In the Spotlight
Arsenic in the Well—Arsenic in drinking water is linked to heart disease, increasing amounts of research are saying.
While the US Environmental Protection Agency has set standards for levels of arsenic in drinking water to protect public health, the standards don’t apply to private wells, where arsenic can accumulate due to the natural geography. The New York Times spoke with previous SOT Annual Meeting speakers and SOT member Aaron Barchowsky on what current research is revealing about arsenic’s effects on cardiovascular health. (11/11/14)
Gulf Shrimp Safe to Eat Post-oil Spill—“Louisiana shrimp safe to eat after BP Gulf of Mexico spill, local study says” read a recent headline from The New Orleans Times-Picayune.
The referenced study by SOT members, among others, looked at shrimp consumption among Vietnamese-American communities in Southeast Louisiana and compared it to the levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in Gulf shrimp after the oil spill. The research found no acute health risks or excess cancer risk associated with consumption of the shrimp. (11/1/14)
Mountaintop Mining Dust Is a Risk Factor—Dust generated by mountaintop coal mining operations is a potential carcinogen, per new research by SOT members Yon Rojanasakul and Travis Knuckles.
Alongside West Virginia University co-researchers, they found that the dust levels experienced by residents of mountaintop mining communities is a risk factor for lung cancer. (10/24/14)
Studying Native Dietary Habits—Among Canada’s First Nations, there is concern about the impact of environmental pollution on health—both directly and through the traditional food sources of the First Nations.
This led to a 10-year study on the diets and health of First Nations people living on reservations, with interim reports as data becomes available. In the newest update, which focused on reservations in Ontario, researchers—including SOT member Laurie Chan—found that while First Nations dietary habits do not meet Health Canada guidelines, there is not serious chemical contamination in the traditional foods or drinking water of the people. (10/8/14)
Questions About Personal Care Products—From basics like shampoo and conditioner to specialized cosmetics, it’s estimated that the average American uses at least six personal care products daily.
SOT Member Ruthann Rudel recently spoke with NIEHS’ “Environmental Health Chat” podcast about the difficulties in figuring out whether these products can cause harm. The podcast offers a few suggestions for concerned users, such as being sure to read labels, minimizing your use of products when possible, and making sure young children aren’t using unnecessary products. (10/1/14)
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Calendar of Events
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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.
Alternative Toxicity Test Methods: Reducing, Refining, and Replacing Animal Use for Safety Testing
Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Endocrine Disruption—General Overview
Opportunities to Modify Current Regulatory Testing Guidelines and Advance the Assessment of Carcinogenicity Risk in the 21st Century
Alternative Approaches to the Safety Assessment of Natural Ingredients and Extracts in Cosmetics
Scientific, Regulatory, and Public Perspectives on the Credibility and Use of Alternative Toxicological Test Methods in a Legislative Framework
Breast Cancer As a Multifactorial Disease: Interaction of Genetics, Life Stage, and the Environment
Global Health and Environmental Impacts of E-Waste Recycling
View the list of topics.