Monsanto and others conspired with an Army experiment to secretly poison people with toxic chemicals in the 1950s, a class action claims

Army Poisoned People in ’50s, Class Claims By JOE HARRIS ST. LOUIS (CN) – Monsanto and others conspired with an Army experiment to secretly poison people with toxic chemicals in a giant segregated housing complex in the 1950s, a class action claims in City Court. Lead plaintiff Benjamin Phillips Sr. claims defendants Monsanto, Parsons Government…

Exposure to insecticide may play role in obesity epidemic among some women: DDE, DDT

Contact: Jason Cody codyja@msu.edu 517-432-0924 Michigan State University Researchers study fish-eater cohort along Lake Michigan EAST LANSING, Mich. — Prenatal exposure to an insecticide commonly used up until the 1970s may play a role in the obesity epidemic in women, according to a new study involving several Michigan State University researchers. More than 250 mothers…

Environmental pollutant has sex-skewing effect

Re-Post 2008 Contact: Graeme Baldwin graeme.baldwin@biomedcentral.com 44-020-707-94804 BioMed Central Women exposed to high levels of PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls – a group of banned environmental pollutants) are less likely to give birth to male children. A study published today in BioMed Central’s open access journal Environmental Health found that among women from the San Francisco Bay…

PCB cocktails for two: Effects Second Generation

Re-Post for filing 2008 Contact: Judith Jansen bor2@ssr.org 608-256-2777 Society for the Study of Reproduction   Since the 1962 publication of Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, awareness of how environmental toxicants can impact fertility has increased. In an article on p. 1091 of this issue, Steinberg and colleagues provide evidence that adverse reproductive effects of…

Maternal exposure to persistent organic pollutants linked to urologic conditions in boys

Repost for filing 2008 Contact: Lacey Holt lholt@auanet.org American Urological Association AUA 2008: Maternal exposure to persistent organic pollutants linked to urologic conditions in boys ORLANDO, FL, MAY 18, 2008—Higher incidences of congenital anomalies, including cryptorchidism (undescended testicles) and hypospadias, were found in boys whose mothers had higher serum levels of certain organochlorine compounds, researchers…

Exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), Could Increase Asthma Symptoms

Exposure to Common Toxic Substances Could Increase Asthma Symptoms ScienceDaily (Aug. 31, 2012) — Children who are exposed to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which were commonly used in a range of industrial products, could be at risk of an increase in asthma symptoms, according to new research. The study will be presented in a poster discussion…

Environmental toxin Bisphenol A can affect newborn brain “poorer adaptation to new environments, as well hyperactivity as young adults” from a single exposure

Contact: Henrik Viberg henrik.viberg@ebc.uu.se 46-070-171-9060 Uppsala University Newborn mice that are exposed to Bisphenol A develop changes in their spontaneous behavior and evince poorer adaptation to new environments, as well hyperactivity as young adults. This has been shown by researchers at Uppsala University. Their study also revealed that one of the brain’s most important signal…

Link shown between environmental toxicants and atherosclerosis

Environmental toxicants such as dioxins, PCBs, and pesticides can pose a risk for cardiovascular disease. For the first time a link has been demonstrated between atherosclerosis and levels of long-lived organic environmental toxicants in the blood. The study, carried out by researchers at Uppsala University, is being published online this week in ahead of print…