Modern pesticides damage the nervous system of honeybees, making it difficult for them to fly in a straight line. The impaired optomotor response lowers the ability of affected bees to forage and pollinate flowers.
A 12-year-long study found a significant rise in exposure to chemicals from plastics and pesticides in pregnant women which may be harmful to development. Many of the chemicals were "replacement chemicals", ones designed to replace banned chemicals, which may be just as harmful as the ones they replaced.
Exposure to flame retardants and pesticides resulted in more than a million cases of intellectual disability in children between 2001 and 2016. However, adverse outcomes from exposure to mercury and lead fell significantly during the same period.
Initially believed to be an acoustic attack, researchers now believe they have pinpointed a possible cause of the bizarre neurological symptoms reported by diplomats in Cuba in 2016. Researchers say a possible source for 'Havana syndrome' is exposure to cholinesterase inhibitors via organophosphorus insecticides.
Researchers have found a diverse array of illicit drugs, including cocaine and ketamine, along with pesticides and pharmaceutical chemicals in British freshwater shrimp. While the concentrations of chemicals were considered low, researchers state there is a concern for the potential environmental risk this may pose to wildlife.
A new study reports researchers have identified a possible new avenue for treating Parkinson's symptoms and neuropathology. Clearing senescent astrocytes appears to help prevent sporadic versions of the disease triggered by exposure to pesticides.
Researchers from UC Davis report pregnant women who take 800 micrograms of folic acid could help lower risks of autism in their children, even when they were exposed to pesticides associated with increasing autism risk.