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Pesticides and Breast Cancer

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

Every October during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, women are educated about the importance of early detection through regular screening. Early diagnosis of breast cancer increases a woman's chances of surviving breast cancer. But what causes breast cancer? Can it be prevented? read more...

Chlorphyrifos and Children

by aseligmann — last modified Aug 10, 2010 12:00 AM

Most of you have probably eaten a Washington-grown apple. But you probably didn't know that most of these apple trees are literally blasted with insecticides that are harmful to the nervous system (including the brain!). One of these insecticides – a well-studied chemical called chlorpyrifos – was banned for use in homes because of its high risk to children. But there are still children who are being exposed to this chemical - the children in farming communities where your apples and other foods are grown read more...

Getting Community Mosquito Control Programs to Adopt the Best Policies

by aseligmann — last modified Aug 09, 2010 12:00 AM

West Nile virus is a fact of life in most parts of the United States. The risks of infection can be serious, although these risks are much lower than influenza and food-borne diseases. Community mosquito control programs aim to reduce the risks of West Nile virus. read more...

Invasive Garden and Landscape Plants

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

Invasive plants have become a problem nationwide. In natural areas, these non-native plants can sometimes take over and out-compete native plants. When native plants suffer, so do the animals that depend on them for food and habitat. read more...

Health Effects of Chronic Pesticide Exposure

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

Scientific evidence showing that pesticides are harmful to our health is increasing rapidly. Recently, a review by government researchers looked at links between pesticide exposure and both cancer and nervous system problems and found yet more of this evidence. The review "clearly suggests that at current exposures pesticides adversely affect human health." The review also suggests that the way pesticides are currently regulated, based mostly on studies of laboratory animals, is problematic: the health effects found in the review show that "either animal testing alone or its interpretation in public policy is not sufficient to protect human health. 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...

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...