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Article ID: 613257

Overweight or Obese People Breathe More Air Pollutants

Universite de Montreal

Overweight or obese adults can breathe 7-50% more air per day than an adult with healthy weight does, which makes them more vulnerable to air contaminants causing asthma and other pulmonary diseases, according to a study by Dr. Pierre Brochu, a professor at Université de Montréal’s School of Public Health.

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Article ID: 612955

Researchers Uncover How Pesticides Increase Risk for Parkinson’s Disease and a Population that May be More Susceptible

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Previous studies have shown the certain pesticides can increase the risk for developing Parkinson’s disease. Now, UCLA researchers have now found that the strength of that risk depends on an individual’s genetic makeup, which in the most pesticide-exposed populations could increase the chances of developing the debilitating disease by two- to six-fold.

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Article ID: 612961

Research Identifies How Pesticides May Increase Risk of Parkinson’s Disease

American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

New research shows how pesticides may increase the risk of Parkinson’s disease and that people with certain gene variants may be more susceptible to the disease. The research is published in the February 4, 2014, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Article ID: 613185

Visiting Your Doctor with Environmental Concerns

Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment

Preparing for visits to our doctors or other healthcare providers is an important step to a successful outcome. Give your questions and concerns to your providers ahead of time, so that they can help address them and find additional resources as needed.

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1-Feb-2014 1:00 PM EST
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Article ID: 612761

Pesticide Exposure Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

Rutgers University

Scientists have known for more than 40 years that the synthetic pesticide DDT is harmful to bird habitats and a threat to the environment. Now researchers at Rutgers University, writing in JAMA Neurology, say exposure to DDT – banned in the United States since 1972 but still used as a pesticide in other countries – may also increase the risk and severity of Alzheimer’s disease in some people, particularly those over the age of 60.

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23-Jan-2014 4:00 PM EST
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Article ID: 612544

Searching for the Magic Bullet Against Cancer Caused by Asbestos: One Step Closer?

Sbarro Health Research Organization (SHRO)

Mesothelioma is a very aggressive cancer associated with asbestos exposure, which is usually diagnosed in an advanced stage. So far no therapeutic strategy has proven effective against this deadly cancer and the prognosis remains very poor with only few exceptions.

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17-Jan-2014 9:05 AM EST
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Article ID: 612156

BPA Increases Risk of Cancer in Human Prostate Tissue

University of Illinois at Chicago

Fetal exposure to a commonly used plasticizer found in products such as water bottles, soup can liners and paper receipts can increase the risk for prostate cancer later in life, according to a study from the University of Illinois at Chicago published Jan. 7 online in the journal Endocrinology.

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Article ID: 612149

Updating Air Pollution Measurement Methods

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Using advanced monitoring to assess health risk from air pollution, environmental health scientists hope to demonstrate for the first time in a real-world setting that air pollution can and should be regulated based on toxicology variables rather than simply on the volume of particles in the air.

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7-Jan-2014 2:00 PM EST
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Article ID: 612075

Poverty Stricken Children Fighting to Breathe at Home can Find Relief

American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)

Urban children with asthma are fighting a daily battle to breathe. Their families are finding little help to remove the mold and cockroach infestation in their homes, which can cause asthma attacks. But according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) there is help for these families – help which shouldn’t be kept a secret.

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Article ID: 611989

Endocrine Disruptors Start a Medical Revolution: From Alligators to Humans

Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB)

Early studies of alligators led Dr. Guillette to realize that something in the environment was affecting their reproduction. Juvenile female alligators had malformed ovaries, while males had lower than average testosterone levels and a small penis. He and his colleagues discovered that the changes were caused by environmental contaminants, which were acting as endocrine disruptors.

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