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Folic Acid, Autism, Pesticide Exposure, UC Davis MIND Institute

Folic Acid May Mitigate Autism Risk From Pesticides

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Researchers at UC Davis and other institutions have shown that mothers who take recommended amounts of folic acid around conception might reduce their children’s pesticide-related autism risk.

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Dermatology, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, Vitamin D, mustard gas, chemical threats, National Institutes of Health, NIH Award, toxic exosure, immune system response, Chemical Weapons, NIH countermeasures against chemical threats, counteract, Skin Repair, toxic chemical exposure

CWRU’s Kurt Lu, MD Receives $3.9 Million NIH Grant to Expand Countermeasures against Chemical Threats, Including Mustard Gas

Kurt Lu, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, has received a five year, $3.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to expand countermeasures against chemical threats, including mustard gas and mustard-related compounds. The molecular action of mustard on DNA leads to strand breaks and eventual cell death. The goal of the grant is to augment the body’s immune system after exposure, reducing skin swelling and pain as well as enhancing tissue repair.

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magnet recycling, Ames Laboratory, Critical Materials Institute, Rare Earth Magnets, Rare Earth Material, rare earth recovery, Patent

Critical Materials Institute Develops New Acid-Free Magnet Recycling Process

A new rare-earth magnet recycling process developed by researchers at the Critical Materials Institute (CMI) dissolves magnets in an acid-free solution and recovers high purity rare earth elements.

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eletricity , Cotton

Cotton Gin Trash Finding New Life for Electrical Power

COLLEGE STATION – Finding sustainable markets for gin trash, wood chips and other waste products could be viable in producing more electrical power for a growing global population, according to researchers. A demonstration was held recently on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station showcasing a biomass-fueled fluidized bed gasifier, utilizing cotton gin trash and wood chips to power an electric generator. The fluidized bed gasification system was developed in the 1980s when a patent was issued to Drs. Calvin Parnell Jr. and W.A. Lepori, who were both part of the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station now Texas A&M AgriLife Research.

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Nyu Langone, Trasande, Teams, toxic dust, PFAS, PFOA, perfluoroalkyl, Heart Disease, LDL, Cardiovascular Risk Factors

Children Exposed to Chemicals in 9/11 "Dust" Show Early Signs of Risk of Heart Disease

Sixteen years after the collapse of the World Trade Center towers sent a “cloud” of toxic debris across Lower Manhattan, children living nearby who likely breathed in the ash and fumes are showing early signs of risk for future heart disease.

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Climate Change, Deforestation, Land Use

Deforestation Long Overlooked as Contributor to Climate Change

When it comes to tackling climate change, the focus often falls on reducing the use of fossil fuels and developing sustainable energy sources. But a new Cornell University study shows that deforestation and subsequent use of lands for agriculture or pasture, especially in tropical regions, contribute more to climate change than previously thought.

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Climate Science, Hurricane, parametric insurance, climate resilience, Food Security, Hurricane Irma

Environmental Health Expert Available to Discuss Expected Hurricane Irma Threat to the Carribean

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Metabolism, Brown Fat, brown adipose tissue, Thermogenesis, acylcarnitines, Lipid, cold adaptation, cold sensitivity

Boosting a Lipid Fuel Makes Mice Less Sensitive to the Cold

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Humans, like other animals, become more sensitive to cold with age. Now, scientists from University of Utah Health report that delivering a single dose of a nutritional supplement called L-carnitine to older mice restores a youthful ability to adapt to the cold. After treatment, they tolerate chilly conditions that would ordinarily trigger hypothermia. As reported online in Cell Metabolism, the supplement works by boosting levels of a newly discovered fuel source for brown fat, or “good fat”.

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Hurricane Aftermath, Natural Disasters, Post-Disaster Response , Environmental Health and Safety

Top Health Considerations for Entering a Flooded Home

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We have all seen and felt the destruction caused by hurricane Harvey, a category 4 storm that made landfall on August 25th. Harvey is the wettest tropical cyclone on record in the United States and it has created devastating flooding in and around southeastern Texas. Hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses have been flooded and upwards of 50,000 people have been displaced. To date, 47 people have lost their lives as a result of this hurricane which is estimated to become the worst natural disaster in US history. Now that Harvey has moved away from the area, thousands are looking to return to their homes where serious environmental health problems may arise. Each year more than 150 people die from the result of flooding. Importantly, many of the deaths occur during the re-entry process from electrocution, carbon monoxide poisoning, or other accidents occurring during remediation.

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Competing Species, Polluted Floodwaters, Post Harvey Cleanup, and More in the Environmental Science News Source

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