Should Measles Vaccinations Be Compulsory?

Should Measles Vaccinations Be Compulsory?

Following a measles outbreak in Rockland County in New York State, authorities there have declared a state of emergency, with unvaccinated children barred from public spaces

How To Best Cope With The Heat

How To Best Cope With The HeatWith the extreme heat it is vital that everyone take appropriate steps to manage the heat, including drinking plenty of fluids.

Fine Particle Air Pollution Is A Public Health Emergency Hiding In Plain Sight

Fine Particle Air Pollution Is A Public Health Emergency Hiding In Plain SightFine particulate matter smaller than 2.5 millionths of a meter, known as PM2.5, was the fifth-leading cause of death in the world in 2015, factoring in approximately 4.1 million global deaths annually. In the United States, PM2.5 contributed to about 88,000 deaths in 2015 – more than diabetes, influenza, kidney disease or suicide.

How Dust Storms And Hazardous Air Quality Can Harm Your Health

How Dust Storms And Hazardous Air Quality Can Harm Your HealthA major dust storm swept through Sydney and regional New South Wales this week. Red skies over Broken Hill on Wednesday night and Sydney on Thursday resembled those seen during intense bushfire activity and the massive 2009 dust storm.

Why The World's Plastic Problem Is Bigger Than The Ocean

Why The World's Plastic Problem Is Bigger Than The Ocean
As you read this, a strange object that looks like a 2,000-foot floating pool noodle is drifting slowly through the central north Pacific Ocean. This object is designed to solve an enormous environmental problem. But in so doing, it brings attention to a number of others.

There Is Growing Evidence That Noise Is Bad For Your Health

There Is Growing Evidence That Noise Is Bad For Your Health
The World Health Organization recently published its latest noise pollution guidelines for Europe. The guidelines recommend outdoor noise levels that should not be exceeded for aircraft, road and rail noise and two new sources: wind turbine and leisure noise.

Why Winter Air In The Eastern U.S. Is Still So Dirty

Why Winter Air In The Eastern U.S. Is Still So DirtyDespite overall lower levels of harmful emissions from power plants and vehicles throughout the year, winter air pollution in the Eastern United States remains high. A new study explains why.

How The Modern World Blurs The Boundaries Between Night And Day

How The Modern World Blurs The Boundaries Between Night And Day

Night has always been a difficult realm for humans: we’ve had to learn to cope with the cold and the dark to thrive in it. Since the industrial revolution we’ve found ways to adapt our homes and cities to operate during the night. But as our conquest of the dark continues, the border between night and day is becoming increasingly blurry.

Study Shows BPA Substitutes May Cause Same Health Issues As The Original

Study Shows BPA Substitutes May Cause Same Health Issues As The Original

The credibility of scientific findings hinges on their reproducibility. As a scientist, it is therefore disastrous when you are unable to replicate your own findings. Our laboratory has found itself in just this situation several times; in each instance, unintended environmental exposure distorted our data. Our first accidental foray into toxicology 20 years ago convinced us of the need to understand the reproductive effects of environmental chemical contaminants. The latest twist in our journey down that road adds a new dimension to an old concern, BPA.

Stop Peeing In The Pool. Chlorine Doesn't Work Like You Think

Stop Peeing In The Pool. Chlorine Doesn't Work Like You Think
Not everyone will readily admit to peeing in swimming pools, but it does happen. An anonymous survey from 2012 found that 19 percent of adults admitted they had peed in a pool at least once. But when you use a pool as a giant toilet, that yellow trail contains some nasty bacteria and parasites.

We Are Guinea Pigs In A Worldwide Experiment On Microplastics

We Are Guinea Pigs In A Worldwide Experiment On Microplastics
One of the main problems with plastics is that although we may only need them fleetingly – seconds in the case of microbeads in personal care products, or minutes as in plastic grocery bags – they stick around for hundreds of years. Unfortunately, much of this plastic ends up as environmental pollution.

Jury Finds Monsanto Liable In The First Roundup Cancer Trial – Here's What Could Happen Next

Jury Finds Monsanto Liable In The First Roundup Cancer Trial – Here's What Could Happen NextIn the first of many pending lawsuits to go to trial, a jury in San Francisco concluded on Aug. 10 that the plaintiff had developed cancer from exposure to Roundup, Monsanto’s widely used herbicide, and ordered the company to pay US$289 million in damages. The plaintiff, Dewayne Johnson, had used Roundup in his job as groundskeeper in a California school district. He later developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The jury awarded Johnson $39 million in compensatory damages to cover pain, suffering and medical bills due to negligence by Monsanto, plus an additional $250 million in punitive damages.

You May Be Surprised To Learn That It’s Not Just Food That Is Making Us Fat

You May Be Surprised To Learn That It’s Not Just Food That Is Making Us Fat

Today, nearly 40 percent of U.S. adults and 21 percent of youth are obese. This trend is on the upswing and the worldwide population is becoming more obese – which is increasing the risk of other conditions like Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease whose prevalence has doubled globally in the last 30 years. But you may be surprised to learn that it’s not just food that is making us fat.

How To Protect Your Children From Wildfire Smoke

How To Protect Your Children From Wildfire Smoke
During recent summers, children living on the West Coast of Canada have been breathing some of the most polluted air on record. This is due to seasonal wildfires, which have burned through vast zones of North America and affected even larger areas with their smoke.

Why Your Summer Might Be Full Of Mosquitoes

Why Your Summer Might Be Full Of Mosquitoes
As you pack your bags for the cottage or campground this weekend, don’t forget to bring light clothes with long sleeves — and a truckload or two of insect repellent.

Another Problem With China's Coal Is Mercury In Rice

Another Problem With China's Coal Is Mercury In Rice
Mercury pollution is a problem usually associated with fish consumption. But some people in China, the world’s largest mercury emitter, are exposed to more methylmercury from rice than they are from fish.

Fracking Chemicals May Harm The Developing Immune System

Fracking Chemicals May Harm The Developing Immune System
Exposure to fracking chemicals in utero may harm the immune system and diminish the ability of female offspring to fend off diseases like multiple sclerosis, according to a new study with mice.

Is Air Pollution Making You Sick?

Is Air Pollution Making You Sick?
It’s hard not to empathize with the people in the smoggy images of New Delhi or Ulaanbataar or Kathmandu, often wearing masks, walking to school or work though soupy cloudiness.

How Light At Night Can Disrupt Circadian Rhythms In Children

How Light At Night Can Disrupt Circadian Rhythms In Children
A new scientific study shows that bright electric light exposure of preschool children in the evening suppresses melatonin production almost completely, an important addition to the growing body of research in this area.

Why We Should Not Be Complacent About Lead Exposure

Why We Should Not Be Complacent About Lead Exposure
We poisoned ourselves with lead during the 20th century in most industrial nations. We used the metal widely, because lead paint is durable, engines run better on leaded gasoline and lead water pipes don’t rust.

Does Air Pollution Lead To More Unethical Behavior?

Does Air Pollution Lead To More Unethical Behavior?Anxiety caused by exposure to pollution may make people more prone to cheating and unethical behavior, according to new research. And that can be a driver behind the higher crime rates in high-pollution areas.

Avoid These 10 Stealth Microplastics If You Want To Save The Oceans

Avoid These 10 Stealth Microplastics If You Want To Save The Oceans
Theresa May’s new environment plan sets ambitious goals for plastic waste reduction. But there’s lots of room for slippage. One goal is to eradicate all “avoidable” plastic waste, though it’s not clear how “avoidable” will be defined.

Use These Plants To Fight Indoor Pollution

devils ivy plants cleans air 1 7Humans have built high-rises since ancient Roman times, but it wasn’t until the 20th century that they became the default work space for a significant slice of the world’s workers. While these buildings are certainly efficient, they can cause real health issues.

New Research Suggests Common Herbicides Are Linked To Antibiotic Resistance

New Research Suggests Common Herbicides Are Linked To Antibiotic ResistanceAntibiotics are losing their ability to kill bacteria. One of the main reasons for the rise in antibiotic resistance is the improper use of antibiotics, but our latest research shows that the ingredients in commonly-used weed killers like Round-up and Kamba can also cause bacteria to become less susceptible to antibiotics.

The More Air Pollution, The More The Mental Distress

The More Air Pollution, The More The Mental DistressThe higher the level of particulates in the air, a new study shows, the greater the indications of psychological distress. Where a person lives can make a big difference to health and quality of life. Every increase in pollution of 5 micrograms per cubic meter had the same effect as a 1.5-year loss in education.

How Wildfire Smoke Can Affect Your Health

How Wildfire Smoke Affects Your HealthWhat substances in wildfire smoke are most dangerous to human health? What kinds of impacts can they have? Is a brief exposure, say for a few hours, dangerous, or is smoke mainly a concern if it lingers for days?

Is This The End Of The Road For Traditional Vehicles?

Is This The End Of The Road For Traditional Vehicles?New sales of petrol and diesel cars will be banned by 2040 in the UK; France. Sweden and Scotland by 2032; Norway by 2025. Coupled with increasing concern over the carcinogenic effects of diesel emissions, the Volkswagen defeat device scandal, and the link between diesel particulates and Alzheimer’s, focus has turned again to electric cars. 

How Air Pollution Cuts Years Off Life Expectancy

How Air Pollution Cuts Years Off Life ExpectancyPeople in northern China have a reduced life expectancy when compared with people living in the south due to higher concentrations of air pollution, a new study suggests.

What You Need To Know About Subway Air Quality

What You Need To Know About Subway Air QualitySubways are vital for commuting in crowded cities, something that will become more and more important over time – according to a United Nations 2014 report, half of the world’s population is now urban. They can also play a part in reducing outdoor air pollution in large metropolises by helping to reduce motor-vehicle use.

This Common Pesticide May Cause Lung Problems In Kids

This Common Pesticide May Cause Lung Problems In KidsThe most heavily used pesticide in California, elemental sulfur, may harm the respiratory health of children who live near farms that use it, new research suggests.

Why Apartment Dwellers Need Indoor Plants

Why Apartment Dwellers Need Indoor PlantsThe change in urban environments because of development, associated with a rapid increase in chronic disease, is a global phenomenon in developed countries. Getting further and further away from nature, it turns out, isn’t great for our health.

What ATMs Dispense Is More Than Mere Money

What ATMs Dispense Is More Than Mere MoneyWe live in a dirty world. Wherever we go, we are among microbes. Bacteria, fungi and viruses live on our phones, bus seats, door handles and park benches.

Is Lead In The US Food Supply Decreasing Our IQ?

Is Lead In The US Food Supply Decreasing Our IQ?The environmental advocacy group Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) on June 15 released a study about dietary lead exposure, with a focus on food intended for babies and young children.

BPA May Nudge Breast Cancer Cells To Grow

BPA May Nudge Breast Cancer Cells To GrowThe chemical bisphenol A, or BPA, appears to aid the survival of inflammatory breast cancer cells, according to research that reveals a potential mechanism for how the disease grows.

Smokefree Laws Cut Heart Attacks In Big Way

Smokefree Laws Cut Heart Attacks In Big Way

There is strong and consistent evidence that exposure to secondhand smoke causes heart attacks and that smokefree workplace and public place laws cut heart attacks (and other diseases).

Air Pollution Exposure May Increase Risk Of Dementia

Air Pollution Exposure May Increase Risk Of DementiaAlzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disease that eventually strips sufferers of their ability to remember, communicate and live independently.

Deepwater Spill: How Long Will 125 Hydrocarbons Stay On The Seafloor?

Deepwater Spill: How Long Will 125 Hydrocarbons Stay On The Seafloor?

Scientists have now analyzed long-awaited data from the Natural Resource Damage Assessment to determine the specific rates of biodegradation for 125 compounds that settled to the deep ocean floor after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Why Microbes Are Our Tiny, Crucial Allies

Why Microbes Are Our Tiny, Crucial AlliesMost of us considered microbes little more than nasty germs before science recently began turning our view of the microbial world on its head.

A Mom’s Exposure To Toxic Chemicals Shows Up In Their Newborn

A Mom’s Exposure To Toxic Chemicals Shows Up In Their NewbornLow-income and Latina pregnant women in a recent study had widespread exposure to environmental pollutants. In addition, many of the toxins showed up at even higher levels in their newborns

As Incomes Rise In China, So Does Their Concern About Pollution

As Incomes Rise In China, So Does Their Concern About PollutionOver the last 40 years, hundreds of millions of people in China have escaped poverty as this enormous nation urbanized and became a manufacturing powerhouse fueled by cheap coal and cheap labor.

Does Lead Exposure Explain Gap In Test Scores?

Does Lead Exposure Explain Gap In Test Scores?A decrease in the average level of lead in a preschooler’s blood reduces the probability of that child being substantially below proficient in reading by the third grade, report researchers.

45 Potentially Hazardous Chemicals Common in Household Dust

45 Potentially Hazardous Chemicals Common in Household DustResearchers at George Washington University compiled data from household dust samples collected throughout the United States and found 45 potentially toxic chemicals used in many common products, such as vinyl flooring, personal care and cleaning products, building materials, and furniture.

Why It's Good News That King Coal Is Dethroned In The US

Why It's Good News That King Coal Is Dethroned In The US This is the worst year in decades for U.S. coal. During the first six months of 2016, U.S. coal production was down a staggering 28 percent compared to 2015, and down 33 percent compared to 2014.

Is There A Link Between Car Exhausts And Alzheimer’s?

Is There A Link Between Car Exhausts And Alzheimer’s?Iron is known to be toxic to brain cells, and tiny magnetic iron particles (magnetite) are thought to be involved in the development of neurological disorders.

What We Know About Fracking And Health From Pennsylvania

Flaring at a fracked well in northwestern Pennsylvania. One potential cause of health problems, such as asthma, in communities with fracking is higher rates of air pollution. wcn247/flickr, CC BY-NCThe fracking industry has been an energy success story: Natural gas prices have decreased as fracking has skyrocketed, and natural gas now produces more electricity than coal does, which has resulted in improved air quality.

Migraines And Fatigue Spike Near Fracking Sites

Migraines And Fatigue Spike Near Fracking SitesNeighbors with the most exposure to natural gas fracking are nearly twice as likely to suffer from some combination of migraine headaches, chronic nasal and sinus symptoms, and severe fatigue.

The Norovirus Sickens Almost 700 Million People A Year

The Norovirus Sickens Almost 700 Million People A Year"It doesn't matter how old you are or if you're in a wealthy country or a poorer one or if you've had it before—you can get it again," says Sarah M. Bartsch. "And it is really unpleasant. But if we don't focus on norovirus and teach people how to prevent it, little headway will be made to combat it."

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