Daily Archives: September 25, 2010

Dangerous Chemicals in Tap Water: Manganese in Quebec Water Lowers IQ

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Is your tap water safe? Or is it like the water in some Quebec towns which contains manganese. The manganese, according to recent research findings has negatively affected the IQ of kids who were exposed to it.

The presence manganese in drinking water negatively affects the intelligence quotient of a child who drinks it, a study says. The study conducted in the rural areas of Central Quebec, Eastern Township and Lotbiniere regions, where manganese is found in the tap drinking water, concluded that manganese lowers IQ level.

Between June 2007 and June 2009, the researchers from Universite du Quebec a Montreal and Ecole Polytechnique examined 362 children, age 6 to 13, from 8 municipalities in the above-mentioned regions.

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Dr. David Weatherall Wins Lasker Price for Research on Genetic Diseases

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A retired Oxford University professor of medicine who is a leading researcher in the study of genetic diseases has been awarded this year’s Lasker Awards for special achievement in medical research.

Seventy-seven-year old David Weatherall will receive his award on October 1 in New York.

Dr. Weatherall’s recognition is based on his research into genetic diseases of the blood and from his works to improve care of thousands of children with thalassemia.

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