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Long-term fate of Agent Orange and dioxin TCDD contaminated soils and sediments in Vietnam hotspots


Toxic byproducts of Agent Orange continue to pollute Vietnam environment, study says. eurekalert.org. February 27, 2019. During the Vietnam War, United States aircraft sprayed more than 20 million gallons of herbicides, including dioxin-contaminated Agent Orange, on the country’s rain forests, wetlands, and croplands. Agent Orange defoliated the thick jungle vegetation concealing Viet Cong fighters and destroyed […]

An update about health problems that may be linked to exposure to Agent Orange


Vietnam veterans and agent orange exposure — new report. eurekalert.org. November 15, 2018. The committee that carried out the study and wrote the report, Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 11 (2018), focused on the scientific literature published between Sept. 30, 2014, and Dec. 31, 2017. Hypertension Upgraded in Latest Biennial Review of Research on Health […]

Nuclear disarmament verification via resonant phenomena, study


For nuclear weapons reduction, a way to verify without revealing. sciencedaily.com. April 19, 2018. New isotope-detection method could prove compliance but avoid divulging secrets. Summary: Researchers have found a new way of verifying nuclear weapons reduction agreements without revealing secret information, using a physical cryptographic key and nuclear resonant phenomena.At top, a diagram shows the […]

New transgenic grass species that can neutralize and eradicate RDX


New grasses neutralize toxic pollution from bombs, explosives, and munitions.eurekalert.org. November 22, 2016. On military live fire training ranges, troops practice firing artillery shells, drop bombs on old tanks or derelict buildings and test the capacity of new weapons. But those explosives and munitions leave behind toxic compounds that have contaminated millions of acres of U.S. […]

Scientists says that as climate warming melts the ice sheet, pollutants of Camp Century could spread


Melting Ice In Greenland Could Expose Serious Pollutants From Buried Army Base. By Christopher Joyce. npr.org. August 05, 2016. Buried below the ice sheet that covers most of Greenland, there’s an abandoned U.S. Army base. Camp Century had trucks, tunnels, even a nuclear reactor. Advertised as a research station, it was also a test site […]

The Hiroshima/Nagasaki survivor studies: discrepancies between results and general perception


Long-term health effects of Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs not as dire as perceived. eurekalert.org. August 11, 2016. Article highlights mismatch between public perception and decades of research on nearly 200,000 survivors and their children. The detonation of atomic bombs over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 resulted in horrific casualties […]

US: danger of chemical weapons stored in the country


Deadly chemical weapons, buried and lost, lurk under US soil.stripes.com. March 25, 2014.Yanking aside a tree branch, Jason Watson peered into a waterlogged trench. He pointed out discolored metal drums sunk halfway in the water. “Blister agents, choking agents, blood agents,” Watson said, listing the array of chemical weapons inside thousands of metal containers that […]

US: Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans may be experiencing lung problems following toxic exposure


War Veterans Fighting For Lung Disability Compensation After Toxic Exposures. By Matthew Mientka. medicaldaily.com.  November 10, 2013.As more veterans complain of lung problems, the Pentagon is reviewing medical policy to determine whether they should require mandatory lung testing during baseline medical evaluations. Following two long wars, thousands of veterans now say they’ve been exposed to […]

Trivia # 213: Naga Jolokia II


Toxicological trivia from 30/10/13: in trivia # 212  we referred to this pepper that is grown and eaten in India’s northeast. The scientific measurement of the hotness of chili, for example, Classic Tabasco sauce usually has been measured at 2,500 to 5,000 Scoville units.  What will be the power of the Naga Jolokia:a) More than […]

US vets used as human guinea pigs


Local veteran to appear on CNN special.jdnews.com.By Hope Hodge. March 03, 2012.A local Army veteran will discuss his experience as a military science experiment during a CNN special that will air this weekend.The Daily News has published multiple reports about 63-year-old Jacksonville resident Frank Rochelle, one of six former “test vets” suing the Defense Department, […]

US vets used as human guinea pigs


Local veteran to appear on CNN special.jdnews.com.By Hope Hodge. March 03, 2012.A local Army veteran will discuss his experience as a military science experiment during a CNN special that will air this weekend.The Daily News has published multiple reports about 63-year-old Jacksonville resident Frank Rochelle, one of six former “test vets” suing the Defense Department, […]

Scientists have discovered a gene which counteracts the effects of ricine


Scientists deal a blow to terrorism as they close in on antidote to deadly poison ricin. By Daily Mail Reporter. December 1, 2011. An antidote to ricin – one of the world’s deadliest poisons – could be developed after scientists discovered a key gene which provides immunity. Ricin has been used in bioweapons by terrorist […]

Pepper spray used by police on UC Davis students: “It’s a food product essentially”


An Open Letter to Megyn Kelly: Let Us Pepper Spray You…For Journalism!.observer.com. Nov.23, 2011. Dear Megyn Kelly: Earlier this week on Bill O’Reilly you minimized the effects of the pepper spray used by police on UC Davis students. "It’s like a derivative of real pepper," you said. "It’s a food product essentially.”This comment, as you […]

A paper about congenital malformations in Fallujah, Iraq linked to war contaminants


Four Polygamous Families with Congenital Birth Defects from Fallujah, Iraq. Samira Alaani, Mozhgan Savabieasfahani, Mohammad Tafash and Paola Manduca. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8. Abstract: Since 2003, congenital malformations have increased to account for 15% of all births in Fallujah, Iraq. Congenital heart defects have the highest incidence, followed by neural tube […]

Trivia # 168: deadly poison to Georgi Markov


Toxicological Trivia from June 09, 2010: In September 7, 1978, while he was waiting for a bus on a sidewalk in London, Bulgarian dissident writer Georgi Markov felt a twinge in his leg. A few hours later he had fever and went into the hospital. After three days died. Medical examiners found in his leg […]

British anti-toxin against ricin poisoning


Ricin ‘antidote’ to be produced. BBC News, November 11, 2009. An anti-toxin that protects against ricin poisoning is to move into production for the first time.It is the result of eight years of work by researchers at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory based at Porton Down in Wiltshire.The antidote can protect against death up […]

Trivia # 42: Biological Weapons


Toxicological trivia from October 15, 2009: Which of the following agents non falls within Category A or high priority, which can have a major negative impact on society for being easily transmitted person to person, cause high mortality , cause panic and social disruption and require special action for preparedness and response for public health. […]

Atropine inhaler to treat organophosphates poisoning


MicroDose initiates Phase 1 clinical trial investigating the pharmacokinetics of atropine inhalation. news-medical. september 24, 2009. MicroDose Technologies today announced that it has initiated a Phase I study at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center with atropine sulfate delivered from the MicroDose proprietary dry powder inhaler (DPI). The study is a further step in the […]

An article about delayed complications of sulphur mustard poisoning


Delayed head and neck complications of sulphur mustard poisoning in Iranian veterans. Zojaji R, Balali-Mood M, Mirzadeh M, Saffari A, Maleki M. J Laryngol Otol 2009; DOI: 10.1017/S0022215109990260    AbstractObjective: Sulphur mustard is a chemical warfare agent which was used against Iranian combatants and civilians between 1983 and 1988. The purpose of this study was to […]

New paper about a model for effects of antiricin antibodies.


A mouse model for ricin poisoning and for evaluating protective effects of antiricin antibodies.Beyer NH, Kogutowska E, Hansen JJ, Engelhart Illigen KE, Heegaard NH. Clin Toxicol (T and F) 2009; 47(3): 219-25.Abstract. BACKGROUND. Ricin is a potential bioterrorism agent and no specific antidote or treatment exists for ricin poisoning. For this reason, we developed ricin-specific […]


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