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Cat launches handset that can detect toxic chemicals
The S61, which comes equipped with an air quality sensor, will be launched at the  Mobile World Congress, taking place in Barcelona from February 26 to March 1. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

E-cigarette vapors contain toxic chemicals, study finds
E-cigarette vapors contain toxic metals, including lead, that leak from the heating coils, according to a new study at Johns Hopkins. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - February 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Massive dog food recall after euthanasia drug found across multiple brands
(Natural News) Toxic euthanasia drugs are the without a doubt, the very last ingredients you’d want to find in a bag of food for your favorite furry pal. And yet, dozens of dog foods have been recalled for that very reason. The J.M. Smucker company just announced a recall for several types of food, including... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Technology Alone Won ’t Halt Aflatoxin Menace, Experts Warn
Laboratory Technician Herbert Mtopa collects biological samples at a clinic in Zimbabwe's Shamva District under a CultiAF project to assess exposure of women and children to aflatoxins. Credit: Busani Bafana/IPSBy Miriam GathigahNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 22 2018 (IPS)In the absence of concerted efforts to raise awareness on the dangers of aflatoxin to humans and domestic animals, advances in technology for early detection of aflatoxin in cereals and seeds such as maize will come to naught, experts warn.The first rapid aflatoxin testing kit is in the market for less than two dollars, even as some farmers unwittingly employ life-t...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Miriam Gathigah Tags: Africa Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Projects TerraViva United Nations aflatoxin Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Improving the lives of rural populations: better nutrition & agriculture produc Source Type: news

Molecular structure of human P-glycoprotein in the ATP-bound, outward-facing conformation
The multidrug transporter permeability (P)–glycoprotein is an adenosine triphosphate (ATP)–binding cassette exporter responsible for clinical resistance to chemotherapy. P-glycoprotein extrudes toxic molecules and drugs from cells through ATP-powered conformational changes. Despite decades of effort, only the structures of the inward-facing conformation of P-glycoprotein are available. Here we present the structure of human P-glycoprotein in the outward-facing conformation, determined by cryo–electron microscopy at 3.4-angstrom resolution. The two nucleotide-binding domains form a closed dimer occluding t...
Source: ScienceNOW - February 22, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Kim, Y., Chen, J. Tags: Biochemistry, Medicine, Diseases reports Source Type: news

The ocean’s filter feeders threatened by microplastics: Whales, sharks and rays are dying from obstructions, toxins
(Natural News) Plastics have long been known to pose a threat to sea life. But now tiny bits of toxic microplastics are threatening to choke and poison many of the ocean’s gentlest giants, warned articles in EcoWatch and The Guardian. Published in the Trends in Ecology and Evolution journal, a new study took a look at the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The 17th Annual Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences awarded for elucidating the mechanism of nonsense
(Wiley) The Wiley Foundation today announced the 17th annual Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences will be awarded to Lynne E. Maquat for elucidating the mechanism of nonsense-mediated messenger RNA decay, a fundamental process whereby cells remove defective transcripts that can encode toxic proteins. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 21, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Study: Lead and other toxic metals found in e-cigarette 'vapors'
(Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health) Significant amounts of toxic metals, including lead, leak from some e-cigarette heating coils and are present in the aerosols inhaled by users, according to a study from scientists at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Cracking the connection between pediatric obesity and cancer
Obesity and cancer risk have a mysterious relationship, with obesity increasing the risk for 13 types of cancer. For some cancers — including pediatric cancers — obesity affects survival rates, which are lower for people who are obese.With an increasing population of overweight and obese children in the United States, researchers and physicians are racing to understand this connection – and what to do about it.Dr.Steven Mittelman, chief of pediatric endocrinology atUCLA Mattel Children ’s Hospital, is among those looking for clues to improve children ’s survival and recovery from cancer. But u...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - February 21, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Judge Affirms Denial Of Resident's Intervention Request In Contamination Suit
HAMMOND, Ind. - A federal judge in Indiana on Feb. 9 upheld a magistrate judge's ruling denying a motion to intervene filed by nearby residents of a Superfund site, holding that the request, which came two years after a settlement was reached between companies and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, was untimely (United States of America v. Atlantic Richfield Co., et al., No. 14-cv-312, N.D. Ind., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 21524). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Groups: Review Of EPA Permit For Dumping Fracking Waste In Gulf Of Mexico Needed
NEW ORLEANS - The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and two other environmental advocacy groups on Feb. 13 filed a petition in the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals contending that the Circuit Court should review an Environmental Protection Agency permit that allows oil companies to discharge toxins into the Gulf of Mexico, which the CBD argues puts coastal communities at risk (Center for Biological Diversity, et al. v. Environmental Protection Agency, et al., No. N/A, 5th Cir.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Plaintiffs' Attempt To Lift Discovery Stay 'Improper,' Company Argues
SAN FRANCISCO - Pacific Gas& Electric Co. (PGE) filed a brief in California federal court on Jan. 25 arguing that the plaintiffs, who allege that the company's manufactured gas plant (MGP) has contaminated local groundwater, made an "improper" motion for an order confirming the lack of any stay of discovery in the action or, alternatively, an order lifting the stay (San Francisco Herring Association, et al. v. Pacific Gas& Electric Company, No. 14-04393, N.D. Calif.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

City Sues Chemical Companies For Damages To Groundwater From Fire-Fighting Foam
BOSTON - The city of Westfield, Mass., on Feb. 14 filed a lawsuit in Massachusetts federal court against 3M Co. and other chemical companies, seeking to recover costs associated with soil and groundwater cleanup due to contamination from the defendants' manufacture and use of aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) (City of Westfield, Massachusetts v. 3M, et al., No. 18-30027, D. Mass.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Winemaker Agrees To Pay $330,000 For Deadly Ammonia Leak
FRESNO, Calif. - Gibson Wine Co. on Jan. 29 entered into an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in which it said it would pay a $330,000 civil penalty and spend $300,000 to make improvements to its facility following a deadly leak of anhydrous ammonia at its Sanger, Calif., site (United States of America v. Gibson Wine Co., No. 15-cv-1900, E.D. Calif.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Chemical Injury Case Barred By Workers' Compensation Law, Companies Say
LANCASTER, Pa. - Armstrong World Industries Inc. and a German chemical company on Feb. 8 filed a joint brief in Pennsylvania state court contending that the third amended complaint filed by a former employee who says he was injured from exposure to trichloroethylene (TCE) and methylene chloride (MC) should be dismissed because the claims are barred by the Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Act (WCA) (Jose Rivera v. Armstrong World Industries Inc., et al., No. CI-15-06542, Pa. Comm. Pls., Lancaster Co.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Judge: MDL Court Applied 'Incorrect' Legal Standard; MTBE Negligence Claim Valid
SANTA ANA, Calif. - A federal judge in California on Feb. 8 granted a motion for reconsideration filed by the Orange County Water District (OCWD) in its methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) groundwater contamination lawsuit against various gasoline companies, ruling that the multidistrict litigation court wrongly dismissed the OCWD's negligence causes of action by relying on "an incorrect legal standard" (Orange County Water District v. Unocal Corporation, et al., No. 03-1742, C.D. Calif.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

DuPont C8 Trial Judge Approves Payment Of More Than $1.78M To Claims Administrator
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A federal judge in Ohio on Feb. 9 granted a motion by plaintiffs in the multidistrict litigation brought against E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. for alleged injuries connected to exposure to perfluorooctanoic acid (known as C8), approving the interim disbursement of $1,787,500 to the claims administrator for services rendered (In re: E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. C8 Personal Injury Litigation, MDL No. 2433, No. 13-2433, S.D. Ohio). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Plaintiffs In Lead Case Seek Sanctions, Say Defense Counsel Withheld Evidence
MILWAUKEE - Three residents filed a brief in a Wisconsin federal court on Feb. 8 asking it to consider sanctions against the attorney of a company they sued for allegedly causing their injuries from exposure to lead-based paint, on grounds that the attorney withheld evidence concerning the successor-in-interest status of his client (Glenn Burton v. American Cyanamid, et al., No. 07-0303, E.D. Wis.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

California High Court Denies Review Of $1.15B Award In Lead Paint Lawsuit
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The California Supreme Court on Feb. 14 denied a petition for review filed by the former makers of lead-based paint who contended that the high court should hear their appeal because an appellate court "misstated and omitted material facts" when it found that there was "substantial evidence" that the companies promoted paints containing white lead pigments for interior residential use (The People v. ConAgra Grocery Products Company, et al., No. S246102, Calif. Sup.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Agency Seeks To Rescind Most Of 2016 Methane Waste Prevention Rule
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on Feb. 13 announced its proposed changes to the 2016 Waste Prevention Rule, calling for the rescission of the majority of regulations on oil and gas operators who had been required to control the venting and flaring of methane produced by drilling activities. (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Class, Defendants Debate Jurisdiction And Discovery In Flint Lead Water Case
DETROIT - Engineering consultants named as defendants in the lead-contaminated water crisis in Flint, Mich., and the class of plaintiffs alleging that they have been injured by that water on Feb. 9 filed briefs debating whether the federal district court has jurisdiction to order certain discovery at the current stage of the litigation (In re Flint Water Cases [Luke Waid, et al. v. Richard D. Snyder, et al.], No. 16-10444, E.D. Mich.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Whistleblower: Issues Remain About Protected Speech In Flint Water Crisis Case
CINCINNATI - A woman who was formerly the administrator for the city of Flint, Mich., and then became a whistleblower after the lead-contaminated water crisis in that city on Feb. 14 filed a brief in the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals contending that a district court erred when it granted the city's motion for summary judgment because there are genuine disputes of material facts regarding her claims under state law, as well as the First Amendment (Natasha Henderson v. City of Flint, Mich., No. 17-2031, 6th Cir.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Class Of Oil Platform, Processing Facility Workers Certified In Oil Spill Suit
LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on Feb. 9 certified one of two proposed subclasses, comprising oil platform and processing facility workers, in a lawsuit against the operators of a Santa Barbara, Calif., pipeline that leaked into the Pacific Ocean in May 2015, finding that common questions predominate (Keith Andrews, et al. v. Plains All American Pipeline, L.P., et al., No. 15-4113, C.D. Calif.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

When Strategies Go Awry: Part 4 In A Series On Cognitive Biases And Their Impact
By Laura A. Frase But Wait - I Remember It Differently: Cognitive Biases That Mess with Our Memories "'It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards' the Queen remarked." (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Study: Fracking Fluids Alter Mice At 'Environmentally Relevant' Exposure Levels
AMHERST, Mass. - Researchers at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the University of Missouri-Columbia on Feb. 7 released a hydraulic fracturing study that suggests that the mammary gland in female mice is sensitive to mixtures of chemicals used in fracking at exposure levels that are "environmentally relevant." The researchers conclude that "the impact of these findings on the long-term health of the mammary gland, including its lactational capacity and its risk of cancer, should be evaluated in future studies." (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Shell To Pay $10M To Reduce Excessive Emissions From Industrial Flares
NEW ORLEANS - Shell Chemical LP on Feb. 12 entered into a consent decree in Louisiana federal court with the government and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) in which the company agreed to spend $10 million to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the use of four industrial flares at its Norco, La., facility (United States of America, et al. v. Shell Chemical LP, No. 18-cv-104, E.D. La.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Newly Emerging Drugs of Abuse and Their Detection Methods Newly Emerging Drugs of Abuse and Their Detection Methods
The emergence of new illicit drugs poses a challenge for the toxicology lab. Review current methods for detection and identification of these recreational drugs in this article.American Journal of Clinical Pathology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pathology & Lab Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

UA study: Brain liquefaction after stroke is toxic to surviving brain
(University of Arizona Health Sciences) Researchers at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson suggest liquefied brain fluid may be one cause of dementia after stroke. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New safety data for the most commonly used drug to treat Chagas disease
(Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)) The frequency of adverse reactions to benznidazole is high when treating chronic Chagas patients, although they were mostly mild effects, according to a study led by ISGlobal, in collaboration with the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona. The results point to the need of finding drug combinations or dosages in order to maintain efficacy but decrease its toxicity. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 20, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Comparison of concentrations of drugs between blood samples with and without fluoride additive —important findings for Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol and amphetamine - Wiedfeld C, Krueger J, Skopp G, Musshoff F.
Fluoride is a common stabilizing agent in forensic toxicology to avoid the frequent problem of degradation of drugs in blood samples especially described for cocaine. In cases only samples with addition of fluoride are available, it is a crucial questio... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Relative toxicity of benzodiazepines and hypnotics commonly used for self-poisoning: an epidemiological study of fatal toxicity and case fatality - Geulayov G, Ferrey A, Casey D, Wells C, Fuller A, Bankhead C, Gunnell D, Clements C, Kapur N, Ness J, Waters K, Hawton K.
The relative toxicity of anxiolytic and hypnotic drugs commonly used for self-poisoning was assessed using data on suicides, prescriptions and non-fatal self-poisonings in England, 2005-2012. Data on suicide by self-poisoning were obtained from the Office ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

The psychohistory of child maltreatment among antebellum slaveholders: part II - Adams KA.
In the psychohistory of the antebellum South, the extent of child abuse in slaveholder families is important for understanding how members of the southern elite were reared and the extent to which they were infected with the toxic residue of their elders' ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Toxic stress and protective factors in multi-ethnic school age children: a research protocol - Condon EM, Sadler LS, Mayes LC.
Exposure to stressful environments in early childhood can cause a toxic stress response and lead to poor health outcomes, including obesity, cardiac disease, diabetes, and mental illness. In animals and maltreated children, the presence of a nurturing care... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Psychological risk factors for posttraumatic stress disorder in workers after toxic chemical spill in Gumi, South Korea - Song JY, Jeong KS, Choi KS, Kim MG, Ahn YS.
The extent and severity of the psychological effects following chemical release disasters have not been widely reported. The aim of this study was to examine the prevalence of hydrogen fluoride (HF)-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and to ident... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Calcium may play a role in the development of Parkinson's disease
Researchers have found that excess levels of calcium in brain cells may lead to the formation of toxic clusters that are the hallmark of Parkinson's disease. The international team, led by the University of Cambridge, found that calcium can mediate the interaction between small membranous structures inside nerve endings, which are important for neuronal signalling in the brain, and alpha-synuclein, the protein associated with Parkinson's disease. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - February 19, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

Calcium may play a role in the development of Parkinson's disease
(University of Cambridge) Researchers have found that excess levels of calcium in brain cells may lead to the formation of toxic clusters that are the hallmark of Parkinson's disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Amazon charged with 4,000 counts of selling illegal pesticides
(Natural News) Amazon.com, founded by Jeff Bezos — the current owner of the Washington Post — has been caught committing nearly 4,000 counts of selling illegal pesticides. The EPA spearheaded the investigation that revealed Amazon to be profiting from the sales of toxic, deadly substances that directly threaten the health of children. No criminal charges... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ruth Bader Ginsburg clearly showing toxic effects of "chemo brain" ... unable to think clearly, takes LONG pauses during conversations
(Natural News) No decent human being should get their kicks from taking pot shots at someone who has had to battle cancer, especially when the person in question is 84 years old. Nonetheless, when that person is an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, and is clearly exhibiting signs of cognitive... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Preventing Alzheimer's: Scientists develop blood test capable of detecting toxic protein build up related to Alzheimer's disease
(Natural News) Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a condition that typically occurs later in life. It has no known cure, so treating it is highly problematic. To make matters worse, detecting it is often difficult until it gets to the point of no return of sorts, where patients — as well as anyone related or affiliated... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A 29-year analysis of acute peak salicylate concentrations in fatalities reported to United States poison centers - Warrick BJ, King A, Smolinske S, Thomas R, Aaron C.
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: The threshold salicylate concentration commonly recommended to initiate extracorporeal elimination, in the absence of significant end-organ toxicity, is 100  mg/dL. Unfortunately, the grade of evidence to support this decision is lo... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Paraquat poisoning: case report of a survivor - Janeela MA, Oommen A, Misra AK, Ramya I.
N, N'-dimethyl-4, 4'-bipyridinium dichloride (paraquat) is a widely used synthetic, nonselective contact herbicide. Ingestion of toxic doses of paraquat can be fatal with life-threatening effects on the lungs, gastrointestinal (GI) tract, kidney, liver, he... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Pazopanib Improves PFS in Extensive-Disease SCLC, But Adds Toxicity
Maintenance therapy with pazopanib significantly prolonged progression-free survival in patients with extensive-disease small-cell lung cancer, but with toxicity. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - February 16, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Dave Levitan Tags: Lung Cancer News Source Type: news

RT and Targeted Therapy or Checkpoint Blockade in Brain Mets RT and Targeted Therapy or Checkpoint Blockade in Brain Mets
While more research is needed, most available studies find no relevant toxicity associated with the combination of radiotherapy and targeted therapy or immune checkpoint blockade for management of brain metastases.Annals of Oncology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology Journal Article Source Type: news

Walls, toxicity and explosions: How plant cells protect themselves from salinity in soil
(Carnegie Institution for Science) Roots face many challenges in the soil in order to supply the plant with the necessary water and nutrients. New work shows that one of these challenges, salinity, can cause root cells to explode if the risk is not properly sensed. Salinity has deleterious effects on plant health and limits crop yields, because salt inhibits water uptake and can be toxic for plants. But plant biologists discovered a never-before-described effect that salt has on the plant cell wall. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 16, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Computers outperform lab rats in detecting toxic chemicals
(SciCom - Making Sense of Science) UL, the science safety company, and Johns Hopkins University have embarked on joint research that has resulted in findings that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is superior in finding toxic substances to traditional animal testing. Beyond being more effective, UL's Cheminformatics REACHAcross ™ software computer processing can be performed in a matter of seconds and at a fraction of the cost to traditional testing methods. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How integrative medicine eliminates the threat of cancer, without resorting to toxic treatments
(Natural News) According to the National Cancer Institute, one out of two men and one out of three women in the United States will develop cancer in their lifetime. (In other words, about 40 percent of the adult population will receive a cancer diagnosis at some point). This statistic (alone) should serve as a wake-up... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How to tell which plastics are safe to use for food and drinks (food grade)
(Natural News) Are you sure your plastic container isn’t made out of toxic materials? A Modern Survival Blog article tackles how to identify food-safe types of plastics that can store your food and water without risk of leaching. First things first: Check the container for a Recycle symbol. A good place to start looking is... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Inside One Couple ’s Experimental Treatment to Battle Alzheimer’s Disease
JoAnn Wooding is staring intently at the clear liquid dripping from a dark brown IV bag into her husband Peter’s arm. “Please be the drug, please be the drug,” she says. Married for more than 50 years, the Woodings are among the more than 5 million Americans who are facing Alzheimer’s disease, one of the most devastating diagnoses today. But instead of accepting the slow descent into memory loss, confusion and dementia, Peter–who has the disease–could be among the first to successfully stop that decline from happening. Peter, 77, is one of the 2,700 people around the world who are expect...
Source: TIME: Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized Alzheimer's Disease healthytime Longevity Source Type: news

Volatile chemical products emerging as largest petrochemical source of urban organic emissions
A gap in emission inventories of urban volatile organic compound (VOC) sources, which contribute to regional ozone and aerosol burdens, has increased as transportation emissions in the United States and Europe have declined rapidly. A detailed mass balance demonstrates that the use of volatile chemical products (VCPs)—including pesticides, coatings, printing inks, adhesives, cleaning agents, and personal care products—now constitutes half of fossil fuel VOC emissions in industrialized cities. The high fraction of VCP emissions is consistent with observed urban outdoor and indoor air measurements. We show that h...
Source: ScienceNOW - February 15, 2018 Category: Science Authors: McDonald, B. C., de Gouw, J. A., Gilman, J. B., Jathar, S. H., Akherati, A., Cappa, C. D., Jimenez, J. L., Lee-Taylor, J., Hayes, P. L., McKeen, S. A., Cui, Y. Y., Kim, S.-W., Gentner, D. R., Isaacman-VanWertz, G., Goldstein, A. H., Harley, R. A., Frost, Tags: Atmospheric Science, Science and Policy r-articles Source Type: news

Top EPA Science Adviser Has History Of Questioning Pollution Research
Michael Honeycutt, the top toxicologist for Texas, is the latest chair of the EPA's science advisory board. But some scientists warn his views align more with industry than with scientific consensus.(Image credit: David J. Phillip/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news