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EPA has proposed tight restrictions on using people as test subjects

In Uncategorized on January 31, 2011 at 4:37 pm

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed tight restrictions on using people as test subjects — or, as critics have put it, guinea pigs — in pesticide research.

Under pressure from the pesticides industry, the EPA in 2003 began lifting a moratorium on such testing involving humans. It allowed experiments in which people are intentionally dosed with pesticides to assess the chemicals’ toxicity and eventually set exposure standards. As The Village Voice reported that year, “healthy young men and women” were recruited through newspaper ads or on college campuses to serve as test subjects with “juicy compensation checks,” typically in the $300 to $1,000 range.

A critical 2005 report released by U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer and Rep. Henry Waxman, both California Democrats, said that in the experiments “test subjects swallowed insecticide tablets, sat in chambers with pesticide vapors, had pesticides applied to their skin, had pesticides shot into their eyes and noses, and were even exposed in their homes for six months at a time.”

Public health and farmworker advocacy groups challenged the reinstatement of the experiments in a lawsuit, claiming that the action violated a law requiring strict ethical and scientific protections for pesticide testing on humans. As part of the settlement of that case last year, the EPA drafted its new proposal restricting the use of human subjects in all studies the agency reviews.

“With this new proposal, EPA has cut the incentive for pesticide manufacturers to conduct unethical, and often unscientific, human experiments,” Michael Wall, senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, said in a news release. “While it does not ban human testing outright, it sets the bar high enough that studies on people should not be an attractive option as evidence submitted to EPA.”

According to an account last year in Wired, the chemical industry has long argued that data from tests on humans provide a more accurate picture of chemical effects than animal studies. Critics say the research is worthless — with companies running tests on small, non-representative groups of people, such as healthy young men, to create a false impression of safety — and puts people at potentially grave physical risk.

The EPA is holding a 60-day period for public comment on the proposed rule.

A spokesman for the American Chemistry Council, the major industry trade group, said the organization is reviewing the proposal and expects to submit comments. No further detail was provided.


Md. Army scientists honored for mosquito trap

In Dengue Fever on January 31, 2011 at 6:21 am

Greenversations » Science Wednesday:Bed Bugs, Not Just Your Grandparents’ Problem

In Bed Bugs on January 30, 2011 at 7:25 am

Actress Debbi Morgan Reveals She’s Battling Lyme Disease

In Lyme Disease on January 29, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Debbi Morgan as Dr. Angie Baxter Hubbard on the long-running show, All My Children.

Daytime soap opera fans know actress Debbi Morgan as Dr. Angie Baxter Hubbard on the long-running show, All My Children.

Morgan took a leave of absence in December of last year, but now she has revealed on ‘The Tom Joyner Morning Show that her time off was due to her being infected with Lyme disease.

“It’s nothing fatal. Lyme disease is an infection caused by the borrelia bacteria from a tick. It’s a chronic condition, and I’ve had it in my system for over 15 years,” said Debbi.

The ex-wife of actor, Charles S. Dutton has had recurring roles on What’s Happening!! and Good Times and was originally a cast member of All My Children from 1982-1990. She returned to the popular daytime soap along with co-star, Darnell Williams in January of 2008.

Second National Bed Bug Summit

In Bed Bugs on January 25, 2011 at 3:49 pm

The Federal Government is convening the second national bed bug summit on February 1 and 2, 2011. The goal for this summit is to review the current bed bug problem and identify and prioritize further actions to address the problem. Here is a link to attend the webinar:

We are going to the 2nd Annual Bed Bug Summit in DC. Many of the leading experts in govt., academia and business will be attending and discussing the growing problems associated with bed bugs. Notice the cool new search tool for solutions. When we are ready for the market our products will be listed there as well.

Famous Malaria Victims

In Malaria on January 24, 2011 at 5:12 am

Clooney and 1500 other USA citizens Malaria cases annually

In Malaria on January 21, 2011 at 3:50 pm

2nd Bout; George Clooney Contracts Malaria

In Uncategorized on January 21, 2011 at 7:04 am

George Clooney‘s recent humanitarian trip didn’t end as smoothly as one would have hoped.

CNN host Piers Morgan took to Twitter on Thursday to say the actor contracted malaria following his recent trip to Sudan. This is said to be Clooney’s second bout with the disease. The actor was “taking medication, but feeling rough,” added Morgan.

A rep for the actor confirms the report, telling the Daily News, “George is completely over the malaria he contracted while in the Sudan during the first week in January.” The actor made the statement during an interview on “Piers Morgan Tonight,” which was pre-taped on Jan. 13 and will air Friday night at 9 p.m. EST.

Animal Planet’s New Miniseries “Infested”

In Bed Bugs on January 20, 2011 at 4:46 pm


Research entomologist, Jeffrey White of BedBug Central, will be appearing on Animal Planet’s new miniseries “Infested!” to provide an expert perspective on bed bugs. This week, the miniseries will profile the stories of individuals who have experienced extraordinary infestations from animals and insects while looking at the science behind the infestations and how the infestations were successfully treated.
White will be appearing in the, “Bedbugs, Rats, and Scorpions” episode of “Infested!”, which will air Jan. 10, 13 and 14 with additional opportunities to watch. Check your local listings for airing time your area.


New York City’s Problem With Bedbugs Getting Itchier

In Bed Bugs on January 19, 2011 at 9:38 pm


Bed Bug Panic in NYC


“Tons of people that have infestations don’t say anything and, if they are in apartments, the people next door are the ones with a complaint finally. They may not file a complaint, but they may go through the proper channels and tell the landlord or co-op board or condo owner,” said Mr. Sorkin. In 2010, there were 4,846 violations and 13,472 complaints, up slightly from 4,811 and 12,594 in 2009.

In New York, bedbug complaints are registered with the city’s 311 nonemergency hotline. The landlord is notified of the complaint and the department contacts the tenant to confirm the complaint before making a site visit where a city inspector will visually inspect the home. If bedbugs are found, a violation is issued.


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