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Bed Bugs, Propoxur and the EPA

by Josh Vincent — last modified Oct 06, 2010 07:25 PM

Some thoughts on the national discussion happening around a recently banned pesticide. read more...

Organophosphate Exposure Linked to Attention Difficulties

by Josh Vincent — last modified Aug 30, 2010 07:18 PM
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A new study links prenatal exposure to organophosphate pesticides to attention deficit disorders in children. 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...

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...

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...

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...

Colony Collapse Disorder in the Pacific Northwest

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 23, 2010 04:13 PM

When it comes to growing food crops,the function of honeybees is necessary to plant pollination, providing a key function in the food chain. In the past few years their populations have been declining at astonishing rates. 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...