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Meth contaminated homes, what’s the risk? – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on March 24th, 2016.

Costly clean-ups for ‘P’-contaminated homes have been grabbing headlines, but what are the real risks facing a family moving in? Media have reported on figures released that  show the number of state houses testing positive for methamphetamine contamination (from use or manufacturing) is increasing. There have also been a number of media reports of other homes […]

Endocrine disrupting chemicals and menopause – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on January 29th, 2015.

Women whose bodies have high levels of hormone mimicking chemicals found in plastics, personal-care products, common household items and the environment appear to experience menopause earlier than women with lower levels of these chemicals, according to a new US study. Researchers analysed the blood and urine of almost 1,500 menopausal women and identified 15 chemicals […]

Prof Ian Shaw on dangerous dust

John Kerr posted in on November 11th, 2014.

Writing in the Press, University of Canterbury toxicology Professor Ian Shaw outlines the risk associated with dust thrown up by the ongoing rebuild in Christchurch. An excerpt (read in full here): As we reshape our city and demolish a large number of buildings in the process we are creating a gritty, dusty environment that is […]

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Packaging chemicals weaken vaccinations- experts respond

John Kerr posted in on January 25th, 2012.

New research shows that perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), widely used in manufactured products such as non-stick cookware, waterproof clothing, and fast-food packaging, are associated with lowered immune response to vaccinations in children. Danish and American researchers analysed data from 587 children tested for immune response to tetanus and diphtheria vaccinations at ages 5 and 7 years. […]

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