Monday, November 30, 2009
Ambient Metals, Elemental Carbon, and Wheeze and Cough in New York City Children through 24 Months of Age
Children through 24 Months of Age
"This year's relatively cool, wet growing season and rainy fall have delayed grain harvesting and has increased the risk for mold development on grain. When mold develops it can increase the formation of mycotoxins which can be toxic to humans and animals."
"The first study to examine the effects of commonly used flame retardant chemicals on children's brain development has found both harmful and beneficial associations."
December 2009, Volume 4, Issue 12
Direct Links to Articles Inside This Issue:
An Interview with Author Eva Cabellé
Missing: A Life Broken by Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
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Social Security Disability
Representing Your Claim
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Time to Look at Your Home in a Different Light
Basements, Part 1
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Formaldehyde Linked to Asthma
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Preying on the Desperate
Miracle Cures Hold False Promise
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Vaccine Adjuvant Alters Neurological Function in Rat Experiment
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Q&A How to Block EMF Exposure
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Chelation Effective for Autism
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Sunday, November 29, 2009
Russek LN, Fulk GD.
Physical Therapy Department, Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York 13699-5880, USA. Lnrussek@clarkson.edu
The purpose of current study was to assess postural control and balance self-efficacy in people with fibro-myalgia syndrome [FMS]. Thirty-two females with FMS completed the Activity-specific Balance Confidence Scale, Berg Balance test, NeuroCom Balance Master sensory-organization test, and limits of stability. There was a high prevalence of reported falls and a low mean score on the Activity-specific Balance Confidence Scale. A significant number of subjects scored below the population norm fifth percentile score on the sensory-organization test composite, visual, and vestibular sections. Preliminary evidence suggests that women with FMS may present with deficits in postural control, sensory organization, and balance self-efficacy.
PMID: 19925263 [PubMed - in process]
Menzies V, Lyon DE.
Fibromyalgia (FMS) is a chronic widespread pain (CWP) and fatigue syndrome that affects three to six million adults in the United States. Core symptoms of FMS include pain, fatigue, and mood and sleep disturbances. To date, consensus has not been reached among researchers regarding the pathogenesis of FMS nor the specific role of cytokine activation on the neuroendocrine-immune response patterns in persons with FMS. The purpose of this article is to describe and synthesize the results of research studies focused on the relationship between cytokines and FMS and among cytokines and core symptoms of FMS. There is some support in the literature for relationships among FMS symptoms and cytokines; however, there are discrepant findings related to whether proinflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokines are elevated or reduced in persons with FMS and whether their levels correlate with the core symptoms of this disorder. Although the use of cytokine biomarkers must be considered exploratory at this time due to the lack of consistent empirical findings, biobehavioral research focused on understanding the relationship of FMS with cytokines may lead to a better understanding of this complex syndrome. This knowledge may ultimately contribute to the development of interventions for symptom management that address not only the symptom manifestation but also a biological mediator of symptoms.
PMID: 19933683 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Commentary: mechanistic considerations for associations between formaldehyde exposure and nasopharyngeal carcinoma.
Thompson CM, Grafstrom RC.
PMID: 19939253 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Paraoxonase gene variants are associated with autism in North America, but not in Italy: possible regional specificity in gene-environment interactions.
D'Amelio M, Ricci I, Sacco R, Liu X, D'Agruma L, Muscarella LA, Guarnieri V, Militerni R, Bravaccio C, Elia M, Schneider C, Melmed R, Trillo S, Pascucci T, Puglisi-Allegra S, Reichelt KL, Macciardi F, Holden JJ, Persico AM.
Laboratory of Molecular Psychiatry and Neurogenetics, University Campus Bio-Medico, Rome, Italy.
Organophosphates (OPs) are routinely used as pesticides in agriculture and as insecticides within the household. Our prior work on Reelin and APOE delineated a gene-environment interactive model of autism pathogenesis, whereby genetically vulnerable individuals prenatally exposed to OPs during critical periods in neurodevelopment could undergo altered neuronal migration, resulting in an autistic syndrome. Since household use of OPs is far greater in the USA than in Italy, this model was predicted to hold validity in North America, but not in Europe. Here, we indirectly test this hypothesis by assessing linkage/association between autism and variants of the paraoxonase gene (PON1) encoding paraoxonase, the enzyme responsible for OP detoxification. Three functional single nucleotide polymorphisms, PON1 C-108T, L55M, and Q192R, were assessed in 177 Italian and 107 Caucasian-American complete trios with primary autistic probands. As predicted, Caucasian-American and not Italian families display a significant association between autism and PON1 variants less active in vitro on the OP diazinon (R192), according to case-control contrasts (Q192R: chi2=6.33, 1 df, P<0.025), transmission/disequilibrium tests (Q192R: TDT chi2=5.26, 1 df, P<0.025), family-based association tests (Q192R and L55M: FBAT Z=2.291 and 2.435 respectively, P<0.025), and haplotype-based association tests (L55/R192: HBAT Z=2.430, P<0.025). These results are consistent with our model and provide further support for the hypothesis that concurrent genetic vulnerability and environmental OP exposure may possibly contribute to autism pathogenesis in a sizable subgroup of North American individuals.
PMID: 16027737 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
"The dirty little secrets of Glade, Pledge and Windex are all coming clean courtesy of venerable consumer products company SC Johnson. The Racine, Wis. outfit said last week it had launched a new website that lists the ingredients of more than 200 of its products. The WhatsInsideSCJohnson site represents the most significant disclosure to date of the ingredients found in household cleaning products."
"Children should be allowed to play in the dirt because being too clean can impair the skin's ability to heal itself, new research suggests."
"We've all been there. Trapped in an elevator with an overly perfumed passenger who has you holding your breath until the doors open. Held hostage at a restaurant next to a fellow diner whose Poison is tainting your filet mignon. Ambushed at a movie theater where the only recourse is to bury your nose in the popcorn."
Saturday, November 28, 2009
"When people think about pesticides and health, cancer and birth defects probably come to mind. But new research shows pesticide exposure may contribute to a much more common affliction: itchy, runny, stuffy noses."
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: A Survival Guide
by Pamela Reed Gibson PhD
This chapter is a crash course in cleaning up your home so that you can minimize symptoms while you further educate yourself and make more major decisions.
Excerpt from p. 52-55:
Can This House Be Saved?
"A mother spends millions to fund research for neuromyelitis optica, which can leave patients paralyzed or blind."
"People who work in detergent factories are at increased risk of developing respiratory problems, including asthma, probably from exposure to chemicals contained in detergent, two new studies hint."
"For those of us suffering from environmental illnesses such as chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), fibromyalgia, multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) and gut problems including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), leaky gut syndrome (LGS) and Candida it can be hard to stay positive and enjoy life at any time of year but the holidays can be particularly difficult."
Friday, November 27, 2009
By Lisa Nagy, MD, Women's Health Activist November/December 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
"Minnesota scientists say it appears endocrine-disrupting chemicals and pharmaceuticals are found in even the most pristine lakes in the state."
"Group's tests discover that some products still 'slip through the cracks'"
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
by Gunnar Heuser, MD, PhD, FACP
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
"Pillows and vehicle seats may be important household contributors to flame retardant exposure in humans."
"No kid should ever play in arsenic. Especially at school. Yet many probably do, according to findings of a study presented today. Howard Mielke of Tulane University's Center for Bioenvironmental Research and his colleagues were concerned about risks to children posed by old-style pressure treated wood, the type that has been infused with a chromated-copper-arsenic concoction to limit deterioration from rot and insects. This town is a veritable termite capital, so it made a reasonable place to look for treated wood."
"People with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) feel more than twice as much withheld anger as the general population and this could have an adverse effect on their relationships and health, according to a study published in the December issue of the European Journal of Neurology.
Italian researchers assessed 195 patients with MS, using a range of scales that measure anger, depression and anxiety, and then compared them with the general population."
"Breathing in fumes from petrol made lab rats more aggressive, a finding that has wide implications for urban pollution, according to a study published on Tuesday."
"Sulfur thought to be culprit; homeowners urged to get 'fresh air'"
Monday, November 23, 2009
"More popular than ever, fake grass may not be so safe. If the EPA study finds that tire crumble is in fact dangerous, it would affect both the recycling industry and those who shell out big bucks for artificial turf fields."
Toxic chemicals created by human activity reach unusual concentrations in the Arctic, among other places
"The federal government said Monday that it has found a "strong association" between problematic imported Chinese drywall and corrosion of pipes and wires, a conclusion that supports complaints by thousands of homeowners over the last year."
"People are getting fed up with the broken promises made by bureaucrats who say one thing and do another. They consistently use our children and their "future" as props to advance their agendas on a variety of issues but are equally consistent in doing "too little, too late" when it comes to taking the necessary actions that will actually give those children a healthy future."
"New research presents strong evidence that the "synergistic" effect of early-life exposure to both outdoor traffic-related pollution and indoor endotoxin causes more harm to developing lungs than one or the other exposure alone."
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
The usefulness of chelation therapy for the remission of symptoms caused by previous treatment with mercury-containing pharmaceuticals: a case report
Serafina Corsello (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Alessandro Fulgenzi (email@example.com)
Daniele Vietti (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Maria Elena Ferrero (email@example.com)
Introduction A great deal of data regarding the toxicology of mercury has been
recently reported. Although the most common human exposures to mercury are
currently mercury vapour from amalgam tooth fillings, methylmercury from seafood and
ethylmercury as a preservative in vaccines, in the past mercury compounds have been
used in the treatment of syphilis.
Case presentation Mercury intoxication was found in a 67 year-old Italian man affected
by neurological symptoms of apparently unknown origin. The patient developed syphilis
forty years ago and then underwent therapy with mercurials to treat his chronic bacterial
infection. We treated the patient with disodium edetate chelation therapy.
Six months after the beginning of the therapy, the patient's neurological symptoms
began to decrease, and were completely cured after two years of therapy.
Conclusion This case supports the use of chelation therapy with disodium edetate to
remove damages caused by mercury intoxication.
NIEHS Director Birnbaum: "We kind of jump from the proverbial fry pan into the fire" when replacing chemicals
"Nearly a year ago, toxicologist Linda Birnbaum was named director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Toxicology Program. She sat down with Environmental Health News journalist Jane Kay in San Francisco on Wednesday to answer questions about the environmental health risks we face today.
As head of the federal institute examining environmental health, Birnbaum and her staff are taking on many controversial topics, including Bisphenol A and new flame retardants in consumer products. She explains how scientists are trying to figure out what role chemicals and contaminants may play in breast cancer and other diseases and health problems."
"Mold, cold making residents ill, owners allege
Winter hits hard at Jon Sigafoos' home, harder, he says, than it ought.
His family of four moved into the Quadrant Corp.-built home four years ago, taking up residence in a newly constructed neighborhood at Bonney Lake.
It didn't take long, Jon Sigafoos said, to realize the house wasn't all it had been promised to be."
Friday, November 20, 2009
Sci Total Environ. 2009 Nov 16. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 19922980 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Thursday, November 19, 2009
"There are pictures of pregnant women smoking on cigarette packages. The label says "Warning: Cigarettes Hurt Babies." Waddle up to a bar, and you'll see a similar message on a poster by the women's washroom. It declares alcohol "can cause birth defects and brain damage in your baby." There should be similar warnings on many bottles of shampoo, moisturizers, shower curtains, packages of cheese and plastic Tupperware. The disclaimer should say: includes gender-bending chemicals harmful to fetuses. Risks include: reduced testosterone, undescended testicles, smaller penises and less masculine behaviour in boys."
Are phthalates really safe for children?
"Phthalates are important components of many consumer products, including toys, cleaning materials, plastics, and personal care items. Studies to date on phthalates have been inconsistent, with some linking exposure to these chemicals to hormone disruptions, birth defects, asthma, and reproductive problems, while others have found no significant association between exposure and adverse effects."
"The average British woman "hosts" 515 chemicals on her body every day, according to a new study."
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
"Scientists are reporting evidence that air pollution — a well-recognized problem at major airports — may pose an important but largely overlooked health concern for people living near smaller regional airports. Those airports are becoming an increasingly important component of global air transport systems. The study, one of only a handful to examine airborne pollutants near regional airports, suggests that officials should pay closer attention to these overlooked emissions, which could cause health problems for local residents. It appears online in ACS' Environmental Science & Technology, a semi-monthly journal."
Pesticides in Dust from Homes in an Agricultural Area
We collected indoor dust samples from homes in the Salinas Valley of California. Of 22 pesticides measured in 504 samples, permethrins and the organophosphate chlorpyrifos were present in highest amounts. In multivariate Tobit regression models among samples from 197 separate residences, reported agricultural uses of chlorpyrifos, a herbicide (2,3,5,6-tetrachloroterephthalate (DCPA)), and a fungicide (iprodione) on agricultural fields were significantly (p < 0.01) associated, with 83%, 19%, and 49% increases, respectively, in dust concentrations for each kg applied per day, near participant homes, in the month or season prior to sample collection. However, agricultural use of diazinon, which was 2.2 times that of chlorpyrifos, and of permethrin were not significantly associated with dust levels. Other variables independently associated with dust levels included temperature and rainfall, farmworkers storing work shoes in the home, storing a diazinon product in the home, housing density, having a home less clean, and having an air conditioner. Permethrins, chlorpyrifos, DCPA, and iprodione have either a log octanol−water partition coefficient (Kow) greater than 4.0, a very low vapor pressure, or both. Health risk assessments for pesticides that have these properties may need to include evaluation of exposures to house dust.
Ultrafine Particles in Indoor Air of a School: Possible Role of Secondary Organic Aerosolshttp://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es902471a
The aim of this work was to investigate ultrafine particles (<0.1 μm) in primary school classrooms, in relation to the classroom activities. The investigations were conducted in three classrooms during two measuring campaigns, which together encompassed a period of 60 days. Initial investigations showed that under the normal operating conditions of the school there were many occasions in all three classrooms where indoor particle concentrations increased significantly compared to outdoor levels. By far the highest increases in the classroom resulted from art activities (painting, gluing, and drawing), at times reaching over 1.4 × 105 particle cm−3. The indoor particle concentrations exceeded outdoor concentrations by approximately 1 order of magnitude, with a count median diameter ranging from 20 to 50 nm. Significant increases also occurred during cleaning activities, when detergents were used. GC-MS analysis conducted on 4 samples randomly selected from about 30 different paints and glues, as well as the detergent used in the school, showed that d-limonene was one of the main organic compounds of the detergent, however, it was not detected in the samples of the paints and the glue. Controlled experiments showed that this monoterpene, emitted from the detergent, reacted with O3 (at outdoor ambient concentrations ranging from 0.06 to 0.08 ppm) and formed secondary organic aerosols. Further investigations to identify other liquids that may be potential sources of the precursors of secondary organic aerosols were outside the scope of this project, however, it is expected that the problem identified by this study could be more widely spread, since most primary schools use liquid materials for art classes, and all schools use detergents for cleaning. Further studies are therefore recommended to better understand this phenomenon and also to minimize exposure of school children to ultrafine particles from these indoor sources.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
"California Atty. Gen. Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued a safety warning today, alleging that seven toys and children's products tested by the Center for Environmental Health this month contained leads levels far above the legal limit."
"The industry says there's no connection, but experts are raising the alarm. Here's how to play it safe. "
"Pregnant and looking forward to motherhood, Kim Radtke walked the three-mile-long trail around Green Lake twice a week. She swam. She stretched in prenatal yoga class. She munched mostly organic foods – for years. Aware of chemicals in everyday products, she refused such things as ordinary scented lotions and deodorants. Trained as a midwife, she made a career of helping babies get a good start in life and she wanted the same for her unborn son."
Biotech crops cause big jump in pesticide use-report
Monday, November 16, 2009
H1N1 Linked To Vitamin D Deficiency
"Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles, found in everything from cosmetics to sunscreen to paint to vitamins, caused systemic genetic damage in mice, according to a comprehensive study conducted by researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center."
Article 'cherry picks' food allergy research: angry groups
"Sabrina Shannon had such an interest in journalism that by the time she was 10, she produced a radio documentary. She hoped to educate people about kids who suffer from life-threatening allergies. Sabrina herself was allergic to peanuts, milk and soy and had to manage it every day by asking everyone what was in the food she ate. But Sabrina didn't grow up to be a journalist. She died from an allergic reaction to french fries contaminated with dairy at her school in Pembroke, Ont. six years ago. As Sabrina was on life support at an Ottawa hospital, her mother, Sara Shannon, promised her that she would become an activist for those suffering from anaphylaxis. Sabrina died a day later at age 13."
For Some Smokers, Even Home Is Off Limits
"Chinese health officials reported on Nov. 13 the first deaths in people who received the H1N1 vaccine."
Sunday, November 15, 2009
"A South Korean teenager who took Tamiflu, an antiviral drug, leaped from an apartment window after suffering from auditory hallucination, China's Xinhua news agency said citing a local media report on Saturday."
"A South Korean teenager who took Tamiflu, an antiviral drug, leaped from an apartment window after suffering from auditory hallucination, China's Xinhua news agency said citing a local media report on Saturday."
"In the autumn of 1621, the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Indians celebrated the autumn feast, also known as harvest feast. The harvest feast was a longstanding event in Native American culture and one which took place long before the colonists ever reached the site at Plymouth. Today, we call that celebration Thanksgiving."
"Three new studies show a link between Scotchgard-type chemicals in ground water and high cholesterol in human blood. 3M says its studies have shown no such a link."
"About 10 years ago, Kay Meyer lost 60 pounds when she developed severe food allergies. She couldn't think clearly, suffered from severe headaches and chronic fatigue.
Meyer didn't know for sure if the toxic element mercury made her sick, but as an adult she tended to eat large amounts of fish, was exposed to mercury working as a dental hygienist and had a mouthful of amalgam fillings. Those fillings are about half mercury.
"It was determined that a combination of all three of those things led me to have pretty high elevation of mercury in my system and organs and blood stream, which caused a myriad of health problems including fatigue, brain fog, inflammation throughout my body particularly in my digestive system and bladder," Meyer said. "I was diagnosed with high mercury elevation. Eventually, I found a dentist in Skowhegan who over several months very carefully removed all my fillings. Over time, my symptoms got better -- some of them went away.""
Saturday, November 14, 2009
"The parents of a Smithsburg High School student with asthma are trying to convince Washington County Public Schools officials to ban the use of fragrances systemwide.
Francis and Kelly Murray, whose 14-year-old son, Danial, suffers from severe asthma, took their quest to the Washington County Board of Education earlier this month.
The Murrays said Danial often suffers a severe asthma attack when he smells cologne, perfume or other scented products.
Francis Murray said Danial has to come home from school three or four times a week because of his condition."
"The power is palpable all over town, from the executive waterfront estates that give way to the sparkling blue beyond of Lake Ontario, to the sumptuous boutiques in the old core, to the stately spreads that surround the Glen Abbey golf course."
"ANCHORAGE - Six years ago, Marilyn Coppe was vivacious, energetic and healthy. Today, she can barely get a sentence out at times."
Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org
Restrictions on the use of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) have resulted in the increased use of alternate flame retardant chemicals to meet flammability standards. However, it has been difficult to determine which chemical formulations are currently being used in high volumes to meet flammability standards since the use of flame retardant formulations in consumer products is not transparent (i.e., not provided to customers).
Friday, November 13, 2009
"Architectural design firm Perkins+Will has created a list of 25 chemicals that are commonly used in the building industry but also pose a number of health threats to humans and the environment."
Hepatology. 2009 Nov 9. [Epub ahead of print]
Although nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is typically associated with obesity, it has also been reported to occur in lean individuals exposed to industrial chemicals. Occupational exposure to vinyl chloride (VC) is a well-documented risk factor for hemangiosarcoma, but has not previously been associated with steatohepatitis. Here we evaluate liver biopsies from 25 nonobese, highly exposed VC workers for steatohepatitis. Next, we evaluate associated metabolic and cytokine abnormalities in affected workers controlled by 26 chemical workers with no to minimal VC exposures, and 11 unexposed, healthy volunteers. Among highly exposed VC workers the prevalence of steatohepatitis was 80%. Of these, 55% had fibrosis and four had hemangiosarcoma. We have coined the term toxicant-associated steatohepatitis (TASH) to describe this condition, which was not explained by obesity or alcohol. Although mean serum transaminases were normal in TASH, total cytokeratin 18, but not the caspase-cleaved fragment, was elevated. Despite the absence of obesity, workers with TASH had insulin resistance with reduced adiponectin levels. TASH was also associated with markedly elevated serum tumor necrosis factor alpha and interleukins 1beta, 6, and 8. Serum antioxidant activity was reduced in TASH. Conclusion: TASH occurred frequently in these nonobese VC workers with high cumulative exposures and normal liver enzymes. Elevated total cytokeratin 18 suggested the presence of necrotic cell death in TASH and may be a useful serologic biomarker. TASH was further characterized by insulin resistance, elevated proinflammatory cytokines, and impaired antioxidant defenses. The threshold VC exposure and the role of other chemical agents in TASH are as yet unknown. (HEPATOLOGY 2009.).
PMID: 19902480 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
"Marilyn Coppe says work made her sick. "I became very ill Oct. 3, 2003 as a result of the exposure of the workplace," Cooppe said. Turns out, Coppe is not alone. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 3 in 10 new and remodeled buildings are making workers sick world-wide."
"Children who eat fish more than 3 times per week show a worse performance in the general cognitive, executive and perceptual-manipulative areas. Those with higher levels of exposure to mercury show a generalised delay in cognitive, memory and verbal areas. Mercury is a contaminant found especially in oily fish and canned fish and to a lesser extent in white fish."
"A hair stylist's allergies led to the start of Honolulu's first fully organic hair salon."
"ROYAL Perth Hospital has launched an investigation into whether cleaning staff have contracted cancer from cleaning products used there. According to the hospital, the Miscellaneous Workers Union informed RPH that 35 current and former staff members believed they had been afflicted with cancers caused by occupational exposure to the phenol-based cleaning products prephen and phensol."
"South Whitehall couple hasn't dismantled structure meant to shield woman from illness."
Thursday, November 12, 2009
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
"Jordan McFarland, 14, was hospitalized for five days after coming down with Guillain-Barre syndrome hours after receiving a vaccination for H1N1.Nov. 12: The rise in swine flu cases is not news to Patty Daukesevitz, a pediatric nurse at Children's Hospital in Boston, where she treats dozens of patients daily. NBC's Robert Bazell reports."
"A poll conducted in August by Lake Research Partners found Americans very concerned with how chemicals are regulated for consumer use in the U.S. The findings come as overhaul of the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) will be introduced soon in both Houses of Congress."
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
"TO many people who suffer from the poorly understood illness called chronic fatigue syndrome, a recent study linking the disorder to a virus was a victory for the little guys. For one thing, the study pointed to a physical cause for an illness that the medical establishment had often snidely dismissed as psychosomatic. The research could not be ignored: it was published last month in Science, one of the world's pickiest and most prestigious journals. The discovery came, in a sense, from within the patients' own ranks: several of the scientists, including the lead author of the report, worked for the Whittemore Peterson Institute for Neuro-Immune Disease, a nonprofit in Reno, Nev., founded recently by the parents of a young woman who has the syndrome."
"Ken Cook stood in front of a large screen, looking at an ultrasound pulsing in the background. "Ten people have inspired important work in the health policy realm," said Cook, co-founder and president of Environmental Working Group. In blood samples taken from these 10 people, scientists found 287 toxic chemicals. "We know for sure they weren't exposed [to the chemicals] through food consumption, air pollution, water or from where they work," he said to a crowd in Conner Hall Tuesday."
"Two Massachusetts veterans are suing KBR Inc. and Halliburton Co., claiming the companies "poisoned" them and at least 100,000 other soldiers and contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan by exposing them to toxic smoke and fumes."
"A civil lawsuit filed last week in state court in Delaware charges Arlington, Va-based AES Corp. -- one of the world's largest power companies -- with illegally dumping 160 million pounds of toxic coal ash waste onto beaches in the Caribbean nation of the Dominican Republic, leading to serious health problems for nearby residents."
Men leave: Separation and divorce far more common when the wife is the patient
"A woman is six times more likely to be separated or divorced soon after a diagnosis of cancer or multiple sclerosis than if a man in the relationship is the patient, according to a study that examined the role gender played in so-called "partner abandonment." The study also found that the longer the marriage the more likely it would remain intact."
Workplace BPA exposure increases risk of male sexual dysfunction
First human study to measure effects of BPA on male reproductive systemhttp://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-11/kp-wbe110309.php
"High levels of workplace exposure to Bisphenol-A may increase the risk of reduced sexual function in men, according to a Kaiser Permanente study appearing in the journal Human Reproduction, published by Oxford Journals."
"Two-year-old children are being exposed to dangerous levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals in domestic products such as rubber clogs and sun creams, according to an EU investigation being studied by the government."
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
"Our homes aren't safe and clean if the air inside is polluted with chemicals from household cleaners. Follow these simple tips to protect your family's health while you clean your home."
"Male factory workers in China who got very high doses of a chemical that's been widely used in hard plastic bottles had high rates of sexual problems, researchers reported Wednesday.
Heavy exposure to BPA, or bisphenol A, on the job was linked to impotence and lower sexual desire and satisfaction, according to the study, which adds to concerns about BPA's effects on most consumers."
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- Oakville's wealthy fight the power
- Anchorage Woman "Fired" For Reporting Sick Building
- Detection of organophosphate flame retardants in f...
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- Toxicant-associated steatohepatitis in vinyl chlor...
- Sick Building Syndrome
- Consumption of certain fish during pregnancy assoc...
- High on henna
- Royal Perth Hospital launches probe into cleaning ...
- Contempt sought in 'bubble' case
- Obama's H1N1 Swine Flu Declaration of "National Em...
- Va. teen suffers rare illness after swine flu shot
- Poll Finds Americans Very Concerned About Exposure...
- A Big Splash From an Upstart Medical Center
- Newborns inspire toxicity research
- KBR, Halliburton sued over toxic 'burn pits'
- Toxicant exposure and mental health: opportunities...
- Lawsuit accuses Virginia power company of poisonin...
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- Workplace BPA exposure increases risk of male sexu...
- Two-year-olds at risk from 'gender-bending' chemic...
- Safe Cleaning Tips for Your Home
- Chemical BPA in workers linked to sex problems
- Top scientists to meet at Cleveland Clinic on trai...
- Dr. Doris Rapp - Children's Allergies to Food & En...
- Breathing Easier in Fragrance Free Zone - Watch We...
- Thimerosal in Vaccines Linked to Slowed Neurologic...
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- More Than Genes III: The Fetus, Toxic Chemicals, a...
- Wi-Fi Safety Questioned
- Chemicals in Our Food, and Bodies
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- Clorox To Stop Using Chlorine
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