In the Spotlight
The Uncertainty Around E-cigarettes—Is vaping e-cigarettes less harmful to your health than smoking tobacco cigarettes?
The scientific jury is still out on this question, as the wide variety of devices, liquids used in the products, flavors, and more create myriad scenarios that need to be evaluated by toxicologists and others. As reported by Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers do know that e-cigarettes aren’t just vaping water molecules into the air, which means tests is needed to determine their short- and long-term health effects. (9/10/14)
Some Advice on BPA—There is conflicting scientific research on the health impacts of BPA, which is used in certain plastics.
Despite uncertainties in some areas, some scientists believe evidence is stacking up that BPA is harmful to ovaries. The US National Toxicology Program is at work on a detailed review of BPA to better assess the risks, but for now, SOT member Tracey Woodruff provides some simple advice, via The New York Times: “Avoid the compound when possible and, other than that, ‘don’t drive yourself crazy.’” (9/3/14)
A Fishy Deception—In a disturbing, but true tale, sometimes the fish you buy at the market is not actually the fish you thought you were getting.
A study last year found that one in three fish sold in stores and restaurants was mislabeled, and with concerns about mercury levels in fish, this deception can affect your health. As reported by KITV4, new research by an SOT Member and colleagues found that substitutions of fish can cause changes in expected versus actually mercury levels in fish labeled as Chilean sea bass. (8/27/14)
Searching for Answers to Ebola Outbreak—Untested drugs and vaccines have been dominating the headlines as the people of Africa, doctors, scientists, aid workers, and others continue to combat the tragic ebola outbreak.
Not all science, though, amounts to lab work and experiments. Sierra Leonean Alhaji N'jai, a SOT member and biomedical scientist, reveals how a poor public healthcare system and distrust in Africa have contributed to the current plight. (8/21/14)
Horses Beware: It’s Striped Blister Beetle Season—Veterinary toxicologist and SOT member Tim Evans recently joined his colleagues at the University of Missouri Extension in warning about the danger that striped blister beetles poise to horses. The beetle releases a compound called cantharidin that can remain toxic in alfalfa for up to four or five years after harvesting. While horses would have to consume at least 25 beetles in a 24-hour time frame to be mortally in danger, the scientists are urging horse owners and farmers to be on the lookout for the beetles. (8/13/14)
Meet SOT’s Leaders
SOT is led by a group of full-time board members, called Councilors, who are elected by ballot by the full membership and who manage the affairs of SOT. Learn more about SOT’s leaders.
Calendar of Events
SOT’s Calendar of Events is a comprehensive listing of all the scientific meetings that are happening over the next several months domestically and abroad.
What Toxicologists Say
Several of SOT’s past presidents talked recently about toxicology and their experiences as members of SOT.
View what these Toxicologists had to say.
The following series of articles are written by toxicologists who are members of the Society of Toxicology but do not necessarily represent the views of the Society. SOT has made every effort to provide the public with balanced, informational pieces to share our expert knowledge more broadly.
Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Phthalate Reproductive and Developmental Toxicity: Implications for Cumulative Risk Assessment
Opportunities to Modify Current Regulatory Testing Guidelines and Advance the Assessment of Carcinogenicity Risk in the 21st Century
Research Advances and Enduring Needs in Children’s Environmental Health Protection
Dietary Supplement Adulteration and Impact on Human Health
21st Century Validation Strategies—One Size No Longer Fits All
Global Health and Environmental Impacts of E-Waste Recycling
Alternative Approaches to the Safety Assessment of Natural Ingredients and Extracts in Cosmetics
View the list of topics.