Maryland Pesticide Network Updates

Maryland Pesticide Network Updates

Prevalent Risk to Pregnant Women

Enviornmental Health Perspectives, 111-1, 2003, Science Selections Studying Household Pesticide Exposures Traditionally, risk assessment of pesticide exposure has focused on agricultural and occupational use of pesticides. However, there is growing evidence that pesticide concentratio
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Ethics of Human Pesticide Studies Questioned

Reuters Health, http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_11150.html By Todd Zwillich Wednesday, January 8, 2003 WASHINGTON (Reuters Health) – Scientists and environmental groups urged a federal advisory panel Wednesday to recommend a ban on chemical industry experiments
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Schools learning to keep pests away without toxins, Law requiring advance notice of chemical use led officials to try steam, kites and noise.

By Edwin Acevedo Staff writer Instead of using dangerous herbicides to get rid of weeds, some Central New York schools steam them away. Shrieking noisemakers scare off seagulls at North Syracuse’s athletic stadium, while floating scarecrows keep them out at Liverpool. Border col
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Study Shows Farmers Poisoned by Pesticides Can Cause Depression

(from September 10, 2002) Farmers exposed to pesticides have nearly a six-fold increased risk of suffering from depressive symptoms, according to a new study published in the Annals of Epidemiology (vol. 12, no. 6, pages 389-394). “Pesticide Poisoning and Depressive Symptoms Amo
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Pesticide poisoning and depressive symptoms among farm residents.

Ann Epidemiol. 2002 Aug;12(6):389-94. Stallones L, Beseler C. Department of Psychology, Colorado Injury Control Research Center, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1776, USA. PURPOSE: The purpose of the study presented is to evaluate the association between pesticides a
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American Chemical Society News Release

(posted 08/02/02) ORLANDO, FL — Natural killer cells are like the Marines of our immune system; they have the capability to defend us against a lot of different threats. But researchers have uncovered a potential counter-threat to this front-line protection. Our body’s nat
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Catnip Repels Mosquitoes More Effectively Than DEET

(posted 08/02/02) Researchers report that nepetalactone, the essential oil in catnip that gives the plant its characteristic odor, is about ten times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET — the compound used in most commercial insect repellents. The finding was report
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