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Tox in the News

Be sure to scroll down to read previous news posts. If you reached this section using the Search feature and don't immediately spot the information you're looking for at the top, go to the Home page Tox in the News box and scroll down.   Viewer suggestions for current toxicology topics that you'd like more information about are always welcome.   Feel free to email us through our Contact page at toxedf@gmail.com. Mystery solved! An illness in children that baffled public health officials in India for many years was determined to be caused by the toxicity of ...

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Dietary Supplements

A well balanced diet often satisfies your body’s needs, yet nutritional deficiencies can still occur in people maintaining a healthy diet.    This discussion is intended as a first look at some tips for consumers seeking reliable information about dietary supplements, whether or not these products have been recommended by a health professional.  Awareness of at least a few key points to remember and recommended resources for those choosing such products are the soundest advice we can offer. Some definitions and other background information  The U.S. Food and ...

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What is Thirdhand Smoke?

Chemicals released in cigarette smoke that can stick to clothing walls and ceilings, carpets, draperies and furniture upholstery are referred to as thirdhand smoke.  Thirdhand smoke also includes new chemical products, some yet-to-be identified.   These are formed when components of cigarette smoke react with other constituents in the air and in surfaces on which they are deposited.  Identifying and measuring the various components of this newly-formed “chemical soup” pose a big challenge in addition to understanding their undesirable health effects. Thirdhand ...

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Travel Awards

Past Awards $15,000 IUTOX Risk Assessment Summer School $10,000 Travel Grant to IUTOX for Participants from Developing Countries (1998) $1,000 Travel Award for Mexican SOT Representative to Attend SOT Annual Meeting (1996)                                  Ongoing Travel Awards $2,000  Dixon Graduate Travel Award to IUTOX Meeting (every third year, 1992–current )            Robert L. Dixon International Travel Award   Robert L. Dixon Award, sponsored by the Toxicology Education ...

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ToxRAP™

TEF has contributed to the development and distribution of curriculum materials, including Toxicology, Risk Assessment and Pollution (ToxRAP™) curriculum handouts on risk assessment and product safety.   ToxRAP™ materials still available online can be found at http://web.sph.rutgers.edu/toxrweb/k3_about_frameset.html. After NIEHS charged its funded research centers to develop educational outreach materials, TEF proposed to leverage this large government investment by distributing selected exemplary units of these curriculum materials and implementing national ...

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Tox in the News

The President has signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act into law with strong support but some concerns from the toxicology community. The President signed the bill to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) after 40 years. The compromise bill was the subject of much debate over the last five years and was the subject of a Task Force of the Society of Toxicology who worked to assure that strong scientific principles were embodied in the final language. While widely praised as a significant improvement over the current law, ...

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