Wednesday, November 30, 2011
"Today a coalition of companies and environmental health groups working to protect consumers from toxic chemicals, the BizNGO Group, released two important frameworks to help companies choose more sustainable plastics and safer chemicals for their products: The Principles for Sustainable Plastics, and Chemical Alternatives Assessment Protocol (v.1.0): How to Select Safer Alternatives to Chemicals of Concern to Human Health or the Environment. Both were co-developed by companies and environmental health advocacy groups in the BizNGO Group, working to advance safer chemicals and materials in our economy."
"The landlords and managers of an apartment in Thomaston have agreed to pay a tenant $20,000 over her complaint that there was extensive mold contamination for several years that led to serious health problems."
"AUSTRALIANS are exposed to chemicals linked to cancer, diabetes and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder every day, a population health expert says."
Monday, November 28, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
"Gift-giving is a wonderful activity, but many people who give gifts to family and friends don't realize they're actually giving the recipient cancer, or diabetes or attention deficit problems."
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Use of laptop computers connected to internet through Wi-Fi decreases human sperm motility and increases sperm DNA fragmentation
Conrado Avendaño, M.S., et al.
To evaluate the effects of laptop computers connected to local area networks wirelessly (Wi-Fi) on human spermatozoa.
Prospective in vitro study.
Center for reproductive medicine.
Semen samples from 29 healthy donors.
Motile sperm were selected by swim up. Each sperm suspension was divided into two aliquots. One sperm aliquot (experimental) from each patient was exposed to an internet-connected laptop by Wi-Fi for 4 hours, whereas the second aliquot (unexposed) was used as control, incubated under identical conditions without being exposed to the laptop.
Evaluation of sperm motility, viability, and DNA fragmentation.
Donor sperm samples, mostly normozoospermic, exposed ex vivo during 4 hours to a wireless internet-connected laptop showed a significant decrease in progressive sperm motility and an increase in sperm DNA fragmentation. Levels of dead sperm showed no significant differences between the two groups.
To our knowledge, this is the first study to evaluate the direct impact of laptop use on human spermatozoa. Ex vivo exposure of human spermatozoa to a wireless internet-connected laptop decreased motility and induced DNA fragmentation by a nonthermal effect. We speculate that keeping a laptop connected wirelessly to the internet on the lap near the testes may result in decreased male fertility. Further in vitro and in vivo studies are needed to prove this contention.
"This report describes a patient with preexisting multiple chemical sensitivity who has developed a pronounced elec-tromagnetic hypersensitivity. According to the patient, he is even able to distinguish various sources of electromag-netic fields (e.g. Wi-Fi, DECT or cell phone, DVB-T TV). His symptoms range from skin manifestations, which require treatment, to hypertension and brain-related disorders as well as intestinal bleeding. The unusual skin reactions, which look like burns and have occurred several times, appear to be especially worrisome. An explanation of what caused them is still lacking."
Friday, November 25, 2011
"Modern living seems somehow to make our immune systems overly sensitive. Is cleanliness at fault or something else?"
"People who live in areas with high levels of traffic-related air pollution may face a slightly increased risk of developing diabetes, Danish researchers conclude in a new study."
"Thousands of Texas doctors, researchers and medical experts including more than 100 who are employed by the state and are paid with taxpayer dollars routinely supplement their salaries with income from pharmaceutical companies."
Thursday, November 24, 2011
"NewsChannel 3's first investigation of mold inside Lincoln Military Housing aired just 24 hours ago.
"Just in time for the Holidays, a consumer group analyzing toys currently on store shelves has found that some contain dangerously high levels of toxins, are strangulation or choking hazards or are so loud they could harm children's hearing. Trouble in Toyland, the 26th annual toy safety report of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, raises awareness about dangerous toys and offers safety guidelines to help consumers make safe toy purchases for children."
Department of Biophysics, Gazi University Medical Faculty, Ankara, Turkey. firstname.lastname@example.org
Exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) is ubiquitous for almost all individuals living in industrialized countries. Epidemiological and laboratory studies suggest that exposure to Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) EMF increase cancer risk. The immune system functions as one of the body's main protective mechanisms, and Natural Killer (NK) cells are a subset of lymphocytes that can destroy several types of tumor cells. In this study, we investigated, NK cell activity after exposure to a 50 Hertz (Hz), 2 mT magnetic field generated by a Helmholtz Coil. Nineteen male, 10-12 week old guinea pigs were used, and NK cytotoxic activity of splenocytes was measured in vitro by natural anticandidial colorimetric index. The Mann-Whitney U test was applied for statistical analysis. NK cell cytotoxic activity was decreased in exposed compared to controls. Our data suggests that part of the immune system, the NK cell, can be suppressed by a 50 Hz magnetic field.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
The dangers of using one lab animal to study every disease.
"Mark Mattson knows a lot about mice and rats. He's fed them; he's bred them; he's cut their heads open with a scalpel. Over a brilliant 25-year career in neuroscienceone that's made him a Laboratory Chief at the National Institute on Aging, a professor of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins, a consultant to Alzheimer's nonprofits, and a leading scholar of degenerative brain conditionsMattson has completed more than 500 original, peer-reviewed studies, using something on the order of 20,000 laboratory rodents. He's investigated the progression and prevention of age-related diseases in rats and mice of every kind: black ones and brown ones; agoutis and albinos; juveniles and adults; males and females. Still, he never quite noticed how fat they werehow bloated and sedentary and sicklyuntil a Tuesday afternoon in February 2007. That's the day it occurred to him, while giving a lecture at Emory University in Atlanta, that his animals were nothing less (and nothing more) than lazy little butterballs. His animals and everyone else's, too."
"Urinary levels of the chemical went up 1,200 percent"
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Key Words: multiple chemical sensitivity, chemical sensitivity, chemical sensitivities, multiple chemical sensitivities, MCS, EI, environmental illness, sick building syndrome, idiopathic environmental intolerance, fibromyalgia, chronic fatiuge, FM, CFS, mold illness, clinical ecology, alternative medicine, environmental medicine, neuropathy, encephalopathy, toxic, chemical
Monday, November 21, 2011
"He called it his "man cave," a woodworking shop that was a respite from the two-bedroom apartment he shared with his wife and three daughters on Lincoln Place in Garfield. The basement often flooded during a hard rain. And unbeknown to Riccio, that floodwater coated his basement with hexavalent chromium, a deadly carcinogen. Riccio, 56, died of leukemia in May 2008."
"EIGHT residents of the Newcastle suburb of Stockton contacted a government hotline to complain of rashes and breathing difficulties after the leak of a carcinogen, hexavalent chromium, from Orica's Kooragang Island plant in early August.
But while the information was recorded by officials from the Office of Environment and Heritage, it has never been disclosed by the government, which has claimed there were ''no adverse health impacts'' from the leak."
"Thanksgiving meals served at some homeless shelters this week will come with a gastronomic halo that few might expect: organic and locally grown foods."
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Damiri B, Holle E, Yu X, Baldwin WS. Toxicol Sci. 2011 Nov 14. [Epub ahead of print]
Environmental Toxicology Program, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634.
There are few in vivo knockout models available to study the function of Cyp2 members involved in the metabolism of endogenous and exogenous chemicals. These models may help provide insight into the CYPs responsible for the detoxification and activation of drugs, environmental toxicants, and endobiotics. The aim of this work is to produce a potent Cyp2b-knockdown (KD) mouse for subsequent study of Cyp2b function. We made a quintuple Cyp2b-KD mouse using lentiviral-promoted shRNA homologous to all five murine Cyp2b subfamily members (Cyp2b9, 2b10, 2b13, 2b19, and 2b23). The Cyp2b-KD mice are viable, fertile, and without obvious gross abnormalities except for an increase in liver weight. Expression of the three hepatic Cyp2b members, 2b9, 2b10, and 2b13, is significantly repressed as demonstrated by qPCR and Western blotting. The CAR activator, TCPOBOP was used to determine if shRNA-mediated Cyp2b10 repression could be outcompeted by Cyp2b10 induction. TCPOBOP-treated Cyp2b-KD mice show 80-90% less Cyp2b protein expression than TCPOBOP-treated WT mice, demonstrating that Cyp induction does not out-compete the repressive function of the shRNA. Untreated and TCPOBOP-treated Cyp2b-KD mice are poor metabolizers of parathion compared to WT mice. Furthermore, Cyp2b-KD mice are sensitive to parathion, an organophosphate insecticide primarily metabolized by Cyp2b enzymes, when compared to WT mice. In summary, we designed a shRNA construct that repressed the expression and activity of multiple Cyp2b enzymes. We foresee that this novel Cyp2b-KD mouse model will significantly improve our understanding of the role of Cyp2b enzymes in chemical sensitivity and drug metabolism.
Big 6 agrochemical companies indicted for crimes against humanity
From 3-6th December 2011, the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal (PPT) will convene in Bangalore, India, to hear cases brought against six multinational agrochemical companies who stand accused of violating human rights by promoting reliance on the sale and use of pesticides known to undermine internationally recognised rights to health, livelihood and life.
Known as the 'Big 6', the indicated agrochemical corporations are Monsanto, Dow, BASF, Bayer, Syngenta and DuPont. Collectively, these companies control 74% of the global pesticide market, making the pesticide/agricultural biotechnology industry one of the most consolidated sectors in the world.
The World Bank estimates that 355 000 people per year die of unintentional pesticide poisoning. "The aim of taking the Big 6 to the PPT is to give a voice to the otherwise voiceless victims of pesticides around the world who have suffered as a result of the relentless promotion of toxic poisons by these multinational companies." Said Nick Mole, PAN UK Policy Officer.
Cases from the UK and Europe will focus on the loss of bees due to neonicotinoid pesticides developed and sold by Bayer; Graham White, a beekeeper said, "Bee losses in the UK and Europe have been catastrophic, with over a million colony deaths since 1993; there is a massive body of peer-reviewed scientific evidence from European universities, which indicate that neonicotinoids are having a lethal impact on bees and other pollinating insects. It is high time that the companies that manufacture these toxic pesticides are held to account for the damage they have done."
Cases from the UK will also focus on the damage that has been done to the health of UK citizens by organophosphate (OP) pesticides, most notably sheep dips. In the UK many hundreds of individuals and their families have had their lives devastated by exposure to OP pesticides and have had no recognition or compensation for their suffering. "We hope that by taking these companies to the PPT we will raise the issue of OP poisoning in the UK and bring to the attention of the public and politicians the suffering that has been caused" stated Elizabeth Sigmund of the Organophosphate Information Network.
During the course of the tribunal, Pesticide Action Network will invite witnesses including scientists, medical doctors, and lawyers, to prove the charges through expert testimony on pesticides, genetic engineering, intellectual property rights, and other subjects germane to the cases at hand. The PPT will also hear testimony from farmers, farm workers, beekeepers, mothers, young people, scientists and consumers from around the world. The defendants will be served and summoned to offer their perspectives and responses.
Also under indictment are the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organisation; these entities are charged with facilitating corporate concentration of power through their policies and programs. Additionally, the governments of Switzerland, Germany, and the United States the home nations of six defendant companies have been indicted for colluding with, and failing to regulate, corporate power.
The verdict from the hearing will be given on 6th December.
NIH grant proposal announcement: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Etiology, Diagnosis, Pathophysiology, and Treatment (R21)
"This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) issued by the Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) and co-sponsoring Institutes and Centers (ICs) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) encourages investigator(s)-initiated applications that propose to examine the etiology, diagnosis, pathophysiology, and treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), sometimes referred to as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), in diverse groups and across the lifespan.
Applications that address gaps in the understanding of the environmental and biological risk factors, the determinants of
heterogeneity among patient populations, the common mechanisms influencing the multiple body systems that are affected in ME/CFS are encouraged.
The NIH is particularly interested in funding interdisciplinary research that will enhance our knowledge of the disease process and provide evidence based solutions to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life of all persons with ME/CFS. This interdisciplinary research may include the building of scientific teams to study and develop biomarkers, innovative treatment modalities, and/or the modifiable risk and protective processes specifically targeted by preventive and/or treatment interventions.
Applications submitted under this mechanism should be exploratory and novel, and should break new ground or extend previous discoveries toward new directions or applications."
Further details can be found here:
Friday, November 18, 2011
"Business and labor interests are locked in a more than decade-long battle over how to limit worker exposure to a known carcinogen."
No, he didn't have a death wish. And yes, he appears to be doing just fine. He did it to prove a point: fracking fluid need not be toxic.
What the exec drank was a new formulation of fracking fluid made with ingredients sourced from the food industry rather than the chemical industry."
Third of three parts.
Signatures gathered to put smart meter issue to Naperville voters
Study shows nanoparticles used as additives in diesel fuels can travel from
lungs to liver
Brainflammation: The Role of the Innate Immune System in CNS Disorders
Study: Exposure to common air fresheners can cause allergies, asthma
At Senate hearing, trade groups split over efforts to ravamp chemical-safety
BPA exposure can alter memory in adults, rodent study suggests.
Report: Secret Chemicals Revealed in Common Household Cleaners
TSA Puts Off Safety Study of X-ray Body Scanners
J&J to nix baby-product contaminant within 2 years
Toxic chemicals all around us, Lewiston panelists say
Toxic Beauty Products
Richland Student Kicked Off School Bus For Spraying Perfume
Fragrance sensitivity a real health concern
Europe Bans X-Ray Body Scanners Used at U.S. Airports
Milk Thistle Extract Stops Lung Cancer in Mice, Study Shows
Why Americans still breathe known hazards decades after 'clean air' law
Prefrontal Cortex and Executive Function Impairments in Primary Breast
Girl, 13, left in 'waking coma' and sleeps for 23 hours a day after severe
reaction to cervical cancer jabs
NIH-Funded Study Finds Occupational Chemical Exosure May Be Linked to
Risk of disease partially set in womb, scientists say
Air quality 'puts lives at risk'
California pioneers plan for trimming toxins
Tarnished Gold: The Sickness of Evidence-based Medicine (Volume 1)
Inhalable Toxic Chemicals in Aircraft Cabin Air
Veteran battles disorder, and for his benefits
What Does ExxonMobil Have to Do with Child Safety?
What stops children with a chronic illness accessing health care: a mixed
methods study in children with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic
Mount Sinai ME/CFS Research Center Meeting for patients and doctors
Diana Fairchild Passed Away on November 5th
Tap Water: Running A Risk?
Many Are Claiming Health Problems Caused by Smart Meters
Fukushima crisis 'stunting children's growth'
[Influence of air pollution on birth weight].
Many common beauty products may contain dangerous toxins
Car interiors 'poisoning drivers'
Pneumonia linked to smoke from cooking fires
Prenatal maternal exposure to woodsmoke also hurts kids' IQs
Research links pesticides, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Where regulators failed, citizens took action - testing their own air
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"A group opposed to the installation of "smart" meters to monitor electricity use in Naperville has gathered more than 4,000 signatures in its bid to allow residents to weigh in at the polls on whether the city should abandon the project."
Tuesday, December 6, 2011 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The New York Academy of Sciences
"Millions of Americans use scented candles, air freshener sprays, plug-in deodorizers and diffusers to make their living spaces smell clean and pleasant, but are the chemicals in these products safe? New research compiled by scientists from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., and the Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic suggests that various chemical additives in air fresheners can trigger allergies, asthma and other health problems."
"A dirty secret lurks in common household cleaning products, according to new independent lab testing on 20 popular products that found nearly all contained undisclosed toxic chemicals."
"Johnson & Johnson, responding to complaints about a potentially carcinogenic chemical in its baby shampoos, said it plans within two years to eliminate formaldehyde-releasing preservatives from hundreds of its baby products."
"The head of the Transportation Security Administration has backed off a public commitment to conduct a new independent study of X-ray body scanners used at airport security lanes around the country."
"Bisphenol-A at a level below the U.S. safe daily dose impairs memory and alters brain structure in adult male rats exposed to the chemical just once."
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
"The products in front of Steve Taylor seemed innocent enough: a rubber duck, a few tin cans, a glass jar of baby food and plastic water bottles.
Each, however, contained chemicals that could be harmful to human health and are largely unregulated by the government, the program director for the Environmental Health Strategy Center told a crowd in a Central Maine Medical Center conference room Tuesday evening during a workshop on chemicals found in everyday life."
"I don't know if you've noticed but for some reason when you're conscious about what kinds of foods to eat, you become aware of other things that go anywhere near your body. And that's what I'm talking about today-health and beauty products. Since our skin is our largest organ, absorbing everything we put on it, we've got to be smarter about what products we're actually using."
"With the holiday season just around the corner and people making their gift lists, I know I speak for migraine sufferers around the world with "fragrance sensitivity," namely from perfume and cologne, requesting that you reconsider such purchases."
"The European Union on Monday prohibited the use of X-ray body scanners in European airports, parting ways with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, which has deployed hundreds of the scanners as a way to screen millions of airline passengers for explosives hidden under clothing."
"Tissue with wound-like conditions allows tumors to grow and spread. In mouse lung cancer cells, treatment with silibinin, a major component of milk thistle, removed the molecular billboards that signal these wound-like conditions and so stopped the spread of these lung cancers, according to a recent study published in the journal Molecular Carcinogenesis."
"Politics, industry and 'hopelessly irrational' EPA stymie air toxics crackdown"
"A student in Richland, Washington thought the school bus smelled bad, so she sprayed perfume. But apparently, dousing a bus in No.5 (or any flowery scent) is against the school district's rules -- and she was kicked off when she wouldn't hand over the bottle to the driver. The 15-year-old's parents, Clair and Carrie Doyle, were outraged."
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Shelli R. Kesler, PhD; Jamie S. Kent, MA; Ruth O'Hara, PhD
Arch Neurol. 2011;68(11):1447-1453. doi:10.1001/archneurol.2011.245
Objectives To examine differences in prefrontal-executive function between breast cancer (BC) survivors with and without a history of chemotherapy treatment compared with healthy control women and to determine the associations between prefrontal cortex deficits and behavioral impairments, as well as certain demographic and disease variables.
Design Observational study.
Setting University-based research facility.
Participants Twenty-five women with BC who had received chemotherapy, 19 women with BC who had not received chemotherapy, and 18 healthy female controls, all matched for age and other demographic variables.
Results Women with BC demonstrated significantly reduced activation in the left middle dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and premotor cortex compared with healthy controls. The chemotherapy group also demonstrated significantly reduced left caudal lateral prefrontal cortex activation and increased perseverative errors and reduced processing speed compared with the other 2 groups. Reduced left caudal lateral prefrontal cortex activation was significantly correlated with higher disease severity and elevated subjective executive dysfunction in the chemotherapy-treated women. Older age and lower educational level were associated with increased executive function impairment in the chemotherapy group.
Conclusions These findings provide further evidence of neurological impairment associated with primary BC irrespective of treatment history. The left caudal lateral prefrontal region may be particularly vulnerable to the effects of chemotherapy and/or disease severity and may represent a novel biomarker of subjective executive dysfunction in chemotherapy-treated women. Furthermore, negative effects of chemotherapy on brain function may be exacerbated by such factors as increased age and lower educational level.
Author Affiliations: Stanford Cancer Center, Palo Alto (Dr Kesler), and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford (Drs Kesler and O'Hara and Ms Kent), California.
Girl, 13, left in 'waking coma' and sleeps for 23 hours a day after severe reaction to cervical cancer jabs
"Lucy Hinks is unable to walk or talk after having injections at school
Parents warn others to check on potential side effects of Cervarix vaccine"
Monday, November 14, 2011
"New field of research explores links between mother's health during pregnancy and illnesses years later."
"The government's failure to meet EU standards on air pollution is "putting the health of UK residents at risk", says the Environmental Audit Committee."
"Long a pacesetter in efforts to control dangerous chemicals, California is moving toward sweeping new rules to reduce toxins in cleaning products, cosmetics, electronics, toys and possibly many other consumer goods."
"A particularly pernicious example is vague diagnosis as a psychiatric ailment which, if nothing else, prevents the correct treatment being applied. Highly encouragingly, successful biochemical treatments are being developed and are already available. A very important advance in biomedical science is the development of an assay for the main metabolic products of inhaled tricresyl phosphates. This will enable anyone thought to be suffering from exposure to be promptly and correctly diagnosed. It seems obvious that whenever aircrew have to be hospitalized after a flight all passengers should be medically checked. "
"A new research report contributes to the increasing evidence that repeated occupational exposure to certain chemical solvents raises the risk for Parkinson's disease. Researchers analyzed the occupational histories of twins in which one of the pair developed the neurodegenerative disorder, and assessed that twin's likelihood of exposure to six chemicals previously linked to Parkinson's. Of the six chemicals investigated, researchers concluded that two common chemical solvents, trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PERC), are significantly linked to development of this disease. This study, supported in part by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), a part of the National Institutes of Health, appears in the Nov. 14, 2011 issue of Annals of Neurology."
Sunday, November 13, 2011
"Some of life's simple pleasures - being outside on a summer day or eating a slice of pizza - cause Matt Connery's skin to burn and his throat to close.
Exposure to chemicals when Connery was deployed to Iraq with the Army six years ago has left him disabled, and forced him to barricade himself in his house."
Saturday, November 12, 2011
"It's easy to forget sometimes that oil companies are involved in a lot more than oil, or even energy in its various forms. Exxon Mobil, for example, produces a number of chemicals that have little to nothing to do with energy, including isopropyl alcohol (used for coatings, rubbing alcohol and electronics), methyl ethyl ketone (used for paint, coatings and adhesives solvent), benzene (used in styrofoam and nylon products) and a handful of plasticizers like phthalic anhydride and Jayflex® Plasticizer/Phthalates.
Over the past several years, Exxon has been working to protect its chemical business by lobbying against various proposals to reform chemical regulations in the United States."
What stops children with a chronic illness accessing health care: a mixed methods study in children with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME)
Carly M Webb1, Simon M Collin2, Toity Deave 3, Andrew Haig-Ferguson2, Amy
Spatz1, Esther Crawley2§
Paediatric Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) is relatively common and disabling with a mean time out of school of more than one academic year. NICE guidelines recommend referral to specialist services immediately if severely affected, within 3 months if moderately affected and within 6 months if mildly affected. However, the median time-to-assessment by a specialist service in the UK is 18 months. This study used a mixed-methods approach to examine factors associated with time taken to access specialist services.
Time-to-assessment was analysed as a continuous "survival-time" variable in Cox regression models using data from self-completed assessment forms for children attending a regional specialist CFS/ME service between January 2006 and December 2009. Semi-structured interviews about barriers experienced in accessing healthcare for their child were conducted with nine parents of children aged <17 years (8 individual and one parent couple). Interviews were digitally recorded and analysed using "thematic analysis".
405 children were assessed between 2006 and 2009 and information on school attendance was available on 388. Only 1/125 with severe CFS/ME and 49/263 (19%) with mild to moderate CFS/ME were seen within NICE recommended timeframe. Increased fatigue was associated with shorter time to assessment (HR = 1.15; 95% CI 1.03, 1.29 per unit increase in Chalder fatigue score; P=0.01). Time-to-assessment was not associated with disability, mood, age or gender. Parents described difficulties accessing specialist services because of their own as well as their GP's and Paediatrician's lack of knowledge. They experienced negative attitudes and beliefs towards the child's condition when they consulted GPs, Paediatricians and Child Psychiatrists. Parents struggled to communicate an invisible illness that their child and not themselves were experiencing.
GPs, Child Psychiatrists and Paediatricians need more knowledge about CFS/ME and the appropriate referral pathways to ensure timeliness in referral to specialist services.
Mount Sinai Medical Center Research Building
1425 Madison Avenue (at 98th St)
New York, NY 10029
First floor Seminar room.
New methods in diagnosis and treatment of ME/CFS
Dr. Eric Schadt
Dr. Derek Enlander
Dr. David Bell
Dr. Kenny DeMeirleir
Dr. Judy Mikovits [panel
Topics will include:
New Horizons in Genomics and Gene research ME/CFS
* GcMaf, MAF 314, MAF 878
* CMX 001
* Nexavir lotion and suppositories
* Methylation Cycle
There will be a panel discussion afterwards including all
$30 in advance online
$40 at the door
Friday, November 11, 2011
"November 5, 2011 Author and early pioneer activist for airline passenger safety, died in New York City following a brief illness. She was 67. For over 20 years, Diana steadfastly advocated for passengers' right to nontoxic conditions aboard airplanes. Her 21-year career as an international flight attendant was cut short in 1987 when she was medically grounded with injuries from unregulated pesticide spraying in aircraft cabins. In 1992, she published the best-selling book Jet Smart which exposed the previously unknown health hazards of flying and forced government mandated changes in airline policies. Diana was born in NYC in 1944. She graduated from Boston University after spending a year at the Sorbonne in Paris. She lived in Hawaii for 23 years before moving back to Manhattan in 2007. Diana was well-known for her wit, her charm and her lifetime love affair with writing books, teaching seminars and dancing the tango."
"When we met Michelle Anderson, she was teaching her home-schooled son about the scientific method, the process by which problems can be solved through doing research, developing a hypothesis, conducting experiments and drawing conclusions."
"A broad consortium of government agencies, environmental groups, and utilities and their industry organizations is touting the benefits of a "smart grid." Generally, this is conceived as an extensive revamp of the electrical system to make it more efficient and reliable, less polluting, and less expensive. Proponents of the smart grid envision it as having many benefits to both electric utilities and their customers and see its costs largely as the dollar costs of building infrastructure.
One component of the smart grid is smart meters, which operate as part of electric, gas, or water systems, and transmit meter readings to the utility many times a day, often via radio waves but sometimes via hard-wiring. This allows utilities to save money since meter readers are no longer needed. It also gives utilities frequent input on how much demand there is on their system at any one time, allowing them to fine tune their operations, use various tools (such as demand-based pricing) to equalize demand throughout the day and reduce peak loads, and plan for future supply needs.
The concepts sound good to many people, but serious flaws are becoming apparent as utilities rapidly install smart meters across the country, according to a rising chorus of critics. They are concerned about privacy (since they say utilities can interpolate many behavioral aspects of building occupants via the detailed reporting of utility use), security (since any utility's system could be hacked), and accuracy (with reports of very inaccurate readings from a small percentage of meters). Each of these issues warrants investigation and coverage.
Another major issue is possible human health impacts from smart meters. That is the focus of the remainder of this Tip."
[Article in Serbian]
Epidemiological studies point out that exposure to air pollution during pregnancy is a risk for low birth weight.
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of outdoor and indoor air pollution on the occurrence of low birth weight.
The measurement of outdoor air pollutants, sulphur dioxide and black smoke was carried out daily at the Institute for Public Healthcare of Nis at two measuring locations, in Nis and Niska Banja during 2003. Subjects were 367 pregnant women, nonsmokers and who were not profesionally exposed to air pollution. Data on exposure to source of indoor air pollution (passive smoking and mode of heating) was determined on the basis of a questionnaire. Data on the characterisitics of newborns were taken from the register of Obstetrics and Gyanecology Clinic of Nis.
We determined that exposure of pregnant women to outdoor air pollution and wood heating systems had influence on the occurence of low birth weight. Exposure to passive smoking had no influence on neonatal low birth weight.
Exposure of pregnant women to outdoor and indoor air pollutants can have negative influence on the occurrence of low birth weight.
Air Pollution and Anemia as Risk Factors for Pneumonia in Ecuadorian Children: A Retospective Cohort Study.
Harris AM, Sempertegui F, Estrella B, Narvaez X, Egas J, Woodin M, Durant JL, Naumova EN, Griffiths JK.
Environ Health. 2011 Nov 3;10(1):93. [Epub ahead of print]
: Ambient air pollution and malnutrition, particularly anemia, are risk factors for pneumonia, a leading cause of death in children under five. We simultaneously assessed these risk factors in Quito, Ecuador.
S: In 2005, we studied two socioeconomically similar neighborhoods in Quito: Lucha de los Pobres (LP) and Jaime Roldos (JR). LP had relatively high levels of air pollution (annual median PM2.5 = 20.4 ug/m3; NO2 = 29.5 ug/m3) compared to JR (annual median PM2.5 = 15.3 ug/m3; NO2 = 16.6 ug/m3). We enrolled 408 children from LP (more polluted) and 413 children from JR (less polluted). All subjects were aged 18-42 months. We obtained medical histories of prior physician visits and hospitalizations during the previous year, anthropometric nutrition data, hemoglobin levels, and hemoglobin oxygen saturation via oximetry.
: In anemic children, higher pollution exposure was significantly associated with pneumonia hospitalization (OR = 6.82, 95%CI = 1.45-32.00; P = 0.015). In non-anemic children, no difference in hospitalizations by pollution exposure status was detected (OR = 1.04, NS). Children exposed to higher levels of air pollution had more pneumonia hospitalizations (OR = 3.68, 1.09-12.44; P = 0.036), total respiratory illness (OR = 2.93, 95% CI 1.92-4.47; P < 0.001), stunting (OR = 1.88, 1.36-2.60; P < 0.001) and anemia (OR = 1.45, 1.09-1.93; P = 0.013) compared to children exposed to lower levels of air pollution. Also, children exposed to higher levels of air pollution had significantly lower oxygen saturation (92.2% + 2.6% vs. 95.8% + 2.2%; P < 0.0001), consistent with air pollution related dyshemoglobinemia.
: Ambient air pollution is associated with rates of hospitalization for pneumonia and with physician's consultations for acute respiratory infections. Anemia may interact with air pollution to increase pneumonia hospitalizations. If confirmed in larger studies, improving nutrition-related anemia, as well as decreasing the levels of air pollution in Quito, may reduce pneumonia incidence.
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"Are you spreading cancer causing chemicals on your face when you apply your make-up?
Is your shampoo giving you tumors? There's new concern about the potentially toxic ingredients used to make beauty products. "The average woman uses 9 to 12 products a day. It's just a toxic potion that we are just putting in our skin," said Physician Assistant Katie Young."
"EXCESSIVE levels of poisonous chemicals are found in the interiors of more than 70 percent of private cars in Shanghai, a local environmental protection association claimed yesterday."
Prenatal maternal exposure to woodsmoke also hurts kids' IQs
"Smoke from open fires and dirty cookstoves used by almost half the world's population is linked to severe pneumonia, especially among women and young children, a new study has found."
"Eight months on from the nuclear meltdowns at Japan's Fukushima plant the long-term cancer risks for children are in the spotlight, but a new study has highlighted more immediate problems.
Thousands of children living in the fallout zone are confined indoors because of radiation fears, and doctors worry they are not growing at a sufficient rate."
Until 'bucket test' and insider tips, polluter said to underreport emissions for years
"For the past three decades, Jeani Thomson has been pleading with New York state officials to protect her and her neighbors from air pollution that regularly spreads into her yard from an industrial plant a mile away. Many mornings, a foul-smelling, thick fog settles around her modest house in Tonawanda, a working class town of 16,000 just outside Buffalo. The "toxic blue haze," as Thomson calls it, smells like ammonia, sulfur and "an oily exhaust."
She believes it has made her sick. Ailments have transformed her, she said, from a fit mail carrier who walked a 13-mile route into a survivor of multiple illnesses who takes 22 medications and now moves with difficulty on stiff legs. Though only 57 years old, she has only one lung, and half a stomach. Her doctors have diagnosed her with a rare skin rash, as well as asthma and arthritis. Though she claims never to have had a cigarette, her voice has the raspy sound of a smoker. On bad days, she says, she inhales oxygen."
"Higher pesticide levels measured in people well before they were diagnosed with cancer are associated with an elevated risk of lymphoma later in life."
"If I were in the market to buy a new car seat, I would cross-check safety ratings with the list at www.healthystuff.org. While they have not checked for all potentially dangerous chemicals, they have based their ratings on the level of lead, cadmium, chlorine, arsenic, bromine, and mercury found in the car seats. (These substances have been linked to allergies, birth defects, impaired learning, liver toxicity, and cancer.) You can find seats that perform well in crash tests and in toxicity tests, but it's not easy to find a perfect fit, especially when you have to look at cost, size, functionality, and availability."
"In 2008, EPA determined that certain kinds of rat bait pose "unreasonable risk" to children, pets and wildlife. The Agency gave rodenticide manufacturers three years to voluntarily adopt new safety measures."
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