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Toxic Strawberries: The Latest on Methyl Iodide

by Josh Vincent — last modified Aug 06, 2010 02:09 PM

Senator Dianne Feinstein of California is asking the EPA to reconsider its decision to approve methyl iodide for use. read more...

Lawn Herbicides End Up in House Dust

by aseligmann — last modified Aug 06, 2010 12:00 AM

Do herbicides used on your lawn end up inside your house? There are only a few scientific studies that have tried to answer this question. A new study from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) adds to the evidence that herbicides used on lawns are tracked inside houses where they can persist for months or years. read more...

Hazards of Common Flea Insecticides

by aseligmann — last modified Aug 04, 2010 12:00 AM
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Imidacloprid (often sold as Advantage) Imidacloprid is toxic to animal nervous systems. In a test conducted by an imidacloprid manufacturer, it caused tremors in laboratory animals. read more...

Help Pass the Toughest Bill Ever Aimed at Toxic Chemicals

by Josh Vincent — last modified Aug 03, 2010 04:47 PM
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HR 5820, also known as the Toxic Chemicals Safety Act, has been proposed by congressmen Bobby Rush (D-IL) and Henry Waxman (D-CA) as a much needed overhaul to the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act. If passed, it could yield great improvements on the fronts of corporate accountability and consumer safety. Please contact your legislators today and urge them to support this bill. read more...

Support the Endocrine Disruption Prevention Act

by Josh Vincent — last modified Aug 03, 2010 12:55 PM

Take action to help pass a new bill that would fund sustained research on the health impacts of endocrine disrupting chemicals! read more...

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...