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On May 31, 2017, the Toxicology Service of the Children's Sanatorium was finished its activities. We continue this page as Latin American Portal of Toxicology.

April 2018 Newsletter: See

 The case of a fatal asbestos cancer after decades of exposure to talc-based baby powder

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Antigua talquera de plata utilizada en peluquería. (Photo: WP)

Toxic Talc and Mesothelioma. By Laurie Kazan-Allen. April 16, 2018. ibasecretariat.org. A historic breakthrough categorized by a leading plaintiffs’ expert as “breathtakingly fantastic” occurred in a US courtroom this month when a New Jersey jury handed down the first mesothelioma claimant’s verdict against Johnson & Johnson to Stephen Lanzo, a 46-year old investment banker, who contracted the fatal asbestos cancer after decades of exposure to the company’s talc-based baby powder. On Thursday, April 5, 2018, $30 million was awarded to Mr. Lanzo with a further $7 million to his wife Kendra. Defendant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Consumer, Inc. was ordered to pay 70% of the compensatory damages with its talc supplier, Imerys Talc America, responsible for the remaining 30%.1

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Posted by jcp on Viernes, abril 20 @ 00:00:00 ART (12 reads)

 Effects of exposure to acetaminophen and ibuprofen on fetal germ cell development, study

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Exposición prenatal a ... (Photo: SerTox)

Painkillers in pregnancy may affect baby's future fertility. sciencedaily.com. April 16, 2018. Summary: Taking painkillers during pregnancy could affect the fertility of the unborn child in later life, research suggests. Scientists looked at the effects of paracetamol (acetaminophen) and ibuprofen on samples of human fetal testes and ovaries. Their findings add to a growing body of evidence that the medicines should be used with caution during pregnancy.

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Posted by jcp on Jueves, abril 19 @ 00:00:00 ART (6 reads)

 Deep learning improves prediction of drug–drug and drug–food interactions, research

Deep learning predicts drug-drug and drug-food interactions. sciencedaily.com. April 18, 2018. Development of a deep learning-based computational framework that predicts interactions for drug-drug or drug-food constituent pairs. Summary: Scientists have developed a computational framework, DeepDDI, that accurately predicts and generates 86 types of drug-drug and drug-food interactions as outputs of human-readable sentences, which allows in-depth understanding of the drug-drug and drug-food interactions.

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Posted by jcp on Jueves, abril 19 @ 00:00:00 ART (7 reads)

 Tirpitz engagement recorded in Norwegian trees

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El acorazado Tirpitz en Ofotfjord, Noruega (Photo: WP)

Nazi legacy found in Norwegian trees. By Jonathan Amos. bbcnews. April 11, 2018. The relentless campaign to find and sink Germany's WWII battleship, the Tirpitz, left its mark on the landscape that is evident even today. The largest vessel in Hitler's Kriegsmarine, it was stationed for much of the war along the Norwegian coast to deter an Allied invasion. The German navy would hide the ship in fjords and screen it with chemical fog.


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Posted by jcp on Domingo, abril 15 @ 00:00:00 ART (12 reads)

 Road salt applied during the winter lingers linked to elevated salt in wells, study

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Road salt pollutes drinking water wells in suburban New York state. sciencedaily.com.  April 11, 2018. Study reveals hotspots and landscape features linked to elevated salt in wells. Summary: Road salt applied during the winter lingers in the environment, where it can pollute drinking water supplies. Researchers identify landscape and geological characteristics linked to elevated well water salinity in a suburban township in Southeastern New York.

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Posted by jcp on Sábado, abril 14 @ 00:00:00 ART (16 reads)

 Study about the uptake of Triclocarban by Jalapeno Pepper Plants

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Pepper plants sop up personal care product antibiotics. sciencedaily.com. April 11, 2018. Summary: It sometimes can be hard to find toothpastes, soaps and other toiletries without antibiotics. Their popularity has caused an increase in environmental levels of antimicrobial substances, such as triclocarban (TCC), which end up in the water and soil used to grow crops. Scientists report that TCC and related molecules can end up in food, with potentially negative health effects.


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Posted by jcp on Sábado, abril 14 @ 00:00:00 ART (18 reads)

 Study about Digital Addiction: Increased loneliness, anxiety, and depression

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Digital addiction increases loneliness, anxiety and depression. sciencedaily.com. April 11, 2018. Study suggests ways to outsmart smart phones. Summary: A new study finds that smartphone use can be similar to other types of substance use.Smartphones are an integral part of most people's lives, allowing us to stay connected and in-the-know at all times. 

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Posted by jcp on Sábado, abril 14 @ 00:00:00 ART (18 reads)

 Risk thresholds for alcohol consumption, study in Lancet

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'Binge drinking': una sóla no alcanza (Photo: Sertox )

Consuming more than five drinks a week could shorten your life. sciencedaily.com. April 13, 2018. Even moderate alcohol drinking linked to heart and circulatory diseases, study finds. Summary: Regularly drinking more than the recommended UK guidelines for alcohol could take years off your life, according to new research. The study shows that drinking more alcohol is associated with a higher risk of stroke, fatal aneurysm, heart failure and death.

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Posted by jcp on Sábado, abril 14 @ 00:00:00 ART (35 reads)

 Association between US state medical cannabis laws and opioid prescribing, study

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Hoja de marihuana (Photo: Sertox )

Legalized medical cannabis lowers opioid use, study finds. sciencedaily.com. April 02, 2018.  Summary:US states that have approved medical cannabis laws saw a dramatic reduction in opioid use, according to a new study. States that have approved medical cannabis laws saw a dramatic reduction in opioid use, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Georgia.

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Posted by jcp on Martes, abril 03 @ 00:00:00 ART (24 reads)

  Dietary sources of cumulative phthalates exposure among the US general population, study

Dining out associated with increased exposure to harmful chemicals. sciencedaily.com. March 29, 2018. New study finds burgers and other foods consumed at restaurants, fast food outlets or cafeterias, associated with higher levels of phthalates. Summary: Dining out more at restaurants, cafeterias and fast-food outlets may boost total levels of potentially health-harming chemicals called phthalates in the body, according to a study out today.

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Posted by jcp on Viernes, marzo 30 @ 00:00:00 ART (47 reads)

 Exposure to BPA during pregnancy, can lead to altered brain development and behavior later in life

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Exposure to low levels of BPA during pregnancy can lead to altered brain development. eurekalert.org. March 17, 2018. New research in mice provides an explanation for how exposure to the widely used chemical bisphenol A (BPA) during pregnancy, even at levels lower than the regulated "safe" human exposure level, can lead to altered brain development and behavior later in life. The research will be presented Monday, March 19 at ENDO 2018, the 100th annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in Chicago, Ill.

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Posted by jcp on Domingo, marzo 18 @ 00:00:00 ART (35 reads)

 Lavender oil and tea tree oil pose potential environmental health concerns

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Abeja libando una flor de lavanda (Photo: SerTox)

Chemicals in lavender and tea tree oil appear to be hormone disruptors. eurekalert.org. March 17, 2018. A new study lends further evidence to a suspected link between abnormal breast growth in young boys--called prepubertal gynecomastia--and regular exposure to lavender or tea tree oil, by finding that key chemicals in these common plant-derived oils act as endocrine-disrupting chemicals. The study results will be presented Monday at ENDO 2018, the Endocrine Society's 100th annual meeting in Chicago.

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Posted by jcp on Domingo, marzo 18 @ 00:00:00 ART (38 reads)

 Low-level lead exposure and mortality in US adults, study

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"Plomada" de...plomo (Photo: Sertox )

Historical lead exposure may be linked to 256,000 premature deaths from cardiovascular disease in adults in United States each year. sciencedaily.com. March 12, 2018. Summary: New estimates suggest that 256,000 premature deaths from cardiovascular disease -- including 18,5000 deaths from ischemic heart disease -- in the United States may be linked to historical lead exposure in middle-aged and older adults (people currently aged 44 years or over), according to an observational study. 

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Posted by jcp on Miércoles, marzo 14 @ 00:00:00 ART (37 reads)

 Ignoring adjuvant toxicity falsifies the safety profile of commercial pesticides, study

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Commercial pesticides: Not as safe as they seem. sciencedaily.com. March 08, 2018. Summary: This is the first comprehensive review of gaps in risk assessments for adjuvants in pesticide formulations which are not currently subject to safety assessments. Ignoring the potential dangers of other ingredients in commonly used commercial pesticides leads to inaccuracies in the safety profile of the pesticide solution, as well as confusion in scientific literature on pesticide effects. The review suggests that new regulations are needed to protect people and the environment from toxic pesticide ingredients.

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Posted by jcp on Jueves, marzo 08 @ 00:00:00 ART (97 reads)

 Metro de Madrid knew of the presence of asbestos in trains when sale of the CAF 5000 to Buenos Aires

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Tren Serie 2000 en la Estación de Sol (Photo: WP)

They claim that Metro de Madrid violated Spanish, European and Argentine laws when selling the CAF 5000. tech2.org. March 02, 2018. Metro de Madrid is in the eye of the storm for the sale of the CAF 5000 to Buenos Aires: the Spanish company knew of the presence of asbestos in trains since 2003 and would have omitted to detail it in the sales documents. The commercialization of asbestos-containing products has been banned in Spain since 2001 and in Europe since 2006, while in Argentina its importation has also been banned since 2001. SBASE does not rule out legal actions.

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Posted by jcp on Jueves, marzo 08 @ 00:00:00 ART (54 reads)

 10 Shocking Facts About Plastic Pollution

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Agua sin plásticos: ¿sólo en los acuarios? (Photo: SerTox)

Earth day 2018. End plastic pollution. earthday.org. March 07, 2018. 10 Shocking Facts About Plastic Pollution. Plastic pollution is killing our planet, and plastic pollution is killing us. It’s choking our oceans, poisoning our food and water supply, and wreaking havoc on the health and well-being of humans and wildlife worldwide. Use these ten shocking facts about the scope of plastic pollution to educate, inspire and mobilize your friends, family, coworkers and community to join the movement to END PLASTIC POLLUTION this Earth Day. 

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Posted by jcp on Jueves, marzo 08 @ 00:00:00 ART (51 reads)

 Research about controversial neonicotinoid insecticides

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Honeybee & genes (Photo: SerTox)

Global scientific review reveals effective alternatives to neonicotinoid and fipronil insecticides. eurekalert.org. February 26, 2018. Report finds systemic pesticides not as effective as once thought and cites pest resistance as key reason to end mass uses of the harmful substances. Use of controversial neonicotinoid insecticides ("neonics") in agriculture is not as effective as once thought, and can be replaced by advantageous pest-management alternatives, according to a study1 published today in the Springer journal Environmental Science and Pollution Research.

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Posted by jcp on Sábado, marzo 03 @ 00:00:00 ART (88 reads)

 Algal blooms and cyanotoxins in Jordan Lake, North Carolina, US, study

Researchers create more complete picture of freshwater toxic algal blooms. eurekalert.org. February 28, 2018.   Using two different measurement methods, researchers from North Carolina State University conducted a two-year study of North Carolina's Jordan Lake in which they monitored toxic algal blooms. The researchers found that multiple cyanotoxins from toxic algal blooms are present year-round, albeit in very low concentrations. Their findings could improve the ability to predict toxic blooms.

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Posted by jcp on Jueves, marzo 01 @ 00:00:00 ART (62 reads)

 New research has drilled down to the molecular level to find a way to reduce unwanted side-effects

Reducing side effects in commonly used drugs. sciencedaily.com. February 27, 2018. Summary: New research has drilled down to the molecular level to find similarities across six pharmaceutical drugs used in pain relief, dentist anesthetic, and treatment of epilepsy, in a bid to find a way to reduce unwanted side-effects.

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Posted by jcp on Martes, febrero 27 @ 00:00:00 ART (47 reads)

 Studies suggest that ketamine could offer a wholly new approach to treating severe depression

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Antidepressant response within hours? Experts weigh evidence on ketamine as fast-acting treatment for depression. sciencedaily.com. February 22, 2018. Summary: Recent studies suggest that ketamine, a widely used anesthetic agent, could offer a wholly new approach to treating severe depression -- producing an antidepressant response in hours rather than weeks. Experts weigh recent evidence on ketamine and related drugs for treating depression in two new published reviews.

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Posted by jcp on Lunes, febrero 26 @ 00:00:00 ART (77 reads)





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 Trivia # 351: Bauhinia forficata

Toxicological trivia from September 02, 2016: Bauhinia forficata, commonly known as Brazilian orchid tree, Pata de Vaca,  is a species of flowering tree in the pea family, Fabaceae, that is native to Argentina, Brazil and Peru.Its flowers are white and pinkish, and is similar to an orchid. Deciduous leaves are lobed and the name "pata de vaca" resemble the imprint of a hoof there. It timber, known as false mahogany advantage, although its most widespread use is as a medicinal plant. In this sense, they have been well studied by their properties as:
a) Hypoglycemic and diuretic;
b) It is also used as an astringent, healing and antiseptic;
c) Both previous assertions are correct.




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