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    25-Sep-2013 9:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 607971

Flame Retardants in Blood Drop after State Ban

University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

A class of flame retardants that has been linked to learning difficulties in children has rapidly declined in pregnant women’s blood since the chemicals were banned in California a decade ago, according to a study led by researchers at UC San Francisco.

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Article ID: 608060

Pesticide Regulation in California Is Flawed, UCLA Report Says

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Approximately 30 million pounds of fumigant pesticides are used each year on soil that yields valuable California crops. Determining whether these pesticides are as safe as possible falls to one state entity, the Department of Pesticide Regulation. But in 2010, a neurotoxic, carcinogenic pesticide called methyl iodide was approved for use with strawberries. The science was incomplete, the approval was rushed, and while it stayed on the market, lives were endangered. A case study has been conducted by UCLA's Sustainable Technology and Policy Program that details the flaws in the system, and makes recommendations to prevent this from happening again..

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23-Sep-2013 3:00 PM EDT
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Law and Public Policy

Article ID: 608029

Data from Across Globe Defines Distinct Kawasaki Disease Season

University of California San Diego Health

After more than four decades of research, strong evidence now shows that Kawasaki disease has a distinct seasonal occurrence shared by regions across the Northern hemisphere.

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23-Sep-2013 1:00 PM EDT
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Article ID: 607870

Experts Say Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Pose Global Health Threat

Endocrine Society

In an editorial published in Endocrinology, a journal of The Endocrine Society, endocrine experts agreed that endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) pose a threat to human health and to the ecosystems of the earth. The editorial comes in response to a commentary (Dietrich et al. Chem Biol Interact) signed by a number of editors of toxicology journals that dismisses the state-of-the-science on EDCs and argues for the status quo in the regulation of these hazardous substances.

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19-Sep-2013 11:00 AM EDT
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    16-Sep-2013 4:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 607606

Exposure to Pig Farms and Manure Fertilizers Associated with MRSA Infections

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

For the first time researchers have found an association between living in proximity to high-density livestock production and community-acquired infections with MRSA. Their analysis concluded that approximately 11% of community-acquired MRSA and soft tissue infections in the study population could be attributed to crop fields fertilized with swine manure. The study is the first to examine the association between high-density livestock operations and manure-applied crop fields and MRSA infections in the community.

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12-Sep-2013 3:00 PM EDT
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Article ID: 607602

Toxic Methylmercury-Producing Microbes More Widespread Than Realized

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Microbes that live in rice paddies, northern peat bogs and other previously unexpected environments are among the bacteria that can generate highly toxic methylmercury, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center have learned.

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12-Sep-2013 2:00 PM EDT
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Article ID: 607417

BPA Exposure and Obesity in Children: Just a Correlation?

Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment

In a recent article, Eng et al. (2013) found that higher levels of bisphenol A were associated with several measures of obesity in children. Specifically, children exposed to higher levels of bisphenol A had increased odds of having a body mass index in the 95th percentile (i.e., greater than 95% of all children) and a waist circumference to height ratio (WC) greater than a value of 0.5. However, several other measures of obesity were unaffected, such as abnormal body fat percentage, BMI and WC thresholds below 95th percentile, and other laboratory measurements of cardiovascular disease and diabetes (e.g., total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, fasting triglycerides, insulin resistance, and fasting glucose).

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9-Sep-2013 8:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 607363

Researching New Detectors for Chemical, Biological Threats

Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia National Laboratories scientists are building on decades of sensor work to invent tiny detectors that can sniff out everything from explosives and biotoxins to smuggled humans.

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5-Sep-2013 5:00 PM EDT
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    5-Sep-2013 10:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 607304

U-M Technical Reports Examine Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan

University of Michigan

University of Michigan researchers today released seven technical reports that together form the most comprehensive Michigan-focused resource on hydraulic fracturing, the controversial natural gas and oil extraction process commonly known as fracking.

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5-Sep-2013 7:30 AM EDT
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Article ID: 607135

ACOEM Supports Act Requiring EPA Safety Review of Chemicals Used in Commerce

American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM)

The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), supports the introduction of S.1009, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA), legislation that would for the first time require that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency review the safety of all chemicals in commerce.

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