Canaries in the mine: Evidence of chemical effects on kids mounts

  By JOAN LOWY, Scripps Howard News Service December 21, 2003 At Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Dr. Martha Herbert is seeing younger and younger children who have been prescribed powerful drugs because their behavior is “so extreme.” One 4-year-old was treated with Risperdol, an antipsychotic drug usually prescribed to adult schizophrenics, because she tried […]

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Early Exposure to Chemicals May Boost Risk of Asthma

  By Marla Cone – Los Angeles Times Staff Writer – December 12, 2003 Scientists trying to unravel why childhood asthma has reached epidemic proportions have reported that a variety of chemical exposures during infancy – including pesticides and wood smoke – can substantially increase a child’s risk of developing the disease. Studying nearly 700 […]

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Study Shows Neurotoxic Pesticide Chlorpyrifos (Dusban) Also Damages Heart and Liver

  (Beyond Pesticides, November 21, 2003) According to Science News, a new study has found chlorpyrifos, a neurotoxic organophosphate insecticide commonly sold as Dursban, was recently found to damage heart and liver cells, in addition to the affects it is already known to have on the brain. Although chlorpyrifos had many of its uses “phased-out” […]

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New Survey Finds 100% of Responding Hospitals Use Hazardous Pesticides In or Around Facilities

  (Beyond Pesticides, November 12, 2003) A first-of-its-kind survey of top U.S. hospitals finds that many major hospitals are regularly spraying toxic pesticides, unnecessarily risking the health of patients, staff and visitors. The survey results are detailed in a new report, Healthy Hospitals: Controlling Pests Without Harmful Pesticides. The report, released today by health advocate […]

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Saliva spits out information on chemical exposure

  10-23-2003 – Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Home testing of saliva to measure personal hormone levels is gaining popularity, with dozens of companies offering do-it-yourself, mail-in test kits. Battelle scientists at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory envision a day when it may be nearly as easy to detect chemical exposure or even […]

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Biomarker for Neuropathic OP Exposure Found As Neuropathies Skyrocket

  Recent research found a new method to detect human exposure to organophosphate (OP) pesticides. Scientists from the Russian Academy of Sciences released a study, “Biosensor detection of neuropathy target esterase in whole blood as a biomarker of exposure to neuropathic organophosphorus compounds,” which appeared in the April 11 2003 edition of the Journal of […]

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Maryland Public Schools Achieve IPM STAR Certification

  (Beyond Pesticides, June 28, 2003) Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) was awarded the IPM STAR certificate on June 16, 2004 from the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Institute of North America in recognition of its comprehensive school pest management program. AACPS is the fourth school system in the country to achieve this recognition. IPM […]

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EPA Blames Popular Pesticide for Frog Abnormalities

  On June 18, 2003, The New York Times reported that scientists from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) say there is “sufficient evidence” to conclude that the country’s most widely used pesticide, atrazine, causes sexual abnormality in frogs. They are recommending that the agency conduct more research to understand atrazine’s mechanisms and its broader impact […]

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Study of Insecticide Neurotoxicity Yields Clues to Onset of Parkinson’s Disease

  March 24, 2003 | BLACKSBURG, Va. — A grant from the U.S. Army has led Virginia Tech researchers to discover that exposure to some insecticides may cause a cascade of chemical events in the brain that could lead to Parkinson’s Disease. Jeffrey R. Bloomquist, a neurotoxicologist and associate professor in the university’s Department of […]

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Exposure to Indoor Pesticides during Pregnancy in a Multiethnic, Urban Cohort.

  January 2003. Environmental Health Perspectives 111 (1): 79-84. Gertrud S., Josephine Obel, Elena Deych, Robert Lapinski, James Godbold, Zhisong Liu, Philip J. Landrigan, and Mary S. Wolff Abstract: Evidence is growing that indoor pesticide exposure is of considerable magnitude in the United States and that pesticide concentrations may be especially high in urban areas. […]

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