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Manuel Suárez

‘Quats’ in your bathroom cleaners may harm fertility – A common ingredient used in wide array of household products, from toothpaste to disinfecting cleaners, may inhibit the function of mitochondria, the powerhouses of the cell, and hormone functions in cells, a new in-vitro study suggests. The ingredients in question are called quaternary ammonium compounds, or “quats.”

“The results from this study are concerning because almost everyone is exposed to quats on a regular basis.” They’re used as antiseptics in toothpastes, mouthwashes, lozenges, nasal sprays, eye drops, shampoos, lotions, intravaginal spermicidal sponges, and household cleaners, to name a few. “Disinfectants that we are putting on and in our bodies, and using in our environment, have been shown to inhibit mitochondrial energy production and the cellular estrogen response,” says biochemist Gino Cortopassi in the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Effects on estrogen Mitochondria are critical cell structures that generate energy. Not a safe alternative? Earthquake in Mexico | The All I Need. A magnitude 8.4 earthquake has shaken southwest Mexico, according to the National Seismological Service. The epicenter of the earthquake, at 4:49 am (GMT), has been in the state of Chiapas and has had several aftershocks.

Authorities have activated the tsunami alert in the Pacific and are going to evacuate coastal areas in the south of the country as well as Guatemala, Uniradio reports. In Guatemala the recorded tremor has been of magnitude 7.3 on the Richter open scale, according to the first information from the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology. In addition to Mexico and Guatemala, the tsunami alert affects El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras and Ecuador. The earthquake, which originated 137 kilometers southwest of Tonalá and 33 kilometers deep, has been felt violently in Mexico City.