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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...

2011 Grower's Own Conference

by Shelly Connor — last modified Jul 13, 2010 03:45 PM

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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...

Pesticides Linked to Allergic Asthma in Farm Women

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 12, 2010 12:00 AM
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A recent study of adult-onset asthma in farm women shows that allergic asthma may be linked to using pesticides. Many studies have looked at respiratory hazards of farming activities for men, but there is little research on respiratory risks to farm women. read more...

Autism Linked to Maternal Exposure to Pesticides

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 11, 2010 12:00 AM

A new study on children born in California's Central Valley suggests that autism in those children might be linked to prenatal exposure to two insecticides used on fields near their mothers' homes. read more...

Pregnancy-Related Diabetes Linked to Pesticide Exposure

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 08, 2010 12:00 AM

Diabetes during pregnancy has been linked to pesticide exposure, according to a March 2007 study. read more...

Childhood Lukemia Linked to Insecticide Use

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 07, 2010 12:00 AM

Leukemia is the most common cancer in children. In a recent study, French scientists found that children with acute leukemia were more likely to have been exposed to household pesticides. read more...

Oregon Study Finds Pesticides in River and Drinking Water

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

A recent U.S. Geological Survey study reported that some pesticides discovered in Oregon's lower Clackamas River have made their way into municipal drinking water. read more...

Atrazine and Frogs

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 05, 2010 12:00 AM
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Atrazine, the number two agricultural herbicide in America, may be a major player in the decline of the northern leopard frog, according to research recently published in the journal Nature. read more...

Brain Cancer Linked to Pesticide Exposure

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 04, 2010 12:00 AM

In the Bordeaux area of France, where vineyards dominate the agricultural landscape, researchers found that workers who were highly exposed to pesticides had an increased risk of brain cancer. Gliomas – one kind of brain tumor – were particularly associated with those who applied pesticides. read more...