Category Archives: Environmental toxicology

Subjects of interest to Investigative Chemistry or Inorganics.
Includes any environmental context (except AIR, see AIR POLLUTION AND ANALYSIS) example: soil, water, clinical matrices, heavy metals, mining wastes, oil spills, contamination, pesticides.

Scientists have put a high precision blood assay into a simple test strip

(Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology 2 February 2016) Researchers have developed a new biosensor test system based on magnetic nanoparticles. It is designed to provide highly accurate measurements of the concentration of protein molecules (e.g. markers, which indicate the onset or development of a disease) in various samples, including opaque solutions or strongly colored liquids.  The DRIM detection can be used for simple, rapid and sensitive quantification of protein biomarkers for in vitro diagnostics both in laboratory and near-patient conditions, for food analysis, environmental monitoring, security, and safety applications.

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Toxic exposures caused illness in Gulf War veterans, new report says

(Boston University Medical Center26 January 2016) Twenty-five years after 700,000 U.S. troops fought and won the first Gulf War with remarkably low casualties, research “clearly and consistently” shows that exposure to pesticides and other toxins caused Gulf War Illness, a complex and debilitating disorder that affects as many as 250,000 of those deployed, according to a new report led by a Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researcher.

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Queensland says ‘no’ to national radioactive dump plan

Brisbane Times Tony Moore February 3, 2016

The Palaszczuk government has ruled out supporting any plan to build a national radioactive waste storage facility anywhere in Queensland.
That includes Oman Oma, the small town on the Cunningham Highway between Inglewood and Warwick, where a private landowner had put forward his property as a potential radioactive waste site.

Still no answers on toxic lead levels found in NT children’s blood

ABC News 3 February 2016

More than a year after children in three Northern Territory communities were found with elevated levels of lead in their blood, the NT Health Department says the cause has still not been identified.

Adani’s Carmichael coal mine gains final Queensland Government environmental approval

ABC News 2 February 2016

Adani’s Carmichael coal mine has received its final environmental approval from the Queensland Government, but will still need a mining lease before it proceeds.

The Environment Department issued 140 conditions late on Tuesday for what will be Australia’s largest coal mine.

Experts offer new approach to prioritizing research on the environmental impacts of pharmaceuticals

(Wiley 27 January 2016) Researchers have developed a new way to prioritize investigations on the environmental impacts of the estimated 1500 active pharmaceutical ingredients currently in use.

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Single molecule detection of contaminants, explosives or diseases now possible

(Penn State 11 January 2016) A technique that combines the ultrasensitivity of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) with a slippery surface invented by Penn State researchers will make it feasible to detect single molecules of a number of chemical and biological species from gaseous, liquid or solid samples. This combination of slippery surface and laser-based spectroscopy will open new applications in analytical chemistry, molecular diagnostics, environmental monitoring and national security.

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