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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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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Autism: Transient in utero hypothyroxinemia related to maternal flavonoid ingestion during pregnancy and to other environmental antithyroid agents.

Roman, G., 2007. Journal of the Neurological Sciences 262 :15‚ 26 Abstract The incidence and prevalence of autism have increased during the past two decades. Despite comprehensive genetic studies the cause of autism remains unknown. This review emphasizes the potential importance of environmental factors in its causation. Alterations of cortical neuronal migration and cerebellar Purkinje […]

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Children Exhibit Adverse Effects From Fetal Pesticide Exposure

(Beyond Pesticides, March 9, 2006) Children in Ecuador whose mothers were exposed to pesticides while pregnant have increased blood pressure and diminished ability to copy geometric figures as compared to a control group, according to an epidemiological study in the March issue of Pediatrics. The results appear to be independent of current exposure to the […]

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