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    Three new studies confirm that exposures to common insecticides during pregnancy can cut a child’s IQ 4% to 7%  by age 9.
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Organophosphate contamination of leafy greens grown in China

Mar 23, 2016

A new study published in the scientific journal Food Control has found that over 23% of vegetables sampled from Changchun, Northeast China, exceed the maximum allowable residue limit for organophosphate (OP) pesticides. Researchers sampled 214 vegetable samples from one of China’s top vegetable-growing regions and tested them for OP pesticide residues. Only 7.9% of the […]

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Organochlorine pesticide exposure may play role in developing hypertension-related cognitive impairment

Mar 16, 2016

While scientists have established a clear link between a diagnosis of hypertension and high blood pressure during midlife and an increase in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, the linkage between hypertension and mental impairment in the elderly is not consistent. To better understand how outside factors may influence these results, a study published in PLOS ONE […]

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Organic orchards support more beneficial fungi than conventional orchards

Mar 09, 2016

A type of fungi known as arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi is commonly associated with providing fruit trees with such benefits as increased water and mineral uptake. A recent study published in the scientific journal Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment explored whether management practice—organic or conventional—affected AM fungi in apple orchards. Scientists planted young trees into five […]

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Switch in cosmetics lowers chemical exposure in teens

Mar 08, 2016

A new study led by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley and Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas has shown that even a short break from using makeup, shampoos and lotions that contain certain kinds of chemicals can reduce levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals in teens. The results, published March 7 in the […]

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Childhood exposure to pesticides negatively affects neurodevelopment in children

Mar 02, 2016

A recent article published in the scientific journal Environment International has found that pesticide exposure can lead to neurodevelopmental impairment. Researchers from Spain investigated the associations between exposure to commonly used organophosphate pesticides before and after birth on childhood neurodevelopment. Three hundred and five children were randomly selected from public schools in the study area. […]

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Skin absorption of pesticide formulations containing chlorpyrifos, 2,4-D, and glyphosate negatively affects the common toad

Feb 24, 2016

A recent study published in the journal Water, Air, and Soil Pollution has found that dermal exposure to low levels of the common pesticides chlorpyrifos, 2,4-D, and glyphosate resulted in neurotoxicity, oxidative stress and immunological depression in the common toad. Researchers investigated the effects of low-level exposure on toads by exposing their skin to solutions […]

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Link between organochlorine pesticides and low cognitive scores in U.S. elders

Feb 17, 2016

A study published in the scientific journal Environmental International has detected a link between exposure to organochlorine pesticides and low cognitive scores in the elderly living in the United States. Cognitive function was assessed from 644 participants ages 60 – 85 from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 1999 to 2002 who did […]

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Study confirms nutritional benefits of organic meat

Feb 17, 2016

While several smaller studies have found nutritional benefits of eating organic meat, until now no systematic reviews have compiled all the latest information about the nutrient content of organic versus conventionally produced meat. This morning, a paper published in the British Journal of Nutrition did just that, and found that, based on 67 published studies, […]

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Study finds organic dairy has healthier nutritional profile

Feb 16, 2016

A new meta-analysis that examined 170 published studies found that organic milk had several nutritional advantages over conventional milk. The study, led by Organic Center Advisory Board member Carlo Leifert of Newcastle University, found that organic milk had 56% higher healthy omega-3 fatty acid levels than conventional milk. In addition to higher levels of omega-3 […]

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Scientists question safety of glyphosate exposure regulations

Feb 16, 2016

  A new article published in Environmental Health addresses growing health concerns with the increased use of the herbicide glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup. The use of Roundup has been skyrocketing over the past decade, with the pesticide touted as a “safe” alternative to other pesticides. Unfortunately, this has led to increased tolerance level […]

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