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Toxin resistance in poison birds and frogs may rely on toxin sponge proteins


Toxin sponges may protect poisonous frogs and birds from their own poisons, study suggests. eurekalert.org. August 05, 2021. A team of researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Stanford University, and the California Academy of Sciences (CAS) has uncovered new clues as to how poisonous frogs and birds avoid intoxicating themselves. Their study, […]

Neonicotinoids for commercial plant nurseries is harmful to a typical bee even when applied well below the label rate


Study shows common insecticide is harmful in any amount. eurekalert.org. August 02, 2021. For the average bee, every little bit counts.A new UC Riverside study shows that a type of insecticide made for commercial plant nurseries is harmful to a typical bee even when applied well below the label rate. An alfalfa leafcutter bee, the […]

New environmental chemicals in maternal-newborn pairs from San Francisco


Evidence of 55 new chemicals in people. sciencedaily.com. March 17, 2021. Summary: Scientists have detected 109 chemicals in a study of pregnant women, including 55 chemicals never before reported in people and 42 ‘mystery chemicals,’ whose sources and uses are unknown. Scientists at UC San Francisco have detected 109 chemicals in a study of pregnant […]

Subjective responses to alcohol and development of alcohol use disorder


Increase in pleasurable effects of alcohol over time can predict alcohol use disorder. sciencedaily.com. January 05, 2021. New research challenges existing dogma that higher tolerance for stimulating and rewarding effects of alcohol leads to addiction. Summary: A new study following young adult drinkers for 10 years has found that individuals who reported the highest sensitivity […]

Cannabis as emerging treatment for common symptoms in older adults


Older adults using cannabis to treat common health conditions. sciencedaily.com. October 07, 2020. Data indicates 61 percent of patients who used cannabis began after age 60. Summary: Researchers report that older adults are increasingly using cannabis to treat a variety of common health conditions, including pain, sleep disturbances and psychiatric conditions like anxiety and depression. […]

Neonicotinoids and decline in bird biodiversity in the United States, study


Decline in US bird biodiversity related to neonicotinoids, study shows. sciencedaily.com. August 14, 2020. Summary: Bird biodiversity is rapidly declining in the US. The overall bird population decreased by 29% since 1970, while grassland birds declined by an alarming 53%. A new study points to increased use of neonicotinoid insecticides as a major factor in […]

COVID-19 patients who received hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine, had worse outcomes


No improvement in death rate for COVID-19 patients who received hydroxychloroquine. eurekalert.org. May 22, 2020. In an observational analysis of almost 100,000 hospitalized COVID-19 patients of whom nearly 15,000 received hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine, patients had worse outcomes and heightened risk of ventricular arrythmias. A research team led by investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital has […]

Elevated levels of nitrogen dioxide in the air may be associated with a high number of deaths from Covid-19

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Corona and air pollution: How does nitrogen dioxide impact fatalities? eurekalert.org. 20/04/2020. Elevated levels of nitrogen dioxide in the air may be associated with a high number of deaths from Covid-19. A new study by Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) provides concrete data that back this assumption for the first time. The paper combines satellite […]

Common bisphenol A substitutes can affect the developing fetus and cause hypertension in later life


Chemicals used to replace BPA may lead to increased blood pressure. sciencedaily.com. March 30, 2020. Summary: Common bisphenol A (BPA) substitutes can affect the developing fetus and cause hypertension in later life, suggests a rodent study. Common bisphenol A (BPA) substitutes can affect the developing fetus and cause hypertension in later life, suggests a rodent […]

Potential dangers when using drugs to treat COVID-19 that can cause heart rhythm changes

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Patients at risk of drug-induced sudden cardiac death in COVID-19. sciencedaily.com. March 25, 2020. Summary: SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, continues to spread, leading to more than 20,000 deaths worldwide in less than four months. Efforts are progressing to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, but it’s still likely 12 to 18 months away. SARS-CoV-2, the […]

Fluoride exposure alters Ca2 signaling and mitochondrial function in enamel cells, study


How too much fluoride causes defects in tooth enamel. sciencedaily.com. February 18, 2020. Changes within enamel cells point to mechanism by which excessive fluoride leads to fluorosis. Summary: Exposing teeth to excessive fluoride alters calcium signaling, mitochondrial function, and gene expression in the cells forming tooth enamel — a novel explanation for how dental fluorosis, […]

Identification of bioactive compounds from fungi using zebrafish embryogenesis as read-out, study


Using fungi to search for medical drugs. sciencedaily.com. November 26, 2019. Summary: An enormous library of products derived from more than 10,000 fungi could help us find new drugs. Researchers have set up this library and screened it for biologically active compounds. The researchers identified various known compounds, among which the cholesterol lowering drug lovastatin. […]

Air pollution is the fifth leading risk factor for mortality worldwide

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Air pollution is reaching endemic proportions. By Daniel T Cross. sustainability-times.com. November 22, 2019. Air pollution is a potent killer. Need proof? Consider these facts: in the United States alone some 200,000 people succumb to ailments brought on or exacerbated by toxic air. Air pollution has been linked to a variety of debilitating health conditions […]

The concurrent decline of soil lead and blood lead of children in New Orleans, study


Study finds topsoil is key harbinger of lead exposure risks for children. sciencedaily.com. October 14, 2019. Summary: Tracking lead levels in soil over time is critical for cities to determine lead contamination risks for their youngest and most vulnerable residents, according to a new study.Tracking lead levels in soil over time is critical for cities […]

Maternal exposure to industrial pollution can harm the immune system of offspring, study


Environmental toxins impair immune system over multiple generations. sciencedaily.com. October 02, 2019. Summary: New research shows that maternal exposure to a common and ubiquitous form of industrial pollution can harm the immune system of offspring and that this injury is passed along to subsequent generations, weakening the body’s defenses against infections such as the influenza […]

Environmental contamination from E-cigarette, cigarette, Cigar, and cannabis products


E-cigarettes, tobacco and cannabis products are littering high schools. sciencedaily.com. October 10, 2019. Summary: High schools in the San Francisco Bay area are being contaminated by plastics and toxic litter from e-cigarettes, cannabis products and combustible tobacco products such as cigarettes and cigarillos, a new study has found.High schools in the San Francisco Bay Area […]

Pathology of vaping-associated lung injury, study


Vaping-associated lung injury may be caused by toxic chemical fumes, study finds. sciencedaily.com. October 02, 2019. Summary: Research into the pathology of vaping-associated lung injury is in its early stages, but a study finds that lung injuries from vaping most likely are caused by direct toxicity or tissue damage from noxious chemical fumes. Cigarrillo electrónico […]

Global trends in antimicrobial resistance in animals in low- and middle-income countries, study


Antimicrobial resistance is drastically rising. sciencedaily.com. September 19, 2019. Summary: Researchers have shown that antimicrobial-resistant infections are rapidly increasing in animals in low and middle income countries. They produced the first global of resistance rates, and identified regions where interventions are urgently needed. Pollos corriendo (Sertox) Chickens (stock image).Credit: © Alexbedoya / Adobe StockThe world is […]

Antibiotic resistance among bacteria isolated from common bottlenose dolphins in Florida


Antibiotic resistance surges in dolphins, mirroring humans. 13 years of antibiotic resistance trends in bottlenose dolphins. sciencedaily.com. September 15, 2019. Summary: Scientists obtained a total of 733 pathogen isolates from 171 individual wild Bottlenose dolphins in Florida and found that the overall prevalence of resistance to at least one antibiotic for the 733 isolates was […]

Oral fluoroquinolones and risk of mitral and aortic regurgitation, study


Commonly used antibiotics may lead to heart problems. sciencedaily.com. September 10, 2019. Summary: Scientists have shown for the first time a link between two types of heart problems and one of the most commonly prescribed classes of antibiotics. (Sertox) Antibiotic pills illustration (stock image).Credit: © pictoores / Adobe StockScientists have shown for the first time a […]

Scorpion toxin can be used as a tool for studying chronic pain and inflammation


Scorpion toxin that targets ‘wasabi receptor’ may help solve mystery of chronic pain. sciencedaily.com. August 22, 2019. Summary: Researchers have discovered a scorpion toxin that targets the ‘wasabi receptor,’ a chemical-sensing protein found in nerve cells that’s responsible for the sinus-jolting sting of wasabi. Because the toxin triggers a pain response, scientists think it can […]

Association of smoking cessation with subsequent risk of cardiovascular disease, study


Quitting smoking associated with lower risk of cardiovascular disease. sciencedaily.com. August 20, 2019. Summary: Heavy cigarette smokers with at least a 20 pack-year smoking history can reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) by 39% within five years if they quit, according to a new study Fumando espero… (Sertox) Heavy cigarette smokers with at least […]

Cannabis exposure among children and teenagers after medical marijuana legalization in Massachusetts


Cannabis-related poison control calls for Massachusetts kids doubled after medical pot legalized. sciencedaily.com. August 16, 2019. Summary: After medical marijuana became legal in Massachusetts, cannabis-related poison control calls involving the commonwealth’s children and teenagers doubled, according to a public health investigation. Hoja de marihuana (Sertox) After medical marijuana became legal in Massachusetts, cannabis-related poison control […]


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