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Lessons from the Burden of Toxic Chemicals We Carry In our Bodies

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 26, 2010 12:00 AM
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We are all carrying a surprising number of toxic chemicals in our bodies, according to a number of studies including some conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But what is the source of this exposure? What can we do to prevent it? A new assessment concludes that much of the exposure comes from products (including pesticides) and building materials that we use in our homes, workplaces, and the other indoor places where we spend our time. Since these exposures are mostly not regulated by environmental laws, we need to protect ourselves by using nontoxic alternatives. read more...

How Are Children Exposed to Household Insecticides?

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 25, 2010 12:00 AM
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Activities like playing on carpets, putting toys in the mouth, and relaxing on the couch with a baby bottle are common ways for toddlers and children to spend time. Some of these activities mean that kids are more likely to be exposed to household insecticides than adults. A recent study looked at which children's activities are most closely associated with pesticide exposure and found that the amount of time young children drinking from baby bottles was linked to the amount of pesticides exposure the children received following a household insecticide treatment. read more...