parts of the country have called into question the safety of the nation's drinking water supply. Adding to this, a new study finds that pollutants from household wastewater--pharmaceuticals and consumer product chemicals--can mak ... more

    Low doses of parabene may increase breast cancer risk

    Estrogen-mimicking chemicals called parabens, which are commonly found in an array of personal care products, may be more dangerous at lower doses than previously thought, according to a new study. The findings could have implications for the development of breast cancer and other diseases ... more

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