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India's shocking rates of suicide are highest in areas with most debt-ridden farmers

India's shocking rates of suicide are highest in areas with most debt-ridden farmers

A new study has found that India's shocking rates of suicide are highest in areas with the most debt-ridden farmers who are clinging to tiny smallholdings - less than one hectare - and trying to grow 'cash crops', such as cotton and coffee, that are highly susceptible to global price fluctuations. [More]

Researchers identify eight new active molecules against Alzheimer

Researchers of the Unit of Medicine Design and Molecular Topology (Department of Physics Chemistry) of the University of Valencia have discovered eight new active molecules against Alzheimer by a novel mechanism of action, different to the currently used medicines. The work has just been published in the "Plos One" magazine. [More]
New mechanism uses light to activate drug-delivery inside body

New mechanism uses light to activate drug-delivery inside body

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, in collaboration with materials scientists, engineers and neurobiologists, have discovered a new mechanism for using light to activate drug-delivering nanoparticles and other targeted therapeutic substances inside the body. [More]

Mechanism for pesticide effect on PD risk uncovered

Some pesticides may contribute to Parkinson’s disease risk by inhibiting neuronal aldehyde dehydrogenase activity, a study suggests. [More]
Study shows how pesticides may contribute to development of Parkinson's disease

Study shows how pesticides may contribute to development of Parkinson's disease

New research shows how pesticides may increase the risk of Parkinson's disease and that people with certain gene variants may be more susceptible to the disease. The research is published in the February 4, 2014, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. [More]
Exposure to DDT may increase likelihood of developing Alzheimer's disease later in life

Exposure to DDT may increase likelihood of developing Alzheimer's disease later in life

Exposure to DDT may increase the likelihood of developing Alzheimer's disease later in life, a study with researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center suggests. While previous studies have linked chronic diseases such as cancer and diabetes to DDT, this is the first clinical study to link the U.S.-banned pesticide to Alzheimer's disease. [More]
Exposure to pesticide may increase risk of Alzheimer's disease, say researchers

Exposure to pesticide may increase risk of Alzheimer's disease, say researchers

Scientists have known for more than 40 years that the synthetic pesticide DDT is harmful to bird habitats and a threat to the environment. [More]

Researchers discover devastating pest in India for saving up to $309 million

Virginia Tech researchers who first discovered a devastating pest in India and devised a natural way to combat it have now put an economic value on their counterattack: up to $309 million the first year and more than $1 billion over five years. [More]
Biosimulation and epilepsy treatments: an interview with Dr. Serge Bischoff, CEO of Rhenovia and RHENEPI program director

Biosimulation and epilepsy treatments: an interview with Dr. Serge Bischoff, CEO of Rhenovia and RHENEPI program director

The need for biosimulation is primarily to do with the very high attrition rate in drug development and especially in the development of drugs for the central nervous system. [More]
Mutation in alpha-synuclein gene causes increased vulnerability to pesticides, leading to Parkinson's

Mutation in alpha-synuclein gene causes increased vulnerability to pesticides, leading to Parkinson's

​A team of researchers has brought new clarity to the picture of how gene-environmental interactions can kill nerve cells that make dopamine. Dopamine is the neurotransmitter that sends messages to the part of the brain that controls movement and coordination. [More]
Common birth defect in male infants weakly linked to commercial pesticides

Common birth defect in male infants weakly linked to commercial pesticides

A study of several hundred chemicals used in commercial pesticides has found only weak evidence that any of them are associated with a common birth defect in male infants. [More]

Use of intensive pesticide in banana plantations leads to contamination

Shoppers spend over -10 billion on bananas annually and now this demand is being linked to the contamination of Central America's crocodilians. New research, published in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, analyses blood samples from spectacled caiman in Costa Rica and finds that intensive pesticide use in plantations leads to contaminated species in protected conservation areas. [More]
Scientists develop new way to detect threatening nanoparticles in food

Scientists develop new way to detect threatening nanoparticles in food

​Over the last few years, the use of nanomaterials for water treatment, food packaging, pesticides, cosmetics and other industries has increased. For example, farmers have used silver nanoparticles as a pesticide because of their capability to suppress the growth of harmful organisms. However, a growing concern is that these particles could pose a potential health risk to humans and the environment. [More]

New Dartmouth study finds many people unnecessarily fear low amounts of chemicals in their food

​When it comes to what's for dinner - or breakfast and lunch for that matter-- many people suffer from chemophobia, an irrational fear of natural and synthetic chemicals that pose no risk to our health, a Dartmouth study finds. [More]
Consumable selection: an interview with Rob Bunn, Marketing Program Manager EMEA at Agilent Technologies

Consumable selection: an interview with Rob Bunn, Marketing Program Manager EMEA at Agilent Technologies

There are five different ways. The first one is the simplest: they just go with what they already know. It’s the tried and tested methods. They’ll buy from the same suppliers they’ve already bought from, and, if they want to tweak it slightly, then they’ll probably go to them first. It’s just using what they already have. [More]
Bacterial crystal protein could be safe, inexpensive treatment for parasitic worms in humans

Bacterial crystal protein could be safe, inexpensive treatment for parasitic worms in humans

A benign crystal protein, produced naturally by bacteria and used as an organic pesticide, could be a safe, inexpensive treatment for parasitic worms in humans and provide effective relief to over a billion people around the world. [More]

Study shows foreign fruit has higher content of pesticides than Danish fruit

Foreign fruit generally has a higher content of pesticides than Danish fruit, and fruit has a higher content of pesticides than vegetables. Danes' intake of pesticide residues appears to be on a par with the latest monitoring from 2003. [More]
Codex Alimentarius Commission approves new standards to protect consumers' health

Codex Alimentarius Commission approves new standards to protect consumers' health

The UN food standards body Codex Alimentarius has agreed on new standards to protect the health of consumers worldwide. These include standards on fruit, vegetables, fish and fishery products and animal feed. [More]

More than half of pregnant women use insecticide that is harmful to offsprings

Pregnancy and infancy are the periods of greatest vulnerability to the use of household insecticides. This is one of the findings of the first study of its kind to be carried out in Spain, which concludes that more than half of expectant mothers routinely use these chemical compounds. [More]
Powerful new mass spectrometry systems and solutions for life-science research, clinical research, pharma and applied markets announced by Bruker

Powerful new mass spectrometry systems and solutions for life-science research, clinical research, pharma and applied markets announced by Bruker

At the 61st ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics, Bruker today announced mass spectrometry-based product introductions for life-science and clinical research, for biotech/pharma/CRO customers, as well as for industrial and applied markets. The new mass spectrometry systems and solutions are designed to deliver confident analyses with dramatically enhanced resolution, sensitivity and precision. [More]