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Dr. Payne-Sturges Wins Journal Award

Devon Payne-Sturges Congratulations to NCER’s Dr. Devon Payne-Sturges for winning the Environmental Science & Technology’s Editor Choice Award for Best Paper, 2nd Runner-up in the Science Category. Devon’s award winning paper was titled Evaluating Cumulative Organophoshorous Pesticide Body Burden of Children: A National Case Study.

This unique paper is the “first step toward assessing the importance of multiple exposures of organophosphates (OP) pesticide exposure for children.” Organophosphate chemicals are the most widely used insecticides available today. They are used in agriculture, to kill pests in people’s homes, and by veterinarians.  Organophosphate pesticides affect acetylcholinesterase, which is essential to nerve function in insects, humans, and many other animals, and this could present a major problem for children’s health.

From 1999-2002, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Study (NHANES) collected data on a variety of chemicals, including organophosphates, to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States. By using this information, Devon determined that about 40% of children in the U.S., aged 6 -11, had cumulative exposures to OP pesticides at levels of concern for health impacts. In other words, the combined exposures of organophosphate insecticides that young children receive are enough to put them at risk.

For more information about STAR’s Human Health research program: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/ and http://www.epa.gov/ncer/childrenscenters/.

To learn more about EPA’s research on human health: http://www.epa.gov/research/npd/hhrp/

To learn more about EPA’s work on children’s health, see: http://yosemite.epa.gov/OCHP/OCHPWEB.nsf/content/whatwe.htm

Payne-Sturges. D et al. Evaluating Cumulative Organophoshorous Pesticide Body Burden of Children: A National Case Study. Environmental Science and Technology, 2009, 43(20), 7924-30

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