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Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Linked to Herbicides in Two New Studies

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 15, 2010 12:00 AM

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) is a group of different types of malignant lymphatic diseases that share some features but not others. In two recent health surveys, herbicide exposure was highlighted as a significant NHL risk factor. A Swedish study focused on risks of exposure to various types of pesticides while a German study concentrated on occupational risk factors for a mostly rural population. read more...

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...

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...

Lawn & Garden Pesticides Poison Suburban Streams

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 03, 2010 12:00 AM
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Yard and garden insecticides have shown up in suburban streams at levels that can wipe out tiny shrimp-like creatures that live on stream bottoms. The culprits are newly popular pesticide products that contain pyrethroids -- chemicals with "thrin" names like cypermethrin and bifenthrin. read more...

Arsenic and Old Waste

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 02, 2010 12:00 AM
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Arsenic is a notorious toxin and it has been used in pesticides -- past and present. Arsenic is toxic to a variety of living things, so it has been used in different kinds of pesticides - insecticides, fungicides, & herbicides. Because it does not degrade, arsenic can continue to be a problem wherever it has been used. People are exposed to these arsenic residues mainly through skin contact with contaminated soil or treated wood surfaces. Children can 'eat' arsenic when they put their hands in their mouths after touching arsenic-laced wood or soil. The US Environmental Protection Agency classifies inorganic arsenic* as a cancer-causing agent in humans. It is linked to many kinds of cancers. Animal studies show that inorganic arsenic can cause birth defects. read more...