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Parkinson's Disease and Pesticide Exposure: New Research

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 21, 2010 12:00 AM

Parkinson's disease affects mostly older people and is characterized by tremors, rigidity, slow movements, and poor balance. It appeared to be a new disease when it was first described as a "shaking palsy" almost 200 years ago. read more...

Eating organic food protects children from pesticide exposure

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 20, 2010 12:00 AM

Children who switched to eating organically-grown food greatly reduced their exposure to organophosphate insecticides. Scientists from Seattle and Atlanta just published the results of their study which linked pesticides in children's urine to pesticide residues on food. Scientists worry that organophosphates might harm children's developing nervous systems. read more...

Minimum Risk Pesticides

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 19, 2010 12:00 AM
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Federal law requires that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulate pesticides that are defined to include products such as insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and rodenticides. Pesticides must undergo a registration process that helps identify health and environmental hazards. read more...

USDA's Annual Summary of Pesticides in Food and Water

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 17, 2010 12:00 AM

The food we eat and the water we drink is often contaminated with pesticides. With a system of agriculture that relies heavily on the use of pesticides – herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides – it's not surprising that residues of these chemicals turn up in our food and water. read more...

What's on Our Food?

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 16, 2010 12:00 AM

Pesticides commonly contaminate America's food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) publishes an annual pesticide data report that provides reliable information on pesticide residues in food, with emphasis on items eaten by infants and children. This data helps the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimate potential health risks from dietary exposure. read more...

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...

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...