Pesticides and Other Volatile Chemicals Cause Air Pollution Linked to Premature Deaths

July 28, 2021 | Between 340,000 and 900,000 premature deaths each year can be linked to air pollution caused by the release of volatile organic compounds, such as pesticides, paints, and cleaning agents, from anthropogenic sources. The findings, published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, were drawn from an international team of over 50 scientists, led […]

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Pesticide Exposure Contributes to Preterm Births and Low Birth Weight

November 18, 2021 | A study published in Environmental Research by researchers at King George’s Medical University, India, finds exposure to xenobiotic substances like pesticides during pregnancy increases risks associated with preterm birth, including a rise in cesarean section (C-section) deliveries, a decrease in fetal body weight, and chronic illnesses. Birth and reproductive complications are […]

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45 Different Cancers Associated with Work-Related Pesticide Exposure

November 4, 2021 | A scientific literature analysis by the Federal University of Goias, Brazil, finds occupational (work-related) exposure to agricultural pesticides increases the risk for 45 different types of cancer. This analysis, published in Environmental Science and Pollution Research International, assesses studies from the last decade to identify cancer risk associated with occupational exposure […]

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Women in Agricultural Work at Increased Risk for Skin and Blood Cancers from Pesticide Exposure

October 21, 2021 | A study published in Environment International finds higher rates of various cancers among agricultural workers, with multiple myeloma (blood cancer) and melanoma (skin cancer) disproportionately affecting female farmers. Although research studies link cancer risk to genetic and external factors (e.g., cigarette smoke), there is increasing evidence that pesticide exposure augments the […]

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Common Insecticide Malathion Linked to Chronic Kidney Disease

October 19, 2021 | Exposure to the insecticide malathion increases the risk of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to a study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. According to study coauthor Nicholas Osborne, PhD, CKD is on the rise in developing countries in Southeast Asia and Central America, and […]

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Commonly Used Neurotoxic Pesticide Exposure Increases ALS Risk to Workers and Residents

September 30, 2021 | Individuals working or living in areas with frequent neurotoxic pesticide use experience a higher incidence of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) than the general population. A study, published in NeuroToxicology, finds a positive association between sporadic (nongenetic, spontaneous) ALS incidents among individuals exposed to neurotoxic pesticides. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (or Lou Gehrig’s […]

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Study Adds to 40-Year Analysis Linking Brain Cancer to Pesticide Exposure

September 23, 2021 | A study by Claremont Graduate University finds expo- sure to agricultural pesticides increases brain cancer risk up to 20 percent. This study, published in Cancers, expands on a 1998 study evaluating brain cancer risk among the farm population using epidemiologic studies. The study researchers note, “This comprehensive review and meta-analysis encompassing […]

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More Scientific Evidence that Endocrine-Disrupting Pesticides Disrupt Thyroid Function

September 10, 2021 | Research conducted in Thailand and published in Risk Management and Healthcare Policy, shows that exposure to pesticides, even at low levels, impact the human endocrine system and distort thyroid function. The study looks specifically at interactions of genetics and environment: it investigates associations between variations in genes involved in pesticide metabolism […]

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Endocrine (Hormone) Disrupting Chemicals, including Pesticides, Also Affect the Nervous System

September 9, 2021 | A study published in Toxicology Reports finds the same chemicals that disrupt the endocrine (hormone) system also disrupt the nervous system. Endocrine disruptors are xenobiotics (i.e., chemical substances like toxic pesticides foreign to an organism or ecosystem) present in nearly all organisms and ecosystems. The World Health Organization (WHO), European Union […]

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Study Finds Recently Banned, Common Insecticide Promotes Obesity Development, and Related Illnesses

September 2, 2021 | A McMaster University (Canada) study published in Nature Communications demonstrates exposure to the organophosphate insecticide chlorpyrifos promotes obesity development, even at low doses. Obesity generally occurs following a caloric imbalance between food intake, absorption, and energy expenditure. Although various factors can promote obesity, the study results indicate that chlorpyrifos negatively affects […]

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