Study: Early life exposures impact breast cancer risk decades later

By Douglas Fischer, Staff writer 08/01/2007 Susan Lydon, a Bay Area author and journalist, never forgot the DDT fog trucks that rumbled through the Long Island, New York, neighborhood where she grew up. She was her block’s fastest kid. The mist was cool. The trucks slow. Her speed allowed her to stay longer than any […]

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Pesticide link to autism suspected

A state study suggests two farm sprays may raise chances of having a child with the disorder. By Marla Cone, Times Staff Writer July 30, 2007 Women who live near California farm fields sprayed with organochlorine pesticides may be more likely to give birth to children with autism, according to a study by state health […]

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Study Finds Pesticide Use Increase Risk of Brain Tumors

(Beyond Pesticides, June 6, 2007) The results of a recent study indicate that farm workers and persons exposed to high levels of pesticides have an increased risk of developing brain tumors, especially gliomas – a tumor of the nervous system, commonly found in the brain. The study, “Brain tumours and exposure to pesticides: a case-control […]

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Common chemicals are linked to breast cancer

Of the 216 compounds, many in the air, food or everyday items. By Marla Cone Los Angeles Times Staff Writer May 14, 2007 More than 200 chemicals, many found in urban air and everyday consumer products, cause breast cancer in animal tests, according to a compilation of scientific reports published today. Writing in a publication […]

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New Study Strengthens Link Between Pesticides and Lymphoma

(Beyond Pesticides, May 10, 2007) The risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is significantly increased with substantial exposure to pesticides, regardless of asthma or atopy history, according to findings from a study published in the May issue of the International Journal of Cancer. This study further strengthens the link between exposure to pesticides and cancer and specifically […]

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Chemical Estrogen- Mimics Impacts Asthma, Immune Functioning

(Beyond Pesticides, April 10, 2007) Scientists have reported several environmental estrogens can affect the immune system, promoting allergic diseases such as asthma. Researchers have observed this response using pesticides and other environmental contaminants. Focusing on six environmental estrogens (xenoestrogens), researchers were able to reveal how these contaminants affect the immune system. Using doses representative of […]

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Agricultural Pesticides May Be Risk Factor for Gestational Diabetes

(Beyond Pesticides, March 26, 2007) A new study finds exposure of pregnant women to agricultural pesticides during the first trimester may increase the risk of gestational diabetes. The over twofold increase in risk is associated with some of the most commonly used agricultural pesticides. The study, published in the March issue of Diabetes Care, used […]

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The interrelation between organophosphate toxicity and the epidemiology of depression and suicide.

Rev Environ Health. 2007 Jan-Mar; 22(1):57-73. Jaga K, Dharmani C. Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, New York, NY, USA. The literature on an association between organophosphate (OP) toxicity and depression or suicide is scarce. An interrelation exists among populations exposed to OPs, acute OP toxicity, neurobehavioral effects, depression, suicide, and fatality. Acute […]

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Atopy, exposure to pesticides and risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Vajdic CM, Fritschi L, Grulich AE, Kaldor JM, Benke G, Kricker A, Hughes AM, Turner JJ, Milliken S, Goumas C, Armstrong BK National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research, University of NSW, Darlinghurst, NSW, Australia. Pesticide exposure has been associated with non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) risk in a number of studies, and two recent studies […]

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Maternal Residence Near Agricultural Pesticide Applications and Autism Spectrum Disorders among Children in the California Central Valley

Eric M. Roberts,1 Paul B. English,2 Judith K. Grether,2 Gayle C. Windham,2 Lucia Somberg,3 and Craig Wolff2 1Public Health Institute, Oakland, California, USA; 2California Department of Health Services, Richmond, California, USA; 3School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, California, USA Abstract Background: Ambient levels of pesticides (“pesticide drift”) are detectable at residences near agricultural […]

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