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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)

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)

 

 

 

 

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Toxicology Topics

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Research Advances and Enduring Needs in Children’s Environmental Health Protection

Alternative Toxicity Test Methods: Reducing, Refining, and Replacing Animal Use for Safety Testing

Opportunities to Modify Current Regulatory Testing Guidelines and Advance the Assessment of Carcinogenicity Risk in the 21st Century

Signaling Mechanisms for Metabolic Dysfunction Following Low-Level Arsenic Exposures: From Mouse to Man

Scientific, Regulatory, and Public Perspectives on the Credibility and Use of Alternative Toxicological Test Methods in a Legislative Framework

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


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