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

In the News #4: IISG Pollution Prevention-related Articles and Research

Greetings, and welcome to our fourth edition of our "In the News" series.  In this series we share a round-up of some of the news articles, legislation, and research papers related to the issues we focus on, such as the impact that pharmaceuticals and personal care products have on our environment, and the growing knowledge and impact of marine debris and microplastics to our water. 

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Without further ado....

Sea Grant Related Articles

Sheriff's Office Features Medical Drop Box (via Daily Republican Register)

Great Lakes Social Science Network Brings the Audience Into the Equation (via

Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products (PPCPs), Chemicals of Emerging Concern

Marin Offices Want Drug Companies to Fund Disposal of Expired Meds (via

Challenged in Court, Killed in Legislature, Drug Take-Back Taking Root in Counties (via California Healthline)

Environmental Group Pushes for Microbead-Free Campus (via The Cornell Daily Sun)

Hormone-mimickers Widespread in Great Lakes Region Wastewater, Waterways, and Fish (via Environmental Health News)
RELATED RESEARCH: Endocrine Disrupting Alkylphenolic Chemicals and Other Contaminants in Wastewater Treatment
Effluents, Urban Streams, and Fish in the Great Lakes and Uppder Mississippi River Regions (via Science of The Total

Deep Ocean Fish Face Health Problems Due to Man-Made Pollution (via Nature World News)

Health Costs of Hormone Disrupting Chemicals Over €150bn A Year in Europe, Says Study (via The Guardian)
RELATED RESEARCH: Estimating Burden and Disease Costs of Exposure to Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals in the European Union (via The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism)

Fish Don't Want Birth Control, But Scientists Say They Get It From Your Pill (via The Washington Post)
RELATED RESEARCH: Transgenerational effects from early developmental exposures to bisphenol A or 17α-ethinylestradiol in medaka,Oryzias latipes (via Scientific Reports)

Record Setting Year for Take-Back Program (via

New Tool for EDC Research: In Vivo Assay Screens for Estrogenic Effects (via Environmental Health Perspectives)

Chemicals of Emerging Concern in Water and Bottom Sediment in the Great Lakes Basin, 2012: Collection Methods, Analytical Methods, Quality Assurance, and Study Data
(via USGS Publications Warehouse)

Human Waste Blamed for Turning One in 10 of Britain's Male Clams into Females (via The Independent)

Antibiotic-resistance Microbe Spreads (via Science Magazine)
RELATED ARTICLE: Mutant, Drug-Resistant Stomach Bug is Spreading in the U.S., CDC Warns (via The Washington Post)

Designing Wetlands to Remove Drugs and Chemical Pollutants (via Yale Environment 360)

Marine Debris and Microplastics

Disturbingly Little Known About Microbeads and Plastics in the Great Lakes (via Phys.Org)

It's Taken Seven Years, but California Is Finally Cleaning Up Microbead Pollution
(via The Guardian)

Managing Marine Plastic Pollution: Policy Initiatives to Address Wayward Waste (via Environmental Health Perspectives)

Mediterranean Sea A Major Zone of Plastic Pollution (via Science Magazine)
RELATED RESEARCH: Plastic Accumulation in the Mediterranean Sea (via PLOS One)

Microplastics and Microfibers: Making Their Way Into Our Food Chain (via The Mantoulin Expositor)

Local Marine Lab Uses Drones for Marine Debris Research (via Public Radio East)

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Posted by Erin Knowles at 8:40AM on 4/15/2015
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