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The creation and disposal of huge quantities of waste has a devastating effect on the air, water and soil in the environment. Chemical fertilizers and pesticides have turned agriculture into a leading source of water pollution in the United States. This c

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High levels of chemicals found in indoor cats

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:00:00 PST

A study from Stockholm University have now established what was previously suspected, that the high levels of brominated flame retardants measured in cats are from the dust in our homes.

Study links outdoor air pollution with millions of preterm births

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:00:00 PST

Scientists have published a major study which links outdoor air pollution with 2.7 million preterm births per year.

Fish affected by Deepwater Horizon spill give clues to air pollution heart disease

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

A study by Manchester and Stanford scientists into the effects on fish of a 2010 oil disaster could shed new light on how air pollution affects humans' hearts.

How to treat and prevent chigger bites

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 06:00:00 PST

In this article learn what chiggers are, how to prevent being bitten, and how to treat a bite. What are the signs and symptoms of a chigger bite?

A fifth of dementia cases may be caused by air pollution, study suggests

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 09:00:00 PST

New research suggests that high exposure to fine particulate air pollution may increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

Globe-trotting pollutants raise some cancer risks 4 times higher than predicted

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

A new way of looking at how pollutants ride through the atmosphere has quadrupled the estimate of global lung cancer risk from a pollutant caused by combustion, to a level that is now double the...

Major drug initiatives are best way to curb threat from parasites

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Large-scale programmes to treat a life-threatening disease could improve the health of millions despite concerns about their long-term effects, a study suggests.

Exposure to commonly used insecticide may contribute to diabetes via the gut microbiome

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

Organophosphates (OP), the most frequently used insecticides worldwide, could induce high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) and glucose intolerance when decomposed by gut bacteria, according to a study...

Nanoparticle exposure can awaken dormant viruses in the lungs

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

Nanoparticles from combustion engines can activate viruses that are dormant in in lung tissue cells.

Investigators identify optimal conditions for growth of legionella bacteria

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

The bacteria that cause Legionnaire's disease grow well in warm tap water installations with ample dissolved organic matter - conditions that support the growth of biofilms.

Interleukin-1α causes people to choke on air

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Scientists at the Immunology Frontier Research Center (IFReC) at Osaka University, Japan have pinpointed a specific molecular events that could explain allergic reactions to air pollution.

Pitt-developed molecule could be first antidote for carbon monoxide poisoning

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC have engineered a protein that reverses carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning in mice, a discovery that could potentially lead to...

Sweet potato wastewater may help weight loss

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:00:00 PST

Sweet potatoes have great nutritional value. Now, research suggests even the water left over from cooking sweet potatoes has slimming effects.

Drinking too much water when ill may do more harm than good

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:00:00 PST

A new case report about a woman with a UTI who became ill from high water intake raises questions about doctors' advice to 'drink plenty of fluids.'

Researchers find "sweet" solution to kill E. coli in drinking water

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Paper strips laced with sugar could be the sweetest solution so far, literally, to kill E. coli in contaminated water.

Pesticide exposures can cause changes in oral microbiome

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 05:00:00 PST

Pesticide exposure in farmworkers from agricultural communities is associated with changes in the oral microbiome. This is the first study to demonstrate such a correlation in humans.

Detecting potentially harmful mycotoxins in beer

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 07:00:00 PST

Beer is one of the world's most popular alcoholic beverages. But, made with barley, brews can contain low levels of mycotoxins, which are produced by fungi that can contaminate grains.

Why Is My Urine Bright Yellow? Colors Changes and Causes

Sun, 30 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PST

Abnormal urine colors have many causes, but what are they and what signs should be looked for? Learn why urine changes and when to seek medical advice.

Cut exposure to synthetic chemicals to ward off 150,000+ European diabetes cases

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PST

Cutting exposure to common environmental synthetic chemicals by 25 per cent might ward off more than 150,000 cases of diabetes in Europe and save €4.

Importance of universal sanitation underestimated in efforts to reduce child mortality

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PST

The value of sanitation at reducing child mortality in many low income countries has been substantially underestimated according to recent research.

Air pollution linked to blood vessel damage in healthy young adults

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PST

Air pollution was associated with blood vessel damage among young, healthy adults.

World's largest study shows effects of long-term exposure to air pollution and traffic noise on blood pressure

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PST

Long-term exposure to air pollution is linked to a greater incidence of high blood pressure, according to the largest study to investigate the effects of both air pollution and traffic noise by...

Dementia study lists everyday factors that may influence risk

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PST

Experts have created a shortlist of environmental factors that may contribute to our risk of developing dementia.

Lack of bacterial absorption means common pharmaceuticals retain potential to cause damage in aquatic environments

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PST

More sophisticated methods may be required to assess the accumulation and wider impact of human and veterinary pharmaceuticals within the aquatic environment, scientists have said.

'Only drink water when thirsty,' study suggests

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 09:00:00 PST

Researchers have discovered a swallowing mechanism that makes drinking excess water difficult, suggesting we should only drink when we are thirsty.