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The American College of Medical Toxicology will present a webinar on the assessment and
management of potential health effects from pesticide residues in the indoor environment. The
webinar, which is available to health care providers, health administrators, and
epidemiologists, will take place on August 29, 2012.
Phoenix, Arizona (PRWEB) August 28, 2012 -- The residential use of pesticides and potential health effects
that may result from exposure to pesticides are frequent topics of concern presented to health care providersby
patients. Most physicians receive little to no training in medical school or residency in the diagnosis,
management, and prevention of poisoning due to pesticides. Physician knowledge of human effects of exposure
to different classes of pesticides in a residential environment is important, especially given the emergence of
bedbugs and other important pests that can be difficult to control.
To educate health care professionals about the potential health effects of pesticides used in residences, the
American College of Medical Toxicologywill be presenting an educational webinar entitled “Pesticide Residues
in the Indoor Environment: Assessment and Health Effects.” The webinar was prepared with support from a
cooperative agreement between the ACMT and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Diseases Registry.
The 90-minute webinar will be presented by Daniel Sudakin, MD, MPH, Associate Professor in the Department
of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology at Oregon State University. Dr. Sudakin is a Co-Investigator at the
National Pesticide Information Center, a web and phone-based service supported by the U.S. EPA, which
provides and collects information about pesticides to inquirers from throughout the United States.
Dr. Sudakin will describe the chemical properties of various pesticides, their toxicological mechanisms, and the
clinical effects that can occur from overexposure. Real-world examples of adverse health effects associated
with the use of insecticides, including organophosphates and other cholinesterase inhibitors will be presented.
Use of pyrethroid insecticides and some of the changing trends in human exposure incidents as a result of the
regulatory phase-out of organophosphates from residential uses will also be reviewed. Scenarios that have
resulted in adverse health effects from residential misapplications, as well as adverse health effects resulting
from use of illegally imported pesticide products will be presented.
The webinarwill conclude with discussion of emerging issues and challenges in pesticide toxicology, including
the interpretation of biomonitoring studies, the concept of endocrine disruption, and epidemiological studies on
cancer. The appropriate regulatory and public health authorities for reporting of misapplication incidents and
human exposures will be identified. According to Dr. Sudakin “There is clearly a broad interest in the topic of
pesticides used in residences, and I’m confident that this presentation will be informative and useful to health
care providers, epidemiologists, and administrators.”
The American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) is a professional, nonprofit association of physicians
with recognized expertise in medical toxicology. The College is dedicated to advancing the science and practice
of medical toxicology
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