Category Archives: DDT

Study Finds Association Between Exposure to DDT and Alzheimer’s Disease

A recent study published in JAMA Neurology has identified one of the first environmental risk factors for Alzheimer’s by establishing an association between exposure to the pesticide DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) and Alzheimer’s disease. DDT was widely used as an agricultural insecticide … Continue reading

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U.S. government agreed to clean up its “mess” in Vietnam

On August 9, 2012, the United States initiated a project to “clean  up” herbicides including Agent Orange used in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. A large amount of toxic chemicals were used in Vietnam by the U.S. government to discover … Continue reading

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The Sky is Falling: Stormwater as a Vector for Environmental Health Hazards

We have known for years that rainwater can carry hazardous substances which affect the health of human and animal life. The classic example is acid rain. Burning coal and other fossil fuels produces sulfur dioxide (SO2), which various nitrogen oxides (NOx) … Continue reading

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Rachel Carson’s Environmental Health Legacy

Rachel Carson’s 1962 book, Silent Spring, launched the environmental movement.  As the EPA observes in its history, “Silent Spring played in the history of environmentalism roughly the same role that Uncle Tom’s Cabin played in the abolitionist movement.  In fact, … Continue reading

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