Author: Mimi

How’s that Nanoparticle Biocorona treating you??

How’s that Nanoparticle Biocorona treating you??

No, sorry, it’s not the latest variety of Corona beer. Rather, it is a new exciting advance in understanding nanoparticle toxicity! Nano-everywhere! Nanoparticles are any really really small particles in the nanometer range (1-100 nanometers). For size comparison, the thickness of normal hair is 80,000…

Does this chemical make me look fat?: Secret suspects in the obesity epidemic

Does this chemical make me look fat?: Secret suspects in the obesity epidemic

Over a third of the adult population in America is obese (Body Mass Index (BMI) ≥ 30) and an additional 40% are classified as overweight (BMI 25-30). Within the past ten years, this rate has increased significantly. Obesity increases risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2…

Ask a Toxicologist: Is it safe to microwave food in plastic containers?

Ask a Toxicologist: Is it safe to microwave food in plastic containers?

When was the last time you microwaved food in a plastic container? At some point in my life, I switched many of my plastic food storage containers to glass containers. Someone told me, perhaps my mom, that microwaving food in those plastic containers could cause…

ToxCast and ToxPI: Emerging Tools for Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century

ToxCast and ToxPI: Emerging Tools for Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century

Hindsight is always 20/20, especially in the field of science. Given what we know now, it seems crazy that people used to think the world was flat. The realm of toxicology is filled with similar stories (see “pregnancy-boosting” DES and super-insecticide DDT). In the mid-twentieth…

Ask a Toxicologist: Is it safe to use Teflon pans?

Ask a Toxicologist: Is it safe to use Teflon pans?

As a young adult living in Carolina, I have come to associate summer with intolerable heat, delicious watermelon, and…the start of wedding season. Two friends of mine got married recently in May. A few months before, as they were making their registry, they encountered a…