PCBs Could Harm Babies' Immune System
Prenatal and early life exposure to high levels of PCBs is
associated with a smaller immune organ – the thymus – at birth and
at 6-months-old finds a study that is one of the first to identify
this anomaly in infants.
Soaps, Makeup and Other Items Contain
Deadly Ingredients, Say Consumer Advocates
In the past few years I’ve become much more attuned to “clean”
living — organic foods, limited sun exposure, filtered water — so
when a friend suggested that many of the lotions and potions we
apply to our skin are bad for us, I went through my family’s
bathroom cabinets and began reading labels. It wasn’t pretty.
Harmful Banned Pesticide Slowly
Leaving the Great Lakes Environment
A long-banned pesticide remains in the Great Lakes environment
but is on the decline, scientists say. Toxaphene was a heavily used
pesticide in the U.S. until people realized how toxic it was in
1982, the year it was banned in the Great Lakes region and most
other places. It was banned nationally by 1990. Toxaphene mostly
came to the Great Lakes on winds from the South where it was used
heavily in agriculture. The pesticide breaks down slowly and
accumulates in the fatty tissues of fish and other wildlife, so it’s
remained in the Great Lakes long afterwards. However, slowly but
surely, the contaminants are going away.
Study: Dry-Cleaning Chemical Can
Increase Risk of Bipolar Disorder
A new study has found early exposure to a chemical commonly used
in dry-cleaning, tetrachloroethylene (also known as
perchloroethylene or PCE), can increase the risk of developing
bipolar disorder and post traumatic stress syndrome.
Study Finds Early Signs of Autism in
Children who develop autism already show signs of different brain
responses in their first year of life, scientists said on Thursday
in a study that may in the future help doctors diagnose the disorder
Alzheimer's-like Brain Changes Seen
in Young Who Breathed Polluted Air
A study examining postmortem brains of children and young adults
suggests that exposure to air pollution causes changes in the brain
that are similar to those seen in Alzheimer's patients.