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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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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New Commercial Pesticide Toxicity Analysis Highlights Need to Shift to Organic Products

May 20, 2021 | Beyond Pesticides and Friends of the Earth (FOE) collaborated to analyze herbicide products at two of the most popular home and garden retailers, Home Depot and Lowe’s. This Commercial Herbicide Analysis highlights the adverse health and environmental effects of widely available toxic pesticides while encouraging retailers to expand on—and consumers to […]

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Breakdown Products (Metabolites) from Pesticides May Be More Toxic than Parent Compound, Study Finds

May 6, 2021 | Nearly half of all breakdown products (transformation products) from four common-use pesticides produce stronger endocrine (hormone) disrupting (ED) effects than the parent compound, according to research published in Environment International. Over 300 environmental contaminants and their byproducts—from chemicals in plastics to cosmetic/personal care products—are commonly present in waterbodies, food commodities, and […]

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New Study Links Pesticide Use to Thyroid Disease in Women

  (Beyond Pesticides, February 22, 2010) Wives of agricultural pesticide applicators have a significantly increased risk of developing thyroid disease, according to the new study, “Pesticide Use and Thyroid Disease Among Women in the Agricultural Health Study,” published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Using data collected from more than 16,500 female spouses from Iowa […]

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Study Finds That Antibacterial Enhances Endocrine Disruption

(Beyond Pesticides, January 9, 2008) Triclocarban, an antibacterial compound widely used as an additive to a range of household and personal care products including bar soaps, detergents, body washes, cleansing lotions, and wipes, has been found to have an amplification effect on the activity of natural hormones, which in turn can lead to adverse reproductive […]

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More Evidence Links Endocrine Disrupting Pesticides to Frog Sex Changes

(Beyond Pesticides, March 9, 2007) New research shows that frogs are more sensitive to hormone-disturbing environmental pollutants than was previously thought. Male tadpoles that swim in water with environmentally relevant levels of such substances become females, according to the study that will be published in the scientific journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (ET&C) in May […]

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Antibacterial Agent Found to Be an Endocrine Disruptor at Low Levels

(Beyond Pesticides, November 2, 2006) In a new study in the journal Aquatic Toxicology, Canadian researchers find that at environmentally-relevant levels, the anti-bacterial agent triclosan interferes with the thyroid hormone in frogs, affecting the timing of metamorphosis in tadpoles. This study is the first demonstration of low-level impacts of triclosan on thyroid hormone function. The […]

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“Intersex” Fish Found in Potomac River, Endocrine Disruptors Suspected

(Beyond Pesticides, September 8, 2006) According to the Associated Press (AP), some species of male fish are acquiring female sexual characteristics at unusually high frequencies in the Potomac River and its tributaries, prompting concerns about pollutants that might be causing the problem. Environmentalists have long pointed to pesticides and other endocrine disrupting chemicals as having […]

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