New Pesticide Isomer Study Shows New Breakdown and Toxicity Risks

  The findings of this study were published in a paper titled “Enantioselectivity in Environmental Safety of Current Chiral Insecticides” in last week’s online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (Beyond Pesticides, January 14, 2005) Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have demonstrated that isomers – or the mirror-image structures […]

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Are household chemicals connected to the rise in asthma?

23/12/2004 Frequent use of household cleaning products and other chemicals in the home could be linked to cases of asthma among Britain’s children. A new study of respiratory health among young children has shown a clear connection between breathing problems and their mothers’ use of a range of common products such as bleach, paint stripper […]

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Early-Life Environmental Risk Factors for Asthma: Findings from the Children’s Health Study

  Muhammad Towhid Salam, Yu-Fen Li, Bryan Langholz, and Frank Davis Gilliland Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA Early-life experiences and environmental exposures have been associated with childhood asthma. To investigate further whether the timing of such experiences and exposures is associated with the occurrence […]

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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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Integrated Pest Management in an Urban Community: A Successful Partnership for Prevention

  Barbara L. Brenner,1 Steven Markowitz,2 Maribel Rivera,1,3 Harry Romero,3 Matthew Weeks,4 Elizabeth Sanchez,3 Elena Deych,1 Anjali Garg,1 James Godbold,1 Mary S. Wolff,1 Philip J. Landrigan,1 and Gertrud Berkowitz1 1Department of Community and Preventive Medicine, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, New York, USA; 2Center for the Biology of Natural Systems, Queens College, City University […]

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Cancer Risk and Parental Pesticide Application in Children of Agricultural Health Study Participants

  NIH-published journal, Environmental Health Perspectives Kori B. Flower, Jane A. Hoppin, Charles F. Lynch, Aaron Blair, Charles Knott, David L. Shore, and Dale P. Sandler Abstract Parental exposure to pesticides may contribute to childhood cancer risk. Through the Agricultural Health Study (AHS), a prospective study of pesticide applicators in Iowa and North Carolina, we […]

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Risk factors for female infertility in an agricultural region

  Greenlee, AR, TE Arbuckle and P-H Chyou. 2003. Epidemiology 14:429-436 Greenlee et al. report a strong association between using herbicides and infertility in women. In their study population, women who were infertile were 27 times more likely to have mixed or applied herbicides in the two years prior to attempting conception than women who […]

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Does pharmacotherapy for preterm labor sensitize the developing brain to environmental neurotoxicants? Cellular and synaptic effects of sequential exposure to terbutaline and chlorpyrifos in neonatal rats.

  Rhodes MC, Seidler FJ, Qiao D, Tate CA, Cousins MM, Slotkin TA. Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710, USA. It is increasingly clear that environmental toxicants target specific human subpopulations. In the current study, we examined the effects of prior developmental exposure to a beta(2)-adrenoceptor agonist used […]

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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 and depressive symptoms among a population exposed to chemicals as a result of agricultural use. Chronic […]

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