July 2016 News Bulletin: Roundup chemical escapes immediate EU ban; new methods for “curing” controversy

July 13, 2016 at 4:42 pm | Posted in News and Science Bulletins | Leave a comment

July News Bulletin

Controversial chemical in Roundup weedkiller escapes immediate ban. The European commission has given a last-minute reprieve to glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s bestselling Roundup weedkiller, just hours before it faced a recall from shops across the continent. (The Guardian)

Scientific controversy? Systematic review can help. Science is full of controversy. Is red wine good for you? Are there parallel universes? Is the antimicrobial triclosan toxic to humans? The aim of scientific research is to answer questions like these, but what happens when two or more studies produce conflicting results? (Elsevier Connect)

Low-Dose Chemical Exposure and Cancer. “If I had a drug that had no known side effects, and it decreased the cancer cell growth rate by 50% and increased cancer cell death from tamoxifen exposure by 50%, you’d be very interested in that drug. That’s exactly what happens when you take cancer cells away from the chemicals we are exposed to every day. Since removing cancer cells from chemicals has this effect, taking away chemicals should be investigated thoroughly.” (American Society of Clinical Oncology Post)

Early Puberty in Girls Is Becoming Epidemic and Getting Worse. Padded bras for kindergarteners with growing breasts to make them more comfortable? Sixteen percent of U.S. girls experiencing breast development by the age of 7? Thirty percent by the age of 8? Clearly something is affecting the hormones of U.S. girls—a phenomenon also seen in other developed countries. Girls in poorer countries seem to be spared—until they move to developed countries. (Alternet)

The Ecology of Breast Cancer: Opportunities for Prevention. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the US. While a number of risk factors contribute to its incidence, one or two do not stand out nearly as strongly as the impact of tobacco smoking on lung cancer risk. Rather, dynamic interactions among multi-level variables, beginning early in life, create conditions out of which breast cancer emerges. This means that breast cancer is a systems problem requiring systems-level responses for prevention. (SEHN.org)

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