An effective bio-prophylactic approach to chemical risks management
Enhancing Population’s Resistance to Toxic Exposures as an Auxiliary Tool of Decreasing Environmental and Occupational Health Risks (a Self-Overview). Boris A. Katsnelson, Larisa I. Privolova, Vladimir B. Gurvich, et al., Journal of Environmental Protection, Volume 5, November 2014. Environmental chemical pollution can be persistent, and for some chemicals in the workplace, reliably safe low exposure levels cannot be guaranteed if at all. The researchers’ ‘biological prophylaxis’ projects have aimed at enhancing a host’s protective mechanisms. The research over time has shown evidence of being one possible tool for beneficial intervention into the cause-effect associations between chemical environmental pollution and disease.
The life-long, downstream effects of early life exposures to toxicants
Video drives home impact of cumulative environmental exposure on children’s brain development. Simon Fraser University, MedicalXpress, November 20, 2014. Simon Fraser University researchers have produced a startling new video, “Little Things Matter”, which shows the impacts of cumulative exposure to environmental toxic chemicals on children's brain development. The video highlights how low-level exposure to prevalent environmental toxicants have adverse life-long effects on intellectual and behavioral development. Children more heavily exposed to toxins will not reach the same peak cognitive ability as those with lower exposures, for example. The video was unveiled at the inaugural Prenatal Environmental Health Education Forum at the University of Ottawa, Nov 20-21.
Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals
High Throughput Heuristics for Prioritizing Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals. John F.Wambaugh, et al, Environmental Science & Technology, October 13, 2014. For thousands of chemicals with no other information, this approach allows forecasting of average exposure intake of environmental chemicals.
Toxic Chemicals being regulated by the European Union
Calls to Toxic Chemicals Fall on Deaf Ears Around the World. Luke Dale-Harris, Newsweek, October 30, 2014. Endocrine disrupting chemicals are everywhere, found in cosmetics, preservatives, medicines and countless household products such as shampoos and toothpaste, which are used every day by billions of people across the world. Now, for the first time anywhere in the world, the European Union is attempting to regulate them.
Sydney's Drinking Water at Risk if Caol Mine Approved.
Sydney's Drinking Water at risk if underground coal mine expansion approved in Lake Cataract catchment, scientists say. Jake Sturmer and Mazoe Ford, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, October 29, 2014. Greater Syndey's drinking water could be at risk if a proposal to expand coal mining operations beneath one of the state's most valuable catchements is approved.
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