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    10-Apr-2013 7:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 600742

High Levels of Lead Detected in Rice Imported From Certain Countries

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Rice imported from certain countries contains high levels of lead that could pose health risks, particularly for infants and children, who are especially sensitive to lead’s effects, and adults of Asian heritage who consume large amounts of rice, scientists said here today. Their research, which found some of the highest lead levels in baby food, was among almost 12,000 reports scheduled for the 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society, which continues through Thursday.

26-Mar-2013 11:45 PM EDT
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    8-Apr-2013 5:15 PM EDT

Article ID: 600757

New Approach to Testing Health, Environmental Effects of Nanoparticles

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Earlier efforts to determine the health and environmental effects of the nanoparticles that are finding use in hundreds of consumer products may have produced misleading results by embracing traditional toxicology tests that do not take into account the unique properties of bits of material so small that 100,000 could fit in the period at the end of this sentence.

26-Mar-2013 11:45 PM EDT

Article ID: 600701

Additional Research Must Be Done To Ensure Safety of Pit Latrines

George Washington University

Pit latrines are one of the most common human excreta disposal systems globally, and their use is on the rise as countries aim to meet the sanitation-related target of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Strong evidence supports the use of these basic toilets as a way to improve human health. However, improperly designed pit latrines can actually allow disease-causing microbes or other contaminants to leach into the groundwater. The contaminated water puts people, and especially children, at risk of developing potentially life-threatening diarrheal diseases.

22-Mar-2013 9:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 600574

Measuring Mercury: Common Test May Overestimate Exposure From Dental Amalgam Fillings

University of Michigan

A common test used to determine mercury exposure from dental amalgam fillings may significantly overestimate the amount of the toxic metal released from fillings, according to University of Michigan researchers.

20-Mar-2013 9:45 AM EDT

Article ID: 600157

Electric Car Does Not Interfere with Implanted Cardiac Devices

Mayo Clinic

A Mayo Clinic study has concluded that patients with implanted cardiac devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators can safely drive or ride in an electric car without risk of electromagnetic interference (EMI).

9-Mar-2013 5:00 PM EST

Article ID: 600010

New Study Detects Deadly Fungus in Southeast Asia’s Amphibian Trade

Wildlife Conservation Society

A team of scientists led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the National University of Singapore (NUS), revealed in a new study, for the first time, the presence of the pathogenic chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) in amphibians sampled in Singapore. And the American bullfrog may be a central player in the spread of the disease.

6-Mar-2013 12:00 PM EST

Article ID: 599604

Name Your Neighborhood, Define Your Health?

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Does your neighborhood really define health? Most of us make a choice between suburbs, countryside, or city and settle down. But others, particularly those living in poverty, don’t always get to make that choice—the choice that could actually determine our quality and length of life. So how does this choice affect our health? Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing PhD Candidate Laura Samuel is finding out.

28-Feb-2013 10:00 AM EST

Social and Behavioral Sciences

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    23-Feb-2013 11:00 AM EST

Article ID: 599409

Race Linked to Childhood Food Allergies, Not Environmental Allergies

Henry Ford Health System

Research conducted at Henry Ford Hospital shows that race and possibly genetics play a role in children’s sensitivity to developing allergies. Researchers found: • African-American children were sensitized to at least one food allergen three times more often than Caucasian children. • African-American children with one allergic parent were sensitized to an environmental allergen twice as often as African-American children without an allergic parent.

20-Feb-2013 11:00 AM EST

Article ID: 599570

New Device Better Traps Viruses, Airborne Pathogens

Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University engineering researchers have created a new type of air-cleaning technology that could better protect human lungs from allergens, airborne viruses and ultrafine particles in the air. The device, known as the SXC ESP, was created by a team led by Pratim Biswas, PhD, the Lucy & Stanley Lopata Professor and chair of the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science.

22-Feb-2013 3:55 PM EST

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