Research Shows Adverse Impacts of Glyphosate on the Human Gut Microbiome

April 30, 2021 | A bioinformatics tool developed by researchers at the University of Turku in Finland, published in the Journal of Hazardous Materials, indicates that “54% of species in the core human gut microbiome are sensitive to glyphosate.” Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup. This tool may help predict which microbes […]

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Pesticide Exposure Increases Susceptibility to Covid-19

April 28, 2021 | Evidence presented at the Experimental Biology (EB) 2021 meeting finds that Gulf War Veterans and other individuals with prior pesticide exposures are more susceptible to Covid-19 infection. As the pandemic continues, it is critically important for researchers to better understand specific vulnerabilities in population groups in order to improve care and […]

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Pesticide Exposure, Agricultural Work Associated with Chronic Lung Disease

March 16, 2021 | Occupational and environmental exposure to pesticides and other contaminants in the environment increase the risk of developing a lung condition known as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), according to a meta-analysis published in Nature Scientific Reports. IPF is a chronic, degenerative disease with no certain cause or cure. It is estimated to […]

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Vulnerability to COVID-19 May Increase with Exposure to Organophosphorus Pesticides

February 4, 2021 | A review in Food and Chemical Toxicology suggests organophosphorus pesticides (OPs) may increase the ability of SARS-CoV-2 to cause Covid-19, especially among vulnerable individuals with underlying medical conditions. Organophosphorus pesticides have a wide range of biological uses that make these chemicals ubiquitous, significantly contaminating both terrestrial (land) and aquatic (water) environments. […]

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Aggressive Cancer in Sea Lions Linked to Ocean Pollution and Herpesvirus Precursor, Implications for Human Health

January 11, 2021 | California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) are experiencing high rates of urogenital carcinoma (UGC) cancer incidence from the combined effect of toxic “legacy” pesticides like DDT and the viral infection Otarine herpesvirus-1 (OtHV1), according to a study in Frontiers in Marine Science. Previous research documents the role herpesvirus infection, genotype, and organochlorine […]

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