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A study in Neurology came out today ($ required) that found that those with better reading skills had 2.5 times less cognitive brain damage due to lead! Reading ability is one of the best ways to measure cognitive reserve (CR), the ability to maintain good cognitive performance despite disease or injury. It is also related…

Seems appropriate since controversial topics like vaccines are on the agenda this week. A study published in EHP finds that high fluoride (mean of 8.3 mg/L) or arsenic in water decreases IQ (it’s very rare to have a fluoride level this high in the US, artificial fluoridation is supposed to be 0.7-1.2 mg/L and usually…

The NYTimes reports today that the Charles River is clean enough to swim in. Well, sort of. Caveats: No diving…lest that stir up the toxic sediment at the bottom of the river. Do not expect to see the river bottom. The water is too murky. Be prepared to encounter bits of flotsam and jetsam. Toxic…

Vaccines and Autism

The Washington Post reported yesterday on the vaccine court proceeding that starts today. Almost 5000 families will make the case that vaccines caused their children to develop autism. I don’t think the families have a good case. To start off, the large majority of findings would suggest that there is not link. There are, however,┬ásome…

Wokers obliterate their lungs

The WaPo reports today that Assemblywoman Sally Lieber (D) has introduced a bill to ban diacetyl use by 2010. The chemical is an artificial butter flavoring most commonly used in microwave popcorn. Numerous studies have found links between the chemical used by flavor workers and a rare disease called bronchiolitis obliterans. For those of you…