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Lago Agrio Attorney Objects To Defense Costs, Seeks Reassignment Of Case
NEW YORK - The attorney representing a group of Ecuadorian residents who won an $18.5 billion judgment against Chevron Corp. for injuries, only to have it reversed, on Aug. 16 filed a letter with the judge presiding over the matter in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York objecting to "exorbitant and unprecedented" defense costs, and seeking reassignment of the case to another federal court (Chevron Corporation v. Donziger, et al., Case No. 11 Civ. 691, S.D. N.Y.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - September 6, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Release Of Documents By Plaintiffs' Counsel Is 'Misconduct,' Monsanto Says
SAN FRANCISCO - Monsanto Co. on Aug. 29 filed a brief in a California federal court arguing that plaintiffs' counsel in a multidistrict litigation regarding the herbicide Roundup improperly released to the public confidential company documents about the carcinogenicity of glyphosate, Roundup's active ingredient and that plaintiffs' counsel now wants to expunge the record of documents related to that "misconduct" (In re: Roundup Products Liability Litigation, No. 2741 MDL, N.D. Calif.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - September 6, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Monsanto: Town, School Failed To Meet Burden Of Proof; PCB Case Properly Dismissed
BOSTON - Monsanto Co. on Aug. 22 filed a brief in the First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals contending that a district court properly ruled that a town and school district failed to meet their burden of proof regarding alleged contamination from polychlorinatedbiphenyls (PCBs) that were manufactured by the company and are present in plasticizers that were used in the construction of a school building (Town of Westport, et al. v. Monsanto Company, No. 17-1461, 1st Cir.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - September 6, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

$151M Deal In Groundwater Case Should Be Approved With Amendments, Class Says
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A class of plaintiffs who sued a water company alleging that it contaminated groundwater on Aug. 25 filed a brief in West Virginia federal court renewing support for preliminary approval of a $151 million class settlement with modifications from the original deal (Crystal Good, et al. v. American Water Works Co. Inc., No. 14-1374, S.D. W.Va.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - September 6, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Plaintiff Says His Experts Should Be Permitted To Testify In Groundwater Case
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - A North Carolina man who sued a company he contends contaminated his groundwater, causing him to develop cancer, on Aug. 25 filed a brief contending that a North Carolina federal court should deny the defendant's motions in limine seeking to exclude the man's experts (Kent Stahle v. CTS Corporation, No. 14-48, W.D. N.C.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - September 6, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Pennsylvania Agency, Company Reach Deal On Fracking Leak That Tainted Groundwater
HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and hydraulic fracturing company Range Resources - Appalachia LLC on Aug. 28 reached a settlement in a lawsuit the agency brought pertaining to a methane leak at one of the company's sites in 2011 that contaminated local water wells. Details of the agreement were not disclosed (Range Resources - Appalachia LLC v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, No. 2015-077-R, Pa. EHB). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - September 6, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Judge Limits Experts' Testimony On Migration Of Metals To River
TRENTON, N.J. - A federal judge in New Jersey on Aug. 16 granted in part NL Industries Inc.'s motion to exclude testimony from two experts for an environmental group accusing the company of violating the Clean Water Act (CWA) and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), finding that portions of each expert's testimony was unreliable (Raritan Baykeeper Inc., et al. v. NL Industries Inc., et al., No. 09-4117, D. N.J., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 131754). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - September 6, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

EPA Argues That Subpoenas Related To Groundwater Case Should Be Quashed
GREENVILLE, Miss. - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Aug. 11 filed a brief in Mississippi federal court arguing that three subpoenas issued for employees of the EPA related to a groundwater contamination lawsuit should be quashed (Joe E. Sledge, et al. v. Meritor Inc., et al., No. 16-CV-053, N.D. Miss.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - September 6, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Groups Seek Summary Judgment Ruling That Company Violated Law In Groundwater Case
PITTSBURGH - Two environmental groups on Aug. 15 filed a brief in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania seeking a summary judgment ruling against PPG Industries Inc., arguing that it is liable under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) for groundwater contamination from PPG's glass-manufacturing operation (PennEnvironment, et al. v. PPG Industries Inc., et al., No. 12-342, W.D. Pa.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8683). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - September 6, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

North Dakota Says It Has Right To Intervene In Case Against EPA About Waste Rule
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The state of North Dakota on Aug. 18 filed a reply brief in the District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, arguing that it should be granted leave to intervene in a case brought against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by environmental groups that argue that the agency has failed to meet the nondiscretionary duty under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) to review and, if necessary, revise regulations for wastes associated with the exploration, development or production of crude oil, natural gas or geothermal energy (Environmental Integrity Project, et al. v. Scott Pruitt, ...
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - September 6, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

New York Housing Authority Had Notice of Lead Paint Hazards, Panel Says
NEW YORK - A New York appellate panel on Aug. 30 affirmed a ruling that denied summary judgment dismissal to the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) in a lead-paint poisoning case, concluding that the evidence shows that the housing authority had actual notice of a lead hazard and did not remedy it (Yesenia Matute, an infant by her mother, Juana Bsison v. New York City Housing Authority, No. 2015-09223, N.Y. Sup., App. Div., 2nd Dept.; 2017 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 6348). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - September 6, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Antidepressants could delay Parkinson's progression
Nortriptyline - a tricyclic antidepressant - can prevent the formation of toxic brain clusters associated with Parkinson's disease, a new study finds. (Source: Parkinson's Disease News From Medical News Today)
Source: Parkinson's Disease News From Medical News Today - September 6, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Parkinson's Disease Source Type: news

NTP Update - September 2017 now available
(Source: NIEHS National Toxicology Program)
Source: NIEHS National Toxicology Program - September 6, 2017 Category: Toxicology Source Type: news

Antidepressants could delay Parkinson's progression
Nortriptyline - a tricyclic antidepressant - can prevent the formation of toxic brain clusters associated with Parkinson's disease, a new study finds. (Source: Parkinson's Disease News From Medical News Today)
Source: Parkinson's Disease News From Medical News Today - September 6, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Parkinson's Disease Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Antidepressants could delay Parkinson's progression
Nortriptyline - a tricyclic antidepressant - can prevent the formation of toxic brain clusters associated with Parkinson's disease, a new study finds. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Parkinson's Disease Source Type: news

High Levels of Carcinogen Found in Houston Area After Harvey
Air sampling near a Valero Energy refinery in the Manchester district showed elevated levels of benzene, which has been linked to health problems. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: HIROKO TABUCHI Tags: Hazardous and Toxic Substances Valero Energy Corporation Hurricane Harvey (2017) Houston (Tex) Source Type: news

Protect your brain from toxic metals with silicon-enhanced water, especially after vaccination
(Natural News) Could silicon-enhanced mineral water be the key to protecting your brain from the neurotoxic effects of aluminum? Professor Chris Exley, from Keele University, believes that may just be the case. Professor Exley and his team have been investigating how effective silicon-fortified water is at removing aluminum from the body for the last decade,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Roman Empire was poisoning its citizens with toxic lead at least two centuries earlier than believed
(Natural News) The ancient Roman plumbing system was a remarkable feat in civil engineering, which paved the way for the provision of fresh water to the urbanites who lived hundreds of kilometers away. Rich members of the society had hot and cold running water, as well as a functioning sewage system to ensure the proper... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Amazon Echo devices now being given to UK retirees to remind them to take toxic medication
(Natural News) Amazon’s “Echo,” the handsfree, voice-controlled speaker for the uber-lazy, plays music, harnesses the abilities of the virtual assistant “Alexa” to phone or message on your behalf, can recognize voice commands from across a room, answers questions, delivers the latest traffic report, can give you the latest sports scores and reads to you, among... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New NTP website getting rave reviews
The newly redesigned site will help the National Toxicology Program better communicate with scientists and the public. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - September 5, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

At 10 years, Tox 21 continues driving toxicity testing forward
The Tox 21 program marks a 10-year track record of developing cutting-edge technology to better assess chemical toxicity in humans. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - September 5, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Helping in the fight against illegal gold mining in Colombia
(University of Portsmouth) A University of Portsmouth disaster specialist is helping with the fight in Colombia against illegal gold mining and its impacts, from deforestation and toxic pollution, to socioeconomic pressures on nearby communities. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 5, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Relationship Problems? Try Getting More Sleep
Sleep problems not only create relationship problems, they can also make fighting with your partner particularly toxic to your health. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: TARA PARKER-POPE Tags: Sleep Dating and Relationships Research Marriages Source Type: news

Concerns over flooding in area that's been called America's "Chemical Coast"
More than a week after Harvey raked across southeast Texas, drone footage shows the floodwaters still surrounding the San Jacinto Superfund site, where toxic contaminants from an old paper plant could be at risk of leaking. One woman who lives near the site is concerned. Omar Villafranca reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - September 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

In Texas, Concerns About Damage To Flooded Toxic Waste Sites
Environmental officials are inspecting toxic waste sites in southeast Texas that were flooded and potentially damaged last week.(Image credit: Jason Dearen/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news

Massive black hole discovered near heart of the Milky Way
Astronomers find evidence of enormous black hole one hundred thousand times more massive than the sun in a gas cloud near the galaxy ’s centreAn enormous black hole one hundred thousand times more massive than the sun has been found hiding in a toxic gas cloud wafting around near the heart of the Milky Way.If the discovery is confirmed, the invisible behemoth will rank as the second largest black hole ever seen in the Milky Way after the supermassive black hole known as Sagittarius A* that is anchored at the very centre of the galaxy.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 4, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Astronomy Science Black holes Space Physics Source Type: news

Manner of death in fatal prescription drug poisonings (Safety-2016 abstract #373) - Kriikku P, Ojanper ä I.
BACKGROUND In Finland, post-mortem toxicology is performed in 13% of all deceased as part of medico-legal cause-of-death investigation. Of all toxicology cases, approximately every 6th case is determined by a forensic pathologist to be a fatal poisoning. M... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Toxic fluoride gas emissions from lithium-ion battery fires - Larsson F, Andersson P, Blomqvist P, Mellander BE.
Lithium-ion battery fires generate intense heat and considerable amounts of gas and smoke. Although the emission of toxic gases can be a larger threat than the heat, the knowledge of such emissions is limited. This paper presents quantitative measurements ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

AP EXCLUSIVE: Toxic waste sites flooded in Houston area
The Associated Press has visited several highly toxic waste sites in and around Houston _ and most of them are still only accessible by boat after Harvey (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

The Latest: AP EXCLUSIVE: EPA surveys toxic waste sites
The Latest: AP EXCLUSIVE: Hours after AP reports toxic waste sites in Houston area hit by flood waters, EPA says its review of aerial images confirms toxic site flooding (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

AUTONOMOUS PLANES now weaponized as pesticide delivery platforms to inundate farmland with toxic chemicals
(Natural News) A Silicon Valley startup company called Pyka is developing an autonomous (self-driving) plane to meet the burgeoning demand for planes that rely on artificial intelligence and sensor technology to replace co-pilots and possibly even pilots with remote operators or robots on commercial flights. The company has already produced a 400-pound plane that can... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

AP EXCLUSIVE: Toxic waste sites flooded; EPA not on scene
Federal environmental experts will wait for floodwaters to recede before assessing damage to Houston-area Superfund sites (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Spain: Air warning lifted for toxic cloud from Madrid fire
Emergency officials in Madrid have lifted their warning to residents living near an industrial fire to remain in their homes to avoid a toxic cloud (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

International meeting highlights NTP efforts to replace animal tests
National Toxicology Program staff highlighted progress at the 10th World Congress on Alternatives to Animal Use in the Life Sciences. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - September 2, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

New NTP web site getting rave reviews
The newly redesigned site will help the National Toxicology Program better communicate with scientists and the public. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - September 2, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

At 10 years, Tox 21 continues driving toxicology testing forward
The Tox 21 program marks a 10-year track record of developing cutting-edge technology to better assess chemical toxicity in humans. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - September 2, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Behavioral intoxication following voluntary oral ingestion of tetramethylenedisulfotetramine: dose-dependent onset, severity, survival, and recovery - Rice NC, Rauscher NA, Langston JL, Myers TM.
Tetramethylenedisulfotetramine (tetramine, or TETS) is a highly toxic rodenticide that has been responsible for over 14,000 accidental and intentional poisonings worldwide. Although the vast majority of TETS poisonings involved tainted food or drink, the l... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 1, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

A parent ’s guide to clinical trials
Children with life-threatening conditions, such as cancer, are often candidates for clinical trials. What are they? Which factors should parents weigh in determining whether enrolling in one is a good option for their child? Dr. Steven DuBois, director of the Advancing Childhood Cancer Therapies Clinic at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, answers questions about clinical trials. What are clinical trials? Why are they important? Clinical trials are systematic, scientific investigations of new drugs or therapies for a specific disease. Through clinical trials, we have taken many fatal ped...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - September 1, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Irene Sege Tags: Ask the Expert Research and Innovation clinical trial Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center Dr. Steven DuBois Source Type: news

Orkney man in coma gestures 'I love you' to wife
Roy Norquoy, from Orkney, was struck down by toxic shock syndrome, which quickly developed into sepsis. Doctors were forced to place him in an induced coma to keep him alive. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Toxicology Rounds: Ketamine Not Ideal for ExDS, but Beats Alternatives
No abstract available (Source: Emergency Medicine News)
Source: Emergency Medicine News - September 1, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Toxicology Rounds Source Type: news

Peer Review of Draft NTP Approach to Genomic Dose-Response Modeling - October 23-25, 2017
(Source: NIEHS National Toxicology Program)
Source: NIEHS National Toxicology Program - August 31, 2017 Category: Toxicology Source Type: news

Monsanto knowingly sold dangerous, illegal chemicals for YEARS, uncovered documents reveal
(Natural News) Monsanto’s reputation has been taking a lot of hits lately, and the news just keeps getting worse for the agrochemical company. As unsealed court documents continue to show how they acted to cover up the dangers of their toxic Roundup herbicide, other documents have come to light showing that deceit has been the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Neglected role of hydrogen sulfide in sulfur mustard poisoning: Keap1 S-sulfhydration and subsequent Nrf2 pathway activation - Meng W, Pei Z, Feng Y, Zhao J, Chen Y, Shi W, Xu Q, Lin F, Sun M, Xiao K.
Sulfur mustard (SM) is a chemical warfare agent and a terrorism choice that targets various organs and tissues, especially lung tissues. Its toxic effects are tightly associated with oxidative stress. The signaling molecule hydrogen sulfide (H2S) protects ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 31, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

The case of the macho crocs
(Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - August 31, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Leslie, M. Tags: Ecology, Pharmacology, Toxicology Feature Source Type: news

Anti-inflammatory prevents heart attacks
(Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - August 31, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Couzin-Frankel, J. Tags: Medicine, Diseases, Pharmacology, Toxicology, Physiology In Depth Source Type: news

Toxic algae may be culprit in mysterious dinosaur deaths
(Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - August 31, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Gramling, C. Tags: Paleontology In Depth Source Type: news

Third World farmers are committing suicide by consuming toxic pesticides
(Natural News) Neither using a secured storage nor implementing stricter pesticide access were effective in stemming chemical-related self-poisoning and suicide in rural Asia, two studies revealed. The use of pesticides as an act of self-poisoning remains to be one of the three leading means of suicide worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported. According to the WHO,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flooded Texas Chemical Plants Raise Concerns About Toxic Emissions
Houston is home to hundreds of petrochemical plants and some of them are damaged by flooding. Environmental groups worry about toxic emissions, and one plant is at risk of a possible explosion. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mose Buchele Source Type: news

Before Volcano Buried Pompeii, Toxic Water May Have Plagued Residents
TUESDAY, Aug. 29, 2017 -- Before a nearby volcano blew and buried the ancient Roman town of Pompeii centuries ago, residents were drinking toxic water that probably caused a host of ills, a new study suggests. Based on an analysis of pipes that ran... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 29, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Extended AI Use Linked to CV Events and Bone Fractures Extended AI Use Linked to CV Events and Bone Fractures
There is growing interest in extending the use of adjuvant endocrine therapy in breast cancer, but the benefit vs risk for toxicity is not yet defined.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news