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Occupational pesticide exposure may raise heart risk

(Reuters Health) - On-the-job exposure to high levels of pesticides might raise the risk of developing heart disease or having a stroke, according to a long-term study in Hawaii.

Farm and agricultural workers need to wear personal protective equipment and, even after they retire should continue to have their health monitored for cardiovascular complications, the authors conclude in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

“Pesticides have a long half-life and exist in the body for a long time, so side effects may appear even 10-20 years later,” said lead author Zara Berg of Fort Peck Community College in Peck, Montana.

“Many workers may not think that exposure during their younger or middle years is crucial, but it actually is,” said Berg, who worked on the study as part of her doctoral research at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu.

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The dangers of microbial contaminants in cannabis and how to prevent mold and mildew

By Reginald Gaudino VP R&D at Front Range Biosciences.

Molds, bacteria and yeast are present everywhere, including in the air we breathe

Unless cannabis is grown in a clean room with appropriate air filtration and other good growing and laboratory practices, it is inevitable that these microorganisms will be found on cannabis flowers and products made with them.

Most microorganisms do not present a problem at low levels, though some pathogenic microorganisms are harmful even at low levels because they produce toxins that cause a variety of symptoms: from allergy-like symptoms to various types of cancer.

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