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conSCIENCE: Our Human Right not to Be Poisoned
Thousands of new chemicals are released each year, and the toxic effects are mounting. What can we do about it?
Browse: Herbal Medicine’s Hidden Risks Pose a Threat to Health
Browse: Antarctic Mercury Threatens Fish and Birds
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Cover Story: Tattoo Inks: Poison Pigments?
Allergy and infection are two causes for caution when contemplating a tattoo. But are tattoo pigments toxic, and do they increase the risk of cancer?
Browse: Cat-astrophic Fungus
Australian cats are falling ill from a newly identified fungus that features a very low survival rate.
Browse: Vampire Bat Venom Could Reduce Blood Pressure
Vampire bats could be good for the heart, with their venom showing potential against high blood pressure, according to research published in the Journal of Proteomics by A/Prof Bryan Fry of the University of Queensland.
Browse: Hidden Hazards Not Labelled in “All-Natural” Products Browse: Cadmium’s Toxic Trick
Browse: Processed Foods Linked to Harmful Chemicals Browse: Toxins in Herbal Medicines “Can Harm Our Health”
Browse: A Toxic Risk for Asian Medicine Browse: Scorpions Adjust Venom to Predators and Prey
conSCIENCE: A Toxic Legacy from Firefighting Foams
Australian communities and environmental systems adjacent to Defence sites, airports and firefighting training centres have been contaminated by toxic chemicals.
conSCIENCE: The Miner’s Myth
Several myths have been propagated to counter compelling evidence for community health issues arising from mining and smelting operations in Mount Isa and Broken Hill.
Expert Opinion: Are Chemicals in Food Packaging a Health Risk?
Synthetic chemicals used in the packaging, storage and processing of foods might be harmful to human health because most of these substances are not inert and can leach into the foods we eat.
Expert Opinion: Organic Food High in Antioxidants and Low in Toxic Metals
A meta-analysis of 343 studies has found that organic crops and crop-based foods are up to 60% higher in a number of key antioxidants and 50% lower in toxic heavy metals than conventional crops. But are these results biologically meaningful?
Expert Opinion: How Safe Is Australian Honey?
A study has reported that Australian honey has liver-damaging toxins at levels that exceed European standards. How concerned should we be?
Expert Opinion: Nanotech Cleared in Food Additives and Packaging
Food Standards Australia New Zealand has released two reports reviewing the evidence for the safety of nanotechnologies in food packaging and in food additives. Based on patent searches rather than on nanotech declarations to the regulator, the reports suggest there is no direct evidence that novel nanomaterials are currently being used in food packaging applications in Australia or New Zealand.
Up Close: Pore me another: Understanding how toxins target and overcome membranes
Chemistry researchers Prof Frances Separovic and Prof Terry Lybrand discuss the biology of membranes, how toxins interact with membranes, and how these processes can be modelled.
Up Close: Fur and against: Scrutinizing the efficacy of animal testing and its alternatives
Toxicologist and pharmacologist Prof Thomas Hartung explains why animal testing is often unnecessary or of questionable efficacy. He discusses the emerging protocols and technologies that enable development of safe products without the need to conduct animal testing. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.