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2011-05-24 10:56:00

SILVER SPRING, Md., May 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ - CoMeD - On Monday, May 16, 2011, Rear Admiral Ali S. Khan, M.D., MPH, Assistant Surgeon General and Director, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response of the U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention Control (CDC) posted, "Social Media: Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse," describing, "There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for. Take a zombie apocalypse for example. That's right, I said...

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2011-04-19 07:09:45

Feathers collected from the rare Pacific black-footed albatross over the past 120 years have helped researchers from Harvard University track increases in the neurotoxin methylmercury in the endangered bird, which forages extensively throughout the Pacific, reports AFP. Scientists took the feather samples from two US museum collections -- the Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology and the University of Washington Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. Studies of the feathers...

2011-01-25 13:13:25

Mercury contamination, a worldwide environmental problem, has been called "public enemy No. 1" in California's San Francisco Bay. Mercury mining and gold recovery in the mid-1800s to late 1900s, combined with present day oil refineries, chemical manufacturing plants and wastewater treatment plants have contributed enough mercury to threaten wildlife and prompt a fish consumption advisory in the Bay Area. With so many possible sources of contamination, environmental scientists and regulatory...

2010-10-22 22:58:53

Succimer, a drug used for treating lead poisoning, does not effectively remove mercury from the body, according to research supported by the National Institutes of Health. Some families have turned to succimer as an alternative therapy for treating autism. "Succimer is effective for treating children with lead poisoning, but it does not work very well for mercury," said Walter Rogan, M.D., head of the Pediatric Epidemiology Group at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences...

2010-06-29 02:42:09

Even though freshwater concentrations of mercury are far greater than those found in seawater, it's the saltwater fish like tuna, mackerel and shark that end up posing a more serious health threat to humans who eat them. The answer, according to Duke University researchers, is in the seawater itself. The potentially harmful version of mercury "“ known as methylmercury -- latches onto dissolved organic matter in freshwater, while it tends to latch onto chloride -- the salt -- in...

2010-04-23 11:15:00

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At the "International Mercury Expo 2010*" this weekend at the College of William and Mary, a mercury watchdog group is launching a new website to counter misinformation on 'mercury facts' spread by industry and groups claiming to represent consumers - but in reality often representing special interests in disguise. The announcement will occur on Saturday, April 24th as part of a presentation by Dr. Edward Groth III in a conference...

2009-10-23 10:52:00

BANGKOK, Thailand, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, world governments took the first significant steps towards a Legally Binding Treaty to control mercury pollution at a United Nations Environmental Program meeting in Bangkok, Thailand. Their recommendations now provide countries with a basis to head into the International Negotiating Committee (INC) meetings starting in Stockholm, June 2010. "We are happy that governments agreed on rules of procedures, which allow NGO...

2009-10-05 15:30:22

U.S. scientists say they've found how bacteria convert methylmercury into a less-toxic form, allowing the bacteria to survive in mercury-rich environments. The discovery by scientists at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory may provide a solution for some mercury pollution in waterways, where fish and shellfish tend to act as sponges for the heavy metal. Mercury pollution is a significant environmental problem, said Professor Jeremy Smith, lead author of the...

2009-10-02 09:27:57

Mercury pollution is a persistent problem in the environment. Human activity has lead to increasingly large accumulations of the toxic chemical, especially in waterways, where fish and shellfish tend to act as sponges for the heavy metal. It's that persistent and toxic nature that has flummoxed scientists for years in the quest to find ways to mitigate the dangers posed by the buildup of mercury in its most toxic form, methylmercury. A new discovery by scientists at the University of...

2009-08-19 14:47:06

U.S. scientists say they've found organic matter in water and sediment apparently play a key role in helping microbes convert mercury into a dangerous form. The finding by Duke University environmental engineers is said to be important because it could change the way mercury in the environment is measured and therefore regulated. The particular harmful form of the element, known as methylmercury, is a potent toxin for nerve cells, researchers said. When ingested by organisms, it is not...