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American Chemical Society's weekly PressPac -- Jan. 14, 2009
Date:1/19/2009

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In the study, Rodney R. Dietert points out that a scientific field known as developmental immunotoxicology (DIT) focuses on the effects of exposure to biological materials, drugs, medical devices, chemicals, and other environmental factors on the developing immune system in fetuses, infants and children. Research so far suggests links between those factors and an increased risk of asthma, autism, diabetes, leukemia, and other important diseases.

Dietert's perspective article examines diseases associated with DIT and calls for an increase in awareness of preadult immune dysfunction and its consequences on life-long chronic disease. A protected, well functioning immune system, the paper says, could not only extend quality of life during adulthood, it could also reduce future health care needs. Identifying hazards for developing immune systems and protection against dysfunction provide opportunities to reduce health risks for the most significant chronic diseases of children and adults, Dietert says. JS

ARTICLE #4 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE "Developmental Immunotoxicology: Focus on Health Risks"

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Surprising new health and environmental concerns about tungsten
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Surprising new scientific research is raising concerns about the potential health and environmental hazards of tungsten a metal used in products ranging from bullets to light bulbs to jewelry that scientists once thought was environmentally-benign, according to
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