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Scientists at the Forefront of Understanding Exposure Risks and Leading Innovations in Toxicology Research Recognized with 2018 SOT Awards

Through its awards, SOT honors more than two dozen groundbreaking scientists, emerging leaders, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students who are advancing the science of toxicology. The SOT Awards also recognize the contributions of educators and science communicators as they work to encourage students to pursue STEM careers and improve public understanding of the connection between scientific research and public health.

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Exposure to Air Pollution Just Before or After Conception Raises Risk of Birth Defects

Women exposed to air pollution just prior to conception or during the first month of pregnancy face an increased risk of their children being born with birth defects, such as cleft lip or palate or abnormal hearts.

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Pregnant Women, Children, Asthmatics All Vulnerable to California Wildfire Smoke, Says CU Boulder Expert

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California Wildfires, wildfire management, Economic Burden

Wildfires Pose Great Threat to Health, Burden on Economy, and Long-Term Impact on Environment

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Disaster Research Experts Available to Discuss Evacuations and Other Aspects of Southern California Fires

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Faculty Awarded NOAA Grant to Improve Tornado Warnings for Deaf

Researchers at The University of Alabama will study how tornado warnings could be improved in their accessibility and comprehension by members of the Deaf, Blind and Deaf-Blind communities.

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Once They Start Composting, People Find Other Ways to Be “Green”

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Composting food scraps can prompt people to make other earth-friendly choices, new research has found. When one California city started a composting program to keep food waste out of its landfill, residents began to pay more attention to other environmentally sound practices, such as taking shorter showers.

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Researchers Turn to Trees to Trim Highway Toxins

Cornell University engineering students are creating a state-of-the-art computer model to strategically place trees on highways near residential areas to mitigate pollution particles and improve human health.

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Society Of Toxicology, Toxicology, toxicological sciences, GEO, Genetically Engineered, Genetically engineered crops, genetically engineered food, GMO, GMO food, Genetically Modified, Genetically Modified Crop

SOT Releases Issue Statement on Safety of Genetically Engineered Food Crops

The Society of Toxicology (SOT) has approved a new Issue Statement on food and feed safety related to genetically engineered (GE) crops (commonly referred to as GMOs). The Society's journal, Toxicological Sciences, also has published a new forum article that provides an in-depth review of 20+ years of GE research.

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Alison Bauer, b[a]p, cancer chemicals, cancer prevention, chemicals in smoke, low molecular weight pah, smoking cancer, university of colorado cancer center

Some Chemicals in Smoke May Be Even More Dangerous Than Previously Thought

Though most “low molecular weight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons” (LMW PAHs) have not been shown to cause cancer alone, the study shows that in common combinations, these chemicals can help to spark the disease.







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