In the Spotlight
Urine and Chlorine Don’t Mix—New research reveals that various compounds in urine can react with chlorine to form new chemicals.
These chemicals then may adversely affect air and water quality in the pool environment. For health purposes, the study’s authors recommend people exit the pool to use the restroom. (3/10/14)
Scientists Investigate the Long-term Health Effects of Uranium Mining—In the 1950s, scientists discovered a causal link between uranium mining and lung cancer, but the lingering effects of uranium contamination and waste sites are still being uncovered and tested, as reported by The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.
This is of particular concern to the Navajo Nation, whose land contains 521 abandoned mines and 1,100 abandoned features, such as waste piles. (2/27/14)
Testing a New Grain—Is canary seed the next quinoa?
Traditionally used as feed for caged and wild birds, toxicologists are testing the crop’s safety for human consumption, and SOT member research in Food and Chemical Toxicology shows positive results. With a previous study claiming canary seed is gluten free, will we soon see it popping up on menus and store shelves? (2/20/14)
Analyzing the Health Risk of Soda—After media reports about the levels of a chemical known as 4-MEI in popular, carbonated beverages, SOT took an in-depth look at the toxicological studies of the chemical.
SOT President Dr. Lois Lehman-McKeeman explains what is and is not toxicologically significant about 4-MEI. (2/6/14)
Mold in the Air?—The moldy smell that is often associated with, well, mold, is often not the mold at all.
Instead, the gnarly smell comes from volatile organic compounds (VOC) emitted by the fungi. Research by SOT members, published by PNAS, into a VOC known as mushroom alcohol found that the VOC caused fruit flies to exhibit behavior similar to that experienced by Parkinson’s patients. (1/29/14)
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.
Women’s Health: Toxicology and Safety of Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Research Advances and Enduring Needs in Children’s Environmental Health Protection
Airway Epithelial Toxicity of the Flavoring Agent 2,3 Pentanedione
21st Century Validation Strategies—One Size No Longer Fits All
Global Health and Environmental Impacts of E-Waste Recycling
Breast Cancer As a Multifactorial Disease: Interaction of Genetics, Life Stage, and the Environment
Dietary Supplement Adulteration and Impact on Human Health
View the list of topics.