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Mosquito Spraying for West Nile Virus

by aseligmann — last modified Aug 03, 2010 12:00 AM

There are no comprehensive statistics about how many illnesses or environmental problems are caused by mosquito spraying, even though such incidents occur frequently. The following incidents are examples of the kinds of problems that have been reported to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) following insecticide spray programs around the country. read more...

Study Links Herbicide use and Cancer

by aseligmann — last modified Aug 02, 2010 12:00 AM

A series of studies has found that farmers develop non-Hodgkin's lymphoma more often than other people do, but until now it has been difficult for scientists to explain why this increase occurs. New research, however, shows that exposure to the herbicide glyphosate, commonly sold as Roundup, is one explanation. The study was published in 2003 by researchers at the National Cancer Institute, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Kansas University Medical Center, and the University of Iowa College of Medicine. read more...

Insecticide Exposure is Common: Kids are Exposed More than Adults

by aseligmann — last modified Aug 01, 2010 12:00 AM

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), is the first study to look at insecticide exposures of a statistical sample of all Americans. Recently, CDC scientists published an analysis of how insecticide exposure varies among Americans of different age read more...

Minimizing Children's Exposure to Pesticides is Prudent

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 31, 2010 12:00 AM

Do pesticides cause special problems for children? A new review of a series of research studies completed during the last decade suggests that the answer to this question is yes, and that we need to be sure that children are being exposed to pesticides as little as possible. read more...

Permethrin and Hormones

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 30, 2010 12:00 AM

In recent years, scientists have become increasing concerned about the ability of pesticides and other chemicals to disrupt our hormone systems. Hormones are chemical messengers that control importnat processes like growth, development, and sexual function so these concerns are significant. New research shows that the common household insecticide – permethrin – can disrupt hormones. read more...

Exposure to Fungicides Linked with Nerve Damage

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 29, 2010 12:00 AM

Most researchers agree that high levels of exposure to certain pesticides damage nerves, but there has been more controversy about whether long-term moderate exposure to pesticides can damage our nervous system. A new review compiles research showing that this kind of exposure to insecticides, fungicides, and fumigants is linked with nerve damage. The researchers noted the links with fungicide use, as these were unexpected. read more...

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...

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...

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...

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...