EPA may ban common pesticide used on fruits and vegetables

“A common pesticide used on citrus fruits, almonds and other crops would be banned under a proposal announced Friday by the Environmental Protection Agency. The proposal would prohibit use of chlorpyrifos, a widely used insecticide that is sprayed on a variety of crops including oranges, apples, cherries, grapes, broccoli and asparagus. The pesticide, in use…

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Mold can cause nervous system disorders such as headaches and memory loss.

Although there are an increasing number of news stories of the toxic effects of molds, it is rare that reporters accurately describe symptoms of mold toxicity. Today, American Broadcasting Company news affiliate WJBF in Augusta, Georgia got it right, and reported that mold can cause nervous system disorders such as headaches and memory loss. This…

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Costs of dementia, neurotoxicity

“By 2050 an estimated 135 million people worldwide will have dementia. In 2010 the global cost of dementia care was estimated at $604bn (£396bn; €548bn) and estimated to increase to $1tr by 2030.1 Of all chronic diseases, dementia is one of the most important contributors to dependence and disability.2 3 In the absence of a…

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Mental illness, head injury and neurotoxicity

Danish scientists have studied the link between head traumas such as concussion and skull fracture and the subsequent risk of developing mental disorders. They found that head injuries can increase the risk of developing certain mental disorders by up to 439 percent. By comparing the injured people’s risk of developing the disorders with the rest of…

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$236M verdict in Exxon Mobil pollution case: MTBE

In 1987, a law firm in Washington called me requesting that I conduct research on the neurotoxicity of various gasoline additives. They preferred that I conduct my research without knowing the source of funding. I agreed, and determined that methyl tetrabutyl ether (MTBE), proposed as a gasoline additive, would have serious toxic consequences. My staff and I…

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