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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Common solvent keeps killing workers, consumers: Regulators have been slow to act on paint strippers, other products containing methylene chloride, says Center for Public Integrity

A recent article published by the Center for Public Integrity highlights the dangers of a common solvent, methylene chloride. The author describes a number of deaths attributed to methylene chloride, as well as a some legal cases that have been pursued for methylene chloride injuries. Methylene chloride is contained in widely available paint stripping products….

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How to solve the world’s biggest problems: Interdisciplinarity

Solving the epidemic of neurotoxicity requires the cross disciplines of neuropsychology and neurotoxicology. However, there is strong resistance to implementing interdisciplinarity as a solution, and therefore there are few interdisciplinary scientists of neuropsychology and neurotoxicology. For example, the prestigious journal Nature just published an article in which the author wrote: “… [S]upporters of interdisciplinary research…

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Why modern life is making dementia in your 40’s more likely

Professor Colin Pritchard, an esteemed scientist and novelist, recently published a study, wherein he found that the rate of neurological deaths in the United States among females increased by an astounding 663% since 1991 –  the largest rise of all countries under review. He suggests that the rise of neurological deaths is due to environmental and workplace…

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Alzheimer’s Disease and Neurotoxicity

According to a report by NBC news, based on a study by the University of Washington, Alzheimer’s disease is the fastest growing threat to health in the United States, according to a new report on global death and disease.  Groups like the Alzheimer’s Association have been warning that the U.S. will have to cope with…

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Nail Salon Workers Exposed to Neurotoxic Agents

Both the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times have recently published articles on occupational hazards of nail salon workers. There are roughly 120,000 licensed nail technicians in 48,000 salons in California alone. These workers are exposed to formaldehyde and toluene, which they use in their work. Both of these substances have neurotoxic properties,…

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