The multitude of factors that influence what illness or disease strike are sometimes quite surprising

As noted in prior posts, the key issue in toxic torts is causation. Yet, how an illness, disease, or adverse impact occurs is sometimes quite surprising. Only to illustrate the principle, I note two recent reports that demonstrate the unexpected. Researchers have long puzzled over why flu becomes...

Male development just became a more complex issue, making toxic torts based on endocrine disruptors more difficult to prove

Prior posts have noted that in the arena of toxic torts causation is king. Causation of course depends on the underlying processes. If one cannot show a process or system is disrupted or adversely affected, then causation will not be shown. When addressing issues related to the impacts of so-called endocrine...

Diet impacts gut bacteria, which in turn influences rates of asthma, allergies, inflammatory bowl disease, and other inflammatory diseases

When children become sick, when rates of disease increase in adults, both apparently without an obvious cause, there is an unfortunate tendency for some to seek to profit at the expense of the suffering by offering up phony theories and bizarre hypotheses to "explain" these impacts. Witness...

The neurological effects of lead & PCB's compared with ADHD: What can be learned from the similarities and differences

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is one of the most frequently diagnosed neurobehavioral problems in children and is thought to be largely hereditary. But only a small number of cases have been linked to specific genes, leading many researchers to explore the impact of environmental...

Flame retardants found in butter

Researchers found very high levels of the flame retardant PBDE in one of ten samples of butter. The researchers believe the butter wrapper was the source of contamination, and they speculate that Deca-PBDE, which is being phased out of U.S. production, somehow got into the wrapping. Although the toxicology...

Silver nanoparticles are transformed by sewage treatment

Prior posts have noted a number of issues related to nanoparticles. Silver nanoparticles are used in hundreds of consumer products, including food storage containers, clothing, computer keyboards, cosmetics, pillows, cell phones, and medical appliances, because of their antimicrobial properties. Because...

Lead and cadmium may delay the onset of puberty in girls

Violation of lead and cadmium standards are often used in litigation under California's Proposition 65 because the threshold warning level, based on "reproductive toxicity", requires the potential ingestion of very small amounts. The general toxicity of lead and cadmium are well known;...

What is third-hand tobacco smoke and is it dangerous?

In general terms, the phrase "third-hand tobacco smoke" ("THS") refers to the tobacco particulates and gas that get on clothes, in hair, etc. You have smelled it when you approach a smoker, even if they are smoking at that time. Technically, it consists of residual tobacco smoke pollutants...

Gasification of garbage: A future strategy?

One of the problems with the disposal of even household trash (in California, at so-called Class 3 landfills) is that pollution, particularly of groundwater, may result, even from well constructed sites. Sometimes construction is less than ideal; sometimes earth movement or earthquakes fracture the containment...

BPA exposure may be underestimated because of laboratory method used

Prior posts have discussed various animal studies that have reported the potential for adverse impacts from BPA exposure, as well as the controversial conclusions of FDA under President Bush in assessing the risk of such exposure to humans. Recently published research suggests that the standard approach...

World Health Organization (WHO) Issues Life Stage Guidance for Risk Assessment

By E. Lynn Grayson, Partner, Jenner & Block According to WHO, a significant challenge exists with monitoring and assessing individual and population level exposure and risk to environmental chemicals associated with how to consider age and life-stage related changes in behavior and physiology...

WHO Announces Second Meeting On Global Collaboration In Chemical Risk Assessment

By E. Lynn Grayson, Partner, Jenner & Block The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced its second meeting focused on strengthening global collaboration in chemical risk assessment to be held 29-30 March 2012 in Bonn, Germany. The first meeting was held in March 2010. The two day meeting...

District Court Holds Vapor Intrusion Is Imminent and Substantial Endangerment

By Lawrence Schnapf, Principal, Schnapf LLC The recent decision in Sisters of Notre Dame De Namur v. Mrs. Owen J. Garnett-Murray , 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 78747 (N.D. Cal. 6/6/12) , is the latest example of how vapor intrusion has become a game changer for toxic tort and RCRA litigation. Vapor intrusion...

Another estrogenic substance is identified (BPS, which is related to BPA), and the vector exposes nearly everyone

Prior posts have noted that BPA (an estrongen mimic) is found not only in certain plastics (about which there is much nashing of teeth), but the main vector may very well be thermal cash register receipts. Well, get ready for its cousin, BPS, and the newest vector, paper money. Holy greenbacks, Batman...