Mercury Pollution and Prenatal Exposure

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Story at-a-glance

  • Up to 2 million children in the European Union (EU) are born with methylmercury exposures that exceed the EU’s safe limit.
  • Of them, 200,000 have levels above the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommended maximum for mercury exposures.
  • Exposure to mercury while the brain is still developing has been linked to lower IQ, and therefore a lower lifetime learning potential; Continue reading

Seeing Inside Tissue

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Caltech researchers develop technique to focus light inside biological tissue

Imagine if doctors could perform surgery without ever having to cut through your skin. Or if they could diagnose cancer by seeing tumors inside the body with a procedure that is as simple as an ultrasound. Thanks to a technique developed by engineers at Continue reading

Poison is in your Perfume

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As lovely as your favorite fragrance may smell, there’s a good chance that it’s a toxic chemical concoction of poisons. The ingredients used to make perfume and cologne don’t stop at natural spices and pure essential oils (no matter what those romantic commercials on your TV may imply).

The list often includes formaldehyde, toluene, methylene chloride, benzaldehyde, petroleum, and phthalates. These chemicals have been linked to a wide range of damaging symptoms, including respiratory problems, nervous system issues, reproductive issues like infertility, and various forms of cancer. Phthalates are also known to be endocrine disruptors. These harmful effects have the most impact on young children Continue reading