Pollution link to lower IQ
- The New Straits Times, July 28, 2009
has found that pregnant women exposed to pollution can greatly effect the IQ
level of their children. The five-year
study, by the Columbia Center for Children Environmental Health tracked the
development of 249 children living in the densely-populated areas of Harlem and
Bronx which showed that exposure to environmental pollutants known as
polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) had an adverse effect on intelligence
quotient. PAHs are toxic pollutants
which result from burning coal, diesel or gas,
The highest levels of these pollutants had an IQ some 4.31 to 4.67
points lower than other non-exposed children.
The effects of these pollutants on IQ were similar to the findings of
the damage caused by low-level exposure to lead.
Toxic chemicals in electronic ciharettes
- New Straits Times, July 24, 2009
Washington (U.S.A) - United States Federal health officials said
they have found cancer-causing ingredients in electronic cigarettes despite
manufacturers’ claims the products are safer than tobacco cigarettes. The FDA said testing of products from two
leading electronic cigarettes makers turned up several toxic chemicals,
including a key ingredient in anti-freeze.
According to the FDA scientists, half of the 19 varieties of cigarettes
contained forms of nitrosamine, a carcinogen known to cause cancer in
humans. Also, many products which
claimed to contain no nicotine actually had low levels of the stimulant. The products are made primarily in China.
Four thousand inspectors to enforce Turkish smoking ban
- The Star, July17, 2009
High and leaky
- The Star, July 15, 2009
Bootleg liquor kills seven
- The New Straits Times, July 10, 2009