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A thousand years ago, Native Americans in South America used multiple psychotropic plants


Ancient ritual bundle contained multiple psychotropic plants. eurekalert.org. May 06, 2019. A thousand years ago, Native Americans in South America used multiple psychotropic plants — possibly simultaneously — to induce hallucinations and altered consciousness, according to an international team of anthropologists. Yagué o ayahuasca (Sertox) The researchers found a ritual bundle in the Cueva del […]

The European Parliament accepted the report to advocates a ban on microplastics in cosmetics


The European Parliamente wants to ban microplastixs en cosmetics. By Michiel Roscam Abbing.  beatthemicrobead.org. 26/10/18. Breaking news: the European Parliament has embraced the environment commission’s report entitled Turning plastic wastelands into fields of gold, by a huge majority.  ¿Inofensivo dentífrico? (SerTox) The report, compiled by the European Parliamentarian Mark Demesmaeker, supports the Plastic Strategy, Europe’s strategy to […]

Adverse effects with medical marijuana were reported by 79.9% of cancer patients in a study


Benefits of Medical Marijuana May Outweigh Risks. By Liam Davenport. medscape.com. June 13, 2016. Medical marijuana users experience significant pain reduction with only minor adverse effects, a new study of cancer and noncancer pain sufferers who had previously tried conventional medications shows. Pesach Shvartzman, MD, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, found that using medical […]

The EU postponed a decision on whether to extend the approval of glyphosate


EU delays glyphosate decision amid cancer uproar.euractiv.com. March 09, 2016.The EU postponed a decision Tuesday (8 March) on whether to extend the approval of a crucial weedkiller ingredient for another 15 years amid international uproar that it may cause cancer.Glyphosate was first used in the 1970s as the active ingredient in the Monsanto herbicide Roundup […]

Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene epoch


Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene epoch: report of The Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on planetary health.thelancet.com. July 16, 2015.  Executive Summary. By almost any measure, human health is better now than at any time in history. Life expectancy has soared from 47 years in 1950–1955, to 69 years in 2005–2010, and death rates in children […]

IARC: WHO agency says insecticides lindane and DDT linked to cancer


DDT, Lindane Can Cause Cancer, WHO Says. By Jacob Koffler. time.com. June 23, 2015. DDT was mostly banned in the U.S. in 1970, while lindane is still present in some products. Exposure to insecticides lindane and DDT can cause cancer, according to findings released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday. WHO’s International Agency […]

PHIL: Driving drunk is never OK. Choose not to drink and drive and help others do the same


Public Health Image Library (PHIL). CDC/ Amanda Mills.  Description:This image depicts a symbolic scenario including a bottle of beer and mixed drink in the background, and in the extreme foreground, a set of car keys had been laid to rest on what appeared to be a bar’s granite countertop. Adults drank too much and got behind […]

Risk assessment for n-methylpyrrolidone from EPA, US


US EPA releases risk assessment for n-methylpyrrolidone. chemicalwatch.com.  March 24,  2015. A chemical, commonly used to remove paint and other coatings, poses risks to pregnant women and women of childbearing age who have high exposure, according to a final risk assessment released by the US EPA.The assessment of n-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) focused on exposures scenarios for […]

IARC: Glyphosate, probably carcinogenic to humans


Weedkiller alert over cancer link. By Camilla Turner. telegraph.co.uk,   March 21,  2015. The World Heath Organisation has declared that glyphosate, one of the UK’s most popular herbicides marketed as Roundup, is ‘probably carcinogenic’.The World Health Organisation’s cancer agency has declared that one of the UK’s most widely used weedkillers is “probably carcinogenic to humans”.Amateur […]

Changes in kidney function among Nicaraguan sugarcane workers, study


Occupational link in kidney disease epidemic in Central America. sciencedaily.com. February 2, 2015. Summary:Sugarcane workers in northwestern Nicaragua experienced a decline in kidney function during the harvest, with field workers at greatest risk, suggesting that heat stress or other occupational factors may be playing a role in the high rates of chronic kidney disease in […]

From Clinical Toxicology 2015


News articles send by Javier Waksman:1) Can AST/ALT ratio indicate recovery after acute paracetamol poisoning? See PDF.2) An exploratory study; the therapeutic effects of premixed activated charcoal – sorbitol administration in patients poisoned with organophosphate pesticide. See PDF.3) Retained drugs in the gastrointestinal tracts of deceased victims of oral drug overdose. See PDF.

EPA and Harmful Chemicals that can Cause Reproductive and Developmental Harm


EPA Takes Action to Protect Consumers from Harmful Chemicals that can Cause Reproductive and Developmental Harm. epa.gov. December 10, 2014. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking action to protect the public from seven ethylene glycol ethers or glymes chemicals that can cause health effects including birth defects and blood toxicity. “Today’s action is […]

The asbestos industry in Brazil and the human cost


Italian supreme court’s asbestos ruling could have major implications for Brazil. theguardian.com. November 1º, 2014, Court’s cancellation of Swiss asbestos polluter’s jail sentence dismays activists in Brazil, where substance is widely used. The Italian supreme court ruling on a case brought against Eternit, a Swiss-based building firm, could have major implications for the continued use […]

From N Engl J Med 2014: Elemental mercury embolism to the lungs


Images in clinical medicine: Elemental mercury embolism to the lungs. rancisco Gutiérrez, M.D., and Lucio Leon, M.D.N Engl J Med 2000; 342:1791June 15, 2000. DOI: 10.1056/NEJM200006153422405. Figure 1 A 21-year-old dental assistant attempted suicide by injecting 10 ml (135 g) of elemental mercury (quicksilver) intravenously. She presented to the emergency room with tachypnea, a dry […]

IARC monographs; Arsenic, Metals, Fibres and Dusts


IARC MONOGRAPHS ON THE EVALUATION OF CARCINOGENIC RISKS TO HUMANS. Volume 100C (2012)Arsenic, Metals, Fibres and DustsView full volume in pdfView Lancet Oncology summary as html or pdfOrder this volume from WHO Press FRONT AND BACK MATTER  Cover  Contents and Note to the Reader  List of Participants  Preamble  General Remarks  List of Abbreviations  Cumulative Cross Index to IARC MonographsTHE MONOGRAPHSArsenic and Arsenic CompoundsBeryllium and […]

Byzantine monks used asbestos in plaster coatings underlying their wall paintings


Byzantine monks used asbestos in wall paintings centuries before Industrial Revolution. By April Holloway. ancient-origins.net. April 01, 2014. Researchers have discovered that Byzantine monks used asbestos in plaster coatings underlying their wall paintings centuries before the fibrous material began to be used in the construction industry.  The material, which is now known to cause serious […]

Web page from Minamata convention on mercury


Countries:he boundaries shown and the designations used on this map do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the Secretariat of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, the United Nations Environment Programme or the United Nations.http://www.mercuryconvention.org Signatories (Minamata Convention on Mercury) LIST OF SIGNATORIESNumber of Signatories: 93Number of Parties: 1ParticipantSignatureRatification, Acceptance (A), Approval (AA), Accession (a)Angola11/10/2013 Argentina10/10/2013 Armenia10/10/2013 Australia10/10/2013 Austria10/10/2013 Bangladesh10/10/2013 Belgium10/10/2013 Benin10/10/2013 Bolivia (Plurinational State […]


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