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High Risk Of Parkinson’s Disease For People Exposed To Pesticides Near Workplace

In April 2009, researchers at UCLA announced they had discovered a link between Parkinson’s disease and two chemicals commonly sprayed on crops to fight pests. That epidemiological study did not examine farmers who constantly work with pesticides but people who simply lived near where farm fields were sprayed with the fungicide maneb and the herbicide […]

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Early Exposure To Anesthesia Linked To Learning Disabilities And ADHD In Children

Infants and very young children who are exposed to anesthesia may experience higher rates of learning disabilities and cognitive difficulties than children who are not exposed to anesthesia, according to research and emerging data presented during the SmartTots: Pediatric Anesthesia Neurotoxicity panel at the International Anesthesia Research Society annual meeting in Vancouver, B.C.

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High Iron And Copper Levels Block Brain-Cell DNA Repair And May Contribute To Neurological Dysfunction

No one knows the cause of most cases of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurodegenerative disorders. But researchers have found that certain factors are consistently associated with these debilitating conditions. One is DNA damage by reactive oxygen species, highly destructive molecules usually formed as a byproduct of cellular respiration. Another is the presence of […]

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Illegal Rave Drug, Ecstasy, Associated With Chronic, Potentially Negative Changes In Brain Function

Ecstasy – the illegal “rave” drug that produces feelings of euphoria and emotional warmth – has been in the news recently as a potential therapeutic. Clinical trials are testing Ecstasy in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). But headlines like one in Time magazine’s health section in February – “Ecstasy as therapy: have some […]

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Harm Reduction Cigarettes Can Be More Harmful Than Conventional Brands

To reduce the toxicity of cigarette smoke, tobacco companies have introduced “harm reduction cigarettes,” often marketed as safer than conventional brands. But stem cell scientists at the University of California, Riverside have found that even sidestream smoke (which burns off the tip of a cigarette) from harm reduction cigarettes impairs growth of human embryonic stem […]

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Elevated Levels Of Lead And Cadmium Is Associated With Delayed Puberty In Girls

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health and other institutions have found that exposure to lead in childhood may delay the onset of puberty in young girls, with higher doses increasing the chance for later maturation. Their findings appear in Environmental Health Perspectives, published by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

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