Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Science in the Ohio Valley

The abstract of this scientific study looks interesting, but I'm going to have to buy a new dictionary to understand it. Maybe then it would be worth $39 to buy the actual article. Or maybe not.


On a serious note, if you want to read the results of a study on the link between C8 (perfluorooctanoic acid, a synthetic chemical used since the late 1940s in manufacturing industrial and household products)from a DuPont plant near Parkersburg WV and cancer, check out this one.

From the abstract:

Participants (n=32,254) reported 2,507 validated cancers (21 different cancer types). ... PFOA exposure was associated with kidney and testicular cancer in this population.Because this is largely a survivor cohort, ndings must be interpreted with caution, especially for highly fatal cancers such as pancreatic and lung cancer.


And efforts are underway in Ohio to return the hellbender -- a large salamader -- to its native range in the Ohio Valley, now that the tributary streams it once inhabited are cleaner.

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