FDA food sampling finds contamination by 'forever chemicals'
The Food and Drug Administration's first broad testing of food for a worrisome class of nonstick, stain-resistant industrial compounds found high levels in some grocery store meats and seafood and in off-the-shelf chocolate cake (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Pool Chemical Injuries in Public and Residential Settings Pool Chemical Injuries in Public and Residential Settings
Pool chemicals are needed to keep pools clean and safe, but they can also cause injuries. What can be done to minimize the risk for these preventable injuries?Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - June 3, 2019 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Public Health & Prevention Journal Article Source Type: news

New mineral classification system captures Earth's complex past
(Carnegie Institution for Science) A system of categorization that reflects not just a mineral's chemistry and crystalline structure, but also the physical, chemical, or biological processes by which it formed, would be capable of recognizing that nanodiamonds from space are fundamentally different to diamonds formed in Earth's depths. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 3, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Outlawed bread chemicals in Europe are somehow considered perfectly safe by FDA in the USA
(Natural News) Would you eat something from a container labeled “Explosives” or “Petroleum Products” or “Pesticides?” We didn’t think so, but you do, and probably daily, if you live in the United States and eat non-organic bread. You might as well be digging into one of those bio-hazard containers when you open that bread bag... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Entrepreneurs offer $10m for cracking mystery of DNA
Scientists challenged to create genetic code from simple chemicals (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - June 2, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Fruit Flies Hide Their Eggs in Plain View
Chemical cues help Drosophila mask their eggs from predators. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - June 1, 2019 Category: Science Tags: The Literature Magazine Issue Source Type: news

Persistence of Chemical Warfare Agent VX on Building Material Surfaces
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, National Homeland Security Research Center (NHSRC). Published: 6/2019. This eight-page technical brief provides a summary of two recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) bench-scale studies assessing the persistence of VX on various building material surfaces. This overview provides decision ‐makers with practical information on the expected persistence of VX following a chemical incident, which will inform the remediation strategy to reopen contaminated buildings or infrastructure. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for ...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - June 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Training Trigger: Jack Rabbit Project Chlorine Tests
Source: InterAgency Board for Equipment Standardization and Interoperability (IAB). Published: 6/2019. This one-page document provides information about observations and findings from the Jack Rabbit Project that have yielded valuable data and information for emergency responders engaged in planning for or responding to a large-scale chlorine (Cl2) release. it provides a list of fast facts, physical and chemical properties of chlorine, and additional information. The fact sheet is from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)'s research on catastrophic releases of chlorine, named the Jack Rabbit Project. (PDF) (Source: ...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - June 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Efficacy and Compatibility of Decontamination Options for Sensitive Equipment-Related Materials Contaminated with Persistent Chemical Warfare Agents
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, National Homeland Security Research Center (NHSRC). Published: 6/2019. This 94-page report describes the decontamination efficacy research that was conducted using three decontaminants, for use after a release of chemical warfare agents VX or sulfur mustard (HD), that were selected based on their perceived high efficacy and good material compatibility. The results of this research will inform the Environmental Protection Agency response community and other federal, state, tribal, and local agencies on decontamination options for sensitive eq...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - June 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Liposome Drug Products: Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Controls; Human Pharmacokinetics and Bioavailability; and Labeling Documentation
Pharmaceutical Quality/CMC (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - June 1, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: FDA Source Type: news

Comparability Protocols for Human Drugs and Biologics: Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Controls Information Guidance for Industry
Pharmaceutical Quality/CMC (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - June 1, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: FDA Source Type: news

EPA Cancels Registrations for 12 Neonicotinoid Pesticides
The companies that market the products, Syngenta, Valent, and Bayer, are allowed to sell existing stock of the chemicals until 2020. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 31, 2019 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Autism 'could one day be treated with a probiotic pill'
Scientists at the California Institute of Technology found they were able to reduce autistic symptoms they had triggered in mice by feeding them certain chemicals which were lacking from their bodies. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 31, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What are the best natural mosquito repellents?
Many people prefer to use natural mosquito repellents instead of chemical products. Options include citronella, peppermint, and lemongrass. Learn about the best natural mosquito repellents here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 31, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Bites and Stings Source Type: news

Studies reveals conventional cancer treatments can be as dangerous as the disease itself
(Natural News) Chemotherapy has been the go-to treatment for cancer since the late 1940s. Nearly eight decades ago, researchers examining the therapeutic effects of mustard gas on lymphoma declared that this toxic chemical could significantly reduce the size of tumors for a few weeks after treatment. To this day, doctors continue to insist that chemotherapy... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 31, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New health risk: Exposure to PBB chemicals can compromise your immune system
(Natural News) Exposure to polybrominated biphenyls, also known as PBBs, has long been known to be dangerous, but now scientists have uncovered yet another negative effect: immune system damage. PBBs are chemicals that were added to the plastics used in making TVs, textiles, foams and computer monitors to make them more fire-resistant. Although they are... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 31, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

These Mole Rats Felt No Pain, Even From Wasabi ’s Burn
Discovering the rodent ’s imperviousness to a stinging chemical compound may lead to advancements in pain treatment for people. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Cara Giaimo Tags: Pain Rodents Mole rats Wasabi South Africa Science (Journal) Research Lewin, Gary your-feed-science Source Type: news

How the Microbiome Might Predict Diabetes, Premature Birth and Gut Diseases
Over the last 10 years, the U.S. National Institutes of Health has invested $170 million to better understand the universe of bacteria that live within us—the so-called microbiome. In the first phase of the project, researchers focused on cataloguing the myriad types of microbes found throughout the body, including in the mouth, nose, gut, and reproductive tract. The latest phase of the research, described in three papers published May 29 in Nature and Nature Medicine, focused on better understanding how changes in those microbial populations affect three conditions: diabetes, preterm birth and inflammatory bowel dis...
Source: TIME: Health - May 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized diabetes gut microbes microbiome Reproductive Health Research Source Type: news

New hormone implicated in mediating obesity risk
Low levels of adropin are associated with increased weight gain in mice on a high sugar diet, according to research published inThe Journal of Biological Chemistry.Medical Xpress (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - May 30, 2019 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

The Anthropocene epoch: have we entered a new phase of planetary history?
Human activity has transformed the Earth – but scientists are divided about whether this is really a turning point in geological history. By Nicola DavisonIt was February 2000 and the Nobel laureate Paul Crutzen was sitting in a meeting room in Cuernavaca, Mexico, stewing quietly. Five years earlier, Crutzen and two colleagues had been awarded the Nobel prize in chemistry for proving that the ozone layer, which shields the planet from ultraviolet light, was thinning at the poles because of rising concentrations of industrial gas. Now he was attending a meeting of scientists who studied the planet ’s oceans, lan...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 30, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davison Tags: Environment Science Fossils Evolution Biology Geology Climate change Deforestation Conservation Trees and forests Source Type: news

Top 5 supplements for natural liver health
(Natural News) As the organ responsible for filtering your blood and detoxifying your body of chemicals, you want to keep your liver in top shape so it can carry out its important work. When your liver isn’t working properly, it can’t rid your body of toxins, leaving them to accumulate in your body and cause... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Consider the Risks Involved with Sodium Hypochlorite
How effective is your cleaning and/or sterilization process? Is it efficient and safe for your employees? If your company is like most biotechnologies and life sciences companies, you have probably validated these processes to provide a repeatable bacterial log reduction. But did you know your process may still have variability if you are one of the many using Sodium Hypochlorite? To understand and eliminate this variability from your process, it is important to understand the positives and negatives of this universally used chemical. First produced in 1789, Sodium Hypochlorite, commonly known as bleach, was qu...
Source: MDDI - May 30, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Aaron Benz Tags: Sterilization Source Type: news

Genetic Analysis Of Cannabis Lights The Way For Better Policy
Researchers from Washington State University have released the first comprehensive analysis of the genetic and chemical characteristics of cannabis. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - May 30, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jessica Baron, Contributor Source Type: news

Transgenic Metarhizium rapidly kills mosquitoes in a malaria-endemic region of Burkina Faso
Malaria control efforts require implementation of new technologies that manage insecticide resistance. Metarhizium pingshaense provides an effective, mosquito-specific delivery system for potent insect-selective toxins. A semifield trial in a MosquitoSphere (a contained, near-natural environment) in Soumousso, a region of Burkina Faso where malaria is endemic, confirmed that the expression of an insect-specific toxin (Hybrid) increased fungal lethality and the likelihood that insecticide-resistant mosquitoes would be eliminated from a site. Also, as Hybrid-expressing M. pingshaense is effective at very low spore doses, its...
Source: ScienceNOW - May 30, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Lovett, B., Bilgo, E., Millogo, S. A., Ouattarra, A. K., Sare, I., Gnambani, E. J., Dabire, R. K., Diabate, A., St. Leger, R. J. Tags: Medicine, Diseases, Molecular Biology reports Source Type: news

Your Bottled Water Probably Has Plastic In It. Should You Worry?
Plastic contamination is rampant in bottled water. That was the unsettling conclusion of a study published last year in Frontiers in Chemistry that analyzed samples taken from 259 bottled waters sold in several countries and found that 93% of them contained “microplastic” synthetic polymer particles. Many of those particles weren’t all that small. “Some were definitely visible without a magnifying glass or microscope,” says Sherri Mason, author of the study and a sustainability researcher at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. The 11 bottled water brands tested in Mason’s study are amo...
Source: TIME: Health - May 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Markham Heid Tags: Uncategorized public health Source Type: news

Your Bottled Water Probably Has Plastic In It. Should You Worry?
Plastic contamination is rampant in bottled water. That was the unsettling conclusion of a study published last year in Frontiers in Chemistry that analyzed samples taken from 259 bottled waters sold in several countries and found that 93% of them contained “microplastic” synthetic polymer particles. Many of those particles weren’t all that small. “Some were definitely visible without a magnifying glass or microscope,” says Sherri Mason, author of the study and a sustainability researcher at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. The 11 bottled water brands tested in Mason’s study are amo...
Source: TIME: Health - May 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Markham Heid Tags: Uncategorized public health Source Type: news

A guide to healthier protein bars, including one that's keto-approved
Protein bars are a beloved staple of the time-starved. They can be tossed into a gym bag, glove compartment or desk drawer and serve as an on-the-go lunch. But they can also be surprisingly unhealthy: Some have up to 20 grams of sugar, or are loaded with junk or chemicals.“People pick up what... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - May 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kavita Daswani Source Type: news

Genetic analysis of cannabis is here
(Washington State University) Research from Washington State University could provide government regulators with powerful new tools for addressing a bevy of commercial claims and other concerns as non-medical marijuana, hemp and CBD products become more commonplace. The new analysis of the genetic and chemical characteristics of cannabis is believed to be the first thorough examination of its kind. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 29, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

NIST study identifies chemical blends as possible alternative refrigerants
(National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)) More than a dozen chemical blends could serve as alternative refrigerants that won't heat the atmosphere as much as today's refrigerants do, or catch fire, according to a new computational study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 29, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

UCLA licenses technology to combat hair loss to company founded by faculty members
UCLA researchers have discovered a new way to activate the stem cells in hair follicles that are responsible for hair growth.Research led by three UCLA faculty members —Heather Christofk, an associate professor of biological chemistry;William Lowry, a professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology; andMichael Jung, a distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry — led to the discovery of compounds that, in research in mice, enabled hair follicle stem cells to promote lactate production and, consequently, hair growth.The compounds and the technology have been exclusively licensed by UCLA to P...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - May 29, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

NCTR Liver Cancer Database (NCTRlcdb)
containing 999 chemicals based on liver-specific carcinogenicity: overview of database, how to launch database, download instructions, development process, and references. (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - May 29, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: FDA Source Type: news

Scientists discover potent compound that can kill superbugs that pose a threat to humanity
Researchers from the University of Sheffield did lab tests to find a chemical called a dinuclear Ru(II) complex was able to destroy antibiotic resistant E.coli bacteria. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Research explains how eyes see continuously in bright light
FINDINGSA study by researchers from theUCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute describes a molecular pathway that helps our eyes see continuously in bright light. The findings help answer a longstanding question about mammalian vision: Why don ’t our eyes become less sensitive when they’re bombarded with bright light? The research, conducted in mice, reveals that a special molecule, which uses sunlight itself, rapidly recycles visual pigments after the pigments sense light and change structure.BACKGROUNDTo see, all animals rely on a molecule known as 11-cis ­-retinal, which is present in both the rods and cones...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - May 28, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Frances Arnold Turns Microbes Into Living Factories
Instead of synthesizing new biochemicals from scratch, the Nobel Prize-winning chemist puts nature to the task — with astonishing results. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Natalie Angier Tags: Chemistry Microbiology Engineering and Engineers Evolution (Biology) Nobel Prizes California Institute of Technology Frances Arnold your-feed-science Source Type: news

Scientists evaluated the effects of different chemical treatments to tissue transplants
(Sechenov University) A group of scientists from Russia and Ireland found out how quality of tissue-engineered biomeshes (biological 'frame' which is used for tissue repair) is affected by various chemical fixatives (cross-linkers). Such compounds form chemical 'bridges' between biomesh polymers and change its mechanical and functional properties. It will help to select cross-linkers for treatment of certain transplants. The research results are published in the official journal of the International Xenotransplantation Association. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Clare E. Reimers selected as Fellow of The Oceanography Society
(The Oceanography Society) The Oceanography Society (TOS) congratulates Dr. Clare E. Reimers for being selected as a Fellow of The Oceanography Society. This award recognizes Dr. Reimers for advancing sedimentary redox chemistry and microbiology using oxygen, pH and pCO2 microelectrodes and leading the development of the next generation of regional class research vessels. Dr. Reimers will be honored during a ceremony at the Ocean Sciences Meeting, February 16-20, 2020, in San Diego, California. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Synthetic version of CBD treats seizures in rats
(University of California - Davis) A synthetic, non-intoxicating analogue of cannabidiol (CBD) is effective in treating seizures in rats, according to research by chemists at UC Davis. The synthetic CBD alternative is easier to purify than a plant extract, eliminates the need to use agricultural land for hemp cultivation, and could avoid legal complications with cannabis-related products. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How service dogs help veterans is aim of unprecedented study
About a hundred veterans and their service dogs are being studied to see if there's a beneficial chemical reaction between the two (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

JB Chemicals promoters to offload 57% stake
PE and pharma peers have been sounded out and a formal process is due to be launched, said sources. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - May 28, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Vaping raises risk of heart attack or stroke due to chemicals found in flavoring liquid 
Stanford University scientists who tested the flavored ‘e-liquids’ used in the devices found they damage the cells which line blood vessels, which could lead to cardiovascular disease. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Big Number: 4,535 people a year go to the ER because of pool chemical exposure
More than half of these injuries occurred at a home swimming pool, the CDC says. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

Phthalates in consumer products may be making you infertile: Scientists warn women about chemicals in food and beverage packaging, personal care products
(Natural News) Infertility is a common problem in the world today. While Big Pharma and the mainstream medical community have been quick to cash in on expensive fertility treatments and costly “solutions,” shockingly few people are asking themselves what’s causing infertility in the first place. Recently published research shows that a common contaminant, phthalates, could... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Breakthrough device can easily and accurately measure fluoride concentrations in water
(Natural News) What if there were a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to test your drinking water at home or at work to determine just how much toxic fluoride it contains? Well, thanks to the dedicated work of researchers from Switzerland, now there is. A new study published in the Journal of the American Chemical... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Baicalin in Chinese skullcap found to suppress protein linked to skin cancer
(Natural News) Today, traditional Chinese medicine offers a wealth of natural alternatives that show efficacy in treating various diseases. Researchers continue to explore and uncover the potency of herbal remedies, which can be attributed to their abundance in beneficial chemical components. Scutellaria baicalensis or Chinese skullcap is one example of an herb that has numerous medicinal properties. It is rich in... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Notice of Duplicate Publication: Perspectives on trace chemical safety and chemophobia: risk communication and risk management -
Lee BM, Kwon S, Cho YM, Kim KB, Seo K, Min CS, Kim K. 2019. Perspectives on trace chemical safety and chemophobia: risk communication and risk management. J Toxicol. Environ. Health A. 82(2):113-127. Please note that this article has been removed fro... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 26, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Occupational Issues Source Type: news

What's eating you? Millipede burns - Lacy FA, Elston DM.
Millipedes often are regarded as harmless but are capable of causing adverse reactions through the secretion of toxic chemicals. Millipede burns cause localized pigmentary changes that may be associated with pain or burning in some patients. Clinical suspi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 26, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

Fungus Found in Australian Soil Can Oxidize Gold
The chemical process may make the metal more soluble and move it closer to the Earth's surface. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 24, 2019 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

How Exact Sciences Reinvented Itself
Ten years ago, Exact Diagnostics wasn’t a diagnostics powerhouse. The Madison, WI-based test had not yet gained FDA approval for Cologuard, its DNA-based colorectal cancer test. It didn’t have the support of insurers that it now has today. The firm was still very much in the state of transition. MD+DI spoke with Exact Sciences CEO, Kevin Conroy about the company’s past, present, and future. MDDI: Let’s talk about a little bit about when you took over the helm at Exact Sciences. How did that come about, and what was the company like back then? What was ...
Source: MDDI - May 24, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: IVD Source Type: news

Shocking image shows 21-year-old whose scalp was scalded off after going to a salon
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT. Doctors in South Korea told the woman's story in a journal. They believe the dye was left on for too long causing chemical burns. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news