Evidence for inhibition of cholinesterases in insect and mammalian nervous systems by the insect repellent deet

  Vincent Corbel, Maria Stankiewicz, Cedric Pennetier, Didier Fournier, Jure Stojan, Emmanuelle Girard, Mitko Dimitrov, Jordi Molgo, Jean Marc Hougard and Bruno Lapied BMC Biology 2009, 7:47doi:10.1186/1741-7007-7-47 Published:5, August 2009 Abstract (provisional) Background N,N-Diethyl-3-methylbenzamide (deet) remains the gold standard for insect repellents. About 200 million people use it every year and over 8 billion doses […]

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It’s Time to Learn From Frogs

  By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF Published: June 27, 2009 The New York Times Some of the first eerie signs of a potential health catastrophe came as bizarre deformities in water animals, often in their sexual organs. Frogs, salamanders and other amphibians began to sprout extra legs. In heavily polluted Lake Apopka, one of the largest […]

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Preventive Practices Work Best to Control Cockroaches

  (Beyond Pesticides, June 24, 2009) An analysis of the New York City Public Housing system’s pest management practices finds that a combination of preventive management practices and least toxic pesticide options are more effective than conventional chemical-dependent practices. The analysis finds that integrated pest management (IPM)practices with a focus on sealing cracks and proper […]

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New Website Links Food Pesticide Residue to Toxicology

  (Beyond Pesticides, June 18, 2009) Do you ever wonder about pesticides on your food or in your drinking water, and in particular, which of those pesticides are most hazardous? On June 17, 2009, Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) launched its What’s On My Food database, which makes the results of government tests for […]

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Study Finds that Pesticides Linger in Homes

  (Beyond Pesticides, June 17, 2009) A new study finds that toxic pesticides, including those already banned, persist in homes. The study’s results indicate that most floors in occupied homes in the U.S. have measurable levels of insecticides that serve as sources of exposure to home dwellers. These persistent residues continue to expose people, especially […]

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THE TOXICITY OF ROUNDUP ORIGINAL MAX TO 13 SPECIES OF LARVAL AMPHIBIANS

  Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Vol. 28, No. 9, pp. 2004‚ 2008, 2009 © 2009 SETAC Printed in the USA 0730-7268/09 $12.00 + .00 RICK A. RELYEA* and DEVIN K. JONES Department of Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260, USA (Received 17 January 2009; Accepted 23 April 2009) Abstract With the increased use […]

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Report Documents Chemical Security Risks and Recommendations

  (Beyond Pesticides, November 25, 2008) A new report on U.S. chemical security, which includes two pesticide and 30 bleach manufacturing plants on its list of 101 most dangerous chemical facilities, was released November 19, 2008 by the Washington-based think tank Center for American Progress (CAP). The report, Chemical Security 101: What You Don’t Have […]

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Study Finds Toxic Mixture of Low Pesticide Concentrations

  (Beyond Pesticides, November 17, 2008) A toxic soup of the most commonly used pesticides frequently detected in nature can adversely affect the environment and decimate amphibian populations even if the concentration of the individual chemicals are within limits considered safe, according to University of Pittsburgh research published in the online edition of Oecologia. The […]

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Acute Pesticide Poisoning Among Agricultural Workers in the United States, 1998‚ 2005

  Geoffrey M. Calvert, MD, MPH,1* Jennifer Karnik, MPH,1 Louise Mehler, PHD, MD,2 John Beckman, BS,3 Barbara Morrissey, MS,4 Jennifer Sievert, BA,5 Rosanna Barrett, MPH,6 Michelle Lackovic, MPH,7 Laura Mabee, BA,8 Abby Schwartz, MPH,9 Yvette Mitchell, MS,10 and Stephanie Moraga-McHaley, MS11 Background Approximately 75% of pesticide usage in the United States occurs in agriculture. As […]

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RETAILERS TO PULL PESTICIDES OFF SHELVES

  By Martin Mittelstaedt From Wednesday’s Globe and Mail – April 23, 2008 at 4:54 AM EDT www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080423.wpesticides23/BNStory/National/home Home Depot, one of Canada’s largest retailers, says it will voluntarily stop selling traditional pesticides and herbicides by the end of the year and will replace these products with less environmentally harmful alternatives. The move coincided with […]

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