environmental contaminants

Low IQ linked to pesticide exposure


April 21st, 2011 - 12:31 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, April 21 (IANS) Pregnant women exposed to high levels of pesticide will have children with lower IQs, say experts.Researchers have concluded this based on three separate studies, two were ... Read more...

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Levels of environmental contaminants in mums’ body drop during breast-feeding


January 22nd, 2011 - 2:57 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 22 (ANI): A new study has revealed that the levels of environmental contaminants in a mother's body decrease during breast-feeding.After a year of lactation, the levels of a number of ... Read more...

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Plastics chemical ‘can damage egg quality in women’


December 16th, 2010 - 2:46 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 16 (ANI): Exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) may compromise the quality of a woman's eggs retrieved for in vitro fertilization (IVF), a small-scale University of California, San Francisco-led study found.As ... Read more...

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Culprit behind severe allergic asthma discovered


August 30th, 2010 - 12:35 pm ICT by ANI
London, Aug 30 (ANI): Researchers from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have identified the key culprit behind severe asthma-like symptoms in mice.The disease can be triggered in susceptible people by a variety ... Read more...

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Childhood exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls lowers immune response to vaccination


June 21st, 2010 - 5:11 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 21 (ANI): Children exposed to polychlorinated biphenyls ((PCBs) early in life demonstrate a diminished immune response to vaccinations, suggests a new study.PCBs are long-lived environmental contaminants that are suspected to ... Read more...

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BPA exposure may cause permanent fertility defects


March 9th, 2010 - 12:35 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 9 (ANI): Exposure during pregnancy to Bisphenol A (BPA), a common component of plastics, causes permanent abnormalities in the uterus of offspring, boffins at Yale School of Medicine have discovered. ... Read more...

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BPA exposure may lead to fertility problems in female offspring


February 26th, 2010 - 1:25 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 26 (ANI): Exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) during pregnancy leads to epigenetic changes that may cause permanent reproduction problems for female offspring, a new study in mice has found.BPA, a ... Read more...

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Consumption of certain fish linked to poor cognitive performance in kids


November 13th, 2009 - 1:49 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 13 (ANI): A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Granada has revealed that kids who eat fish more than 3 times per week show worse performance in ... Read more...

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‘Robofish’ take to the water to monitor environmental contaminants


August 31st, 2009 - 1:01 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, August 31 (ANI): MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) scientists in the US have developed a school of small robotic fish, which are equipped with sensors to monitor oil spills or other ... Read more...

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Snuffing tobacco more dangerous than puffing


August 17th, 2009 - 4:25 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 17 (IANS) Beware snuff users. Banish the comforting notion that snuff and chewing tobacco are safe because they don't burn and produce smoke like cigarettes. A study that looked beyond ... Read more...

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Smokeless tobacco can be as dangerous as cigarettes


August 17th, 2009 - 2:58 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug 17 (ANI): People who think that smokeless tobacco is safe have been warned by researchers that it exposes the user to the same amount of another group of dangerous chemicals ... Read more...

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Pollution pushes Mekong dolphins on the brink of extinction


June 20th, 2009 - 2:43 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 20 (ANI): A new report by the WWF (Worldwide fund for Nature) has revealed that pollution in the Mekong River has pushed the local population of Irrawaddy dolphins to the ... Read more...

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Well-planned vegetarian, vegan diets beneficial for pregnant mums


March 3rd, 2009 - 2:08 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 3 (ANI): Expectant mothers should have well-planned vegetarian and vegan diets for healthful pregnancies, say experts.According to the American Dietetic Association, "well-planned vegan and other types of vegetarian diets ... Read more...

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Smoking linked to most male cancer deaths


January 22nd, 2009 - 2:29 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, January 22 (ANI): Smoking led to 70 per cent of the cancer deaths among Massachusetts men in 2003, much higher than the previous estimate of 34 per cent in 2001, ... Read more...

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Breastfeeding beneficial despite presence of pollutants in human milk


November 9th, 2008 - 12:08 pm ICT by ANI
!-- NO IMAGE -- Washington, Nov 9 (ANI): Mothers reluctant to breastfeed their infants following the threat of the exposure to chemical agents measured in human milk might be putting their kids ... Read more...

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Gold nanostars may revolutionise medical diagnoses


November 7th, 2008 - 5:23 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, November 7 (ANI): Duke University bioengineers say that gold nanostars may revolutionise medical diagnoses, and testing for environmental contaminants. The researchers have revealed that their proposition is based on a comparison ... Read more...

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People face critical health risks from plastics


October 3rd, 2008 - 3:26 pm ICT by IANS
London, Oct 3 (IANS) Exposure to plastic is linked to adverse health effects on humans and lab animals, a slew of new studies has confirmed. Plastic products contain "endocrine disrupting chemicals" like ... Read more...

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New studies raise concerns over critical health risks from plastic


October 3rd, 2008 - 1:10 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 3 (ANI): Plastic bottles, cans and other products have extremely harmful effects on humans and laboratory animals, according to six environmental research studies.In a critical new research on environmental ... Read more...

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Talking robofish set to do undersea environmental duties


June 18th, 2008 - 2:58 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 18 (ANI): University of Washington researchers have equipped three fish-like robots, each 20 inches long and weighing just over six pounds, with acoustic transmitters to communicate wirelessly with one ... Read more...

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