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Insecticides on Home Floors:Results from the American Healthy Homes Survey

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 22, 2010 12:00 AM
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Floors in most American homes are contaminated with insecticides, according to the American Healthy Homes Survey, conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).* The EPA sought to collect nationally representative data on current levels of insecticides that people might be exposed to in their homes. Knowledge of home exposure combined with exposure from other sources such as food, can help EPA assess human health risks, especially for children.* read more...

Parkinson's Disease and Pesticide Exposure: New Research

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 21, 2010 12:00 AM

Parkinson's disease affects mostly older people and is characterized by tremors, rigidity, slow movements, and poor balance. It appeared to be a new disease when it was first described as a "shaking palsy" almost 200 years ago. read more...

Eating organic food protects children from pesticide exposure

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 20, 2010 12:00 AM

Children who switched to eating organically-grown food greatly reduced their exposure to organophosphate insecticides. Scientists from Seattle and Atlanta just published the results of their study which linked pesticides in children's urine to pesticide residues on food. Scientists worry that organophosphates might harm children's developing nervous systems. read more...

Minimum Risk Pesticides

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 19, 2010 12:00 AM
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Federal law requires that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulate pesticides that are defined to include products such as insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and rodenticides. Pesticides must undergo a registration process that helps identify health and environmental hazards. read more...

Western Parks Polluted by Airborne Contaminants

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 18, 2010 12:00 AM

Pristine parks in America's western states have become polluted by airborne contaminants from agriculture, industry, and urbanization. read more...

USDA's Annual Summary of Pesticides in Food and Water

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 17, 2010 12:00 AM

The food we eat and the water we drink is often contaminated with pesticides. With a system of agriculture that relies heavily on the use of pesticides – herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides – it's not surprising that residues of these chemicals turn up in our food and water. read more...

What's on Our Food?

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 16, 2010 12:00 AM

Pesticides commonly contaminate America's food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) publishes an annual pesticide data report that provides reliable information on pesticide residues in food, with emphasis on items eaten by infants and children. This data helps the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimate potential health risks from dietary exposure. read more...

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Linked to Herbicides in Two New Studies

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 15, 2010 12:00 AM

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) is a group of different types of malignant lymphatic diseases that share some features but not others. In two recent health surveys, herbicide exposure was highlighted as a significant NHL risk factor. A Swedish study focused on risks of exposure to various types of pesticides while a German study concentrated on occupational risk factors for a mostly rural population. read more...

Insecticide Residues in Child Care Centers

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 14, 2010 12:00 AM

About 13 million children in the United States spend some part of the day in child care. Now researchers have confirmed that child care centers are a place where children are potentially exposed to pesticides. read more...

Mixture of Corn Pesticides Harms Frogs

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 13, 2010 12:00 AM
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Tyrone Hayes an amphibian biologist at the University of California, jolted the pesticide industry when he demonstrated that tiny amounts of the widely used herbicide atrazine cause tadpoles' sexual development to go awry. Now he and his research team have published another important finding: a mixture of pesticides often used when growing corn in the Midwest causes more problems for frogs, again at stunningly low concentrations. read more...