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Report: Pesticide Exposure in Pregnancy May Raise Autism Risk

Pregnant women who live within a mile of spaces where commercial pesticides are applied appear to have an increased risk of having a child with autism, a new study suggests.   The risk that a child would develop autism appeared to be highest for women who lived... read more

Toxins Meant to Kill Pests Can Put Human Health in Danger

Pesticides and household chemicals seep into our skin and filter through our lungs every day. The exposure to toxins meant to kill pests puts human health in danger and those toxins have long been linked to causing cancer. Now, a new University of Missouri study out... read more

Why Am I Fat? Four Surprising Reasons

These factors might mean the difference between those who eat without gaining weight … and the rest of us. Whatever fad diet books tell you, the single most important factor affecting weight gain is the ratio of calories consumed to calories burned. Eat more... read more

Study: Home Pesticides Linked to Childhood Cancer

As if links to Parkinson’s disease, diabetes and obesity, cancer, low sperm counts and other reproductive health problems, and childhood developmental problems and diseases were not enough … or that pesticide residue is common on foods, or that that... read more

Pesticide Exposure Linked to Parkinson’s Disease

Study: Two common pesticides, when mixed, amp up risk for Parkinson’s disease. The risk of Parkinson’s disease increases in people who live near farm fields sprayed with a combination of pesticides. A recent study conducted in California’s Central... read more

Working with pesticides impacts women’s fertility

Women with potential exposure to pesticides at work or at home took longer to get pregnant than women without pesticide connections. Pregnant women living in a migrant, farmworker community in California participated in the study. Although all women were pregnant,... read more

Warning: this pesticide may be toxic to children and fish

Triclosan rubber-stamped by EPA : environmental safety down the drain This fall, EPA approved re-registration of antibacterial soap ingredient triclosan for yet another five years of use in consumer products, potentially leaving human and environmental health at great... read more

Pesticide mixes: when 1 + 1 does not equal 2

A mix of two pesticides had greater toxic effects on exposed salmon than would be expected from one separately, adding to concerns that health risks from pesticides are underestimated. Risk assessment tests determine how dangerous chemicals are and if they should be... read more

Toxic contamination starts at home

When women from 120 middle-class homes learned their bodies contained low levels of toxic chemicals, most of them blamed chemical spills, waste dumping or secret military experiments. They were stunned to learn the truth was closer to home. Most of their exposure came... read more

Another Pesticide Linked to Diabetes

Scientists: Obesity-Chemical Exposure Link Is Both “Plausible and Provocative” A common pesticide used to kill pests on food crops, boats, wood and textiles could be causing diabetes, according to new research by Japanese scientists published in... read more

US Biologists Say 3 Common Pesticides Harm Salmon

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Farms and orchards that continue to use three pesticides that harm salmon will have to greatly expand buffer zones around their fields so the chemicals don’t reach streams, federal biologists ruled Tuesday. Acting under terms of a... read more

Study Finds Low Pesticide Concentrations Can Become Toxic Mixture

A toxic soup of the most commonly used pesticides frequently detected in nature can adversely affect the environment and decimate amphibian populations even if the concentration of the individual chemicals are within limits considered safe, according to University of... read more

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