Angry Toxicologist

Archives for December, 2008

Maybe, but you should certainly avoid deli meats for the listeria (If you follow through that link and read you’ll know why). This isn’t an abstract risk, Listeria out breaks are happening all the time (just ask a Canuck how their year went). Let’s not go down that road and get back to the nitrates.…

The evidence BPA (bisphenol A) is having toxic effects on humans is becoming more and more solid. Just recently a paper in JAMA found BPA may be associated heart disease and other probelms in humans. Other research has shown possible association with metabolic disorders (one thing I didn’t note in the second post is that…

Don’t go to the ER. So yesterday I was excersizing relatively strenously and after about 40 minutes I started to have some chest pain on the left side along with tightness in my neck and shoulder. Hmmm…good time to stop. It wasn’t really severe so I took a shower but the tightness and some pain…

Back in March in Toxicological Sciences there was a great LTE from Dr David Basketter regarding an in vitro sensitization assay. The part I thought most on the money was this: Overall, a prediction accuracy of about 82% was achieved, which is only a little lower than was obtained during the validation of the local…

You’ve probably heard that a F/A-18D jet crashed in San Diego on approach to Miramar, killing 3 on the ground (the pilot ejected and is fine). A lot of the news reports noted that ~20 homes were evacuated due to ‘toxic chemicals’. What sort of chemicals would you be worried about? First Responders and Bystanders…

The EPA held a “Public Workshop to Discuss Management of Underground Injection of Carbon Dioxide for Geologic Sequestration Under the Safe Drinking Water Act” last week. I’ve talked about this issue before here. This process continues to not get the attention it deserves as it may drastically effect drinking water quality. The workshop is a…

Give us our Daylight! I was discussing with some friends last night what I think is the most important item on Obama’s adgena. Getting working on the Daylight bailout. We were saving daylight hours all summer long. I presume all those hours went into some daylight bank. But now, we find ourselves in a daylight…

NRC (part of the NAS) released a report saying that EPA’s risk assessment is bogged down with all the details they don’t know and burdened with assumptions that aren’t helpful. Since they were piling on the agency, they threw in the fact that it was silly to look at chemicals in isolation as opposed to…

Well, if MacGuire was talking about getting into toxicology research on plastics, he was right on. EHP has published a study showing that the additive BPA can cause cells to suppress adiponectin. That would cause insensitivity to insulin and may be behind “metabolic syndrome“. Let’s pause for a moment and think about that name. That’s…