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How air pollution messes with our minds

From Chemical & Engineering News, May 31, 2020. Air pollution inflames the brain, sparking reactions that lead to diseases such as dementia and autism Neurotoxicologist Deborah Cory-Slechta had a somewhat macabre introduction to her current area of research. In 2012, a colleague at the University of Rochester kept pestering her, “You have to look at […]

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Covid-19 Flares Up in America’s Polluted ‘Sacrifice Zones’

From Wired, May 26, 2020. Researchers find that areas with high levels of airborne dust or toxic chemicals also have more deaths from the coronavirus. AIR IS POLITICAL. Research indicates race is the biggest predictor of whether a person lives near a heavily polluted area. Covid-19 is especially lethal for patients with respiratory problems. Now […]

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California banned a pesticide from your food. Now it won’t be manufactured

From the Los Angeles Times, February 6, 2020. The primary manufacturer of a pesticide banned by California and the European Union said it will no longer produce the chemical. Corteva, formerly Dow Agrosciences, said Thursday — the day the pesticide’s sales were officially halted in the state — that it will end production of chlorpyrifos […]

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FDA Sunscreen Report Raises Concern Over Chemicals

From WebMD, January 21, 2020. New FDA testing of sunscreens shows that six common active ingredients are absorbed into the body and may linger for days or even weeks, in some cases. What’s more, the testing showed that just a single application of sunscreen — whether as a lotion or a spray — increases the […]

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Wisconsin Lawmakers Pass Bill Restricting Use Of Firefighting Foam Containing PFAS

From WUWM, January 21, 2020 Republicans who control the Wisconsin Legislature approved a bill Tuesday that would impose new restrictions on the use of firefighting foams, in an effort to curtail groundwater pollution. The measure passed in both the state Assembly and Senate. The topic generated heated discussion in the Senate, especially from Democrats. Read the article.

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Common Pesticides Linked to Heart Disease Risks in New Study

From Consumer Reports, December 31, 2019. Research raises concerns about long-term effects of some chemicals, including permethrin Pyrethroids, a type of pesticide commonly used in consumer products such as lice treatments and on conventionally grown crops, are associated with an increased risk of death, according to a new study in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. […]

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Cutting air pollution ‘can prevent deaths within weeks

From the Guardian, December 6, 2019. Cutting air pollution can prevent deaths within weeks, according to scientists. They found the health benefits of clean air were “almost immediate and substantial” and stretched into the long term, saving billions of dollars. The review examined the evidence for the reduction of illness after levels of toxic air […]

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