Toxic Chemicals in Your Blood

There are more than 80,000 man-made chemicals in use in the U.S. BUT only about 200 have been required to be tested for safety. Every American alive today, including newborn babies, has hundreds of chemicals flowing through our blood. Some of these substances may cause prostate and breast cancers, diabetes, heart disease, lowered sperm counts, … Continue reading “Toxic Chemicals in Your Blood”

More Hermaphrodite Fish in U.S. Rivers

Emily Sohn, Discovery News, September 15, 2009 Male fish with female body parts have been showing up in our nation’s rivers for a while now, but a new study found a surprising number of mixed-up fish. From the Mississippi to the Rio Grande, from the Appalachia to the Colorado, researchers found large numbers of river … Continue reading “More Hermaphrodite Fish in U.S. Rivers”

Top 11 Compounds in US Drinking Water

Rowan Hooper, New Scientist – 1/12/09 A comprehensive survey of the drinking water for more than 28 million Americans has detected the widespread but low-level presence of pharmaceuticals and hormonally active chemicals. Little was known about people’s exposure to such compounds from drinking water, so Shane Snyder and colleagues at the Southern Nevada Water Authority … Continue reading “Top 11 Compounds in US Drinking Water”

It’s Time to Learn From Frogs

June 28, 2009 By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF Some of the first eerie signs of a potential health catastrophe came as bizarre deformities in water animals, often in their sexual organs. Frogs, salamanders and other amphibians began to sprout extra legs. In heavily polluted Lake Apopka, one of the largest lakes in Florida, male alligators developed … Continue reading “It’s Time to Learn From Frogs”

Study: Pesticide Mixtures, Endocrine Disruption, and Amphibian Declines: Are We Underestimating the Impact?

Environmental Health Perspectives Volume 114, Supplement 1, April 2006 Tyrone B. Hayes, Paola Case, Sarah Chui, Duc Chung, Cathryn Haeffele, Kelly Haston, Melissa Lee, Vien Phoung Mai, Youssra Marjuoa, John Parker, and Mable Tsui Laboratory for Integrative Studies in Amphibian Biology, Department of Integrative Biology, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, Group in Endocrinology, and Energy and … Continue reading “Study: Pesticide Mixtures, Endocrine Disruption, and Amphibian Declines: Are We Underestimating the Impact?”

Pollution Experts: Save Fish from Drugs in Water

Jeff Donn, San Francisco Chronicle June, 2009 Pollution experts on Tuesday pressed a congressional panel for stronger action to keep pharmaceuticals and other contaminants out of the water, saying they are hurting fish and may threaten human health. Thomas P. Fote, a New Jersey conservationist who sits on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, said … Continue reading “Pollution Experts: Save Fish from Drugs in Water”

One Step Closer to Understanding Fish Health in Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers

USGS, Fish & Shellfish Immunology, 6/3/2009 Estrogen Linked to Lowered Immunity in Fish Exposure to estrogen reduces production of immune-related proteins in fish. This suggests that certain compounds, known as endocrine disruptors, may make fish more susceptible to disease. The research may provide new clues for why intersex fish, fish kills and fish lesions often … Continue reading “One Step Closer to Understanding Fish Health in Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers”