04/14/2003

Advanced Research on Neurotoxicity Opens New Avenues Toward Preventing Job Risks

Recent research findings by the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety
and Health (NIOSH) point to new leads for studies that will help to protect
individuals from the risk of nervous system impairments from work-related
exposures to certain chemicals.

Scientists are developing new "biomarkers" or ways to identify subtle cellular,
molecular, and biochemical changes that may signal the potential onset of
neurotoxic effects, and are applying those biomarkers to better understand how
exposure to certain chemicals may lead to the development of symptoms. The
application of this knowledge will lead to timely identification of neurotoxic
agents, as well as development and implementation of early intervention and
prevention strategies.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)