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Poisonings from Rodent Baits

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 28, 2010 12:00 AM
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Thousands of children are poisoned every year from accidentally eating rodent baits. A report compiled annually from incidents reported to poison control centers shows just how big this problem is. read more...

Ontario Family Physicians Systematic Review

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 27, 2010 12:00 AM
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Is there solid scientific evidence to show that pesticide exposure is harmful to human health? Sometimes this question is thought to have a controversial answer, especially among health professionals. However, the Ontario College of Family Physicians just completed a year-long systematic review of published research and concluded that there are "consistent links to serious illnesses." read more...

Common Herbicide Linked with Pregnancy Problems and Hormone Disruption

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 27, 2010 12:00 AM

New research often finds that pesticides cause unexpected effects on our health. A recent study of the commonly used herbicide Roundup not only found unexpected effects, but also found that the combination of ingredients in Roundup was more toxic than glyphosate, the so-called "active" ingredient in Roundup. read more...

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...

Preemergent Herbicides on Home Landscapes

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 24, 2010 12:00 AM

In order to achieve a perfect lawn, many people use 'preemergent' herbicides. These are applied before weeds come up in the spring and prevent weed development. read more...

Childhood Leukemia & Lymphoma And Pesticide Exposure

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 23, 2010 12:00 AM

Two common childhood cancers have been linked to prenatal exposure to household pesticides according to a December 2007 study. read more...

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...