Camp LeJeune neurobehavioral injuries

I recently served as an expert regarding a Camp LeJeune veteran who was awarded 100% disability compensation for mild neurocognitive disorder resulting from exposure to water-borne solvents many years ago. I provided neuropsychological testing and analysis of the claimant’s medical condition and related these to the claimant’s exposure situation and the neurotoxicity of the exposure….

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Hanford Site, Disability Claims

I recently returned from a visit to Washington state, where I spoke in several cities concerning my work in forensic neuropsychology and neurotoxicology at the Hanford site. The following is information from Wikipedia: “The Hanford Site is a decommissioned nuclear production complex operated by the United States federal government on the Columbia River in the…

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Psych drug injuries, long-term disability

I recently worked on a case of a person injured by psychiatric drugs (primarily Lexapro), which had been prescribed by psychiatrists and taken as directed. The claimant had a complicated and extended history of psychiatric drug prescription, actually for a relatively minor anxiety condition that might have been successfully treated without drugs. However, he ultimately…

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The American Psychological Association recognizes chemical threats

The American Psychological Association (APA) is waking up to modern society’s chemical assault on psychological processes and function. Although many scientists including myself have expressed enduring and deep concern for neurotoxicity over the past 30 years (in my case, since the early 1980’s), the recognition of the importance of neurotoxicity by establishment organizations and hence the…

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Catholic News Service: People have right to know environmental causes of illness, doctor says

The following article highlights the ethical right of sick people to learn if their disease is due to environmental causes. The Vatican-sponsored author finds that practically all chronic illness affecting function (such as occurs with neurotoxicity) are to be attributed, at least in large part, to environmental factors, including environmental mold exposure. The Catholic church is…

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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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