Saturday, March 31, 2012
Austrian Medical Association Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of EMF-Related Health Problems and Illnesses
"Under a new law, doctors in Pennsylvania can access information about chemicals used in natural gas extraction -- but they won't be able to share it with their patients. A provision buried in a law passed last month is drawing scrutiny from the public health and environmental community, who argue that it will "gag" doctors who want to raise concerns related to oil and gas extraction with the people they treat and the general public."
"Scientists have been alarmed and puzzled by declines in bee populations in the United States and other parts of the world. They have suspected that pesticides played a part, but to date their experiments have yielded conflicting, ambiguous results."
Doctors warn indoor beds raise risk of deadliest skin cancer
"Melany James was 17 when she started using tanning beds once or twice a week, "just to get a little extra colour, because I was so pale."
She found out in Grade 12 she had cancer. "I noticed a mole on my breast start to change (skin that had not been exposed to the sun at all) and I instinctively knew what had happened.""
Thursday, March 29, 2012
"Normally, Danielle wouldn't have pulled her Kotex tampon out of the applicator for inspection before using it. I mean, who does that? One happened to fall out of the applicator, though, and that's when she saw them. The splotches of blackish mold. "Makes you wonder how many times things like this happen to tampons and we don't have a clue," she wrote. Um, yes."
Activation of inflammatory responses in human U937 macrophages by particulate matter collected from dairy farms: an in vitro expression analysis of pro-inflammatory markers
Cristoph F A Vogel, Johnny Garzia, Dalei Wu, Diane C Mitchell, Yanhong Zhang, Norman Y Kado, Patrick Wong, Danitza Alvizar Trujillo, Anna Lollies, Deborah Bennett, Marc B Schenker and Frank M Mitloehner.
Environmental Health 2012, 11:17 doi:10.1186/1476-069X-11-17
Published: 28 March 2012
The purpose of the present study was to investigate activation of inflammatory markers in human macrophages derived from the U937 cell line after exposure to particulate matter (PM) collected on dairy farms in California and to identify the most potent components of the PM.
PM from different dairies were collected and tested to induce an inflammatory response determined by the expression of various pro-inflammatory genes, such as Interleukin (IL)-8, in U937 derived macrophages. Gel shift and luciferase reporter assays were performed to examine the activation of nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NF-kappaB) and Toll-like-receptor 4 (TLR4).
Macrophage exposure to PM derived from dairy farms significantly activated expression of pro-inflammatory genes, including IL-8, cyclooxygenase 2 and Tumor necrosis factor-alpha, which are hallmarks of inflammation. Acute phase proteins, such as serum amyloid A and IL-6, were also significantly upregulated in macrophages treated with PM from dairies. Coarse PM fractions demonstrated more pro-inflammatory activity on an equal-dose basis than fine PM. Urban PM collected from the same region as the dairy farms was associated with a lower concentration of endotoxin and produced significantly less IL-8 expression compared to PM collected on the dairy farms.
The present study provides evidence that the endotoxin components of the particles collected on dairies play a major role in mediating an inflammatory response through activation of TLR4 and NF-kappaB signaling.
"During his 19 years serving at St. Anne's Mission, Bro. John Hotstream has watched a lot of his parishioners grow up and have children of their own.
And of this new generation, many seem to be chronically ill.
Not only that, but the coughing, headaches, watery eyes, and chronic respiratory infections seem to run in families. One might suspect heredity, but Hotstream knew the parents, and although some now have health problems, they grew up as healthy kids."
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Mobile phone emission increases inter-hemispheric functional coupling of electroencephalographic alpha rhythms in epileptic patients.
SourceAFaR, Department of Neuroscience, Hosp. Fatebenefratelli, Isola Tiberina, Rome, Italy.
Friday, March 23, 2012
"A former Nelson man who says his health is failing after working with a toxic cleaning solvent in a West Coast mine is angry ACC has taken so long to agree to test him.
Michael Blincoe, 57, born and bred in Nelson, worked from late 2006 to 2009 at Doug Hood Mining on the West Coast as a workshop yardman and cleaner, where he used the solvent Tergosol A1 to clean and degrease large machinery such as bulldozers and diggers.
He contacted the Nelson Mail last month about his year-long battle against ACC's refusal to pay for further tests recommended by his doctors to determine if he had suffered from solvent neurotoxicity."
"Have you noticed scents wafting throughout some stores and even airplanes? According to AdWeek, associating a scent with a brand is the latest retail trend.
It may seem like you're smelling freshly cut grass or a citrus delight, but what you're really inhaling is a combination of natural and synthetic mystery chemicals, some of which aren't good for you."
"For years, doctors and researchers have made a seemingly paradoxical observation: as people have grown up in cleaner and more sterile environments, allergies, asthma, and other inflammatory diseases have increased. Now, an international team headed by scientists at Brigham and Women's Hospital has found support for this so-called "hygiene hypothesis" and one possible biological explanation that could underlie the intriguing phenomenon."
Thursday, March 22, 2012
"Authors of new study encourage more low-dose testing of endocrine-disrupting chemicals, with implications for the debate on natural gas drilling.
Natural gas drilling on the Pinedale Anticline in Wyoming. Credit: Richard Waite, World Resources Institute
The higher the dose, the more dangerous the toxinthat principle is the basis for most regulatory chemical testing in the United States. But a new report shows that even low doses of some toxins can be harmful, and that finding could have implications for the long-standing debate over the chemicals used in natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing."
"Women with high mercury exposures are more than twice as likely to have higher levels of antibodies that are associated with autoimmune disorders."
"Because of the possible far-reaching consequences of their adoption, the adoption of thresholds of toxicological concern (TTCs) in regulatory risk assessment needs to be discussed in a broad, democratic environment where all affected parties are involved in a final decision. Moves to implement TTCs should not be made in isolation by small committees in single European authorities."
"Endocrine Disrupters: Researchers find higher risk of reproductive disorder in women with high urine concentrations of ultraviolet-blocking compounds."
"Inner-city women who breathe powerful airborne pollutants called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons while pregnant are more likely to have children who develop behavioral problems by the time they reach school age, researchers report."
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
"The Obama administration announced long-awaited regulations Tuesday to improve labels on hazardous chemicals and make them conform with international guidelines developed by the United Nations.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration estimated that such labels could prevent more than 40 deaths and about 500 workplace injuries and illnesses from exposure to hazardous chemicals each year."
"Confused by makeup scare stories? Worried that lead in your lipstick and arsenic in your mascara might be damaging your health? It might be time to ditch the contents of your make up bag and switch to organic."
"The memory and attention problems plaguing thousands of veterans from the first Gulf War might be caused by low-level exposure to insecticides and nerve gas, said researchers at Georgia Health Sciences University."
Targeting toxins in your child's toys
"Be smart about using household products!
Be smart when you use, store, and dispose of household products.
Did you know that the products you use for cleaning, carpentry, auto repair and gardening can contain ingredients that can harm you, your family and your environment."
"The manufacturer of methyl iodide is pulling the controversial pesticide from California.
Late Tuesday, representatives of Tokyo-based Arysta LifeScience confirmed the "immediate suspension of product sales for all formulations of the fumigant MIDAS in the United States." The company said its decision was based on "an internal review of the fumigant and based on its economic viability in the U.S. marketplace," according to Amy Yoder, head of Arysta LifeScience North American business unit."
"Since the explosion on the BP Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, scientists have been working to understand the impact that this disaster has had on the environment. For months, crude oil gushed into the water at a rate of approximately 53,000 barrels per day before the well was capped on July 15, 2010. A new study confirms that oil from the Macondo well made it into the ocean's food chain through the tiniest of organisms, zooplankton."
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
"RACELAND, La. (CN) - A bayou detoxification program is helping ill coastal residents, many of whom lack health insurance nearly 2 years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. By most accounts the treatments have helped, and thanks to donors they are free. Michael Robichaux, an ear, nose and throat specialist, former state senator, and self-described "populist doctor" is running the clinic with chemical detox veteran Jim Woodworth of New York. Woodworth has provided the clinic with staff and funding. Robichaux, 65, told Courthouse News in an interview that identifying illness from chemical exposure is difficult: "Nothing shows up on blood work. Nothing shows up on brain scans, nothing shows up on MRIs, anything." Robichaux said what he is seeing appears identical to the reports of symptoms still haunting veterans exposed to toxic chemicals during the first Gulf War. "Identical - they are identical problems," Robichaux said, picking up a 2008 report on Gulf War illness. "The symptoms are coming from different chemicals, causing the same problems: 'Association with diverse biological alterations that most prominently affects the brain and nervous system,' - exactly what I'm seeing. 'Not explained by routine medical evaluations ... symptoms that typically include a combination of memory and concentration problems, persistent headaches, fatigue and widespread pain.'"
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