Links to articles in today's press about environmental health. Many more links available today at www.EnvironmentalHealthNews.org
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The Ebola outbreak in West Africa was first reported in March, and has rapidly become the deadliest occurrence of the disease since its discovery in 1976. More than 1,000 people have died, with Sierra Leona, Guinea and Liberia worst-affected and two deaths in Nigeria, Africa's most populous country.
A watchdog group on Monday evening offered ways to improve the Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to clean up and monitor the toxics left behind by early computer chips makers in northeastern Mountain View, California.
Radiation doses used in CT hospital scanners to diagnose injuries and diseases should be reduced to the lowest possible level, to avoid potential harm, a British government advisory body has warned.
Long courses of antibiotics may put babies and toddlers at higher risk of obesity when they grow up, according to US researchers. Low doses of penicillin early in life can alter natural populations of gut microbes, which in turn may affect metabolism and lead to higher rates of obesity later in life.
In vitro fertilization and associated techniques are a medical success story, with more than 5 million apparently healthy babies born this way. But as researchers learn more about the sensitivity of early embryos, they have begun to wonder if the manipulations of IVF may have additional subtle effects that appear as children grow.
In the hot future that we expect by 2050 – when a world population of 9.5 billion people will scramble to put food on the table, while at least thirty-seven countries face extreme water crises – some scientists think that part of the answer is to genetically engineer crops that can better withstand drought. But not if activists succeed in making the genetic modification of food politically unsustainable.
Despite considerable research efforts elaborating the phenotypic consequences of in utero insults to adult offspring and to their progeny, the mechanisms mediating multigenerational effects are unclear.
Hospitals should be more transparent about the radiation delivered to patients having scans, a U.K. government panel has urged. Computerised tomography scans are among the most common sources of artificial radiation, which is known to increase the risk of cancer.
Hospitals should be forced to reveal information about the radiation doses patients are exposed to during CT scans so the number of cancers caused by the tests can be calculated, experts said in a major report.
Your body isn’t the only thing that grows quickly during the first years of life. Your microbiome, the population of bacteria that lives in your gut and elsewhere in your body, has a growth spurt, too—and disrupting it might lead to health problems down the line.
Yesterday, the NRDC Action Fund sent out a strong attack on Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, saying: Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito has received $865,436 from the Mining Industry over the course of her career.
The dust that settled in the neighborhoods around the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks was a toxic, caustic blend, containing pollutants tied to cancer, asthma, and other respiratory problems, and a new study ties the toxic dust to more premature births..
WA has conceded its electricity market is unsustainable. Its wholesale prices are double the rest of Australia, $1 billion has been spent on fossil fuel generators that are not needed, and subsidies are costing taxpayers $600 million a year.
The politically powerful, Washington, D.C.-based National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, that powers the country's rural regions, is a 47-state network of 905 cooperatives and keeps the lights on for more than 42 million consumers. Coal is NRECA's fuel of choice.
Two-thirds of parents who don't smoke, and 61 percent of adult nonsmokers without children younger than 18 say exposure to secondhand smoke is "very harmful" to adults, according to new data sifting by Gallup Inc.
Less than half of U.S. smokers with children younger than 18, 44%, believe exposure to secondhand smoke is "very harmful" to adults. That contrasts with two-thirds of parents who don't smoke, and 61% of adult nonsmokers without children younger than 18.
From folk medicine to popular culture, there is an abiding fascination with how the experiences of pregnant women imprint on their descendants. The latest wave in this discussion flows from studies of epigenetics.
Expecting mothers who lived near the World Trade Center when the twin towers fell on September 11, 2001 were more likely to give birth prematurely and have babies with low birth weights, according to new research.
According to a recent study, having an electric generator predisposes one to higher chances of cancer, heart attack, strokes and sudden death.
Scientists have made enormous strides in understanding the impact that synthetically produced chemicals have on human health. There have also been great advances in determining how higher levels of metals can interfere with brain functioning – and how to prevent this.