Latest Carcinogen Stories

2006-08-02 12:31:19

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Residential exposure to petrochemicals is associated with an elevated risk of leukemia among adults in their 20s, according to a new report. Previous studies have linked workplace exposure to petrochemicals with an increased risk of leukemia. By contrast, relatively few studies have looked at the impact on leukemia risk of petrochemical exposure in places where people reside, and the studies that have done so included only crude measures of exposure. Dr....

2006-02-26 11:42:31

By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Workplace watchdogs and industry advocates agree: too much hexavalent chromium -- the same chemical at the heart of the movie "Erin Brockovich" -- puts people at risk for lung cancer. But how much is too much? The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is set to rule on that on Tuesday. But in the run-up to the decision, the journal Environmental Health reported that industry-commissioned scientists withheld data suggesting even...

2005-11-17 06:47:18

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - The European Parliament, seeking to protect the public from toxic substances, backed a landmark new law on Thursday that has pitted Europe's chemicals industry against environmental groups for years. Lawmakers voted in favor of an amended bill on Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH), designed to make companies prove that substances in everyday products such as cars, computers or paint are safe. The properties of roughly 30,000...

2005-11-17 06:33:33

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - The European Parliament sought on Thursday to protect people from toxic substances, backing a landmark new law that for years pitted Europe's chemicals industry against environmental groups. Lawmakers voted in favor of an amended bill on Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH), designed to make companies prove that substances in everyday products like cars, computers or paint are safe. Under REACH, the properties of roughly...

2005-08-30 14:18:39

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 "” How does tobacco trigger the more than 170,000 cases of lung cancer that have already been diagnosed this year? While nearly 90 percent of them involved smokers, according to research estimates, only about 25 percent of all smokers are said to develop lung cancer. Why? What disposes some and spares others? Researchers will discuss these types of questions and share new biochemical and epidemiologic studies, review key findings, and discuss lingering issues in a...

2005-08-11 16:20:00

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new chemical analysis method that has assisted researchers at the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National Institutes of Health, in demonstrating a potentially important chemical link between alcohol consumption and cancer. Using this novel chemical assay, they have uncovered a chain of chemical reactions that, under physiological conditions, may lead from alcohol to a known...

2005-07-29 12:09:01

GENEVA (Reuters) - Women who take the birth control pill could increase their risk of cervical and breast cancer, scientists said on Friday. A review of research by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon, France, part of the World Health Organization, concluded that oral contraceptives protected against some types of cancer but might trigger others. Previously, liver cancer was indicated as a risk for women who take the pill, IARC said. But the latest research...

2005-06-19 08:55:00

LOS ANGELES -- A California consumer legal group is campaigning to require warning labels on potato chips, saying they contain a chemical known to cause cancer and state law requires the warnings. The Environmental Law Foundation filed notices with the Golden State's attorney general on Thursday against Lay's potato chip maker PepsiCo Inc., Pringles maker Procter & Gamble Co., Cape Cod potato chip parent Lance Inc. and Kettle Chips maker Kettle Foods Inc. The notices give the attorney...

2005-06-16 22:15:00

CHAPEL HILL - The ages at which workers are exposed to low doses of ionizing radiation apparently make a difference in whether they will develop cancer, according to a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study. UNC scientists investigated deaths among workers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford Site in Richland, Wash. The Hanford Site produced plutonium for atomic weapons, including the first plutonium bombs dropped during World War II. Researchers say the largest cancer...

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  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
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