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Skin Lightening Cosmetics and Mercury Toxicity
Nov10

Skin Lightening Cosmetics and Mercury Toxicity

By Roberta Attanasio Skin lightening cosmetics are popular in many regions of the world — they’re used to lighten darker skin because of their ability to inhibit production of melanin, the substance that gives the skin its color. The active ingredients in some of these cosmetics often include toxic chemicals, as for example hydroquinone, fluorinated corticosteroid and inorganic mercury.   The World Health Organization...

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Sentinel Bottlenose Dolphins: Exposure to Toxic Chemicals
Oct22

Sentinel Bottlenose Dolphins: Exposure to Toxic Chemicals

By Roberta Attanasio Bottlenose dolphins – the playful, intelligent and sleek swimmers frequently seen in warm and shallow waters along coastlines – are important biological indicators or sentinels. As coastal dwellers, they are exposed to pollutants deriving from human activities and, as predators at the top of the food web, they can help evaluate the overall health status of their ecosystems. In 2011, two teams of researchers...

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