Education, Toxicology

Tobacco Smoking May Increase Risk for Tuberculosis (From Medscape Medical News CME)

“Tobacco smoking was associated with a twofold increased risk of active
tuberculosis in a representative cohort of Taiwan’s population,” the study
authors write. “The finding that smoking increases the risk of tuberculosis
suggests that tobacco control be considered as an important component in the
global effort to eliminate tuberculosis.”

Education, Implications, Toxicology

Who’s Really Guarding Your Water Supply? (

the most dangerous and expensive waste product in
the production of aluminum is fluoride.  Because it is corrosive and toxic,
it was extremely expensive to dispose of safely and was costing Alcoa
millions of dollars in lost profits every year. By finding a
“benefit” in this toxic byproduct, the industry was able to not only save money,
but actually make money from their toxic waste!

Biotechnology, Genetics, Toxicology

Genetically Modified Foods (American Academy of Environmental Medicine)

There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health
effects. There is causation as defined by Hill’s Criteria in the areas of
strength of association, consistency, specificity, biological gradient, and
biological plausibility.5 The strength of association and consistency
between GM foods and disease is confirmed in several animal studies. …

BioChemistry, Genetics, Toxicology

New paradigm identifies gene responsible for acetaminophen-induced liver injury (FierceBiotech)

In this study, a team of researchers led by Dr. David Threadgill of North
Carolina State University utilized mouse genetics to aid the search for
candidate genes linked to acetaminophen-induced liver injury in humans. “We
approached the study from the perspective that drugs are used in very
heterogeneous patient populations, and that drug-induced toxicities are likely
the result of a person’s genetic makeup,” …