EPA Publishes Human Health Benchmarks for Pesticides in Water

(Beyond Pesticides, April 18, 2012) In the face of widespread pesticide contamination of U.S. waterways and the lack of drinking water standards for hundreds of pesticides, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced new health and environmental benchmarks for acute pesticide effects, postponing action on chronic effects to an unspecified future date. While a […]

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Study links autism with industrial food, environment

April 11, 2012 New research models real-world exposures to environment cause of autism Contact: Katie Rojas-Jahn, IATP (612) 870-3407 Renee Dufault, FIHRI, (808) 345-6865 Minneapolis, The epidemic of autism in children in the United States may be linked to the typical American diet according to a new study published online in Clinical Epigenetics by Renee […]

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Roundup Linked to Animal Shape Changes

(Beyond Pesticides, April 4, 2012) The world’s most popular weed killer can induce morphological changes in vertebrate animals, U.S. biologists studying its effect on amphibians say. University of Pittsburgh researchers have found that the weed killer Roundup, in sub-lethal and environmentally relevant concentrations, causes two species of amphibians to change their shape by interfering with […]

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Bee research details harm from insecticides

By Marc Kaufman, Published: March 29 New research has begun to unravel the mystery of why bees are disappearing in alarming numbers worldwide: Some of the pesticides most commonly used by farmers appear to be changing bee behavior in small but fatal ways. Two new studies found that honeybees and bumblebees had trouble foraging for […]

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Common pesticide makes honeybees get lost and reduces bumblebee hive weight, new studies say

WASHINGTON, A common class of pesticide is causing problems for honeybees and bumblebees, important species already in trouble, two studies suggest. But the findings don’t explain all the reasons behind a long-running bee decline, and other experts found one of the studies less than convincing. The new research suggests the chemicals used in the pesticide, […]

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Researchers investigating role of pesticides in autism spectrum disorder

By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun 6:51 p.m. EDT, March 29, 2012 One in 88 American children has an autism spectrum disorder, according to a new estimate from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rate is 23 percent higher than one the agency released three years ago. Federal officials said some of […]

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Low doses, big effects: Scientists seek ‘fundamental changes’ in testing, regulation of hormone-like chemicals

Small doses can have big health effects. That is a main finding of a new report, three years in the making, published Wednesday by a team of 12 scientists who study hormone-altering chemicals. Dozens of substances that can mimic or block hormones are found in the environment, the food supply and consumer products, including plastics, […]

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Fungus-Derived Biopesticide Shows Promise Against Lyme Disease

  (Beyond Pesticides, March 12, 2012) Research on a biopesticide derived from a strain of naturally occurring soil fungus has confirmed the material’s effectiveness at suppressing the most common variety of tick that spreads Lyme disease. Researchers from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station demonstrated a significant reduction in the number of blacklegged, or “deer” ticks, […]

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Toxics Linked to Hormone Disruption and Asthma Found In Consumer Products

March 8, 2012 New Peer Reviewed Study Analyzed Broadest Range of Products Ever Tested Public Health Advocates Support Full Ingredient Labeling and New Safety Rules (Boston) Toxic chemicals linked to the rising rates of endocrine disruption related disease on the rise were found in a broad array of consumer products and reported in a peer […]

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Reproductive Health Providers Should Discuss Environmental Exposure Risks with Patients

Released: 3/6/2012 8:00 AM EST Source: Seattle Children’s Hospital <http://www.newswise.com/institutions/view/5737/> Newswise, SEATTLE, March 5, 2012, Remove your shoes at the door of your home to avoid tracking in pollutants. Decrease consumption of processed and canned foods. Avoid the use of plastics with recycling codes #3, #4 and #7. Don’t use chemical tick and flea collars […]

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