Prenatal Chemical Exposures Linked to ADHD in Boys

(Beyond Pesticides, March 6, 2012) New research conducted in New Bedford, Massachusetts suggests that organochlorine chemicals, which were first linked to learning problems in children more than two decades ago, may play a role in attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), especially in boys. Previous research has reported associations between organochlorines and ADHD-related behaviors, but this research […]

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Environmental Chemicals: Evaluating Low-Dose Effects

  Linda S. Birnbaum Director, NIEHS and NTP, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, E-mail: birnbaumls@niehs.nih.gov Around the world, large-scale biomonitoring programs have provided extensive information about human exposure to a large number of environmental chemicals (Barr et al. 2010; Bilau et al. 2008; Churchill et […]

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EPA lawsuit could influence thousands, farm bureaus says

  By The Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The American Farm Bureau and its West Virginia counterpart say an Environmental Protection Agency move aimed at cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay could set critical legal precedent for their members, so they should be allowed to intervene in an Eastern Panhandle chicken grower’s lawsuit. In a court […]

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Scientists link mass death of British bees to farm pesticides

Nicotine-based pesticides in widespread use by farmers are implicated in the mass deaths of bees, according to a new study by US scientists. Rob Edwards, Environment Editor Herald Scotland January 15, 2012 The authoritative, peer-reviewed research undermines the pesticide industry’s long-repeated arguments that bees are not being harmed, and piles pressure on UK and US […]

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New Research Links Propoxur to Abnormal Neurodevelopment in Children

(Beyond Pesticides, December 9, 2011) A recent study published in the journal NeuroToxicology has found a positive link between exposure to the pesticide propoxur and poor motor development in infants. At the age of two, children exposed to propoxur in the womb experience poor development of motor skills, according to a test of mental development. […]

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EPA Releases Pyrethroid Risk Assessment, Ignores Numerous Health Effects

  (Beyond Pesticides, November 16, 2011) On November 9, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its cumulative risk assessment for the pyrethroid class of insecticides, concluding that these pesticides “do not pose risk concerns for children or adults,” ignoring a wealth of independent data that links this class of chemicals to certain cancers, […]

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Research links pesticides, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Bruner, EV, M Srensen, E Gaudreau, A LeBlanc, KT Eriksen, A Tjnneland, K Overvad and O Raaschou-Nielsen. 2011. A prospective study of organochlorines in adipose tissue and risk of non-Hodgkin‚ Lymphoma. Environmental Health Perspectives http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1103573. Synopsis by Brandon Moore Higher pesticide levels measured in people well before they were diagnosed with cancer are associated with […]

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Androgen Blockers Appear In Effluent

Water Pollutants: Popular germ killers could feminize male fish By Janet Pelley Scientists have long blamed environmental estrogens in wastewater for feminizing male fish downstream of sewage plants. Instead of estrogens, however, a new study of treated wastewater identifies a wide range of antiandrogens–compounds that block male hormones–that can accumulate in fish (Environ. Sci. Technol., […]

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EU food pesticide residue levels fall: EFSA

  Tue, Nov 8 2011 MILAN (Reuters) – Pesticide residues found in food in the European Union fell in 2009 compared with 2008 thanks to tightening of safety rules and changes in patterns of pesticide use in Europe, EU’s food safety agency said on Tuesday. Compliance with the legal maximum residue levels (MRLs) for pesticides […]

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Atrazine in water tied to menstrual irregularities, low hormones

Women who drink water contaminated with low levels of the weed-killer atrazine may be more likely to have irregular menstrual cycles and low estrogen levels, scientists concluded in a new study. The most widely used herbicide in the United States, atrazine is frequently detected in surface and ground water, particularly in agricultural areas of the […]

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