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Pesticides

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Researchers are growing increasingly aware that the prenatal period and early childhood are exquisitely sensitive to external insults such as environmental contaminants.

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More than $30,000 will be spent on a water testing project planned to begin late this summer in the Smith River floodplain, the “Easter Lily Capital of World” and home to more than 1,100 residents.

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California's agricultural industry is tops in the nation and pesticides play a vital role in keeping it healthy. They also play a vital role in the lives of farm workers...a poisonous one.

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Earlier this month, New York Times columnist Mark Bittman highlighted the mounting body of evidence that pesticides pose a danger to all people. What are some long- and short-term solutions to reduce risk?

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Big stakes for California in Supreme Court health reform decision, pesticide risk for farmworkers investigated, Celebrex documents unsealed and more from our Daily Briefing.

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Get tips from a veteran journalist and an epidemiologist for covering the health effects of pesticides and other environmental health issues.

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Taking water samples for a story about pesticide contamination is a risky proposition for any journalist. Here's what I learned.

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Recent studies have found statistical links between pesticide use and an outbreak of Parkinson's disease in California farm towns. Researchers even know which chemicals are the likely culprits. What's the government doing about it? Not much.

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Deep cuts forecast to California's SCHIP program, the link between pesticides and diabetes, the rise of promotoras and more in our Daily Briefing.

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In some of California’s top strawberry-growing counties, levels of banned methyl bromide — a chemical known to cause reproductive harm — remain nearly as high as they were a decade ago, despite a mandated phaseout in 2005. Concentration remains nearly as high as in 1999, resulting in treacherous working conditions on farms and danger to residents in surrounding areas.

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