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Bedbug Treatments Sicken More Than Bites Do

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The ongoing bedbug epidemic has been a pain—if not full-on pestilence—for those infested and for those in constant terror of becoming so. The biting bugs are not known to carry infectious diseases like other bloodsuckers, such as ticks or mosquitoes. But the chemicals used to beat back these tiny insects seem to be making some [...]

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“Chemical body burden” researchers and advocates raise questions about biomonitoring studies and hazards regulations

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WASHINGTON—The catchphrase "chemical body burden," or the presence of hazardous chemicals and their residues in humans, has started to be teased apart by researchers and environmental health advocates in recent years. Good thing, because awareness of this issue is rising in the public sphere, and more Americans are obtaining laboratory results for the extent of [...]

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It’s Time for a Neonicotinoid Time Out

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There’s a mounting pile of evidence that three particular neonicotinoid insecticides, clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam, are harming bees. During the late 1990’s this class of pesticides began being used to treat corn and other field crop seeds. Today, they are the most commonly used pesticides in the U.S., and have covered millions of acres. Despite their [...]

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