ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
Know Your Asthma Triggers
Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay for the Holidays
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Naprapathy: A Hands-On Approach to Pain Management
Birds Don't Miss a Beat
Quit Smoking the Holistic Way
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Safe Toys for Dogs
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Rheumatoid Arthritis Rising Among U.S. Women
Tai Chi May Help Ward Off Knee Pain in Seniors
Breast-feeding Might Shield Women From Rheumatoid Arthritis
CANCER
To Quit Smoking, Try Logging On
Occaisonal Dieting May Cut Breast Cancer, Study Says
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
CAREGIVING
Distance No Bar to Kidney Transplants in Remote Areas
Exercise During Pregnancy May Help Baby
Injected Medication Errors a Major Problem
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Migraines in Pregnancy Boost Vascular Risks
Bad Marriages Harder on Women's Health
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
COSMETIC
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
DENTAL, ORAL
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
DIABETES
Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes Updated
Diabetes Linked to Cognitive Problems
Patients' Photos Help Boost Radiologists' Accuracy
DIET, NUTRITION
6 Million U.S. Kids Lack Enough Vitamin D
Eating Nuts May Help Cholesterol Levels
Fish Oil's Benefits Remain Elusive
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Gene Explains How High-Fructose Diets Lead to Insulin Resistance
Lead Exposure in Childhood Linked to Criminal Behavior Later
Hurricane Threats: Time to Batten Down the Hatches
EYE CARE, VISION
Protein Might One Day Prevent Blindness
Brain Pressure More Likely to Cause Vision Loss in Men
Sports Eye Injuries Leading Cause of Blindness in Youths
FITNESS
MRSA Infections Can Bug Fitness Buffs
As Temperature Plummets, It's Still Safe to Exercise
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
GENERAL HEALTH
Any Old Cane Won't Do
Diet, Exercise May Slow Kidney Disease Progression
Should the FDA Regulate Tobacco?
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Rheumatoid Arthritis a Threat to the Heart
Research Shows Genetic Activity of Antioxidants
Years of Heavy Smoking Raises Heart Risks
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Exercise in Adolescence May Cut Risk of Deadly Brain Tumor
Childhood Dairy Intake Boosts Bone Health Later On
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
MEN'S HEALTH
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
MENTAL HEALTH
Bullying Seems to Affect Kids Years Later
Keeping a Healthy Holiday Balance
Brain Scans Show How Humans 'Hear' Emotion
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
SENIORS
Life Expectancy in U.S. Hits New High
Protein Deposits May Show Up Before Memory Problems Occur, Study Says
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
WOMEN'S HEALTH
How Much Fish to Eat While Pregnant?
Most Women With Osteoporosis Unaware of Raised Fracture Risk
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
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Golf Course Insecticides Pose Little Danger to Players

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Residues of two insecticides widely used on golf courses do not pose a health risk, new research says.

Sevin SL (using the active ingredient carbaryl) and Dursban Pro (chlorpyrifos), when applied at the maximum U.S.-approved label rate and followed with irrigation, are of little concern to golfers, according to findings published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

"After extensive monitoring, estimated exposures to golfers following full applications of two turfgrass insecticides that are used throughout the northeastern United States were 19 to 68 times lower than levels set by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency designed to protect human health," toxicology expert John Clark, a professor of veterinary and animal sciences at University of Massachusetts Amherst, said in a news release issued by the university.

More than 100 million pounds of the active ingredients found in pesticides were applied to golf courses and residential lawns each year, according to the 1998 and 1999 Pesticide Industry Sales and Usage Report.

"Because of the large amount of time people spend in turf environments, exposure to pesticides from treated turf is a potentially significant exposure pathway," Clark said.

The test were performed on volunteers playing 76 simulated rounds of golf on a test plot of turf given eight EPA-maximum applications of chlorpyrifos and two applications of carbaryl. The volunteers clothing and urine were tested for the pesticides and their breakdown products.

More information

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has more about pesticide safety.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: University of Massachusetts, Amherst, news release, July 29, 2008

Last Updated: Aug. 13, 2008

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