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At over 300 sites across India hazardous waste is part of the landscape and life.

May 25, 2017

Modern cigarette filters increase the risk of lung cancer, study finds.

May 25, 2017

Researchers found that filter ventilation did result in lower tar yields, but the cigarette burnt down less rapidly so there were more puffs per cigarette and there was more time for the coal to smoulder and form toxic constituents. Sydney Morning Herald, Australia.
[See the study: Cigarette filter ventilation and its relationship to increasing rates of lung adenocarcinoma]

Rethinking nutrition labelling: food is not just the sum of its nutrients.

May 25, 2017

Research shows that the health effects of a food product cannot be determined on the basis on the individual nutrients it contains. The food must be evaluated as a whole -- together with other foods eaten at the same time. ScienceDaily.
[See the review: Whole dairy matrix or single nutrients in assessment of health effects: current evidence and knowledge gaps]

E-cigarettes induce toxicological effects that can raise the cancer risk.

May 25, 2017

We demonstrate the co-mutagenic and cancer-initiating effects of e-cig vapour in a rat lung model. Scientific Reports.

The biggest air pollutants in your home just might surprise you.

May 24, 2017

In a new study of homes in San Diego, cigarettes were not the only big indoor polluter. Fumes from cleaning products, candles, frying food, and marijuana smoke were also common—and all could be hazardous to residents' short- and long-term health. Health.com.
[See the study: Fine particles in homes of predominantly low-income families with children and smokers: key physical and behavioral determinants to inform indoor-air-quality interventions]

Minnesota drastically tightens safety limits on 3M chemicals in groundwater.

May 24, 2017

Minnesota regulators concluded after months of review that the current federal standards are insufficient to protect infants and small children from the chemicals' health risks. Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minnesota.

What's in Trump's 2018 budget request for science?

May 24, 2017

The budget is far from a done deal; Congress still has to come up with its own spending plan for the next fiscal year, which begins 1 October. But even if it doesn't pass, the budget sends a troubling message. Science.

Trump budget seeks huge cuts to science and medical research, disease prevention.

May 24, 2017

National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, National Science Foundation and National Cancer Institute would see cuts under President Trump's 2018 proposed budget. Washington Post.

Donald Trump's pick for EPA enforcement office was a lobbyist for Superfund polluters.

May 24, 2017

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's pledges to protect human health and the environment by focusing on Superfund are belied by his own priorities and personnel choices for the program. The Intercept.

Just one alcoholic drink a day increases risk of breast cancer, study says.

May 23, 2017

Just one glass of wine or other alcoholic drink a day significantly raises the risk of breast cancer, while vigorous exercise such as running and bicycling reduces it, according to an expansive review of research on the effects of diet, nutrition and physical activity on the disease. Washington Post.
[See more about the American Institute for Cancer Research Continuous Update Project]

Experts' tips for choosing the safest sunscreen.

May 23, 2017

A new report released Tuesday by the Environmental Working Group claims that 73% of the 880 sunscreens it tested don't work as well as advertised or contain "worrisome" ingredients. CNN.
[See the EWG Sunscreen Guide and the Consumer Reports Sunscreens Ratings]

Chemical contamination from Fairchild now affecting thousands.

May 23, 2017

The chemicals involved, commonly referred to by the abbreviations PFOA and PFOS, were used in firefighting foam on the base for more than 40 years, from 1970 until last year. Pacific Northwest Inlander, Washington.

New report: Alternatives to Neonicotinoid Insecticide-Coated Corn Seed: Agroecological Methods Are Better for Farmers and the Environment.

May 22, 2017

From the Center for Food Safety, this report shows that agroecological and other alternative farming methods that are not highly dependent on pesticides are available and result in high productivity.

Job openings: King County, Washington.

May 22, 2017

The King County Environmental Health Services Division currently has these openings: 1) Communication Specialist III (Local Hazardous Waste Management Program), Educator Consultant II (Healthy Community Planning Program) and Educator Consultant III (Healthy Community Planning Program).

Traffic-related air pollution linked to DNA damage in children.

May 22, 2017

As the exposure to PAHs increased, telomere length decreased in linear fashion. ScienceDaily.
[See the study: Traffic-related air pollution and telomere length in children and adolescents living in Fresno, CA: a pilot study]

Oxidative effects of extremely low frequency magnetic field and radio frequency radiation on testes tissues of diabetic and healthy rats.

May 22, 2017

Both radio frequency radiation and extremely low frequency magnetic fields radiation practices increased the oxidative stress in testis tissue while causing a decrease in antioxidant level which was more distinctive in diabetic rats. Bratislava Medical Journal.

Healthy brain aging linked to omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the blood.

May 22, 2017

Study results suggest that different patterns of polyunsaturated fats promote specific aspects of cognition by strengthening the underlying neural circuits that are vulnerable to disease and age-related decline. ScienceDaily.
[See the studies: Determinants of fluid intelligence in healthy aging: Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid status and frontoparietal cortex structure and Predictors of memory in healthy aging: polyunsaturated fatty acid balance and fornix white matter integrity]

Can omega-3 help prevent Alzheimer's disease? Brain SPECT imaging shows possible link.

May 22, 2017

Researchers have found that for patients with high omega-3 levels, blood flow in specific areas of the brain is increased. ScienceDaily.
[See the study: Quantitative erythrocyte omega-3 EPA plus DHA levels are related to higher regional cerebral blood flow on brain SPECT]

Human biomonitoring from an environmental justice perspective: supporting study participation of women of Turkish and Moroccan descent.

May 22, 2017

By investing in direct, person-to-person contact with trusted buddies and supported by practical advice about cultural and linguistic sensitivity, it was possible to increase study participation of socially disadvantaged people. Environmental Health.

Prenatal bisphenol a exposure and dysregulation of infant hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis function: findings from the APrON cohort study.

May 22, 2017

Higher maternal BPA was associated with increases in baseline cortisol among females, but decreases among males. In contrast, higher BPA was associated with increased reactivity in males but decreased reactivity in females. Environmental Health.

Measuring the impact of lead exposure on learning and cognition.

May 22, 2017

With unnerving frequency, school districts and communities are discovering elevated lead levels after undertaking tests of drinking water sources in their facilities. Education Dive.

Lower growth in CO2 emissions expected in China and India.

May 22, 2017

By 2030, both nations are now expected to have CO2 emissions below the levels they pledged to in the Paris Agreement on climate change, says the analysis by Climate Action Tracker. Chemical & Engineering News.

Air pollution linked to poor sleep, study finds.

May 22, 2017

High levels of nitrogen dioxide increased the odds of having low sleep efficiency by almost 60%, while high levels of PM2.5s increased the odds by almost 50%. Higher levels of pollution were also linked to greater periods of time spent awake after going to sleep. The Guardian, United Kingdom.
[See a related article: Sleep 'resets' brain connections crucial for memory and learning, study reveals]

State boosts restrictions on wood sellers in battle against Fairbanks air pollution.

May 22, 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency on May 1 said it was bringing new restrictions to the notorious anti-regulation region to try to clean its dirty air. Alaska Dispatch Publishing.

A decade later, the state still hasn’t enforced laws curbing mercury.

May 22, 2017

As a result, the manufacturers of millions of fluorescent light bulbs, one of the main sources of the toxic metal, have avoided millions of dollars in fees and fines, and little has been done to increase the state's recycling rate for mercury, also found in batteries, automotive parts, and thermometers and thermostats. Boston Globe, Massachusetts.

White House moving ahead with stiff EPA budget cuts: group, citing document.

May 22, 2017

The EPA's grants to state and local governments on pollution issues from air quality management to pesticides enforcement would be cut 45 percent to $597 million in the fiscal year 2018 budget proposal the administration will send to Congress next week, according to details released by the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA). Reuters.
[See the proposed budget]

Contaminants in animals give clues about the health of the north.

May 22, 2017

The things that are showing up in animals' bodies tell important stories, said Todd O'Hara, a UAF professor of veterinary toxicology and pharmacology. Alaska Dispatch Publishing.

Environmental justice movement on the rise in Sacramento.

May 22, 2017

A new generation of legislators and the growing clout of eco-advocates from urban communities is changing the focus of environmental debates in California. San Francisco Chronicle, California.

The "License to Kill" bill is as terrifying as it sounds.

May 22, 2017

The Regulatory Reform Act would make regulating industries—and protecting the health of consumers—much more difficult. Mother Jones.

Endocrine disrupting chemicals: Is your home making you sick?

May 22, 2017

In terms of scientific evidence, there are good laboratory studies that show some industrial chemicals affect endocrine function in mice and rats, and many examples of endocrine disruption in wildlife from chemicals in the environment. ABC News Online, Australia.