Organophosphates


By Savannah Volkoff and Eileen Thorsos In December 2014, EPA released an updated health risk assessment for the chemical pesticide chlorpyrifos. Chlorpyrifos has been on the EPA’s radar since 2000, when the EPA began taking action to limit the use of and human exposure to chlorpyrifos. The new assessment considers […]

EPA believes that the children are the future, at least ...


By Margaret Morales   In my last post I wrote about some of the health risks of pesticide exposure. The risk of exposure is particularly high for agricultural workers and others who work directly with pesticides.  In 1992 the EPA published the existing Worker Protection Standard (WPS) for Agricultural Pesticides […]

Proposed changes to EPA’s agricultural Worker Protection Standard


By Margaret Morales The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences published a report this week linking prenatal exposure to organophosphate pesticides with a higher risk of autism. The study found that children whose mothers lived within a mile of fields treated with an organophosphate pesticide during their pregnancy were 60% […]

Organophosphate pesticides and autism



By Gretchen Kroeger   It’s sometimes easy to think of scientists as people who are different from “us” or as a group of people who are unapproachable to the public. But we want to bust that myth by introducing you, one scientist at a time, to those who carry out […]

Meet a scientist: Anthony Oliveri, MMA enthusiast & PhD candidate


By Anthony Oliveri   As Laura Macaulay, Ph.D. Candidate, and the Research Translation Core have brought up in the past week, flame retardants are proving to be a cause for concern for a number of health-related reasons. Laura covered the PBDEs, and how they may be toxic because of their […]

OPs! they did it again…