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A blog devoted to helping people find local medicine take-back programs and highlighting current research findings and pending legislation.

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Seeking speakers for national PPCP conference in June in Huntsville, AL

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant has been working with the Alabama Cooperative Extension at Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (AAMU) on outreach efforts to address the impacts of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) on human, animal, and environmental health. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System's Urban Affairs & New Nontraditional Programs Unit at AAMU and its partner...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 11:21AM on 3/29/2016
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SIU scientists learn new techniques and applications for bioavailability study

In a toxicology lab at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, a team of scientists is getting ready to test 50 sediment samples collected across the Northeast. The samples are slated to arrive courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) this summer, and their coming will set in motion a flurry of testing, quality control, and lab-to-lab communication. The results will reveal whether...

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Posted by Anjanette Riley at 8:43AM on 3/28/2016
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Latest edition of UpClose highlights impacts of insecticide runoff

What happens if your canary in the coal mine can no longer be trusted to sound the alarm? Environmental chemist Michael Lydy answers this question in the latest edition of UpClose . Lydy and his team at Southern Illinois University Carbondale are in the early stages of a three-year study examining...

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Posted by Anjanette Riley at 2:03PM on 3/25/2016
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IISG funds four new research projects

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant announces the newest round of research projects : Residents of Illinois, Indiana, and the broader Great Lakes region will benefit from new IISG research. Altogether, the four, two-year projects will receive more than $780,000 starting in...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 4:48PM on 12/15/2015
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Latest edition of UpClose is available: Learn more about microplastics with Lorena Rios-Mendoza

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant has partnered with the Illinois Water Resources Center on our UpClose interview series. And the latest interview is hot off the presses: The latest edition of the UpClose interview series takes readers behind-the-scenes of Great Lakes plastic research....

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 4:43PM on 12/15/2015
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PPCP Consortium Meeting Tomorrow at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

Just a reminder that we will be having our winter Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) Consortium meeting on Dec. 8 at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (1 E. Hazelwood Dr., Champaign, IL) in the SJW conference room. The meeting is free and open to anyone who is conducting research or outreach on pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and/or hormones in the environment or r...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 1:59PM on 12/7/2015
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Call for Abstracts - Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in the Environment Conference

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) are organizing a conference on Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) in the environment which will be held on April 4, 2016, in Champaign, IL. Funding for the conference is provided through a grant from...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 4:02PM on 12/3/2015
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USGS finds that treated landfill leachate still contains contaminants

From Waste 360 comes a new article about the contaminants that remain even after landfill leachate is treated. A recent study conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) shows that treating liquid waste from landfills does not remove all contaminants. "Landfills are the final depository for much of the solid waste...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 3:52PM on 11/28/2015
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New Consortium on PPCPs in the Environment Launched at the University of Illinois

The occurrence of emerging contaminants such as pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) and steroid hormones in  waterways has been recognized as a pressing environmental issue. The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC)and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) have organized a consortium of researchers and individuals interested in working together to advance...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 3:43PM on 9/26/2015
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Eco-directed Sustainable Prescribing: An Alternative Approach to Reducing Drug Waste

Anne , IISG's P2 summer intern, has been busy the past couple of months, but she took a breather from data analysis to write this blog post on eco-directed sustainable prescribing practices . It's a good primer for th...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 4:20PM on 7/15/2015
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Is the Cure for Tuberculosis at the Bottom of Lake Michigan?

From kite-surfing to sailing, a day at the beach to sport fishing, Lake Michigan is either a destination for fun or possible a place of work.  But did you know that it also might be the home of a cure for tuberculosis (TB)? Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago 's...

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Posted by Erin Knowles at 10:00AM on 4/1/2015
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In the news: A new pollution worry for Lake Michigan

It's been about a month since research showing that southern Lake Michigan is littered with synthetic microfibers hit newsstands . The results set Lake Michigan apart from the other lakes and raise questions about the impact of these fibers on the food web. Perhaps more importantly, they suggest tha...

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Posted by Anjanette Riley at 4:51PM on 2/2/2015
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Pet owners...it's not too late to take the PPCP survey

We love our pets. In fact, 68 percent of households own pets as of 2012, according to the American Pet Product Association (APPA). APPA predicts that we will spend close to $60 billion this year on our pets, and a sizable chunk of that will be for pharmaceuticals and personal care products. For a variety of reasons, these medicines and shampoos don't necessarily get used up. What h...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 9:36AM on 1/9/2015
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What's in your landfill leachate?

Landfills are a veritable hotspot for pharmaceuticals and other emerging contaminants. That is what researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) uncovered after testing landfill leachate—runoff that picks up contaminants as it flows through the waste. It may not sound too surprising. But, as the study reveals, the fate of emerging contaminants in landfills is far more complicated. T...

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Posted by Anjanette Riley at 12:47PM on 12/2/2014
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UpClose gets a brand new look for our two year anniversary

It's been two years since our first edition of UpClose , and we decided to celebrate the occasion by taking a behind-the-scenes look at the study that launched an era of scientific and public interest in pharmaceuticals and other emerging contaminants. And to top it off, we've given the...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 1:43PM on 11/13/2014
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UpClose with Steve Mauro

Dr. Steve Mauro's research into the impacts of PPCPs on bacterial communities may have started as a small side project, but it has become so much more. The Gannon University dean gained national attention in 2011 when he and his research team discovered that small concentrations of fluoxetine are killing E. coli...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 11:24AM on 8/1/2014
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UpClose researchers set sail on Lake Erie for teacher workshop

Fifteen Great Lakes educators took to the water earlier this week for the annual Shipboard and Shoreline Science Workshop. They will spend the next six days working alongside scientists as they conduct field research aboard the EPA research vessel Lake Guardian. And emerging contaminant research has a prominent role on the agenda. With help from SUNY Fredonia researcher Sam Mason, teach...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 2:29PM on 7/10/2014
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UpClose with Sam Mason

It’s been close to a year since IISG set sail on Lake Michigan to sample for plastic pollution. Since then, Sam Mason, a chemist from State University of New York Fredonia, and her research team have been hard at work analyzing these water samples. The initial results are revealed in the newest edit...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 5:37PM on 5/22/2014
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PPCPs and other contaminants together increase risk to marine algae

Much of the research on PPCP pollution focuses on individual chemicals. Knowing how triclosan, carbamazepine, or caffeine effect aquatic wildlife is undeniably important. But it doesn't necessarily tell us much about the actual risks to algae, fish, and other species. Our lakes, rivers, and oceans are home to much more than triclosan—much more even than PPCPs. To really understand the danger th...

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Posted by Anjanette Riley at 5:11PM on 3/26/2014
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Illinois Water Resources Center Annual Small Grant: Student Research Awards Application Deadline: 14 March 2014

The Illinois Water Resources Center , located at the University of Illinois, is now accep...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 8:30AM on 2/26/2014
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Great Lakes hold great potential for curing diseases

The cure for some of the world's deadliest diseases may be living at the bottom of the Great Lakes. This is the theory Brian Murphy, a medicinal chemist at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), set out to test in 2012 when he scoured Lake Huron in search of a largely unexplored type of bacteria that...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 8:30AM on 1/27/2014
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Fate of pharmaceuticals is a complicated tale

You may have heard that wastewater treatment plants can't remove all or even most of the pharmaceutical chemicals that pass through it, leaving trace amounts to flow into our rivers and lakes. And this is true. But it is also false. The real answer to the question of how well these plants remove pharmaceutical pollution is, "It depends." A new study published in...

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Posted by Anjanette Riley at 3:47PM on 1/21/2014
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UpClose with Rebecca Klaper

What better way to start the New Year than with a new edition of UpClose ? In this issue, Dr. Rebecca Klaper talks about what happens at the cellular level when aquatic species are exposed to pharmaceuticals and how scientists and policy makers use that information to assess the risks of these chemicals. As the director of the Univer...

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Posted by Anjanette Riley at 8:00AM on 1/14/2014
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New research reveals fate of pharmaceuticals in irrigated soils

The list of studies investigating what happens to pharmaceutical compounds when they flow from wastewater treatment plants into nearby lakes and rivers is getting longer and longer. But not all wastewater effluent is destined for our waterways. Some of it ends up as irrigation water for farm fields, particularly in areas where rainstorms are few and far between. The treated water seeps into the...

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Posted by Anjanette Riley at 12:00PM on 12/13/2013
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Microplastic pollutants found in the Great Lakes

Take a dip in lakes Erie, Huron, or Superior and you will be swimming in more than just water. According to a recently published study , these lakes contain an unexpectedly large amount of floating plastic debris. Even more surprising, much of what the researchers found were microplastic fragments and pellets like the...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 11:55AM on 10/30/2013
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