Pesticide News

Report: Pesticide Exposure in Pregnancy May Raise Autism Risk

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 in Pesticide News | 0 comments

Pregnant women who live within a mile of spaces where commercial pesticides are applied appear to have an increased risk of having a child with autism, a new study suggests. The risk that a child would develop autism appeared to be highest for women who lived near farms, golf courses and other public spaces that were treated with pesticides during the last three months of their pregnancies. “Many of these compounds work on neurons. When they work on the insect, they’re dealing with the nervous system of the insect and basically incapacitating it,” said study author Irva Hertz-Picciotto, an environmental epidemiologist at the MIND Institute at...

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Alert issued on two commonly used crop pesticides which may damage the brains of children and unborn babies

Posted on Dec 18, 2013 in Pesticide News | 0 comments

A safety watchdog has issued an alert about two food crop pesticides, which may damage the brains of babies in the womb and children. The suspect chemicals are used around the world on farms growing grapes, strawberries, lettuce, tomatoes, tea and oranges. They are part of a new group of pesticides called neonicotinoids, which are also used in some flea treatments for cats and dogs. Experts at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have found there is good evidence that they can damage the developing human nervous system – particularly the brain. The harmful effects on brain development were similar to those caused by nicotine found in tobacco. Such a finding...

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Insecticides Could be to Blame for Behavioral Problems in Children

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 in Pesticide News | 0 comments

Millions of children in the U.S. are being exposed to insecticides that are currently used daily in homes around the country. According to a recent study published by Canadian researchers, the exposure to pyrethoid pesticides found in thousands of home products, including cockroach sprays and flea controls, was found to be associated with neurobehavioral deficits in children. In the most recent study, constructing data from children ages six to 11, the Canadian Health Measures Survey researchers analyzed the organophosphate and pyrethoid metabolites in their urine. The researchers used logistic regressions to estimate odd ratios for high scores on the Strengths and...

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Family Settles with Exterminator whose Poisons Killed their Children

Posted on Dec 20, 2011 in Pesticide News | 0 comments

Nathan and Brenda Toone suffered the unthinkable loss of two of their daughters to alleged pesticide poisoning within days after taking care of the seemingly routine home maintenance task of using an exterminator. The Toones hired Bugman Pest and Lawn, Inc. to take care of voles, which had established themselves in the family’s lawn at their Layton, UT home. Bugman employee Cole Nocks buried poisonous Fumitoxin pellets, a phosphide-based rodent killer, in the yard. Within a day, Rebecca, age 4, and Rachel, 15 months, fell ill. A carbon monoxide alarm went off in the family’s home on Friday, February 5, 2010. The fire department found only trace amounts of carbon...

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Toxins Meant to Kill Pests Can Put Human Health in Danger

Posted on Jul 1, 2011 in Pesticide News | 0 comments

Pesticides and household chemicals seep into our skin and filter through our lungs every day. The exposure to toxins meant to kill pests puts human health in danger and those toxins have long been linked to causing cancer. Now, a new University of Missouri study out this week even connects pesticides to Parkinson’s. And the problem with pesticides is that it’s hard to track their impact on our health since none of us live in a bubble. “Like with drug development, it’s a process of continuous improvement,” stated Penelope Fenner-Crisp, who worked in the EPA’s office of pesticide programs and serves on Virginia’s Pesticide Control...

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Why Am I Fat? Four Surprising Reasons

Posted on Aug 2, 2010 in Pesticide News | 0 comments

These factors might mean the difference between those who eat without gaining weight … and the rest of us. Whatever fad diet books tell you, the single most important factor affecting weight gain is the ratio of calories consumed to calories burned. Eat more than you work off, and you’ll gain weight. But in recent years we’ve witnessed a flurry of research showing that there’s more at work than this simple formula. We all know (and loathe) them: Those people who seem to eat and eat and eat, but never gain weight. Why do some people pack on pounds, while others subject themselves to rigorous diets and workout regimens only to struggle with...

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