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Nanotechnology in Consumer Product

Nanotechnology in Consumer Product
After more than twenty years of basic and applied research, nanotechnologies are gaining in commercial use. But it has been difficult to find out how many “nano” consumer products are on the market and which merchandise could be called “nano.” While not comprehensive, this inventory gives the public the best available look at the 1,600+ manufacturer-identified nanotechnology-based consumer products introduced to the market. This "living" inventory is a resource for consumers, citizens, policymakers, and others who are interested in learning about how nanotechnology is entering the marketplace. We recently published a paper about this inventory. Please see it here: Vance, M. Browse Browse products by name, category, company, country and more. Related:  Health & Environmental Damage of NanotechnologyTechnology

Implications and Interactions Azodicarbonamide in Our Food: How Toxic Is It? How about some azodicarbonamide with your bagel this morning? I found it in my own kitchen, listed among the ingredients of a popular supermarket brand. Learn more details about the infamous toxic Subway sandwich bread additive banned in other countries. Dr. Edward Group | The recent revelation that Subway bread contains azodicarbonamide has gotten a lot of attention. But still, what is azodicarbonamide? 1. The primary function of azodicarbonamide is centered on the way it breaks down during processing — it creates tiny bubbles that make things “foamy.” 2. Oxidizing agents like azodicarbonamide are used to increase gluten content. 3. Research has established a direct link between exposure to azodicarbonamide and the onset of asthma. [3] According to a World Health Organization (WHO) follow-up report, regular occupational exposure to azodicarbonamide can lead to asthma and allergies. 4. 5. 6. The other half of the gruesome twosome is no better. 7. 8.

Synthetic Biology Products and Applications Inventory After more than twenty years of basic and applied research, applications based on synthetic biology are gaining in commercial use. But it has been difficult to find out how many “synbio” products are on the market or may potentially enter the marketplace in the near future. While not comprehensive, this inventory gives the public the best available look at the many manufacturer-identified synbio-based products and the companies that produce them. Synthetic biology is a rapidly changing technology platform and therefore the data represented in this inventory may not represent the most current developments in any particular product category, company or market status designation. By crowdsourcing expertise our goal is to create a 'living' inventory for the exchange of accurate information on synbio-enabled products and applications. You can register for an account here or contact us at for additional information.

Nanoparticles damage lungs The Common Toxin Lurking in Your Pantry Causing Obesity, Diabetes, Infertility and a Range of Unpleasant Side Effects Carolanne Wright, GuestWaking Times Typically, individuals concerned about health read labels and question if the food they consume will promote vitality and balance. So it’s particularly disturbing when a hazardous ingredient is allowed to infiltrate the food supply under a misleading name that hides its true identity. Thanks to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), we now have monosodium glutamate (MSG) covertly present in food, as well as crops that are sprayed with a noxious pesticide riddled with the toxin. For those who believe buying organic produce and shopping at natural markets will protect you from this brain damaging, disease promoting agent – think again. Health disorders triggered by flavor enhancer If you experience migraine headaches, brain fog, weight gain or have hyperactive children, the culprit may be hidden within your favorite food. By any other name The toxin can also be labeled as “natural flavor” or “spice.” Sources:

Understanding The Dangers of Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs By You see them in every grocery store and home center – those funny-looking curly compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) that are rapidly replacing the old round bulbs. And pretty soon, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 kicks in, requiring bulbs to be 25 to 30 percent more efficient by 2012 to 2014, and 70 percent more efficient by 2020, effectively phasing out traditional incandescent bulbs as a way to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The energy efficiency of CFLs may be significant, but unlike traditional light bulbs, there is a hidden danger sealed inside each little bulb that requires special handling and disposal. Mercury – a potent, developmental neurotoxin that can damage the brain, liver, kidneys and central nervous system. CFLs are marketed as “safe” and don’t pose any health risks as long as the glass remains intact. So what does that mean if a CFL is cracked or breaks in our homes, releasing mercury vapors in an enclosed area?

Nanotech in your vitamins The ability of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate the safety of dietary supplements using nanomaterials is severely limited by lack of information (Translation: the field is so new that there is little hard evidence to go on), lack of resources and the agency's lack of statutory authority (the ability to accept or ban a pratice, within their current scope, and the total lack of an agency that does have the authority to collaborate with) in certain critical areas, according to a new expert report released by the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN). Image The report, "A Hard Pill To Swallow: Barriers to Effective FDA Regulation of Nanotechnology-Based Dietary Supplements", details the main problems at FDA in regulating nano-enabled dietary supplements and offers a host of recommendations for improving oversight of such products. Of course, this lack of information could have something to do with a lack of research. (Image Credit)

12 Foods Most People Don't Know Are Dyed or Adulterated Karen Foster, Prevent DiseaseWaking Times Orange cheddar cheese comes to mind as one of many foods people don’t realize is dyed. While some food coloring and adulterations are less harmful than others, many exist as toxic threats in the food supply. Almost any food you buy that is not its natural color has the potential of being adulterated, even if purchased from a reputable grocery retailer. Food fraud was recently defined in a report funded by the National Center for Food Protection and Defense (University of Minnesota) as a collective term that encompasses the deliberate substitution, addition, tampering or misrepresentation of food, food ingredients or food packaging, or false or misleading statements made about a product for economic gain. To my knowledge there are no cows that produce orange milk. Solution: Stick to white cheddar. Olive oil is one of the most adulterated foods on Earth. Turmeric powder is added to many foods to enhance yellow tints and colors. Solution:

Mammograms Send Women To Deathbeds Faster And Increase Risk of Breast Cancer Up To 30 Percent By Dave Milhalovic Even with the established evidence which supports the long-term health risks and danger of mammograms, the medical community still pushes them like pancakes. Besides overdiagnosis and the unnecessary treatment of insignificant cancers, mammograms cause radiation-induced breast cancer themselves, increasing several risk factors for the disease. Increases Breast Cancer Mortality Mammography is the most widely used screening modality for breast cancer and with good reason for the medical community. Diagnosis of cancers that would otherwise never have caused symptoms or death in a woman’s lifetime can expose a woman to the immediate risks of therapy (surgical deformity or toxicities from radiation therapy, hormone therapy, or chemotherapy), late sequelae (lymphedema), and late effects of therapeutic radiation (new cancers, scarring, or cardiac toxicity). More Than Half Result In Overdiagnosis Inaccurate Even When Cancer Is Present radiation therapy for Hodgkin disease.

Nanorisk: Insider Health Report Why a newsletter about nanotechnology risks? Are we scaremongers? No; and we are not covering killer nanobots and grey goo either. Much of nanotechnology today is about producing nanoscale particles that, due to their size, have significantly more catalytic active surfaces. We want to support a debate on the very real issues that we are facing today: the fact that engineered nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes or titanium dioxide particles are finding their way from scientists’ laboratories into commercial products and we don’t understand the risks they pose to health and environment. Be informed about the risks of engineered nanomaterials. nanoRISK is a bi-monthly newsletter published by Nanowerk.

Virtual motion, real consequences Moving pictures can produce illusions – and not just in the cinema: If one stares for a time at a homogeneous flow – such as a waterfall – and then looks at a stationary surface, that surface will appear to be moving in the opposite direction to the falling water. Indeed, this so-called aftereffect can be observed across different sensory modalities, as LMU researchers Luigi Cuturi and Paul MacNeilage now report in the journal Current Biology. “Optical illusions like that are not just everyday curiosities. They also provide important clues to how sensory information is processed in the brain,” MacNeilage explains. Aftereffects arise because the information processing operations that underlie our perceptions adapt their response to certain aspects of a persistent stimulus: When exposed to a stimulus that is maintained over a long period, processing of the sensory information by the nerve cells becomes “entrained”. University of Muenchen

Contamination of Groundwater Iron nanoparticles 1,000 times thinner than a human hair have demonstrated an unprecedented ability to clean contaminated groundwater since they were invented 10 years ago at Lehigh. The palladium-coated particles have remediated more than 50 toxic waste sites in the U.S. and other countries in one-tenth the time, and at a much greater economy of scale, than traditional "pump and treat" methods. Now, thanks to Lehigh's unrivaled electron microscopy and spectroscopy facilities, researchers have gained unmatched insights that could improve the efficiency and extend the applications of the powerful nanoparticles. The researchers used scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) and X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (XEDS) to capture, for the first time, the evolution in the nanostructure of the bimetallic particles as they remove contaminants in water. The advanced imaging instruments at Lehigh captured amazing details of the reactions within nanoparticles. SOURCE: Lehigh University

The Unseen Enemy---- EMF Pollution! THE UNSEEN ENEMY—EMF POLLUTION! By Dr. Michael L. Johnson EMFs or electromagnetic fields are adversely affecting your body! Every time that you go to the grocery store, you are exposed to EMFs, first from the automatic doors opening when you walk into the building and then when the cashier scans your goods at the checkout counter. You especially need to know about EMFs if you suffer from thyroid disorders because your thyroid is your body’s radiation shield. The EMF, or Electromagnetic field, is the movement of electrons. Unfortunately, you are exposed to electromagnetic fields wherever you go. Electromagnetic fields can disturb your cell’s normal functions. The EMF issues initially started after a series of articles were published in The New Yorker magazine in June 1989. The bottom line is that a large number of studies revealed at the very least a causal link between EMFs and cancer. Most people also overlook the danger of an electric transformer. —Dr. Dr.