The Hidden Cost of Gold: Birth Defects and Brain Damage

Indonesia ’s mercury trade is intertwined with illegal gold mining around the world, leaving a legacy of thousands born with birth defects and half a million people poisoned.
Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Gold Mercury (Metal) Mines and Mining Hazardous and Toxic Substances Indonesia Water Pollution Food Contamination and Poisoning Politics and Government Black Markets Poisoning and Poisons Birth Defects Source Type: news

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Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news
Aluminum phosphide (ALP) has been extensively used as an economical and effective insecticide, rodenticide, and fumigant. The active ingredient of ALP is phosphine (PH3), the use of which can lead to accidental inhalation and mass poisoning with...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news
By Elizabeth Cohen and Nadia Kounang, CNN (CNN) — Every 15 minutes, someone in the United States dies of a superbug that has learned to outsmart even our most sophisticated antibiotics, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s about 35,000 deaths each year from drug-resistant infections, according to the landmark report. The report places five drug-resistant superbugs on the CDC’s “urgent threat” list — two more germs than were on the CDC’s list in 2013, the last time the agency issued a report on antibiotic resistance. Gene...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Health News Syndicated CBSN Boston Antibiotics CNN Source Type: news
(Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health) A new study found a consistent association between the adoption of state Prescription Drug Monitoring programs (PDMP) and death rates from heroin poisoning. However, the research showed that rates vary by program type. States with Proactive Prescription Drug Monitoring programs, which are more likely to report outlying prescribing and dispensing and provide broader access to law enforcement, reported a 6 percent reduction in heroin poisoning mortality by the program's third year.
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
Having a concussion within the past year may raise the risk of suicidal ideation and behavior in high school students, according to astudy in theJournal of Affective Disorders.Dale S. Mantey, M.P.A., of the University of Texas School of Public Health and colleagues used data from more than 13,000 respondents in grades 9 through 12 who participated in the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey (YRBSS). The national YRBSS is conducted every two years by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor health behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth a...
Source: Psychiatr News - Category: Psychiatry Tags: concussion Dale Mantey depressive symptoms Journal of Affective Disorders suicide Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey Source Type: research
ConclusionThe acute toxicity associated with oral selenium ingestion and the blood and urinary levels of selenium in different cases of poisonings were reviewed. Mortality is a risk of acute selenium poisoning. Concentrations of selenium in blood and urine samples in non-fatal cases are close to those observed in fatal cases.
Source: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology - Category: Biochemistry Source Type: research
Publication date: January 2020Source: Journal of Catalysis, Volume 381Author(s): M. Ángeles Úbeda, Pedro Amorós, Juan F. Sánchez-Royo, Jamal El Haskouri, M. Dolores Marcos, Francisco Pérez-PlaAbstractA new catalyst has been synthesized from the precursor [Pd2{μ-(C6H4) PPh2}2 {μ-O2C(C6H5)}2] immobilized on a carboxypolystyrene polymer that exhibits an excellent dispersion of the Pd (II) centers, reusability, and catalytic activity in front of phenyl bromides. The activity of this new material was studied in detail for the Suzuki-Miyaura reaction and compared to that of Pd nanoparticl...
Source: Journal of Catalysis - Category: Chemistry Source Type: research
Conclusions Intentional injuries affected more males, rural and older children, school students and staff or workers. The mechanisms and occurrence times differed according to different age groups. Preventive measures should be taken to reduce the dropout of rural students, strengthen the school's violence prevention plan and reduce self-harm. PMID: 31708510 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Journal of Epidemiology - Category: Epidemiology Tags: J Epidemiol Source Type: research
Abstract Organophosphate pesticides (OPs) are widely used around the world to control pests in agricultural, residential, and commercial settings. Ingestion of high-dose OPs could lead to acute toxicity, and persistent influence on health could result from acute poisoning or long-term exposure to low dose OPs. An easy to operate, low cost and home available OPs testing platform is urgently needed. Ambient light sensor (ALS) based smart phone colorimetric reader has the advantages of easy to operate, low cost, high accuracy and versatility. In this work, a novel ALS based smart phone colorimetric dipsticks (CDs) re...
Source: Analytica Chimica Acta - Category: Chemistry Authors: Tags: Anal Chim Acta Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 11 November 2019Source: Spatial and Spatio-temporal EpidemiologyAuthor(s): Yusuf Ransome, S.V. Subramanian, Dustin T. Duncan, Daivid Vlahov, Joshua WarrenAbstractDrug- and alcohol-poisoning deaths remain current public health problems. Studies to date have typically focused on individual-level predictors of drug overdose deaths, and there remains a limited understanding of the spatiotemporal patterns and predictors of the joint outcomes. We use a hierarchical Bayesian spatiotemporal multivariate Poisson regression model on data from (N=167) ZIP-codes between 2009 and 2014 in New York City...
Source: Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology - Category: Epidemiology Source Type: research
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