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What, Exactly, Is ‘Paxlovid Mouth,’ and How Do You Get Rid of It?

The Covid-19 antiviral drug can leave a foul taste. The afflicted are scouring for remedies online.

 

Western states hit with more cuts to Colorado River water

For the second year in a row, Arizona and Nevada will face cuts in the amount of water they can draw from the Colorado River as the West endures more drought, federal officials announced Tuesday.

 

Research Project Takes Aim at Magnesium Deficiency

Many of the nutrients your body needs for optimal health must be derived from your diet, as your body cannot produce them. One crucial one that many are deficient in is magnesium. It's the fourth most common cation (positively charged ion) in your body and is required for the functioning of more than 300 enzyme systems driving a diverse array of biological reactions.

 

Scientists: U.S. Must Move Quickly on PFAS Testing for People With Elevated Exposures

The authors of a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine called for “robust and effective collaboration between local communities, states and federal agencies in order to respond to the challenge of PFAS exposure.”

 

Wind energy boom and golden eagles collide in the US West

The rush to build wind farms to combat climate change is colliding with preservation of one of the U.S. West’s most spectacular predators — the golden eagle — as the species teeters on the edge of decline. ​

 

Today’s heat waves feel a lot hotter than heat index implies

An analysis by climate scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, finds that the apparent temperature, or heat index, calculated by meteorologists and the National Weather Service (NWS) to indicate how hot it feels — taking into account the humidity — underestimates the perceived temperature for the most sweltering days we’re now experiencing, sometimes by more than 20 degrees Fahrenheit.​

 

America Is Going to Have a ‘Heat Belt’

When the heat index—a figure that takes into account both temperature and humidity—reaches 80 degrees, the National Weather Service advises Americans to take caution. When it reaches 90, that advisory gets bumped to possibly dangerous; at 100, it’s likely so. At a heat index of 125 or above, the National Weather Service warns of “extreme danger” and describes its effect on the body concisely: “heat stroke highly likely.”

 

Overlooking Skin Cancer in People With Dark Skin

Black patients are often diagnosed with certain skin cancers at more advanced stages. Doctors want to change that.

 

Children who live near fracking sites at birth face increased risk of leukemia: study

Pennsylvania children living near fracking sites at birth are two to three times more likely to be diagnosed with leukemia during early childhood than those who did not live near such facilities, a new study has found.

 

‘Diesel death zones’ are making it harder for many in NC to breathe

Here in North Carolina, pollution from heavy-duty vehicles — the truck delivering your package, the school bus picking up your kids, the 18-wheeler passing you on the highway — is creating “diesel death zones.”

 

Air pollution concerns for valley farm workers

Smoke that blankets the valley during wildfire season is proving to be a risk for ag workers. “It always coincides during our peak harvest season,” explains Fresno County Farm Bureau CEO, Ryan Jacobsen. He says it is the time of year farmers have the highest number of people out in the field. When particulate matter levels reach a certain level, ranchers are required to provide respirators to farmworkers, most commonly N95 masks.

 

In Georgia, the EPA Takes Action Against ‘Forever Chemicals’

Despite voluntarily phase outs by U.S. manufacturers, some PFAs persist in drinking water in the small town of Rome.

 

Replacing Lead Water Pipes with Plastic Could Raise New Safety Issues

Industry-related groups say plastic is a safe material to replace lead pipes, but some researchers and health advocates are not so sure

 

12 Best Summer Foods To Keep Your Body Cool

With a good portion of the country experiencing heat waves and more likely to come, it’s important to know how to stay cool, especially naturally. Eating is one of the most natural things and when we adjust our diet accordingly, we can stay cool and hydrated as the temperatures rise.

 
 

Claims that “supercharged biotech rice” yields massively more grain debunked

Science Magazine recently published a paper in which Chinese scientists reported massive yield gains in rice, thanks to genetic engineering. The journal also promoted the research in a news piece that featured other scientists expressing their amazement at the yield gains achieved. The article suggested the same “genetic tweak” to a single gene could also turbocharge the yields of wheat and other crops. ​

 

Take Action: Legislation Upholding Local Authority to Protect Waterways from Pesticides Waiting on New York Governor’s Signature

Health and environmental advocates are urging Governor Kathy Hochul (D) to sign into law legislation that allows localities in the state to protect freshwater wetlands from toxic pesticide applications. The legislation, SB S8378C, sponsored by Senator Pete Harckham (D-WF) and passed by the state Senate and Assembly, represents an important affirmation of the local democratic right of communities seeking to protect their residents and local environments from hazardous pesticides.

 

These bioluminescent Arctic fish contain loads of ‘antifreeze’ — more than any other polar species

For 50 years, scientists have known that some Arctic and Antarctic fish survive the ultracold depths by producing “antifreeze” proteins in their bodies to protect against the subzero temperatures. Now, a team based at CUNY and the American Museum of Natural History have discovered a species that tops them all — the coldest of the cold-dwellers.

 

Ants can be better than pesticides for growing healthy crops, study finds

Ants can be more effective than pesticides at helping farmers produce food, according to new research. They are better at killing pests, reducing plant damage and increasing crop yields, according to the first systematic review of ants’ contributions to crop production.

 

Next US energy boom could be wind power in the Gulf of Mexico

With passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, which contains US$370 billion for climate and energy programs, policy experts are forecasting a big expansion in clean electricity generation. One source that’s poised for growth is offshore wind power.

 

Young parents say they don’t know how to handle their kids’ screen time habits

Grandma and grandpa never had to deal with this! New research by a team at Edith Cowan University finds many modern parents can’t agree on how to regulate their kids’ use of smartphones and tablets. With no set “rule book” on how to navigate this newly emerging parental problem, parents in a recent survey admit their kids’ mobile use is leading to a whole lot of family arguments and tension.

 

40 years of CDs : From listening pleasure to useless trash?

The once revolutionary technology of the compact disc is considered 'old school' today. DW's Silke Wünsch has experienced the rise and fall of the CD firsthand.

 

Major cities blighted by nitrogen dioxide pollution, research finds

Cities in relatively prosperous countries are blighted by serious levels of air pollution from nitrogen dioxide, often without realising the extent of the problem, research has found.

 

Africa’s Cold Rush and the Promise of Refrigeration

For the developing world, refrigeration is growth. In Rwanda, it could spark an economic transformation.​

 

How people pay attention to faces in videos could help screen for autism

Infants, kids, and adults do not view faces the same way while watching videos, according to researchers from the University of California-Riverside. Their study finds the role of “face centering” increases as someone grows older.

 

Is breast milk better for gut health of premature babies than formula?

Breast milk vs. formula feedings have been, are, and, I think, will continue to be one of the most vigorously debated topics in children’s health. The debates, often, are presented as though black and white. I don’t know many issues, though, with more shades of gray. Breast milk vs. formula is not just about the chemical makeup of the food.

 

Bees struggle to walk in a straight line if they've been exposed to pesticides: Chemicals damage the pollinators' brains and could impair their ability to navigate, study warns

Honeybees cannot walk in a straight line after they have been exposed to pesticides as they damage their nervous system, a study has found.

 

A way to recycle polystyrene into more valuable products

A team of researchers at Virginia Tech working with one colleague from Dongbei University of Finance and Economics and another from Santa Clara University has developed a process for recycling polystyrene that involves the capture of valuable products. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their process and how it could be used in large-scale applications.

 

Propane — a solution for more sustainable air conditioning

Current severe heatwaves that will likely increase in severity and frequency in the future are driving a rise in the use of air conditioners, threatening the environment with their high energy consumption and refrigerants with high warming potential. A new study finds that switching to propane as a refrigerant could lessen the global temperature increase from space cooling.

 

'Cannibal' explosion on the sun could disrupt GPS systems on THURSDAY when billions of tons of plasma and particles are hurled to Earth

A ‘cannibal’ ejection of energetic and highly magnetized, superheated gas is barreling toward Earth and has a 10 percent chance of producing X-class flares, which are major events that can trigger radio communication blackouts and disrupt GPS systems, when it hits our planet Thursday.

 

China is seeding clouds to replenish its shrinking Yangtze River

Chinese planes are firing rods into the sky to bring more rainfall to its crucial Yangtze River, which has dried up in parts, as swaths of the nation fall into drought and grapple with the worst heat wave on record.

 

Childhood lead exposure is linked to low test scores for Black students, study finds

A new study led by Duke University found that elevated levels of lead can lead to lower test scores among Black students.

 

The FDA’s Vaping Ban Has Totally Backfired. Here’s Why

Alternative disposable flavored vaping devices have taken Juul’s place in the flavored vaping market after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned Juul’s flavored vaping cartridges in 2020, Reuters reported Tuesday.

 

National Fentanyl Prevention and Awareness Day

DEA will observe August 21, 2022 as National Fentanyl Prevention and Awareness Day. According to the group, Facing Fentanyl, this day was established in remembrance of our loved ones that died from fentanyl poisoning and acknowledge the devastation this drug has brought to thousands of affected family members and friends.

 

Four Natural Options for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Do you suffer from malaise, low energy, brain fog and a depressed mood? It’s not all in your head. You may have chronic fatigue syndrome, and there is A LOT that you can do to feel better and reclaim your energy

 

Above-Average Hurricane Season Will Offer Little Relief From Brutal Texas Drought, State Climatologist Says

The same La Niña conditions that helped usher in an exceptionally hot and dry summer are also setting the stage for increased hurricane activity — but those storms won’t bring the kind of rain Texans have been hoping for.

 

A Key Food to Grow With Limited Space

As a cabal of technocratic elite battle for control of the world’s resources, global systems of food and energy production are being increasingly targeted and dismantled. This is all part of The Great Reset, a decades-old plan from the World Economic Forum (WEF) to seize control of wealth and resources.​

 

Germany: 1 dead, 9 injured after autonomous test car veers into traffic

A test car with autonomous steering capability veered into oncoming traffic in Germany, killing one person and seriously injuring nine others, police said Tuesday.

 

Facility Cleaning with Drones

Using drones to clean hard-to-reach places isn’t really that novel of an idea. Cleaning drones have been used for several years on all sorts of applications up in the air.

 

Experts assert the need to amplify "food first" and "no needle" messages among all athletes

Intravenous (IV) nutrition, which used to be considered a treatment of 'last resort', is threatening to become the norm for competitive athletes, despite no scientific evidence that it works or that it is safe, warn experts in an editorial, published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.​

 

Transition milk improves health in neonatal calves

Feeding calves transition milk instead of milk replacer in the first days of life stimulates intestinal development and improves health scores. In a new report in the Journal of Dairy Science, five researchers from Michigan State University examine the effects of transition milk on the health and growth of Holstein bull calves. They found several benefits, including improved development in all sections of the small intestine and increased weight gain compared with calves fed milk replacer.

 

What’s Behind the Sudden Surge in Autism?

Rates of autism continue to increase in the U.S., with the latest estimates showing that 1 in 30, or 3.49%, of children ages 3 to 17 were diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in 2020. The data, gathered in 2019 and 2020, came from the U.S. National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), and revealed that out of 12,554 children surveyed in 2019 and 2020, 410 were diagnosed with autism.

 

Risk of electrocution from electric cars reduced with new technology

New technology, developed by researchers at the University of York, has proved successful in reducing the risk of electrocution to drivers and passengers of electric vehicles as a result of damage to the cars in major road accidents.

 

Back to the drawing board: Reinventing offshore wind turbines

Brandon Ennis, Sandia National Laboratories' offshore wind technical lead, had a radically new idea for offshore wind turbines: instead of a tall, unwieldy tower with blades at the top, he imagined a towerless turbine with blades pulled taut like a bow.

 

Glyphosate Crosses Blood-Brain Barrier, May Increase Risk of Alzheimer’s

Researchers at the Translational Genomics Research Institute found glyphosate infiltrates the brain, where it can increase the production of soluble beta-amyloid (Aβ), one of the central diagnostic hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease.

 

After 22 Years of Delays, EPA Proposes Cracking Down on Toxic Chemicals Found in Toys

Twenty-two years after first suggesting it, federal regulators last week proposed adding a group of plastic additives common in toys, flooring and fabric coatings to its list of toxic chemicals, concluding that it can “reasonably be anticipated to cause cancer and serious or irreversible chronic health effects in humans.”

 

UK Average Electricity Cost Will Soar to $5,370 Per Year By 2023

Households are likely to see the average bill for electricity and natural gas climb to £4,400 ($5,370) a year in the first half of 2023, according to a report this week from Cornwall Insight, a consulting firm. This is after the regulatory price cap shot up 54% to about £2,000 in April with another 40%-plus increase due in October and further increases after that.

 

Nuclear war would cause a global famine and kill more than 5 BILLION people, study finds

A nuclear war between Russia and the US would trigger a global famine that would wipe out almost two-thirds of the world's population, a new study suggests.

 

You WILL eat the bugs: Major brands quietly slipping insects into your food

Major companies are quietly adding insects to their food products, implementing a goal established by the World Economic Forum that seeks to have humans eat bugs as one of its purported keys to a sustainable planet.

 

How Fast Fashion Adds to the Global Waste Problem

Shopping is often referred to as "retail therapy." Some suggest buying stuff, especially new clothes, can make you feel better. The problem is these positive emotions quickly vanish, while the excess clothes don't. In fact, fast fashion is a major contributor to the global waste problem, as clothing is now the fastest growing category of waste.

 

Congress passes Inflation Reduction Act: Its climate promise relies heavily on 65,000 miles of carbon capture pipeline

The costs are high, and these technologies can require miles of pipeline and vast amounts of underground storage, both of which can trigger local backlash. A recent study projected that the U.S. would have to construct 65,000 miles of carbon dioxide pipelines to achieve net-zero emissions in 2050, a whopping 13 times the current capacity.

 

Scotland cuts down 14 MILLION trees to build new wind farms in latest greenwashing fiasco

In order to save the country from global warming, Scotland just clear-cut 14 million trees to make way for a new “green” energy project comprised of 21 wind turbines.

 

Tensions grow over lack of a water deal for the shrinking Colorado River

Two months ago, federal officials took the unprecedented step of telling the seven states that depend on Colorado River water to prepare for emergency cuts next year to prevent reservoirs from dropping to dangerously low levels.

 

E-scooter riders ARE more reckless than cyclists: Users are FIVE TIMES more likely to drink-drive and 30 TIMES more likely to drive helmetless, study suggests

Electric scooter users are more likely to ride drunk and ride helmetless than cyclists, according to a study.

 

Children’s Health Will Be Negatively Impacted by Poorer Fitness as Global Temperatures Rise, New Research Shows

Record levels of obesity and physical inactivity among children mean they are set to bear the brunt of poorer health effects from rising global temperatures – that’s the stark warning in a new comprehensive review of current studies on the topic.

 

Tinnitus And Microwave Hearing – Have You Heard?

“Ringing in your ears? About 750 million people have this perplexing condition, study says” was published by USA Today on August 13, and was written by Christine Fernando, who informs us of the following...​

 

Central Idaho’s Mackay Dam is an ‘accident waiting to happen,’ officials say

The over 100-year-old Mackay Dam in Idaho’s Custer County needs repairs and poses a risk to the town of Mackay just downstream and the Idaho National Laboratory about 30 miles further, according to the Idaho Department of Water Resources and the Environmental Defense Institute, an Idaho nonprofit focused on nuclear energy issues.

 

Catching up with quicksilver: MXene material can counter mercury contamination

Researchers have been working for many years to develop systems for removing mercury from water. But a team at Drexel University might have found just the right material to efficiently catch the evasive quicksilver—even at low levels—and clean up contaminated bodies of water.

 

College mental health crisis: Depression cases skyrocket by 135 percent

College is supposed to be the best time in many students’ lives. From making lifelong friends to creating new experiences, college is the time to explore and find yourself before going out into the “real world.” However, researchers from Boston University reveal that the mental health of college students is getting worse. Their study found that rates of anxiety and depression have skyrocketed over the last eight years.

 

Ew! Top 10 Germ-Infected Office Hotspots

According to Dr. Lisa Ackerley, director of medical and scientific engagement, hygiene, at Reckitt’s Lysol Pro Solutions, “The sheer number of shared surfaces in today’s evolving workplaces makes it easy for germs to be spread and harder for cleaning teams and employees to understand where, when, and how to clean and disinfect potential hotspots.

 

EPA action boosts grassroots momentum to reduce toxic 'forever chemicals'

The intake pumps that once drew 6 million gallons of water a day from the Oostanaula River now sit mostly dormant in this northwestern Georgia city. Local officials contend that years of contamination miles upstream sent toxic perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, into Rome's water supply, rendering it potentially dangerous for the city's roughly 37,000 residents. A water source switch from the Oostanaula and added treatment have reduced the traces of the chemicals runnin​

 

Eco-friendly solar cells improve power generation efficiency by resolving defects

The DGIST Thin Film Solar Cell Research Center worked with Professor Kim Se-yoon of the Department of New Material Engineering at Kyungnam University to investigate the cause of pore formation, a problem in CZTS thin-film solar cells, which are eco-friendly general-purpose thin-film solar cells. The team has now developed a technology to overcome this problem.

 

How COVID spawned a surge in superbugs, and what we can do about it

After years of progress in the battle against antimicrobial-resistance, so-called "superbugs" have made a concerning comeback in the age of COVID, with resistant hospital-onset infections and deaths soaring at least 15% in the first year of the pandemic alone, according to a new Centers for Disease Control report.

 

Reports: Huron River largely dodged hexavalent chromium scare

Michigan health officials say the Huron River is now safe for human contact, after state and outside investigations concluded that far less hexavalent chromium entered the waters than originally feared. ​

 

Toxic Pesticide Residues on Over Half of U.S. Food, 1 in 10 Samples Violate Legal Limits, Says FDA

Over half of all food samples tested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) contain the residues of at least one pesticide, and one in ten samples have levels that violate legal limits established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These findings, published by FDA this month in its 2020 Pesticide Residue Monitoring Report, are simply par for the course for government regulators, as FDA indicates the 2020 results “were consistent with recent years.”

 

Which microbes live in your gut? A microbiologist tries at-home test kits to see what they reveal about the microbiome

When you hear about the gut microbiome, does it ever make you wonder what tiny creatures are teeming inside your own body? As a microbiologist who studies the microbiomes of plants, animals and people, I’ve watched public interest in gut microbes grow alongside research on their possible dramatic influence on human health. In the past several years, microbiome testing techniques used by researchers like me are now available to consumers at home

 

Helping Your Kid With Homework Probably Isn't Benefiting Them Like You Think It Is

For many parents, assisting young children with their homework goes hand in hand with making sure kids eat their vegetables and go to bed on time. It's what you do to help your children get the best start in life. Of all the possible benefits this shared time might provide, however, a boost to those grades probably isn't one of them.

 

New study shows Rhodiola rosea root might be beneficial for managing type 2 diabetes

A team of researchers led by the University of California, Irvine has discovered that treatment with an extract from the roots of the Rhodiola rosea plant might be effective for helping manage type 2 diabetes, showing promise as a safe and effective non-pharmaceutical alternative.

 

Vitamin D supplements may help reduce chronic inflammation, study finds

Systematic low-grade inflammation is characterized by the prolonged release of inflammatory molecules and is linkedTrusted Source to various health conditions.

 

Thousands of Capri Sun pouches recalled over possible contamination with cleaning solution

Kraft Heinz is recalling about 5,760 cases, saying the only flavor affected was Wild Cherry Flavored Juice Drink Blend beverages.

 

Women may live longer — but eating these colorful foods can help ensure they live healthier

Average life expectancy for women is greater than that of men. The additional longevity, though, includes higher rates of illnesses. A new study from the University of Georgia (UGA) suggests that these higher rates of illnesses can be improved by a diet high in pigmented carotenoids.

 

Costly Chemicals; The Health and Economic Impact of 'Forever Chemicals'

With PFAS being commonly found in households worldwide, what are the health and economic impacts of these forever chemicals? In this interview, we speak to Dr. Linda Kahn to find out more!

 

Talking to Kids about Vaping

New Youth Vaping Prevention Campaign Uses Dance Challenge to Address Serious Topic The American Lung Association and the Ad Council are launching a new series of public service announcements on Tuesday August 9th that encourage parents to proactively talk to their kids about the dangers and health effects of vaping. The new PSAs are part of a broader campaign to raise awareness about the risks associated with youth vaping and help parents with kids aged 10-14 start important conversations with t​

 

Meth use is driving overdose epidemic in rural America — not opioids

Hit shows like “Breaking Bad” put a spotlight on the dangerous nature of making and using methamphetamine. Now, a new study finds the common drug in pop culture is also a common problem in rural America. Researchers from Oregon Health & Science University say that meth use is actually driving the nation’s overdose crisis, rather than the commonly suspected cause — opioids.

 

Lithium mining: A load shedding solution or an environmental catastrophe?

It's estimated that by 2030, batteries will account for 95% of global lithium demand. Lithium-ion batteries have been touted as one way in which the demand for power can be managed and place less strain on the grid, but what about the impact of lithium mining on the environment?

 

THERE ARE ‘NO REAL CONSEQUENCES’ FOR TOXIC EMISSIONS EVENTS

In some cases, these “chemical releases” aren’t illegal. In others, state regulators give polluters the benefit of the doubt.

 

Six Top Reasons to Try Grape Seed Extract

This powerful compound, made from crushed grape seeds, benefits everything from heart health and blood pressure to weight management and even mood support

 

94% of Baby Foods — Including Homemade — Contain Brain-Damaging Heavy Metals, New Study Shows

Almost all baby foods U.S. parents feed their children — whether store-bought or homemade — contain detectable amounts of toxic heavy metals that can impair brain development, according to new research from Healthy Babies, Bright Futures.

 

Michigan Plant Ignored Safety Alarm 460+ Times In 3 Hours As Toxic Chemical Leaked Into Huron River

According to records recently submitted by state authorities, it is now clear that a plant operator disregarded and then silenced a safety alarm at least 460 times in just a three-hour span while a significant release of a dangerous cancer-causing chemical flowed into Michigan’s Huron River last month.​

 

High Prices, Range Anxiety Holding Back EV Adoption

While the tax credits for new and used electric vehicles included in the Inflation Reduction Act will do its part in making electric cars more attractive to American consumers, Statista's Felix Richter notes that there’s more than just the high purchase price keeping Americans from buying electric.

 

A disastrous megaflood is coming to California, experts say, and it could be the most expensive natural disaster in history

Many Californians fear the "Big One," but it might not be what you think. It's not an earthquake. And it isn't the mega drought. It's actually the exact opposite. A megaflood.

 

'We are waiting for rain, for winter, for God' - Fighting a megafire in France

Hervé Trentin, a 34-year veteran of the Gironde fire department, stood on the edge of a charred section of forest wiping tears from his cheeks. It was the second time he had cried that morning.

 

Hotter summers to fuel increase in skin cancers, doctors warn

Experts have said higher summer temperatures caused by the climate crisis may fuel an increase in cases of potentially deadly skin cancers such as melanoma.

 

Spain travel warning as Scots motorists could be fined for driving petrol or diesel car

Holidaymakers bound for Spain this August have been warned that they could be hit with a fine if they drive a petrol or diesel car in certain areas of the country — including holiday hotspots.

 

Wildfires As A Weapon: US Military Exposed

Is the military industrial complex insane enough to incinerate Earth's last remaining forests in order to achieve the objectives of the global controllers? The short answer is yes.

 

‘Catastrophic failure’ kills 21,000 fish at California university

A “catastrophic failure” at a university research facility in California killed 21,000 fish this week, some of which were endangered.

 

When Will Environmental Groups Acknowledge One Of The Biggest Causes Of Climate Change?

Official sources have finally been forced to acknowledge that the entire planet has been completely contaminated by PFAS "forever chemicals" (Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances). What has yet to be admitted to is that the largest single source of toxic atmospheric nanoparticle pollution is the ongoing global climate intervention operations.

 

Centuries-old warnings emerge from riverbed as Europe faces historic drought

Water levels have dropped in major rivers across Europe as the region suffers under a historic drought. In those dry riverbeds, centuries-old warning messages have emerged, locals report.

 

Vitamin D Supplements Help Treat Depression, Study Reveals

Can simply being out in the sun help battle depression? A new study by international researchers finds that vitamin D may reduce depressive symptoms in adults.

 

Binge-eating and lack of exercise during lockdown has triggered huge increase in gout, data suggests

It was once known as the 'disease of kings' – but hospital admissions for gout have surged due to binge-eating and exercising less during the lockdowns, figures suggest.

 

Japanese children walk differently than other kids — because of their healthy diet

Japanese children walk differently than kids from other countries — because of their healthy diet, according to new research.

 

The Importance of Music as Medicine in our World

Music as Medicine is becoming a hot topic, even in some major hospitals, and is ever more important in a world in which the harmful effects of toxic drugs are more prevalent than ever before. The Interdisciplinary Society for Quantitative Research in Music and Medicine (ISQRMM) is an organisation with a mission to provide researchers, practitioners, medical professionals and musicians with a forum in which to critically engage on the effects of music on the human mind, body and soul.

 

Chili peppers: From fighting cancer to preventing heart disease, here’s 6 health benefits of this spicy favorite

Chili peppers are one of the most popular ingredients to add some kick to countless recipes. They’re red hot, spicy and add a definite zing. And did you know they’re actually a fruit? For all the culinary reasons we love chili peppers, it turns out there’s even more reason to include them in your meal. It turns out chili peppers provide very powerful health benefits.

 

The Health Benefits of Echinacea

Echinacea is also known as purple coneflower. It is one of the hardiest perennial plants indigenous to America. Much of the knowledge that we have about the medicinal use of echinacea is derived from Native American use. Samples of the plant have been found in Lakota Sioux village sites dating from the early 1600s.

 

Why Do Kids Get Worms, And What Can You Do to Prevent It?

As a parent, it might feel like you are constantly giving your children worm treatments – usually in the form of chocolate or sweetened chewable tablets. In fact, most kids in Australia (or any other rich country) get very few worms compared to kids in places where poor hygiene practices make all sorts of worms common. But there is one species of worm so common and so tied to humanity, it can defeat even our most comprehensive hygiene standards.

 

‘Ventilation Corridors’ Funnel Cool Mountain Air Into Steamy Stuttgart

With strategically placed channels for air flow, the birthplace of the automobile is using urban design to lower the temperature.

 

What causes hives and how dangerous can they be? A nurse practitioner explains

Every year, about 20% of Americans will get hives – those itchy, red bumps or welts that can appear after a day in the garden, taking medication, being bitten by a bug or for no apparent reason at all. Patricia A. MacCulloch is a nurse practitioner and professor of nursing who teaches about hives, among many other things. She offers some insight into this annoying condition that can sometimes be a sign of a life-threatening emergency.

 

Johnson & Johnson to stop selling talc-based baby powder globally

Johnson & Johnson will stop selling its talc-based baby powder worldwide starting next year, in what it called a “commercial decision” aimed at ensuring long-term growth.

 

This system aims to make cleaning reusable diapers as easy as throwing out disposable ones

Babies use 6,500 disposable diapers before they’re potty trained, and cloth diapers are labor intensive to clean. Pika hopes to eliminate both that waste, and all that work.

 

Delaware adopts law to restrict flame retardants in various articles

Delaware has adopted a measure to prohibit ten flame retardants in upholstered furniture and children’s products, as well as organohalogen flame retardants (OFRs) in mattresses.

 

An eco-friendly filter for removing microplastics in water without polluting the environment

DGIST has announced that a research team led by Professor Lee Ju-hyuck of the Department of Energy Science and Engineering of DGIST, collaborating with the research team of Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (President Lee Nak-gyu) led by Dr. Cho Han-cheol, developed an eco-friendly microplastic removal technology that can remove micro-to-nano-sized microplastics in the water.

 

Greece’s Islands Are Zero-Waste Laboratories

Before the tiny Greek island of Tilos became a big name in recycling, taverna owner Aristoteles Chatzifountas knew that whenever he threw his restaurant’s trash into a municipal bin down the street it would end up in the local landfill.

 

Hooray For Grapes! How A Daily Bowl Can Add Years To Your Life And Keep Alzheimer’s Away

Love grapes? You’ll love this study then. Snacking on grapes could potentially add up to five years to your life, research suggests. Scientists behind the study at Western New England University describe the results as “astonishing.”

 

The U.S. could see a new 'extreme heat belt' by 2053

A new report uses hyperlocal data and climate projections to show that cities as far north as Chicago could have many more days of extreme heat each year.

 

Oil and gas industry in Permian Basin ups work on air pollution amid tighter requirements

Oil and gas industry leaders in New Mexico’s Permian Basin said they were taking steps to curb air pollution amid tighter regulations from the State of New Mexico and potentially the federal government.​

 

CDC Updates Cleaning Guidelines for Monkeypox

On Aug. 4, the same day that the White House declared monkeypox a national public health emergency, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued significant, updated guidelines regarding the virus for cleaning professionals.

 

Men exposed to industrial air pollution exhibit sperm mitochondrial DNA deletions

Changes in sperm mtDNA and the mitochondrial membrane have been linked to male infertility. Many common large mtDNA deletions have been reported in men with poor sperm motility. Interestingly, sperm mtDNA status can be used as a molecular biomarker of environmental exposure and oxidative stress.

 

New ad campaign targets vaping among kids as school year begins

The American Lung Association and the Ad Council have launched a series of public service announcements about the dangers of vaping. According to the American Lung Association, youth vaping increased 73% between 2016 and 2020. About two million young people across the country vape.

 

Prohibit Ag Pesticide Use on Wildlife Refuges to Protect Biodiversity

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and seven other members of the United States Senate are calling on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to phase out the use of toxic pesticides in National Wildlife Refuges in order to protect declining wildlife species and the country’s unique natural resources.

 

Early-term births associated with higher rate of ADHD as reported by teachers

Among children born at term (37--41 weeks), those born before 39 weeks are more likely to experience symptoms associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a new study.​

 

Serve up healthy mornings at home with EWG’s top organic cereal choices

Breakfast is, for many people, their most important meal. What you choose to eat first thing can set the tone for the rest of the day. Often we don’t have to time cook a big breakfast, let alone sit down and enjoy it, so we defer to quick and portable choices – like cereal.

 

1 in 3 parents worry that school traffic is a danger for kids

For some elementary and middle schoolers, one of the most nerve-wracking parts of the school day starts before the first bell even rings: morning drop off. Rushed drivers. Vehicles in the wrong spot. Children trying to get through the snarl of cars and busses. And many parents in a new national poll agree that school traffic can be hazardous to student safety, with over a third saying parent drivers speeding and not paying attention are major problems around their child's school.

 

Lumbrokinase for Heart Health?

Although it's not a well-known substance, lumbrokinase is recognized by health experts as an extraordinarily health-beneficial enzyme. It boosts circulatory health by breaking down fibrinogen, described by one study1 as having the ability to reduce blood viscosity, making it a "critical factor in clot formation."

 

59% of U.S. Foods Contain Pesticide Residues, FDA Tests Find

Pesticide residues were detected in 59% of U.S. food samples tested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in its most recently completed annual testing program, the agency revealed in a new report.​

 

Did Lockdowns Turn Americans Into Lazy Bums?

It looks as if we can add another line to the long list of lockdown harms. Sloth. This explains so much actually. For months, we’ve been watching working/population ratios and labor participation rates and have been stunned by how they both continue to plummet. We search for explanations. Early retirement. Women driven out due to childcare shortages. Unemployment payments. All these factors contribute but there is still more to explain.

 

First Synthetic Embryos: The Scientific Breakthrough Raises Serious Ethical Questions

Children, even some who are too young for school, know you can’t make a baby without sperm and an egg. But a team of researchers in Israel have called into question the basics of what we teach children about the birds and the bees, and created a mouse embryo using just stem cells.

 

Food As A Weapon Of War

The global food crisis threatens society, putting great pressure on families to survive. Why and how are these commodities being used as a weapon? Who is behind this tyranny?

 

Rhine River Falls to Crisis Levels, Causing Potential Fuel Disruptions

Following weeks of scorching temperatures and little rainfall, the water levels of Germany’s Rhine River, a major shipping channel for products like gas, coal, grains, and minerals like the iron ore used to make steel, are getting so low it will become impassable later this week, creating havoc for shipments.​

 

Mysterious mass fish kill in the Oder River

After Polish anglers removed tons of dead fish from the Oder River bordering Germany, the die-off has been labeled an "ecological disaster." But what's to blame?

 

"Nothing Left In Pipes": French Towns Rely on Water Truck Deliveries For Survival

Severe drought conditions affect about 60% of the EU, and in France, dozens of municipalities have run out of water and relied on a fleet of trucks hauling fresh water for survival. At least 100 towns and villages have run out of fresh water. The French government has stepped in to support these drought-stricken areas.

 

Organic compost is the likely culprit of PFAS contamination in a rural Massachusetts town

Concerns about chemicals in water and soil are part of what fuels the organic movement. So it came as a shock to residents of Westminster, Mass., that the likely cause of PFAS contamination in their town — affecting about 200 properties — is organic compost.

 

Even low levels of air pollution can damage health, study finds

A study in one of the cleanest countries in the world could help governments think about future ways to manage air pollution.

 

The touch screen generation: Just HALF of six-year-olds get an hour of exercise each day — the minimum recommended amount

Half of six-year-olds in England do not get enough exercise each day, according to a study.

 

Blindness cure discovered? Implant made from pig skin protein restores 20:20 vision to patients!

A protein implant derived from pig skin could restore a blind person’s vision, according to a new study. Researchers found no one who underwent the operation still dealt with blindness two years later. Moreover, three people who were blind ended up with 20:20 vision after the groundbreaking procedure.​

 

Type 1 diabetes may be triggered by gut bacteria, study suggests

The underlying cause behind the autoimmune response commonly seen in Type 1 diabetes (T1D) patients continues to be a mystery in medical research. Now, this might change. Boston College and Joslin Diabetes Center researchers have discovered a certain species of human gut bacteria that makes a peptide which mimics the specific insulin peptide targeted by the immune system in Type 1 diabetes.

 

Alcohol use can alter gut microbes, but not in the way you might think

Chronic alcohol use is a major cause of liver damage and death: Approximately 30,000 persons in the United States die annually from alcoholic liver diseases, such as cirrhosis. Among the negative impacts of excessive alcohol use is its ability to adversely affect the gut microbiome, though how that happens has been a mystery, since the majority of consumed alcohol is absorbed in the mouth and stomach and does not reach the intestines.

 

What if we could recycle the energy remaining in discarded batteries? Scientists now know how

Alkaline and zinc-carbon batteries are common in many self-powered devices. However, once a battery is discharged, it is no longer usable and is discarded. According to estimates, nearly 15 billion batteries are produced and sold worldwide annually. Most of these end up in landfills and some are salvaged for valuable metals. However, although these batteries are not usable, there is usually a small amount of energy left in them. In fact, about half of them contain as much as 50% energy.

 

Wildfires could release radioactive particles from nuclear sites

Nuclear disasters can release widespread, dangerous radioactive fallout. Research facilities and nuclear weapons tests can also leave behind varying levels of radioactive particles in soil and plants.​

 

Concrete using recycled tire rubber promises boost for circular economy

Engineers have discovered a way to replace 100% of conventional aggregates in concrete—such as gravel and crushed rock—with rubber from discarded tires that meets building codes, promising a boost for the circular economy.

 

Dodging silver bullets: how cloud seeding could go wrong

Compared to other forms of geoengineering that have received greater attention and generated more controversy—such as expanding research on solar geoengineering—policy discussions about the use (and misuse) of cloud seeding are lacking, even though it has been widely deployed.

 

The cost of green energy: The nation’s biggest lithium mine may be going up on a site sacred to Native Americans

The huge project on public land, approved by the Trump administration in its final days, has sparked an outcry and a lawsuit, but opposition among Native Americans is not unanimous.

 

Majority of clinicians support yearly radiation exposure limits, survey reveals

Although there are no current government regulations pertaining to the amount of CT scans individuals can have in a year, new survey data suggest many practicing clinicians support the notion. The new data were published recently in the European Journal of Radiology. Survey responses were collected from four countries—South Korea, Hungary, Canada and the U.S.—and indicate the majority of clinicians believe radiation exposure should be considered when ordering CT scans.

 

5 Probiotic-Rich Foods To Add To Your Diet For A Healthy Gut

Your gut and digestive tract are incredibly forgiving. They handle a hefty deal of work which our bodies need to function — but not without some help from the food we put through it. Probiotic foods are best for this, which I’m sure you’ve heard of since these foods have all the attention in the health space.

 

Getting Stronger as You Age

It is rarely too late to start resistance training; you can build muscle mass after age 60, which is about when I started. In 2022, I set a new personal record in the leg press for 600 pounds, which I believe is even better than the 400-pound deadlift I did last year

 

Arctic is warming nearly four times faster than the rest of the world – new research

A new study shows that the Arctic has warmed nearly four times faster than the rest of the world over the past 43 years. This means the Arctic is on average around 3℃ warmer than it was in 1980.

 

Toxic rare earth mines fuel deforestation, rights abuses in Myanmar, report says

Highly toxic rare earth mining has rapidly expanded in northern Myanmar, fueling human rights abuses, deforestation and environmental contamination, an investigation by the NGO Global Witness has found.​

 

Should Medical Marijuana Be Allowed in Schools?

As a growing number of states legalize marijuana use for medical purposes, schools are having to decide whether to allow students to take cannabis on campus as medication.g

 

Advocacy Groups Unveil “A Roadmap to Eliminating Lead Poisoning in New York City”

Today, the New York City Coalition to End Lead Poisoning (NYCCELP), a coalition of advocates, doctors, lawyers, and the Lead Roundtable, which is convened by the coalition, released the “2022 Lead Agenda: A Roadmap to Eliminating Lead Poisoning in New York City.” Our city’s children continue to needlessly suffer permanent neurological damage from exposure to lead in old paint, dust, and drinking water in their homes.

 

Vaping Replaces Smoking for US Kids

Dr. Joanna Cohen, Director of the Institute for Global Tobacco Control at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, talks about the health effects of vaping.

 

Tick Check! The Tiny Bloodsuckers In Our Backyards

Short Wave is going outside every Friday this summer! In this second episode of our series on the National Parks System, we head to Big Thicket National Preserve in Texas. Among the trees and trails, researchers like Adela Oliva Chavez search for blacklegged ticks that could carry Lyme disease. She's looking for answers as to why tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease are spreading in some parts of the country and not others.

 

STUDY FINDS HARMFUL CHEMICALS PRESENT IN LARGE SAMPLE OF PREGNANT WOMEN

Pregnant women are exposed to a wide variety of chemicals that may have adverse effects on maternal and child health. Despite the risks they pose, few of these chemicals are routinely measured in humans.​

 

Emerging Contaminants - What, Where and How to Tackle

According to figures provided by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the US, there are currently more than 86,000 chemical compounds in active circulation in the world today. Such a large figure makes it virtually impossible to ascertain atmospheric or environmental concentrations of all of them – or even more fundamentally to understand how they affect the natural world around them.

 

Federal Health Agencies Unveil National Tool to Measure Health Impacts of Environmental Burdens

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Environmental Justice, announce the release of the Environmental Justice Index (EJI).

 

As Drought Hits Farms, Investors Lay Claim to Colorado Water

The debate over how to treat water—as a public resource or an investment tool—is escalating as climate change accelerates the water crisis in the West.

 

Four cities’ landfills emit as much methane as 2 million cars: study

Landfills are responsible for methane emissions equivalent to that of hundreds of thousands of cars, according to research from the SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Technology.

 

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Contribute to Liver Injury, including Toxic PFAS and Pesticides

Gestational (during pregnancy) exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) like pesticides, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), among others, may increase pediatric (child) liver injury and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) risk, according to a study published in Environmental Health. Past studies associate exposure to EDCs with increased susceptibility to adverse health effects during critical fetal and childhood developmental periods.

 

What is this new Langya virus? Do we need to be worried?

A new virus, Langya henipavirus, is suspected to have caused infections in 35 people in China’s Shandong and Henan provinces over roughly a two-year period to 2021. It’s related to Hendra and Nipah viruses, which cause disease in humans. However, there’s much we don’t know about the new virus – known as LayV for short – including whether it spreads from human to human.

 

‘No excuse why they’re taking so long’: Iowa farmers are fed up with lengthy pesticide misuse investigations

With investigations sometimes taking over a year, farmers are demanding shorter wait times from the state's agriculture department.

 

Top 8 Nontoxic Cleaners You Can Use at Home

With household cleaner use being as dangerous for your lung health as long-term smoking, clearing out your cleaning cabinet could be a really simple way of safeguarding your family's health. It's true, research1 from the University of Bergen in Norway has demonstrated that once-weekly use of cleaning products for 20 years may be equivalent to smoking 20 cigarettes a day for 10 to 20 years.

 

Why Are We Prioritizing Big Ag Profits Over Children’s Health?

U.S. policymakers allow farmers to spray glyphosate, a known carcinogen, on oats, wheat and other crops, which means the chemical has been found in oatmeal, bread products and many other foods commonly consumed by children.

 

The Smartphone's Role In Dumbing-Down America

The smartphone has begun to play a huge role In dumbing down America. Rather than being a source to move us forward, it has become an albatross around the necks of many weak-minded souls that depend on them. People turn to these devices for all kinds of unneeded updates including performing simple math problems so they don't have to think.

 

Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and other billionaires are backing an exploration for rare minerals buried beneath Greenland's ice

Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates are among a group of billionaires backing a company they hope will find resources for clean energy under melting ice in the western part of Greenland.

 

Visualizing U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Sector

Decarbonization efforts in the U.S. are ramping up, and in 2020, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions were lower than at any point during the previous 30 years. However there’s still work to be done before various organizations, states, and nationwide targets are met. And when looking at GHG emissions by sector, the data suggests that some groups have more work cut out for them than others.

 

New Mexico facing a long fight after an El Paso Texas utility spews sewage into the Rio Grande

Untreated wastewater traveled to southern NM during a massive, monthslong diversion, state officials say

 

Yes, robots have taken over (So why don't we care?)

A revolution in labor markets and automation is upon us, but so far the alarm bells have been muted.​

 

Why Aren’t More People Swapping Meat & Dairy For Plant-Based Alternatives?

Higher beef prices are becoming a reality for meat eaters in the US as ranchers are reducing their cattle herds due to drought and lofty feed costs. Can plant-based substitutes take the place of a juicy beef burger?

 

National Academies urges EPA to evaluate ecological risks of sunscreen UV filters

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in a new report is urging the Environmental Protection Agency to assess the aquatic ecological risks from ultraviolet, or UV, filters and any new ingredients approved for sunscreens.

 

Farmers can save water with wireless technologies, but there are challenges – like transmitting data through mud

Water is the most essential resource for life, for both humans and the crops we consume. Around the world, agriculture accounts for 70% of all freshwater use.

 

Death Valley Flash Flooding

In early August 2022, flash floods soaked Furnace Creek in Death Valley, the driest place in North America. In just three hours on August 5, a thousand-year rainfall event dropped 75 percent of the local average annual rainfall, which is just under 2 inches (5 centimeters). Flood water washed debris over roads, swept away and buried cars, knocked a water facility offline, damaged buildings, and stranded about a thousand visitors and staff in Death Valley National Park.

 

Acute Kidney Failure Higher Among Farmers: High-Middle-Low Income Countries Suffer Disparities

A study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health finds that Brazilian agricultural workers are more likely to die from acute kidney failure (AKF) than other acute illnesses. Among the agricultural workers, the prevalence of AKF is higher for individuals at younger ages, who are female, and located in regions south of chemical use, particularly rural areas. However, the AKF mortality rate in urban areas is also increasing, but not as fast as in rural areas.

 

Organic Farming Advocates Welcome Proposed Federal Standards

Proposed federal rules governing care of organic livestock would help ensure that Vermont’s organic dairy farmers are competing on a level field against producers that milk thousands of cows.

 

On Utqiagvik’s edge, an observatory measures the gases that are warming the Arctic and the planet

NOAA’s Barrow Atmospheric Baseline Observatory got a big upgrade enabling more science at a time when climate-change conditions are getting worse

 

Ice Sheet will cause global sea levels to rise by up to 16 FEET by 2500 if temperatures continue to increase at current rate, study warns

An ice sheet that holds about 80 per cent of the world's glacier ice has the potential to cause global sea levels to rise by up to 16 feet (five metres) by 2500.

 

A Summer of Arctic Melting Hits Norway’s Svalbard Archipelago

Elevated temperatures in the Arctic, which caused massive melting of the Greenland ice sheet during a three-day period in July, also have touched off rapid glacial melting in Norway’s Svalbard Archipelago.​

 

Light at Night Boosts Obesity, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure

Ensuring your bedroom is pitch black at night — without light exposure from a television, window, cellphone or even your alarm clock — is a simple way to reduce your risk of chronic diseases. It was only about 130 years ago that electric light was invented,1 bringing with it drastic changes in the way humans function on a daily basis.

 

Increasing Nighttime Temperatures Could Raise Mortality Rates by 60%, Study Finds

A new study has found that as climate warming increases overnight temperatures, these hotter nights could increase mortality risks by as much as 60%. That’s because the higher temperatures interrupt sleep and make it harder for the body to cool down at the end of the day. These sleep disruptions could lead to immune system damage, higher risk of heart disease, cognitive damage and more.

 

Cigarette advertising aggressively targets kids in low- and middle-income countries, a new study finds

The world’s largest multinational tobacco companies are advertising cigarettes to kids near playgrounds and schools in 42 majority low- and middle-income countries. That’s the key finding of our recently published paper.

 

Walgreens played ‘substantial’ role in San Francisco opioid crisis, judge finds

Walgreens “substantially contributed” to San Francisco’s opioid epidemic by failing to perform due diligence on prescriptions that flooded into the city for 15 years, a federal judge has found.

 

The best hobbies for warding off dementia revealed

It's finally been settled. The best way to protect yourself against dementia is to keep your brain stimulated, a major review suggests.

 

Experts see Canada's euthanasia laws as threat to disabled

Alan Nichols had a history of depression and other medical issues, but none were life-threatening. When the 61-year-old Canadian was hospitalized in June 2019 over fears he might be suicidal, he asked his brother to "bust him out" as soon as possible.

 

Neurotoxin discovery reveals how Alzheimer’s disease actually starts in the gut

Gut toxins play a key role in gastrointestinal issues, but now, a new study reveals a specific toxin is a major contributor to Alzheimer’s disease. For the first time, researchers at LSU Health New Orleans discovered a pathway that starts in the gut and concludes with a pro-inflammatory toxin in brain cells that’s critical in the development of Alzheimer’s.

 

Polio booster vaccines to be rolled out to 1 million children in London

Nearly one million children under 10 in London will be offered an urgent polio booster vaccine after health chiefs confirmed the paralysis-causing virus is spreading in the capital. In the first outbreak of polio in the UK in more than 40 years, the virus has been detected more than 100 times in sewage water in eight boroughs in the north and north-east of the city.

 

Camp Lejeune’s toxic water killed my daughter. This new law finally allows affected families to take legal action

Wednesday morning President Joe Biden signed into law the Honoring our PACT Act, which includes the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, marking the culmination of a 25-year fight for justice.

 

The world’s first permanent nuclear-waste repository

Finland is the first country in the world to devise a system to permanently store all the radioactive waste generated by its nuclear power plants. Currently power plants have only temporary — and sometimes dangerous — solutions.

 

Eco-glue can replace harmful adhesives in wood construction

Researchers at Aalto University have developed a bio-based adhesive that can replace formaldehyde-containing adhesives in wood construction. The main raw material in the new adhesive is lignin, a structural component of wood and a by-product of the pulp industry that is usually burned after wood is processed. As an alternative to formaldehyde, lignin offers a healthier and more carbon-friendly way to use wood in construction.

 

Presence of certain bacteria in saliva might indicate PTSD in veteran soldiers

A scientific development from the Tel Aviv and Haifa Universities may facilitate speedy, objective and accurate diagnosis of people suffering from PTSD using saliva samples. As part of the study, the researchers characterized the psychological, social and medical conditions of about 200 participants, while at the same time collecting saliva samples from them.

 

Vitamin B12 and folic acid could reverse advanced-stage NAFLD

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) could be a term used to describe an array of liver conditions that affect people who consume little to no alcohol. The condition affects 40% of adults in Singapore, so Singaporean scientists from Duke-NUS Medical School have set out to take a closer look. They discovered a mechanism that is responsible for leading to advanced stage NAFLD, and that vitamin B12 and folic acid may be able to stop and reverse it.

 

Homemade baby food contains as many toxic metals as store-bought options, report says

Making baby food at home with store-bought produce isn't going to reduce the amount of toxic heavy metals in the food your baby eats, according to a new report released exclusively to CNN.

 

Traditional Chinese medicine reduces severity of radiation-induced gastrointestinal mucositis in rats

Currently there is no effective treatment for mucositis, but researchers from the University of Adelaide have found that a type of traditional Chinese medicine reduces the severity of radiation-induced gastrointestinal mucositis (GIM) in rats.

 

QU professor explains impacts of mercury poisoning after 2 kids hospitalized

"It’s a metal, there’s only a handful of metals you can get liquid," said Robert Hansen, Assistant Chemistry Professor at Quinnipiac University.

 

Public Act 22-49 to Align Connecticut Standards on Childhood Lead Poisoning

Gov. Ned Lamont has signed into law Public Act 22-49, which will align Connecticut’s standards on childhood lead poisoning with federal standards and help alleviate the risks associated with it.

 

Radioactive waste concerns at Jana Elementary School

Coldwater Creek and the radioactive waste dumped there have been threatening neighborhoods since the 1940s. The impacts continue today, even affecting a school.

 

Looking for 'ever-loving homes': Nearly 4,000 beagles bred for drug experiments rescued

In what's thought to be one of the biggest dog rescue efforts in the U.S., nearly 4,000 beagles are looking for forever homes after being saved from a Virginia facility that bred them to be sold to laboratories for drug experiments.

 

Tips for Proper PPE Disposal

One of the biggest challenges people face when trying to be responsible is understanding what can and can’t be recycled. In the case of most single-use personal protective equipment (PPE), it’s highly advised not to try and recycle your used products.

 

Hold the salt for a longer life? Why opting for other seasoning could add years to your lifespan

Sprinkling salt substitutes on meals could add years to your life, according to new research. A global study found opting for a seasoning other than salt lowers the risk of premature death from cardiovascular disease or any cause by more than 10 percent.

 

Case Report Highlighting Cardiovascular Effects of Concomitant Use of Methamphetamine and Marijuana

In the United States, during 2015-2018, approximately 1.6 million adults, on average, used methamphetamine each year. Among adults using methamphetamine within the past year, the prevalence of use or misuse of other substances, including cannabis use, was 68.7%. In 2011, about one-fifth of methamphetamine-related visits involved combinations with marijuana. The trend of drug coadministration is increasing worldwide. A higher likelihood of methamphetamine abuse is associated with existing marijuana abuse, with an odds ratio of 3.33.

 

Targeting impulsivity early in adolescence could prevent later behavioral disorders

A new study following hundreds of youth over more than a half-dozen years suggests that targeting adolescents who exhibit high levels of impulsivity in early adolescence could halt a cascading chain of events that leads to late-adolescence antisocial personality disorder and alcohol use disorder.

 

Turning Away From Vaping, Nicotine-Addicted Teens Choose Candy, Gums

Teens increasingly are turning to nicotine-loaded gum, lozenges and gummies for a quick rush, a groundbreaking study warns.

 

High school athletes in contact sports more likely to misuse prescription stimulants throughout their 20s

High school seniors who play contact sports are roughly 50% more likely to misuse prescription stimulants in the next decade after graduation, compared to those who do not participate in these types of sports, a new University of Michigan study found.

 

Safety in and near the water – a pediatric emergency medicine physician offers tips

A lifeguard shortage in many parts of the U.S. means an increased drowning risk at pools and beaches this summer. Earlier this summer, SciLine interviewed Linda Quan, a pediatric emergency medicine physician and professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, about drowning risks and what people should know to keep themselves and their children safe.

 

The 5G War — Technology Versus Humanity

Exposure to electromagnetic field (EMF) and radiofrequency (RF) radiation is an ever-growing health risk in the modern world. The Cellular Phone Task Force website1 has a long list of governments and organizations that have issued warnings or banned wireless technologies of various kinds and under various circumstances, starting in 1993.

 

‘Children Are Not Little Adults’: Why Kids Are at Greater Risk From Heat Waves

Children’s bodies take longer to increase sweat production and otherwise acclimatize in a warm environment than adults’ do, research shows. Young kids also are more susceptible to dehydration because a larger percentage of their body weight is water.

 

'Deeply disturbing' video appears to show a Tesla in full self-driving mode repeatedly running over a child-sized mannequin in 'controlled test conditions'

A 'deeply disturbing' video claims to show a Tesla in full self-driving mode running over a child-size mannequin during a test by a safety campaign group. The Dawn Project said the vehicle failed to detect the stationary dummy's presence in the road and hit it over and over again at an average speed of 25mph.

 

Who will pay for all the electric car chargers? Pretty much everyone

Americans nationwide will likely face higher electric bills to pay for the next stage of the country's electric vehicle (EV) charger buildout — even if they don't drive an EV.

 

Hidden danger in electric vehicle fires

Like a fire in a wall, fires in electric vehicle (EV) batteries burn unseen. Firefighters can squelch the visible flames in an EV fire, but chemicals inside the battery continue to burn because firefighters cannot reach the source. Researchers at Missouri S&T are working with mine operators and firefighting agencies to plan for and mitigate EV fire risks.

 

'Lake Powell is the most immediate concern': Water levels drop to historic lows

Lake Powell's dwindling supply is putting the lake and Glen Canyon Dam in jeopardy.

 

A dry river: Albuquerque’s ‘new hydrologic reality’

“This is kind of a new world that we live in,” says Joaquin Baca, one of the directors for the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District. “People keep talking about ‘drought, historic drought’ — just stop using the word drought. Because really, this is a product of climate change.”

 

Drought increases microbe-laden dust landing in Sierras

Dust from all over the world is landing in the Sierra Nevada mountains carrying microbes that are toxic to both plants and humans. Research from UC Riverside shows higher concentrations of the dust are landing at lower elevations, where people are more likely to be hiking.

 

Do chemicals in sunscreens threaten aquatic life? A new report says a thorough assessment is ‘urgently needed’

Studies have shown that the same active ingredients in sunscreens that protect people from cancer-causing ultraviolet rays can be toxic to a range of species in oceans, rivers and lakes. With both of these risks in mind, a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine finds an urgent need for more information about whether these chemicals threaten aquatic life on a broad scale.

 

How ‘living architecture’ could help the world avoid a soul-deadening digital future

The problems with technology are myriad and diffuse, and widely studied and reported: from short attention spans and tech neck to clickbait and AI bias to trolling and shaming to conspiracy theories and misinformation. As people increasingly live online, these issues may only get worse.

 

Can citizen scientists turn the tide against America’s toxic algal blooms?

‘Red tides’ are an annual hazard in Florida and other coastal areas but a monitoring project can help limit harm to humans

 

Cover Cropping Techniques Increase Organic Farm Sustainability

Cover crops added in-between rows of organic corn while they are still growing can provide a range of benefits that improve a farm’s sustainability and lowers its impact on the surrounding environment, according to a study published in Agronomy Journal by scientists at Pennsylvania State University.​

 

Scientists offer blueprint for sustainable redesign of food systems

New research describes food systems designed not by the logic of growth such as efficiency and extraction, but by principles of sufficiency, regeneration, distribution, commons, and care. It argues that food systems can instead be the foundation of healthy communities, ecologies and economies.

 

New antibiotic resistance genes identified in tuberculosis

A massive analysis of more than 10,000 different Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria isolates from 23 countries has revealed new genes associated with resistance to 13 first- and second-line new and repurposed antibiotics. The work, carried out by Comprehensive Resistance Prediction for Tuberculosis: an International Consortium (CRyPTIC), is described in two new papers publishing August 11th in the open-access journal PLOS Biology.

 

Your favorite cereal or pasta dish could help ward off ‘range of cancers’ by 60% — if it’s made with this

A daily bowl of breakfast cereal may be what stands between you and cancer, according to new findings from a recent clinical trial.

 

Self-pollinating plant shows rapid loss of genetic variation

Without bumble bees, a flowering plant that can self-pollinate lost substantial genetic variation within only nine generations, an experimental study found.

 

Optimal useful service life of household appliances analyzed to cut environmental impacts

To what extent do replacement schemes to substitute existing household appliances for new, more efficient equipment make sense? Published in Sustainable Production and Consumption, a study conducted by the UPV/EHU's Life Cycle Thinking Group and Ekopol concludes that using renewable energy in household appliances would delay the need to replace them for environmental reasons until they have been in use for 30 years.

 

New online resource can help users 'bee' friendly when it comes to planting for pollinators

An online database developed at the University of Sussex which documents pollinator-plant interactions, could help the public understand how to plant for pollinators and support biodiversity.

 

The Toxic and Insidious Legacy and Crime of DDT Dumping in Southern California

DDT, a synthetic chemical invented in 1874 and put to use against malaria mosquitoes in World War II, is a mirror of insidious toxicity and dumping of wastes.

 

EPA Action Boosts Grassroots Momentum to Reduce Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’

In June, the EPA issued new advisories on PFAS in drinking water that slash the level that regulators consider safe for four chemicals in the family, including two of the most common, PFOA and PFOS.

 

Seven-month-old babies already have a sense of symmetry

A collaborative study examined the spontaneous looking patterns of 7-month-old babies when presented with mosaic-like sequences with a symmetrical and asymmetrical structure. The results show that these babies quickly detect whether a mosaic has a symmetrical structure, suggesting a robust, automatic ability to extract structure from complex images.

 

Top 10 Germiest Hotspots in the Office

As America ushers in the new era of hybrid and flexible working following the pandemic, Reckitt’s Lysol Pro Solutions, a science-led business-to-business offering, reveals the top 10 germiest surfaces in the workplace – including elevator buttons, refrigerator doors, and keyboards.

 

Forever 16: America's teens succumbing to deadly fentanyl

Makayla Cox, a high school student in the US state of Virginia, thought she was taking medication that her friend had procured to treat pain and anxiety. Instead, the pill she took two weeks after her sixteenth birthday was fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 times more potent than heroin. It killed her almost instantly.

 

Visualizing 10 Years of Global EV Sales by Country

In 2011, around 55,000 electric vehicles (EVs) were sold around the world. 10 years later in 2021, that figure had grown close to 7 million vehicles.

 

A uranium ghost town in the making

The “death map” tells the story of decades of sickness in the small northwest New Mexico communities of Murray Acres and Broadview Acres. Turquoise arrows point to homes where residents had thyroid disease, dark blue arrows mark cases of breast cancer, and yellow arrows mean cancer claimed a life.

 

STUDY: New Research Links Higher Street-Level Traffic-Related Air Pollution with Increased Emergency Room Costs

A new study published in the journal Atmospheric Environment finds that long-term exposure to traffic-related air pollution is associated with higher health care costs for older adults.

 

Kansas has taken in a green industry with its own pollution problems

Plastics and other materials from shredded lithium-ion batteries lie in piles. Argonne National Lab is trying to solve the puzzle of how best to recycle electric vehicle batteries.

 

Bad News: Childhood Obesity Is Becoming Far More Common

Child obesity is more common, more severe, and occurs at earlier ages, according to a study.

 

Top 4 Reasons to Check Your Iron Level, Not Your Cholesterol

While many health screens are overrated or unnecessary, a few stand out as vitally important. For example, while most people will check their cholesterol on a regular basis, even though high cholesterol has been proven to have no significant impact on heart health, few consider checking their serum ferritin (stored iron) level.

 

Researchers Suggest Air Pollution be Included as Risk Factor for Patients with Lung Cancer and Have Never Smoked

Researchers from Vancouver, British Columbia today examine the effect of duration of past exposure to air pollution with lung cancer diagnosis in new research presented at the IASLC World Conference on Lung Cancer 2022.

 

Nearly Everyone at Risk of Cancer From Pesticide-Contaminated Drinking Water

Widespread pesticide use threatens to reduce the amount of available freshwater as pesticide runoff, recharge and improper disposal tends to contaminate adjacent waterways, like rivers, streams, lakes or underground watersheds.

 

Amazon Buying Roomba Is ‘Most Dangerous, Threatening Acquisition in the Company’s History’

"From a privacy perspective, this is a nightmare," said one anti-monopoly critic. "From an antitrust perspective, this is one of the most powerful data collection companies on Earth acquiring another vast and intrusive set of data."

 

Oft-overlooked grasslands build biodiversity, resilience over centuries

Grasslands’ biodiversity and resilience to disturbances such as fire, heat and drought is the result of a slow process over hundreds of years, like that of old growth forests, finds new CU Boulder-led research.

 

Pet Food That's Fresh: It's About More Than Sustenance

History shows that ultraprocessing pet foods destroys nutrients. Recent studies reveal the importance of creating pet food that’s both unprocessed and nutritionally balanced.

 

Conservation survey finds native NYS pollinators at risk

A New York state survey, supported by Cornell bee experts, finds that more than half of important native pollinators may be at risk of disappearing from the state – potentially threatening crops, wildflowers and insect diversity.

 

South Florida's baby sea turtles are threatened by plastic and light pollution

“Hatchlings, when they go offshore, are very opportunistic feeders," Anderson said. "They’ll pretty much eat anything in front of their face that looks appetizing, that looks delicious. And you can imagine a tiny, colorful piece of plastic in front of them they will consume. They will also consume plastic bags or shopping bags because those floating in the ocean look like what? Jellyfish.”

 

Michigan officials investigate ‘Erin Brockovich’ chemical contamination of Huron River

A Michigan company known for releasing toxic chemicals into air and water is under criminal investigation after spilling “several thousand gallons” of liquid contaminated with the cancer-causing hexavalent chromium into the Huron River.

 

Rise of precision agriculture exposes food system to new threats

Farmers are adopting precision agriculture, using data collected by GPS, satellite imagery, internet-connected sensors and other technologies to farm more efficiently. While these practices could help increase crop yields and reduce costs, the technology behind the practices is creating opportunities for extremists, terrorists and adversarial governments to attack farming machinery, with the aim of disrupting food production.

 

Solving the Plastic Crisis Through Community Empowerment

Of the 8.3 metric tons of plastic produced in this world to date, 6.3 billion tons of that is trash, and less than 10% of it is recycled, which has created a global crisis, not just with the environment, but our health.

 

Inflammatory bowel disease heightens risk of pregnancy and childbirth complications

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is known for its debilitating effects within the digestive system, but research reveals risks for pregnant women who suffer from the condition. The findings comes from a new study by scientists at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. Researchers examined the results of over 8 million pregnancies and the risks posed by IBD.

 

Nature-based solutions generate greener urban renewal

Nature-based solutions are being adopted into urban renewal projects to mitigate the effects of climate change and create healthier communities.

 

Environmental impact of 57,000 multi-ingredient processed foods revealed

A study estimating the environmental impact of 57,000 food products in the U.K. and Ireland has been published this week in the journal PNAS by an Oxford-led research team.

 

Research shows parents are 'winging it' on their kids' mobile use

As many parents will attest, children and teens' mobile use is a significant source of family arguments. But new Edith Cowan University (ECU) research is shedding light on the issue to help millennial parents who are literally making it up as they go when it comes to digital media use in the home.

 

EPA seeks to add DINP plasticizer to Toxics Release Inventory

Twenty years after first suggesting it, federal regulators on Monday proposed adding a group of plastic additives common in toys, flooring and fabric coatings to its list of toxic chemicals, concluding that it can "reasonably be anticipated to cause cancer and serious or irreversible chronic health effects in humans."

 
 

Traces of 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill are still detectable in 2020

Small amounts of highly weathered oil residues from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster were still present in the surroundings ten years later, shows a new report. Crude oil is a complex mixture with many components that undergo chemical reactions in the environment. These transformed chemicals, as well as longer persisting oil products, can impact local ecosystems and a better understanding of the fates of these molecules can help future cleanup efforts.

 

Researchers find spreading drilling wastewater on Pa. roads can lead to harmful runoff

Penn State researchers recently briefed a state advisory board on studies that found the common practice of using wastewater from oil and gas drilling to keep dust down on unpaved roads is causing more harm than good.

 

Scientists link ‘forever chemical’ exposure to development of liver cancer

Scientists in a new study have identified a link between “forever chemical” exposure and the development of the most common type of liver cancer. One specific type of forever chemical, called perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), may have a particularly strong connection to the manifestation of this deadly disease, according to the study.

 

Rainwater everywhere on Earth unsafe to drink due to ‘forever chemicals’, study finds

Rainwater almost everywhere on Earth has unsafe levels of ‘forever chemicals’, according to new research. Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a large family of human-made chemicals that don’t occur in nature. They are known as ‘forever chemicals’ because they don’t break down in the environment.​

 

“Inert” Pesticide Ingredients and Failure to Regulate Raise Dangers for All U.S. Residents

The most widely used pesticide chemicals in the United States are not listed on product labels, yet pose widespread environmental and public health hazards, according to commentary published this month in Environmental Health Perspectives by two veteran researchers. At issue are adjuvants and so-called “inert” (or “other”) ingredients, chemicals that are added to formulated pesticide products, but do not undergo the same safety reviews as the active ingredient in pesticide products.

 

Geo-engineering climate solutions come with great risk

Greenhouse gas levels are now at 415 parts per million, well above the considered safe level of 350, and climbing at 3 p.p.m. annually. As climate change continues unabated, in lockstep with rising emissions, our mitigation options for avoiding the worst consequences of climate change are shrinking. We are backing ourselves into a corner and have to hope the movers and shakers come to their senses in time, as we all must. If not, we are left with unproven and possibly dangerous “Hail Mary” geo-engineering technologies that could well backfire.

 

Robot dogs join the US Space Force

'Robot dogs' are being tested by the US Space Force so they can carry out patrols of the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The $150,000 four-legged bots can be equipped with a wide variety of optical and acoustic sensors, allowing them to serve as the 'eyes and ears' around sensitive areas of the base.​

 

Unexpected Solar Wind Stream Hits Earth at 372 Miles Per Second

On Sunday, Earth's magnetic field was pelted by a solar wind stream reaching velocities of more than 600 kilometers (372 miles) per second. While that's nothing too alarming – solar storms often pummel our planet triggering spectacular auroras – what is weird is that this storm was totally unexpected.​

 

Burden of Disease Attributed to PFAS Exposure High in the U.S.

The economic burden associated with exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the United States is at least $5.52 billion annually, according to a study published online July 26 in Exposure and Health.

 

Air pollution linked to higher stroke rate in kids, expert warns can lead to ADHD as well

Blood samples show that children have elevated markers of inflammation, such as interleukin 6 if they were exposed to higher air pollution.

 

Supermarket food could soon carry ECO-LABELS

Supermarkets could soon carry eco-labels that will allow shoppers to check the environmental impact of their food before buying it.

 

Cholesterol Does Not Cause Heart Disease

For the past six decades, the U.S. dietary advice has warned against eating cholesterol-rich foods, claiming dietary cholesterol promotes arterial plaque formation that leads to heart disease. We now have overwhelming evidence to the contrary, yet dogmatic thinking can be persistent, to say the least.​

 

Noses Might Be Kids' Secret Weapon Against COVID

This discovery is nothing to sniff at. The linings of kids' noses are better able than those of adults to guard against SARS-CoV-2 infection, Australian researchers report.

 

Pot Users Less Likely to Think Cigarettes Are Unhealthy: Study

Could cannabis end up being a gateway drug for cigarettes? Possibly, said researchers from Columbia University, who found that adults who use pot daily do not perceive smoking a pack a day as being as harmful as those who do not use pot do.

 

Worker Develops Bronchitis After Mixing Cleaning Chemicals

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) recently published an incident in which a worker on a tug boat mixed two cleaning solutions, resulting in his exposure to toxic chemical vapors.​

 

Sunshine really IS good for you: Getting the daily recommended dose of vitamin D from natural light can reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease, study finds

Getting sun can do more than just boost your mood, as the vitamin D from natural light can even help prevent devastating conditions like diabetes and heart disease, a new study finds.

 

5 Reasons Honey Should Be in Your Medicine Chest

Manuka honey healed pressure wounds in sick children better than standard care -- and this is just one reason why high-quality honey deserves a place in your first-aid kit or medicine cabinet

 

14 Ways Cruciferous Vegetables Can Improve Your Health

Cruciferous vegetables have long been cherished for their health benefits. Broccoli, cabbage, collards, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale and bok choy, just to name a few, contain several plant compounds that are important for optimal health.

 

Irish Farmers Outraged Over 25% Emissions Reduction Plan That Will Lead To Herd Culling

Irish farmers and organizations in the agriculture industry are outraged over the government’s plan to cut agriculture emissions by 25%, all while claiming it won’t lead to herd culling.

 

This Innovative Technology Is Turning Fog Into Drinking Water

Morocco is home to the world’s largest functioning fog-harvesting technology in the world, the CloudFisher net. The technology was developed by engineer, Peter Trautwein, who hails from the German Water Foundation. The technology is almost similar to a spider’s web that is designed to collect dewy droplets from nothing but mist.

 

Nature can affect human well-being in many more ways than you think

Humans have long benefited from nature’s offerings. But beyond being an essential source of food, water and raw materials, the natural world can contribute to people’s overall well-being through a host of intangible effects — and, according to new research, there are many more critical connections between humans and nature than one might think.

 

‘Dead zone’ smaller than expected, but bigger than desired

The so-called dead zone where the Mississippi River dumps into the Gulf of Mexico, an area of low oxygen that cannot sustain life, clocked in at 3,275 square miles this year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced the size Wednesday, noting that it is below the recent average and smaller than what the agency had previously predicted, but almost twice the target goal set by the Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Task Force.

 

Environmental group questions safety of federal drinking water contamination levels

The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit analyzing water quality issues, collected research from Europe showing that maximum U.S. federal levels for nitrate can still lead to cancers. The federal nitrate level set by the Environmental Protection Agency is outdated, said scientist Tasha Stoiber with the Environmental Working Group. It can lead to health risks such as colorectal, ovarian, thyroid, kidney and bladder cancer.

 

California city water agencies fight legislative effort to set strict health safeguards for lead pipeline replacements

A bill pending in the California Assembly, A.B. 1931, would restrict partial lead line replacements, a hazardous practice, and require water systems to inform customers when removing lead pipes or components attached to contaminated galvanized lines. It would also require them to provide filters, educate customers about lead exposure and test drinking water.

 

Stop Chemical and Service Industry from Restricting Local Authority to Protect Health and Local Ecosystems

The pesticide industry has selected August as Anti-Democracy Month, as it launches a month-long campaign to undermine local control over pesticides. The National Pest Management Association is encouraging members to lobby members of Congress in August to support H.R. 7266, to “prohibit local regulations relating to the sale, distribution, labeling, application, or use of any pesticide or device” subject to state or federal regulation under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).​

 

MASSIVE QUANTITIES OF PFAS WASTE GO UNREPORTED TO EPA

US Ecology failed to report more than 11 million pounds of PFAS-contaminated waste at its facility in Beatty, Nevada.

 

Fatty liver disease more likely for couch potatoes, people who nap often

Couch potatoes and people who take long daytime naps are at a higher risk of developing fatty liver disease, warns new research. Scientists say people who struggle to get sleep at night, but doze off during the day are at the highest risk.

 

NM’s nuclear waste site could be open ‘forever’ despite 2024 closure date, advocate warns

Shipments of nuclear waste to the nation’s only deep geological repository for the hazardous material show no signs of slowing in the coming years, despite the current permit calling for the plant to begin closing in 2024.

 

Kansas, Nebraska researchers use plants to limit exposure to toxic lead in soil

Lead left behind in soil from mining and smelting poses a major health risk to people who live nearby. Researchers in Nebraska and Kansas believe plant life and organic material can limit lead’s spread.

 

Plastic can take hundreds of years to break down – and we keep making more

Americans throw away an estimated 2.5m plastic water bottles an hour. We need international cooperation to protect our planet and our health

 

‘There are no safe levels of pollution’: an interview with wildfire researcher Sam Heft-Neal

As smoke from wildfires spreads from coast to coast, scientists are looking into how best to protect vulnerable populations

 

Comfrey: The "Miracle Plant" Teachings

I am grateful for the intimate relationship that I have developed with the Comfrey plant. I can truly say that I love comfrey - from its large, green nitrogen-rich leaves to its deepest, darkest mineral-rich roots. It has helped heal my bones, ligaments, tendons, teeth and muscles, as well as those of my family and community countless times. I truly cannot imagine my life without the power of its simple yet potent restorative healing medicine that makes miracles happen.

 

Weather cataclysms are wreaking havoc all over the world. We are led to believe these are all "natural disasters", but what aren't we being told?

Weather cataclysms are wreaking havoc all over the world. We are led to believe these are all "natural disasters", but what aren't we being told? Climate engineering operations continue to be denied by all official sources and the whole of academia. Nature is saddled with the blame for events that are anything but natural.

 

Common garden weed is a 'SUPER PLANT' that holds the key to drought-resistant crops, scientists claim

Purslane can be a nightmare for keen gardeners, but a new study may make you think twice about getting rid of the weed. Researchers from Yale claim that purslane may be a 'super plant' that holds the key to drought-resistant crops.

 

The Pesky Problem of Offshoring Pollution

Every July, Singapore prepares to see its greenery vanish beneath a mantle of smoke. The haze from land-clearing fires drifts from Indonesia and Malaysia each dry season. But a recent study has revealed another source of air pollution from Singapore’s neighbors: heavy metals, such as chromium, from heavy industry.

 

Homogenized global food system puts people and planet at risk

Despite having 14,000 edible and nutritious plant species to choose from, 75% of the food we eat comes from just 12 plants and five animal species.

 

New flavored nicotine gums, lozenges, and gummies rank second among nicotine products used by US teens

Flavored oral nicotine products, which contain no tobacco but are not FDA-approved to help people quit smoking, are increasingly marketed and sold in the U.S., but researchers have never measured their use among U.S. teens.

 

Researchers show that locusts can 'sniff' out human cancer

Researchers at Michigan State University have shown that locusts can not only "smell" the difference between cancer cells and healthy cells, but they can also distinguish between different cancer cell lines. 

 

‘Botox for your lawn’: the controversial use of pesticides on golf courses

Weedkillers, insecticides and other pesticides are used on golf courses, and many, such as 2,4-D, have been linked to health problems

 

Once feared, illicit fentanyl is now a drug of choice for many opioid users

People with opioid-use disorder are increasingly seeking out illicit fentanyl, often smoking it.

 

Tips to Catch Mold Before it Spreads in Facilities

Mold is one of those sneaky evils that creeps in silently and spreads quickly. At least 45 million buildings in the United States have unhealthy levels of mold which can damage a building's structure while contaminating the air in the process. The trick is to know the enemy — where it hides and how it grows. Here are a few things professionals responsible for facilities should know before tackling mold in a commercial building. 

 

What’s the environmental impact of EV battery manufacturing and recycling?

One major caveat to the spread of electric vehicles is the question of what we’re going to do with all of these car batteries once their time is up. There’s also concern about the environmental impact of lithium mining, not to mention that of other essential metals, like cobalt and nickel. Let’s take some time to look at what goes into EV batteries, where they go when they’re dead, and whether EVs are in the end still the best choice for the environment.

 

‘When I see kids vaping, I warn them: that’s what killed my daughter’

The mother of a teenager who died after her lungs collapsed believes e-cigarettes were the cause and is calling for tougher legislation

 

Visualizing the Relationship Between Cancer and Lifespan

A new study in 2022 reveals a thought-provoking relationship between how long animals live and how quickly their genetic codes mutate.

 

History of DDT ocean dumping off LA coast even worse than expected, EPA finds

After an exhaustive historical investigation into the barrels of DDT waste reportedly dumped decades ago near Catalina Island, federal regulators concluded that the toxic pollution in the deep ocean could be far worse—and far more sweeping—than what scientists anticipated.

 

Study Suggests Vaping, Dabbing Cannabinoid Acetates Can Create Toxic Gas

A study conducted by researchers out of Portland State University found evidence that suggests a toxic gas called ketene might be created when vaping or dabbing cannabinoid acetates, such as delta-8 THC acetate. The study was recently peer-reviewed and published in the journal Chemical Research in Toxicology. ​

 

Are AirPods Bad For Your Health? Radiation Levels, Explained

Concerns about the electromagnetic radiation emitted by Apple's AirPods have been rising recently, but how dangerous is it in real life?

 

Lujan’s marijuana-ad bill puts youth at risk

In a nod to the Mad Men of Marijuana, Sen. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., recently introduced the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Advertising Act, a bill that would allow New York’s Madison Ave advertisers to promote weed on television and radio stations. This legislation would not only normalize marijuana, but also would certainly increase rates of youth use.

 

What Is Radon? The Radioactive Gas Is Found in Homes Across the Country

About five billion years ago, stars merged and exploded, creating uranium that eventually became embedded in the Earth. As uranium decays as part of a natural process, it emits radon, a radioactive gas. This gas can seep into homes and other buildings through pipes and cracks in foundations. If present in high enough concentrations, the gas and its byproducts can damage lung tissue and cause lung cancer.​

 

Study: Kids who vape tobacco are more likely to go on to use cannabis

Vaping is growing more prevalent among young people — in 2021, 1 in 9 high school students said they had vaped in the past month, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Increasingly, those kids are vaping cannabis. But is vaping a gateway to marijuana use?

 

Getting adequate amount of vitamin D prevents harmful inflammation

Are your inflammation markers usually high when it comes to your routine blood work? New research out of Australia finds you may want to spend more time in the sun and soak in more vitamin D.

 

The Benefits of Vitamin C in Cancer Treatment

In this interview, Dr. Nathan Goodyear discusses the benefits of vitamin C in cancer treatment. We are both scheduled speakers at the Vitamin C International Consortium Institute’s annual conference in Tampa, Florida, September 9 and 10, 2022.

 

With 1 in 5 Kids Now Obese, Pharma Sets Sights on $50B Market for Weight-Loss Drugs

A new analysis of nationwide health survey data found 1 in 5 children in the U.S. is obese, leading drug industry analysts at Morgan Stanley to project a $50 billion market for weight-loss drugs by 2030.​

 

Jury Hears Opening Statements in Latest Roundup Weedkiller Cancer Trial

A St. Louis jury on Wednesday heard opening statements in a new Roundup cancer trial, the latest in a long line-up of coming courtroom battles over allegations that Monsanto’s popular weedkiller causes cancer.

 

NJ police used baby DNA to investigate crimes, lawsuit claims

New Jersey police may have used blood samples taken from babies to investigate crimes, according to public defenders in the state.

 

Suicide Rates Among US Army Soldiers Highest In More Than 80 Years

According to combined data from the Defense Suicide Prevention Office and a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, that’s the highest number of active duty Army member suicides on record since 1938.

 

The top 5 worst foods that could SHORTEN your life expectancy

EVERY bite you eat could add or knock off minutes or even years from your life, research suggests.

 

Lifting weights beats out cycling, swimming for vegans wanting stronger bones

When it comes to bone health, a new study finds people on a plant-based diet should grab the dumbbells. Researchers in Austria have found that lifting weights is the best form of exercise for vegans – trumping cycling and swimming.

 

Vitamin K in leafy greens could prevent age-related diseases

An international team has found a surprising new benefit of consuming vitamin K — a nutrient in leafy greens. Not only is it important in blood clotting, but a new study reveals vitamin K prevents cell death.

 

Tracking Nitrogen Pollution

Researchers trace the source of nitrogen pollution affecting the world’s second largest barrier reef​

 

Red meat changes gut makeup, increasing heart disease risk MORE than saturated fat

In the nutrition world, how red and processed meats lead to cardiovascular disease and overall poorer health has long been studied. Saturated fats are often viewed as the prime culprit when it comes to the connection. Now, scientists say it may be the effects of red meat on the gut that drive heart disease more than unhealthy fats.

 

NOAA still expects above-normal Atlantic hurricane season

Atmospheric and oceanic conditions still favor an above-normal 2022 Atlantic hurricane season, according to NOAA’s annual mid-season update issued today by the Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service.

 

N.J. sues Monsanto over ‘reckless’ PCB contamination, including along Delaware River

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection filed suit Thursday against Monsanto for “extensive damage” caused by PCB contamination, citing “reckless long-term discharge of” polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) statewide and noting pollution from a company facility in Gloucester County on the Delaware River.

 

Huron River testing does not detect hexavalent chromium after spill

Results from water samples collected downstream from where hexavalent chromium was released into the Huron River failed to detect the toxic chemical, officials said.

 

This company is turning heaps of plastic trash into construction building blocks

Imagine taking heaps and heaps of earth-polluting, unusable plastic waste and actually transforming it into something constructive?

 

What are muscle knots? An exercise physiologist explains what those tight little lumps are and how to get rid of them

Imagine you’ve just completed a tough upper-body workout. Your muscles feel a bit tired, but all in all you’re able to go about the rest of your day just fine. The next morning, you wake up and realize the back of your shoulder blade feels stiff. When you rub your shoulder muscles, it feels like you’re prodding a little gumball under your skin. Every time you try to move it around, the area feels tight, with slight pangs of pain.

 

‘They all knew’: textile company misled regulators about use of toxic PFAS, documents show

A French industrial fabric producer that poisoned drinking water supplies with PFAS “forever chemicals” across 65 sq miles (168 sq km) of southern New Hampshire misled regulators about the amount of toxic substance it used, a group of state lawmakers and public health advocates charge.

 

‘Incredibly promising’: the bubble barrier extracting plastic from a Dutch river

Technology applied to Oude Rign river helps stop plastic pollution reaching sea

 

Fake meat fail? Beyond Meat reels as sales slow and stock plummets, with an analyst saying it's 'burning through cash' and may go bankrupt as partnerships with McDonald's and Taco Bell don't pan out

Plant-based Beyond Meat is facing major headwinds - despite curiosity from some people looking for a meat alternative amid the Covid pandemic's meat packing plant shutdowns.

 

It's Literally Raining 'Forever Chemicals', And The Storm Could Last For Decades

Humans are filling the world with trash, but not all of our waste is visible to the human eye. While plastic litter on the beach is easy to spot, microplastics and 'forever chemicals' have leached far and wide without our barely noticing.

 

4 Hurdles That Limit Sustainability Efforts

Many organizations are implementing sustainability programs. They view them as a progressive business strategy and astute business executives recognize that these programs help cut costs, make companies more competitive, and help ensure the long-term survival of businesses and organizations.

 

B vitamins can potentially be used to treat advanced non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

Scientists at Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore have uncovered a mechanism that leads to an advanced form of fatty liver disease—and it turns out that vitamin B12 and folic acid supplements could reverse this process.

 

U.S. Exportation of Banned and Highly Restricted Pesticides Continues to Inflict Serious Harm

A terrible saga of environmental injustice — and of grieving couples who wanted children but could not have them — is getting new attention via the BBC’s (British Broadcasting Corporation’s) recent coverage of Di-bromochloropropane (DBCP) exposures and impacts on banana plantation workers in multiple Latin American countries. A significant number of those male workers became sterile, and many charge that their exposures to DBCP in the 1970s was responsible.

 

Plant-centered recipe resources for a healthy lifestyle

Asking you to consider shifting what and how you eat is the goal of my recent series of blogs on how to embrace a more plant-centered food lifestyle. I hope you now have just enough tools to begin to reshape your choices, including a small repertoire of meatless recipes.

 

Grand Prairie residents claim 'toxic fumes' from plastic manufacturer fire left them with health issues

Several people who work and live in Grand Prairie are suing plastic manufacturer Poly-America. The plaintiffs claim a massive fire at a Poly-America plant on August 19, 2020, has left them with lasting health issues.

 

Georgia fourth-generation farmer rips Bill Gates as largest farmland owner in US: 'Hell yeah I have concerns'

A fourth-generation farmer in South Georgia, Will Harris, recently shared concerns about Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates allegedly becoming the largest individual farmland owner in the United States.

 

A Fourth Jaguar I-Pace EV Has Caught on Fire

This may seem like a trivial way to generate interest or traffic, but the reality is that EV battery fires are a big problem. Chevrolet and Hyundai made headlines because of fires and this latest incident, involving another Jaguar I-Pace, is the fourth to be shared by the media.

 

These Scientists Collected Radioactive Baby Teeth During the Cold War

When the atomic bombs were dropped on Japan at the end of the Second World War, a new era of nuclear weaponry was ushered into the world. While many believed that the use of nuclear force was justified to end the war, there were also those who were disturbed by the use of these weapons and became vocal advocates against them. Some were troubled about the ethics of the weapons, while others had concerns about the health implications that were yet unknown.

 

U.S. Is Way Too Dependent On Communist China For Minerals

China is the dominant player in global mineral processing. This report analyzes how its strategic position in regard to critical minerals may evolve, to shed light on current and emerging challenges for the energy transition, given the country’s high level of engagement in global mineral supply chains​

 

Methane Emissions Reduction At The Oil Patch: How To Get There

Methane emissions are now seen as one of the big contributors to global warming, especially in the short term. Methane is estimated to initially have a much more devastating impact: It traps up to 84 times as much heat as carbon dioxide in the first 20 years.

 

Cleaning up Our Act: How America Can Transition Away From its Reliance on Toxic Chemicals

“Cleanliness” took on a whole new definition after the events of 2022. When COVID-19 entered the picture, so did a slew of cleaning products to try and protect ourselves from the virus. We started to sanitize things that we never imagined needing to before in response to this new microscopic enemy—from door handles, to air conditioning vents, all the way to the mailbox slot.

 

Why experts say the legalization of marijuana is no cause for celebration

Data should give policymakers pause as Congress considers further deregulating marijuana

 

How to quit vaping as the e-cigarette fad fires up: 6 smart steps to take

Dr. Itai Danovitch, director of psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, explained in an interview with Fox News Digital that while e-cigarettes and vape products come in all shapes, sizes and flavors, the use of e-cigarettes by adolescents is "really concerning."

 

Take a whiff: Smells of nature promote relaxation, positive well-being

Did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed this morning? Stop and smell the roses — literally. New research finds smells experienced in nature help promote relaxation, joy, and an overall positive well-being. A few whiffs around nature can even make people feel physically healthier, study authors say.​

 

Will the bacon you've just bought kill you? Smartphone app could alert you to cancer-causing chemicals in processed meat using a simple color-changing film

A new smartphone app could alert users to cancer-causing chemicals in processed meats like sausages, ham, bacon and salami.

 

The US government’s call for deep nicotine reduction in cigarettes could save millions of lives – an expert who studies tobacco addiction explains

The cigarette is the only legal consumer product that – when used as intended – causes the premature death of half of long-term users.

 

How eating QUINOA every day could stave off type 2 diabetes

Eating quinoa every day could help to stave off type 2 diabetes, research suggests.

 

How To Detox Your Kitchen: Here’s What To Boot

The Whole Home Detox series is dedicated to removing the causes of chronic illness from our homes, one room at a time.

 

5 Most effective alternative remedies that health experts confirm are backed by solid science

Natural remedies are a great alternative for those who want to avoid the negative side effects of prescription medications and various over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. According to various studies, some alternative treatments can also help treat different conditions like pain, depression or even cancer.​

 

Why Resistance Training Preserves Your Cardiovascular Health

The older you get, the more important it becomes to maintain your muscle mass and strength. Strong muscles are required for mobility and balance, which supports your ability to live independently. One study1 also demonstrated that strong muscles could promote heart health independent of cardiovascular aerobic training.

 

Why We Can't End World Hunger

An article published in 2008 on the United Nations website — and recently taken down after it resurfaced and went viral — explains the elite class is not motivated to end world hunger because if everyone is well-nourished, there may be no one willing to provide cheap labor.

 

Should We Really Spray Nanoparticles So Close to the Brain?

Vaccine manufacturers set their sights on nasal vaccines at least two decades ago, but so far product development has remained sluggish as scientists acknowledge that only a “thin partition” separates the nasal cavity from the brain.

 

Iceland: Volcano erupts near key Keflavik airport

Officials warned tourists and locals to stay away from the Fagradalsfjall mountain near Reykjavik following a volcanic eruption. The eruption was preceded by a series of earthquakes.

 

Scientists create world’s first ‘synthetic embryos’

Researchers use stem cells from mice to form embryo-like structures with intestinal tract, beginnings of a brain, and a beating heart

 

Scientists reanimate dead cells in pigs, a potential breakthrough for organ transplants

The new research challenges the idea that the beginning of cell death is irreversible, though bioethicists say it also poses significant questions.

 

'No one should struggle to feed their baby': Desperate parents are STILL hunting for baby formula

Desperate parents are struggling to feed their infants as measures taken by the White House fail to make a dent in the baby formula shortage.

 

Solar-powered system offers a route to inexpensive desalination

An estimated two-thirds of humanity is affected by shortages of water, and many such areas in the developing world also face a lack of dependable electricity. Widespread research efforts have thus focused on ways to desalinate seawater or brackish water using just solar heat. Many such efforts have run into problems with fouling of equipment caused by salt buildup, however, which often adds complexity and expense.

 

Study finds children missing out on healthy diets at childcare

Researchers from Deakin University's Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), found most childcare centers were feeding children too much refined food, such as pikelets, cakes and cupcakes, and not enough fruit and vegetables and nearly two-thirds of staff who plan their menus don't have any nutrition training.

 

Some Drugs Have 'Mirror Image' Chemical Structures, And The Wrong One Can Be Harmful

The effects a drug or chemical compound have on the body depend on how its atoms are arranged in space. Some compounds have a dark twin with the same molecular formula but different 3D structure – and this can have consequences for what they do or don't do in the body.

 

Keeping new and young athletes healthy

A new school year presents the opportunity for many students to start a new physical activity or get back into playing their favorite sport, but it's important for parents to understand the safest way for their young athletes to do so. An expert at Baylor College of Medicine provides insight on the best ways for students to set the foundation for healthy habits in their athletic endeavors.

 

Warm Waters Are Rushing Towards The World's Largest Ice Sheet, Scientists Warn

Warmer waters are flowing towards the East Antarctic ice sheet, according to our alarming new research which reveals a potential new driver of global sea-level rise.

 

PFAS: The latest toxic concern for those near fracking

The “forever chemicals” are used by the oil and gas industry, but a lack of transparency and accountability makes it impossible to know how widespread contamination could be.

 

A race to save fish as Rio Grande dries, even in Albuquerque

On a recent, scorching afternoon in Albuquerque, off-road vehicles cruised up and down a stretch of dry riverbed where normally the Rio Grande flows. The drivers weren’t thrill-seekers, but biologists hoping to save as many endangered fish as they could before the sun turned shrinking pools of water into dust.

 

Sea life may downsize with ocean warming — bringing challenging impacts

The future may be smaller for sea life, according to a new scientific model. Influenced by warming oceanic conditions, microbes and megafauna may not grow as large as they do now.

 

Vitamin K prevents cell death: New function for a long-known molecule

Researchers report on a novel function of vitamin K, which is generally known for its importance in blood clotting. The researchers discovered that the fully reduced form of vitamin K acts as an antioxidant efficiently inhibiting ferroptotic cell death.

 

Edgewell recalls Banana Boat spray sunscreens after detecting cancer-causing benzene

On Sunday, the Edgewell Personal Care Company issued a voluntary recall of three batches of Banana Boat sunscreen products after finding benzene, a known carcinogen, in one of its popular sprays.

 

EPA ‘hazardous substances’ designation delay threatens progress on ‘forever chemicals’

The Environmental Protection Agency is behind schedule on releasing a proposal for designating as hazardous substances two of the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS. The delay threatens federal efforts to limit and clean up PFAS pollution.

 

Is the Breathing Easy in Your Facility?

Indoor air quality (IAQ) has been a problem in facilities for a long time. People who suffered from headaches, respiratory ailments, and various other symptoms when they were inside a specific facility referred to the condition as sick building syndrome caused by indoor air pollution. They often noticed their symptoms coincided with the seasonal use of heating and cooling systems.

 

Highly potent marijuana tied to worse mental health outcomes

Marijuana is the third-most commonly used drug globally, after alcohol and nicotine. Its potency, measured by the concentration of THC, has steadily increased over the past few decades, raising the risk of users experiencing psychosis and addiction, according to an analysis published in the Lancet last week that was conducted by a team of mental health experts at the University of Bath’s Department of Psychology in the United Kingdom.

 

The Dangers of Thirdhand Smoke

You’ve probably heard of secondhand smoke—the smoke that’s exhaled by someone indulging in a tobacco product, specifically cigarettes or cigars. Also called passive or secondary smoke, secondhand smoke increases the risk for many diseases. Exposure to nonsmokers increases their lung cancer risk by about 20% and is thought to cause approximately 53,800 deaths annually in the United States.

 

Gut regeneration: Here’s how your intestine works with stem cells to repair itself

Rockefeller University researchers have delved into the intestines, examining the lymphatics within them that help improve intestinal recovery and regeneration. They were able to find that the lymphatic capillaries, which are fine vessels that transport immune cells and drain tissue fluids, represent a signaling center that communicates with stem cells to regulate activity.

 

Fukushima starts build to release treated radioactive wastewater

The construction of facilities needed for a planned release of treated radioactive wastewater into the sea next year from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant began on Thursday despite opposition from the local fishing community.

 

Visualizing the World’s Largest Oil Producers

The world is in the middle of the first energy crisis of the 21st century. High energy prices, especially for oil, gas, and coal, are driving decades-high inflation in various countries, some of which are also experiencing energy shortages. Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine has exacerbated the crisis, given that the country is both a major producer and exporter of oil and natural gas.

 

EPA: Chemical in Medical-Device Cleanser Poses Cancer Risk

The Environmental Protection Agency is warning residents who live near medical sterilizing plants in 13 states and Puerto Rico about potential health risks from emissions of ethylene oxide, a chemical widely used in their operations.

 

Beyond Meat sales under threat as plant-based boom withers

Beyond Meat Inc BYND.O is headed for an unappetizing second quarter as the plant-based food craze withers in the face of several weak product tests at restaurants and mediocre reviews.

 

Navajo farmers wait for justice years after EPA disaster

Seven years after the EPA accidentally released 3m gallons of acid mine water, poisoning waterways that carry water to fields, farmers are still waiting for compensation

 

Global Forest Area Declined by 60% Since 1960, Study Finds

A new study has found an alarming loss in forest areas globally, including that global forest area per capita has dropped from 1.4 hectares in 1960 to just 0.5 hectares per person by 2019, a 60% decline. ​

 

Tick-borne illnesses have increased 350% in rural America since 2007

Up to four times more Americans are catching Lyme disease than a decade-and-a-half ago, a study on insurance claims has suggested in another sign the illness is becoming more widespread.

 

Hurricane Drones Head To Gulf Of Mexico For First Time

Saildrone Inc. and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are set to launch a fleet of hurricane monitoring drones into the Atlantic Ocean, and for the first time, in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Glyphosate Weed Killer Crosses Blood-Brain Barrier, Linked to Alzheimer’s and Other Neurodegenerative Diseases

An Arizona State University (ASU) study shows that the popular herbicide glyphosate can infiltrate the brain through the blood (blood-brain barrier), increasing neurological disease risk. The blood-brain barrier filters various molecules entering the brain from the circulatory system. However, the permeation of glyphosate molecules elevates the expression of TNFα and the accumulation of soluble beta-amyloid (Aβ) proteins in the brain, causing immune, inflammatory, and neurodegenerative diseases ​

 

Anticholinergic Drugs Increase Your Risk for Dementia

While dementia and Alzheimer's disease (the most advanced, severe and lethal form of dementia) are primarily diet- and lifestyle-driven, certain medications can also ramp up your risk.

 

44 Countries Banned or Are Phasing Out Atrazine. But the U.S. Just Keeps Spraying.

A trove of well-documented research links atrazine, an endocrine-disrupting weedkiller, to birth defects, low sperm counts and fertility problems, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency continues to allow its use.

 

Broccoli Compound May Solve Antibiotic Resistance Problem

Cruciferous vegetables have long been cherished for their health benefits. Broccoli, cabbage, collards, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale and bok choy, just to name a few, contain several plant compounds that are important for optimal health, including powerful chemoprotective compounds.

 

Reporting on Youth Suicide — What Happens When Journalists Get It Wrong?

Reporting on youth suicide is an ethically complicated, high-stakes endeavor that, if done irresponsibly, can contribute to the spread of suicidal behavior.

 

Dr. Zach Bush on Humans and Germs: ‘It’s Not Us Versus Them’

On a recent episode of “The Model Health Show,” Dr. Zach Bush, triple board-certified physician and thought leader on the microbiome, challenged the “us versus them” model of germ theory: “Without microbes, we don’t exist.”

 

Without Consent: DNA from Newborn Babies Is Being Used by Law Enforcement and Science

Police departments in New Jersey have recently come under fire for using DNA from newborn babies to solve crimes without public knowledge or consent. The DNA is also being obtained without a warrant, a blatant violation of the law.

 

America's Green Transition Sparks Power Grid Instability

The U.S. might want to reconsider its energy transition after a surge in decommissioning fossil fuel power plants has outpaced new clean energy generation capacity, which has sparked the worst energy crisis in nearly five decades, one that is fraught with skyrocketing electricity prices and heightened risk of grid instability.

 

We need to change how we think about soil, says new research

New research from Cranfield and Nottingham Universities says that how we think about, measure and study soil must be changed to give a better understanding of how to manage this resource effectively, with academics proposing an entirely new approach for assessing soil health.

 

Data from elephant seals reveal new features of marine heatwave ‘the Blob’

The North Pacific Blob, a marine heatwave that began in late 2013 and continued through 2015, was the largest and longest-lasting marine heatwave on record. A new study using data collected by elephant seals reveals that in addition to the well documented surface warming, deeper warm-water anomalies associated with the Blob were much more extensive than previously reported.

 

The devastating Chesapeake blue crab collapse

Recent news on Chesapeake Bay blue crabs accurately covered the severe drop in the numbers of crabs but did not accurately portray the weak response by state fishery managers, the urgency of enforcement and need for greater curbs on harvest pressure.

 

Maryland regulators tentatively approve wastewater permit for massive salmon farm

A proposed indoor salmon farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore is poised to clear a key regulatory hurdle over critics’ fear that its discharges will threaten the state’s only Atlantic sturgeon spawning grounds.​

 

How year-round crops could reduce farm pollution in the Mississippi River

Minnesota has struggled to reduce the farm pollution that runs into the Mississippi River watershed. So crop breeders at the University of Minnesota are working on new perennial and winter annual crops to suck up that pollution before it escapes. Food scientists and marketers are trying to develop uses for these crops that could also provide new revenue for farmers.

 

Scientific Literature Review Again Connects Pesticides and Male Fertility Problems

A systematic review of scientific studies on pesticides and fertility finds exposure associated with lower semen quality, DNA fragmentation, and chromosomal abnormalities. Published in the journal Andrology, the review is yet another warning from a long string of researchers sounding the alarm over the connection between global fertility and toxic chemical exposure.

 

Satellite images reveal shrinkage of Utah’s Great Salt Lake

Striking new images show lake has lost nearly half of its surface area from the historical average

 

Nature-friendly farming does not reduce productivity, study finds

Putting farmland aside for nature does not have a negative effect on food security, a study has found.​

 

Why breast-fed premature infants have healthier guts than formula-fed ones

Human breastmilk has long been considered "liquid gold" among clinicians treating premature infants in a newborn intensive care unit (NICU). Breastmilk-fed "preemies" are healthier, on average, than those fed formula. Why is that true, however, has remained a mystery.

 

Mysterious, 105 foot-wide sinkhole appears at mining site in Chile, prompts investigation

A mysterious, giant sinkhole appeared at a mining site in Chile over the weekend, leading authorities to investigate.

 

Hot and getting hotter – 5 essential reads on high temps and human bodies

Launching the National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) and the heat.gov site on July 26, 2022, the Biden administration cited heat waves and the warming climate as serious health threats. As the new initiative promises a “science informed response” to hotter conditions, five stories from The Conversation’s archive explain what researchers know about heat and health.

 

Vitamin C Supplementation and Protective Effects Against Exposure to Air Pollution

Vitamin C supplementation may protect against particulate matter (PM) exposure in vascular vessels. These findings were published in Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety.

 

Wild horses could help temper Western wildfires

As a massive wildfire rages along California’s northern border, one rancher is eying an unlikely future savior: the four-legged fighters of the Wild Horse Fire Brigade.

 

Rainwater everywhere on Earth contains unsafe levels of 'forever chemicals' linked to cancer and other illnesses, study finds

Rainwater everywhere on Earth has been found to contain dangerous levels of man-made 'forever chemicals' linked to cancer and other illnesses, a study has found.

 

New US population study projects steep rise in cardiovascular diseases by 2060

By the year 2060, projected rates of cardiovascular risk factors and disease will increase significantly in the United States, according to a new study.

 

Uncovering the links between diet, gut health and immunity

A preclinical study from the University of Sydney has found a high-protein diet can change the microbiota of the gut, triggering an immune response. Researchers say the study takes us a step closer to understanding the way diet impacts gut health and immunity.

 

Heart disease from red meat linked to certain gut bacteria metabolites

The link between cardiovascular disease and eating lots of red meat is relatively well established, but what isn’t so clear is exactly how animal proteins can raise heart disease risk. A new study has homed in on one potential mechanism, illustrating how metabolites produced by certain gut bacteria while digesting red meat play a significant role in cardiovascular disease.

 

Taking aspirin, beta-blockers, or statins may cause heart attack on hot summer days

The summer can be a dangerous time for those with heart issues, especially if they’re taking certain medications. Researchers from the Yale School of Public Health have discovered that people taking beta-blockers or antiplatelet medications like aspirin have a greater risk of suffering a heart attack when it’s hot out.

 

Evidence of PFAS in toilet paper (Yes, toilet paper!)

Four popular brands of toilet paper have detectable levels of fluorine, an indicator of toxic PFAS, according to a new report from Mamavation.

 

A July of Extremes

At the beginning of July 2022, NOAA’s monthly climate outlook favored temperatures well above average across much of the United States. The outlook proved prescient.

 

New field project assessing the evolution of atmospheric pollution in the New York City area

Pollution in urban centers has historically been dominated by combustion-related sources of emissions, like motor vehicles, but recent air quality research demonstrates that emissions from combustion-related sources are declining while non-combustion-related emissions are increasing from sources like volatile chemical products (VCPs). This trend is evident in data from certain types of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are emitted in vehicle exhaust as well as household products and commercial or industrial applications.

 

Here’s why eating a colorful diet is important for your overall health

If you’re struggling to follow a balanced diet, you can try “eating the rainbow.” This means you need to make sure your meals contain a wide variety of nutritious and colorful fruits and veggies

 

Top 11 Reasons to Start Using Frankincense Oil

Scents can have a powerful influence on your well-being. Aromatherapy, which uses concentrated essences of various botanicals, allows you to harness the olfactory power of plants for healing on many levels. Essential oils carry biologically active volatile compounds in a highly-concentrated form that can provide therapeutic benefits in very small amounts.

 

Are We Heading Toward a Tsunami of Antimicrobial Resistance?

This story is about antimicrobial resistance, a real and potentially serious medical issue, as well as a new scarecrow and cash cow of the pharmaceutical and biochemical industries and their investors.​

 

Grey Hair Can Regain Its Color - if You Relieve Stress

There's now definitive proof that hair greying is reversible, albeit rare, in humans. What's more, stressful life events play a primary role in triggering your hair to turn grey, while relaxation -- like a two-week vacation -- may help give your roots back their original color

 

Houseplants Don’t Just Look Nice – They Can Also Give Your Mental Health A Boost

For those of us without access to outside green space, houseplants are a stylish and affordable way of getting a nature fix. Alongside looking nice, indoor plants actually have several other perks – the biggest benefit of which could be improving your mental health. And the good news is you don’t need to be a self-professed “plant parent” to experience these benefits either.

 

No Farmers, No Food, No Life

The world is now facing a man-made food catastrophe. It is reaching crisis levels. Current policies in many parts of the world place a priority on climate change for realizing a green new deal. Meanwhile, such policies will contribute to children dying from severe malnutrition due to broken food systems, with shortages of food and water, stress, anxiety, fear, and dangerous chemical exposure.

 

Newly discovered gut bacteria overproduces histamine, triggering stomach pain in IBS patients

Researchers from McMaster University and Queen’s University have discovered the culprit that overproduces histamine, resulting in painful inflammation in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) patients. The bacterial strain responsible, called Klebsiella aerogenes, was found in 25% of gut bacteria samples from this population , including patients from Canada and the United States.

 

Cloud study demystifies impact of aerosols

Aerosol particles in the atmosphere have a bigger impact on cloud cover – but less effect on cloud brightness – than previously thought, new research shows.

 

U.S. Senators Urge Fish and Wildlife Service To Phase Out Pesticide Use in America’s Wildlife Refuges

Members of the United States Senate are calling on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to phase out the use of toxic pesticides in National Wildlife Refuges in order to protect declining wildlife species and the country’s unique natural resources. Led by Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), the senators sent a letter to FWS Director Martha Williams urging FWS to “expeditiously begin a rulemaking process to phase out the use of agricultural pesticides on National Wildlife Refuges.”

 

NY onion growers can keep yields while cutting chemical use

A surprise finding from new research on controlling pests and disease in New York commercial onion fields will enable the state’s producers to cut their use of synthetic chemicals without sacrificing yield.​

 

The quest to expand composting in New York City

Composting — a controlled decay of organic material into nutrient-rich fertilizer over weeks or months — sustains this New York City community garden. It is one of the most effective ways local governments can help combat climate change, experts say, while protecting public health.

 

The fires below

The world’s least understood ignition source is causing devastating wildfires across Montana’s Powder River Basin.

 

Delectable but destructive: Tracing chocolate’s environmental life cycle

Ingredients — including cocoa, palm oil and soy — flow from producer nations in Africa, Asia and South America to processors and consumers everywhere. But a recent study reveals that large amounts of these commodities are linked to indirect supply chains, falling outside sustainability programs and linked to untraced deforestation.

 

EPA WHISTLEBLOWERS PROVIDE NEW EVIDENCE OF ONGOING FAILURE TO ASSESS DANGEROUS CHEMICALS

Managers in the EPA’s New Chemicals Division have refused to assess the risk of cancer and other harms of chemicals deemed to be “corrosive.”

 

The dirty truth about the UK’s rivers

Thanks to agriculture, sewage, roads and single-use plastics, not one river in England is unpolluted. Incensed by the state of our waterways, 80s Irish pop star and keen fly fisherman Feargal Sharkey is determined to make the Environment Agency and the water companies clean up their act

 

What you need to know about chemicals in your sunscreen

News stories have recently raised alarms about sunscreens. Last summer, several spray sunscreens were recalled after benzene, a known carcinogen, was detected in them. Other research has shown that some sunscreen ingredients can seep through skin into your bloodstream, and the Food and Drug Administration has asked manufacturers for more data on their safety. And Hawaii has banned certain ingredients because of concerns that they may harm ocean reefs.

 

In Latin America, synthetic drugs becoming more popular than cocaine and marijuana

Drug cartels in Latin America are now making more money from synthetic drugs like fentanyl than the illicit substances the continent is best known for, like cocaine and marijuana.

 

Gestational diabetes is on the rise: Here are nutrition tips to prevent and treat it

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that can occur during pregnancy among women who didn't already have diabetes. It's on the rise — and experts are worried.

 

Eating a burger and fries each day can RAISE your risk of Alzheimer's

Eating a burger and fries or two sausages a day may raise your risk of suffering from Alzheimer's, scientists behind a major study have found.

 

Junk food advertising restrictions prevent almost 100,000 obesity cases

Junk food advertising restrictions on Transport for London (TfL) networks have prevented almost 100,000 obesity cases and is expected to save the NHS over £200 million, according to new research.

 

Large-scale study of disordered eating in children explores role of weight, sex and puberty

Eating disorders, which affect more than 28 million people nationwide, exact a high toll. In addition to the individual suffering they cause, eating disorders cost the U.S. nearly $65 billion each year.​

 

Increased heart disease risk from red meat may stem from gut microbe response to digestion

A new study found that chemicals produced in the digestive tract by gut microbes after eating red meat (such as beef, pork, bison, venison) explained a significant portion of the higher risk of cardiovascular disease associated with higher red meat consumption. High blood sugar and inflammation may also contribute to higher cardiovascular risk associated with red meat consumption, however, blood pressure and cholesterol were not associated with the higher CVD risk associated with red meat consumption. General consumption of fish, poultry and eggs was not associated with increased cardiovascular risk.

 

Having kids around might shield you from severe COVID: Study

Folks with young kids at home may be less likely than others to develop severe COVID-19, a new study suggests.

 

Solar storm forecast to hit Earth on WEDNESDAY

Earth is under a solar storm warning for August 3, as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announces there is a chance of a minor G1-class geomagnetic storm hitting our planet.

 

Could acupuncture help ward off diabetes?

It's been used for thousands of years to treat a variety of illnesses—and now acupuncture could also help fight one of the 21st century's biggest health challenges. A new study from Edith Cowan University has found acupuncture therapy may be a useful tool in avoiding type 2 diabetes.

 

Optimization of dyes and toxic metals removal from environmental water samples by clinoptilolite zeolite using response surface methodology approach

The expansion of industries and the release of industrial effluents into the environment have led to the risk of pollution around factories, surface water, and groundwaters. Various industries such as plastics, textiles, food, and cosmetics discharge effluents containing different pollutants such as organic materials and dyes into the environment.

 

Cleaning Up Safely After a Flood

The devastating flooding that hit Kentucky in late July and the massive cleanup efforts to follow are crucial reminders to facility managers to always be prepared for floods in their own buildings. In fact, when affected by flooding, the sooner you can start cleaning, the better. The Kentucky governor’s website is already urging the state’s current flood victims to not wait to clean up. To ensure a safe cleanup of your facility after a flood, here are actions that you’ll immediately need to take.​

 

Toxic mine pollution has turned Ohio rivers orange. Now it's being made into paint.

Rivers can be cleaned up by neutralizing the acidity of AMD, but it's an expensive process. But two professors at Ohio University have come up with a way to fund the clean-up of polluted rivers by extracting the iron oxide -- a substance commonly used to make pigments -- and turning it into artist-grade paint.

 

Dust-up over dust storm link to 'Valley Fever' disease

Researchers are divided over whether rising cases of the fungal infection in the United States can be linked to dust storms.

 

The “Fourth Wave” of the Opioid Epidemic Is Upon Us

The apparent leveling-off of opioid fatality numbers in recent months may have given rise to some optimism, but a new study out of Northwestern University paints a much grimmer picture of where the opioid epidemic stands and where it’s headed.

 

Child vaping risks becoming ‘public health catastrophe’, experts warn

There are fears that the e-cigarette boom has the potential to create a generation of young people hooked on nicotine

 

EVs force emergency responders into new training to avoid electrocutions, reigniting fires

"The typical electric vehicle has enough voltage to kill you if you don't know how to handle it," that's according to a safety training video from the National Fire Protection Association, aimed at keeping emergency responders and those they're helping safe during incidents involving electric vehicles.​

 

PG&E plans to leave behind a ‘radioactive mess’ at Diablo Canyon

Regardless of the kerfuffle over keeping Diablo Canyon open longer, one thing is certain: It WILL—at some finite date — shut down, and PG&E doesn’t seem to care how much of a radioactive mess it leaves behind. But the residents of California should care, and the time to act is now.

 

Toxic Chemicals Found in Child Car Seats

The 2022 study showed that while car seat companies have made significant improvements in reducing children’s exposure to the toxic chemicals found in flame retardants, some seats, particularly those with lower prices, still contain some potentially harmful chemicals.

 

Hundreds are still missing after flooding in eastern Kentucky as death toll reaches 37

Last week's flooding has killed more than three dozen people in eastern Kentucky, the governor says -- and stifling heat will soon compound the challenges for people who are without power and stranded by washed-away roads and bridges.

 

Scientists baffled as Earth spins faster than usual

Scientists have been left baffled after discovering the Earth is spinning faster than normal — making days shorter than usual.

 

Toxic agents can target mitochondria, influence disease, expert says

Environmental pollution is a major global health problem, responsible for approximately nine million premature deaths per year, according to a recent publication in The Lancet Planetary Health. The study found that ambient air pollution and toxic chemicals created by increased industrialization and urbanization pose the greatest threat to human health.

 

Countries all over the world are banning atrazine. The US just keeps spraying.

Until the EPA untethers itself from the wishes of the pesticide industry, we can never trust that it is following the science and protecting people and wildlife from the most dangerous poisons.

 

6 ‘Toxins’ in Food That Are Actually Concerning

You’ve probably heard many claims that some common foods or food ingredients are toxic. Fortunately, most of these claims aren’t supported by science. However, there are a few ingredients that may be harmful, particularly when consumed in large amounts.

 

3 Cancer Patients to Face Off Against Monsanto in New Roundup Weedkiller Trial

Jury selection begins today, as three cancer patients face off against Monsanto in the company’s former hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, alleging exposure to the company’s Roundup weedkiller caused their illnesses.

 

Top 7 Kitchen Essentials

Eating well and taking care of your health is easier when you have the right ingredients and utensils on hand at all times. Following are some top essentials with which to stock your kitchen — healthy fats, medicinal and health-promoting spices that can be added to a wide variety of dishes, and nontoxic utensils to avoid unnecessary exposures to toxins and harmful pathogens.

 

‘Forever Chemicals’ — Linked to Billions in U.S. Health Costs — Could Undermine Economy

The authors of research published last week the journal Exposure and Health warned per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances — also known as “forever chemicals” used in everyday products could lead to tens of billions of dollars in medical costs in the U.S.

 

Do Modern-Day ‘High Tech’ Hospitals Facilitate the Spread of Disease?

Modern-day “high-tech” hospitals, with their enclosed, indoor close quarters may be facilitating the spread of disease far more so than open-air hospitals of yesteryear.

 

How to End Food Crisis by Reshaping the Food System

There’s no shortage of good ideas on the table about how to reshape our food systems — and fleets of social movements are eager to take the reins and put them into practice.

 

How to Thrive in an Age of Drought and Deluge

The author of “Water Always Wins: Thriving in an Age of Drought and Deluge” takes readers on a global journey, highlighting researchers and engineers who “share an openness to moving from a control mindset to one of respect,” and who seek to support what she calls a “Slow Water” movement.

 

Why Glucose Restrictions Are Essential in Treating Cancer

Thomas Seyfried, Ph.D., professor in the biology department at Boston College, is a leading expert and researcher in the field of cancer metabolism and nutritional ketosis. His book, "Cancer as a Metabolic Disease: On the Origin, Management and Prevention of Cancer" is a foundational textbook on this topic, and in August 2016, he received the Mercola.com Game Changer Award for his work.

 

5 Health Benefits of Golden Milk

Do you start your day with a hot cup of coffee? When you consider that everything we put in our mouths affects our overall health, you might want to think about adding golden milk to your daily regimen. ​

 

Scientists finally acknowledge chemtrails equals contrails in new Nature publication

It’s out? It’s official! Contrails are chemtrails. In the latest Nature publication, a new article highlights the effect of flying on climate change and thus on the weather.

 

Once in a thousand year droughts and once in a thousand year floods in the same country at the same time. What's wrong with this picture?

Once in a thousand year droughts and once in a thousand year floods in the same country at the same time. What's wrong with this picture? Extreme drought and deluge scenarios are the signature of climate engineering operations. How dire do conditions have to become before more of the public puts the puzzle pieces together?

 

Las Vegas, NM declares emergency, with less than 50 days of clean water supply left

The city of Las Vegas has declared an emergency over its water supply after the Calf Canyon-Hermits Peak Fire, the largest wildfire in New Mexico history, contaminated the Gallinas River. The city relies solely on water from the river, which has been tainted with large amounts of fire-related debris and ash, according to city officials.

 

Why Brushing Teeth Is Key To Long Life: 6 Ways Gum Disease Can Lead To Major Health Problems

If you thought that preventing gum disease is only to the benefit of your oral hygiene, think again. Gum disease, also called periodontitis, can be a prelude to more serious health problems far beyond your mouth. As it turns out, the health of your gums can dictate long term health from head to toe.​

 

Fatty acids can lower breast cancer risk, study reveals

Those who have a higher risk of breast cancer should think about changing up their diet. Researchers collaborating with The North American Menopause Society find that diets high in n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) may help decrease the risk of breast cancer.

 

Cutting processed foods from your diet, even in small amounts, slashes risk of dementia

It’s widely accepted that consuming excessive amounts of processed food is linked to poorer gut health and an increased likelihood of developing chronic diseases like heart disease and stroke. It’s lesser-known that doing so may also increase risk of developing dementia.

 

Secret to being a great athlete? Having a stable gut, study finds

New research reveals high-protein diet may worsen gut stability in athletes, while a high-carb diet leads to improvements.

 

Texas A&M AgriLife develops new bioremediation material to clean up ‘forever chemicals’

A novel bioremediation technology for cleaning up per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, chemical pollutants that threaten human health and ecosystem sustainability, has been developed by Texas A&M AgriLife researchers. The material has potential for commercial application for disposing of PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals.”

 

New Antarctic study shows levels of ‘forever chemicals’ reaching the remote continent have been increasing

New evidence from Antarctica shows that toxic ‘fluorinated forever chemicals’ have increased markedly in the remote environment in recent decades and scientists believe CFC-replacements could be among likely sources.

 

No 'Safe Space' for 12 key ocean species on North American West Coast

New research led by McGill University Biology professor Jennifer Sunday and Professor Terrie Klinger from the Washington Ocean Acidification Center within EarthLab at the University of Washington warns that climate impacts will significantly affect twelve economically and culturally important species make their home in the CCME over the next 80 years.

 

Girls are reaching puberty earlier and earlier. No one is sure why

Obesity, absence of fathers, and endocrine-disrupting chemicals could all play a role

 

Single servings at low prices: how Unilever’s sachets became an environmental scourge

Five years ago, Unilever announced a “radical recycling” process aimed at tackling a huge waste scourge it helped to create: billions of single-use sachets that litter south-east Asia’s landfills, pollute its waterways and wash up on its beaches. The “sachet economy” of single servings at low prices, targeting poorer consumers, began across much of the developing world in the 1990s.

 

Oil and Gas’s Pivot to Blue Hydrogen Is Falling Through

The oil and gas industry’s plan to convince the world to switch from natural gas to hydrogen made from natural gas is being upended by an unexpected cause: economics.

 

People living with elevated PFAS exposure should receive expanded testing, a new study finds

Against the backdrop of mounting evidence that links per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to negative impacts on human health, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) released a study that calls for testing the blood of people with extended exposure to the man-made chemicals. The report focuses on people who have prolonged PFAS exposure, resulting from living near a contamination source or because of occupational exposure.

 

CDC warns of 'unusually large' cluster of 23 cases of brain inflammation in children under three months old sparked by common virus that leads to cold-like illness in most but is more dangerous in infants

An 'unusually large' cluster of 23 babies under three months old have suffered brain inflammation in Tennessee after being infected with parechovirus — and COVID-19 lockdowns could be to blame.

 

Eat strawberries to protect your brain: Compound found in the fruity treat can reduce inflammation of the brain and stop the development of Alzheimer's

Eating strawberries could help protect the brain from Alzheimer's by reducing inflammation, scientists have claimed.

 

This heatwave is a reminder that grass lawns are terrible for the environment

As a heatwave drags across the United States, local and state governments are scrambling to find solutions to the threats brought by record high temperatures. Washington DC and Philadelphia have declared heat emergencies, activating public cooling centers and other safety measures across their cities, while Phoenix and Los Angeles continue to push programs to plant new trees in working-class neighborhoods with little canopy coverage.

 

Hotter than Dubai: US cities at risk of Middle Eastern temperatures by 2100

The climate crisis risks pushing many Americans into entirely new climatic realities, with a new analysis finding there are 16 US cities at risk of having summer temperatures on a par with locations in the Middle East by the end of the century.

 

Colorado is the newest place to find microplastics. In the snowpack.

Samples from Colorado’s mountains find growing rate of shredded plastic fibers

 

A slice of health problems: Frozen pizza chemicals linked to cancer, DNA and immune harms

Although almost everyone has had this popular food item in their freezer at one point, some brands might be serving up chemical ingredients that have the potential to cause health harms. Whether you’re a meat lover, veggie fan or just love classic pepperoni, always read the frozen pizza box to avoid potentially harmful ingredients and additives.

 

Take Action: USDA Action Limits Environmental and Scientific Authority on National Organic Board

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has just renewed the charter of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), with changes that threaten the balance on the board created by law. Organic production is successful, with sales topping $63 billion, and still growing. Organic production not only brings healthful food to it consumers, but also reduces the amount of toxic chemicals released to the air, soil, and water.

 

Killer brain-eating amoeba are lurking in rivers and lakes across America this summer. Experts warn that by the time doctors know what's made you sick, it's already too late

Freshwater lakes and rivers across America may have a deadly parasite lurking in them this summer that rapidly eats away at the brain - and experts warn that if it gets into your nose, it has a 97 percent chance of being fatal, often within five days of feeling symptoms.

 

Children who lack sleep may experience detrimental impact on brain and cognitive development that persists over time

Elementary school-age children who get less than nine hours of sleep per night have significant differences in certain brain regions responsible for memory, intelligence and well-being compared to those who get the recommended nine to 12 hours of sleep per night, according to a new study led by University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) researchers.

 

McKinney fire grows into California’s largest this year as thunderstorms fuel concerns

A wildfire in California grew to the largest the state has seen yet this year, as firefighting crews braced for thunderstorms and hot, windy conditions.

 

Foods And Drinks Have Gotten Sweeter Over The Last Decade, And It's a Global Problem

Our research, published today, shows the amount of added sugars and non-nutritive sweeteners in packaged foods and drinks has grown a lot over the last decade. This is especially true in middle-income countries, such as China and India, as well as in the Asia Pacific, including Australia.

 

It doesn't matter much which fiber you choose—just get more fiber

That huge array of dietary fiber supplements in the drugstore or grocery aisle can be overwhelming to a consumer. They make all sorts of health claims too, not being subject to FDA review and approval. So how do you know which supplement works and would be best for you?

 

Research links red meat intake, gut microbiome, and cardiovascular disease in older adults

Does eating more meat—especially red meat and processed meat—raise the risk of cardiovascular disease, and if so, why? Despite intense study, the impact of animal source foods on atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) is vigorously debated, and the mechanisms underlying potential effects of animal proteins remain unclear.

 

The Hidden Danger Behind TikTok's "Product Overload" Cleaning Trend

TikTok is ripe with cleaning inspiration (just look at our own account!), but one eyebrow-raising trend that has been building steam over the last year now has experts concerned about social media users' safety.

 

Plant-based alternatives 'healthier and more sustainable than animal products,' according to new study

Plant-based dietary alternatives to animal products are better for the environment and for human health when compared with the animal products they are designed to replace, say the authors of a new study. ​

 

New Mexico unveils statues of ‘Breaking Bad’ meth cooks amid opioid crisis

New Mexico unveiled larger-than-life bronze statues of the meth dealers from the popular "Breaking Bad" TV series in Albuquerque on Friday.

 

How Men's Cannabis Use Could Affect Their Kids' Health

Decades of research have shown us how mothers’ consumption of marijuana during pregnancy can affect the health and development of their children. Fetal exposure to tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC, the active ingredient in marijuana) has been linked to lower birth weights and birth defects, higher aggression, and poorer attention in infants as well as impulse control, anxiety, attention and memory issues in older children.

 

The Incredible Story Of A Painter Who Became The Most Radioactive Human Ever

A painter who received the highest dose of radiation ever recorded incredibly survived his ordeal. In 1945, during the Manhattan Project – the US research and development into building the nuclear bomb – scientists wanted to know what sort of impact plutonium had on the human body.

 

Amazing Planet: Bees weaponize heat against enemies and cooperate to keep cool

The humble honeybee can control temperature in astounding ways – from keeping the hive cool through heat waves to cooking their enemies alive.

 

Scientists are considering a crazy plan to dim the sun and slow climate change

A few years ago, scientists proposed a ludicrous idea to help cut down on global temperature changes. The idea was to take planes and spew reflective particles into the Earth’s atmosphere yearly. These particles would then reflect solar light, effectively dimming the Sun. Some think it could help cut down on climate change a lot. But others aren’t quite as convinced.

 

Taking certain opioids while on commonly prescribed antidepressants may increase the risk of overdose

Taking oxycodone at the same time as certain selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a commonly prescribed class of antidepressant, can increase the risk of opioid overdose, according to a study my colleagues and I published.

 

Nanoparticles' toxic effects on macrophages

Due to the extensive usage of nanoparticles, toxicologists and scientists alike are interested in better understanding their safety profile. The toxic effects of nanoparticles on macrophages, for example, warrants further study, as these immune cells are often the first to encounter nanoparticles after they enter the body

 

Early exposure to antibiotics can cause permanent asthma and allergies

Early exposure to antibiotics kills healthy bacteria in the digestive tract and can cause asthma and allergies, a new study demonstrates.

 

Flood maps show US vastly underestimates contamination risk at old industrial sites

Climate science is clear: Floodwaters are a growing risk for many American cities, threatening to displace not only people and housing but also the land-based pollution left behind by earlier industrial activities.

 

The gut patrol: A fascinating new look at what drives T cells to guard the intestines

Cells in the gut send secret messages to the immune system. Thanks to new research from the La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI), scientists finally got a look at what they're saying.

 

How to keep teen athletes safe from heat illness as sports practice begins amid a brutally hot summer

High school sports practices are starting amid a brutally hot summer in much of the country. As temperatures rise, heat illnesses are becoming an increasing risk for athletes, particularly in the first few weeks of practice. We asked Susan Yeargin, a co-author of the National Athletic Trainers Association’s position statement on heat illness, to explain the risks and what coaches and players need to remember to keep kids safe.

 

Dangers from blue light exposure worsen with age: ‘Detrimental to human health’

Constant exposure to blue light from phones and computers is very harmful to people. Researchers from Oregon State University say the damaging effects of daily, lifelong exposure to blue light worsen as a person ages.

 

Why Educated Parents ARE Concerned About EMFs

The article “Should You Worry About EMFs and Radio-Frequency Fields? Unpacking the data” appears to be designed to support her goal of relaxing parents, by assuring them not to worry about cell phones and power lines.

 

How Dietary Intervention Lifts Depression

Foods have an immense impact on your body and your brain, and eating whole foods as described in my nutrition plan is a good way to simultaneously support your mental and physical health. Avoiding sugar and artificial sweeteners is in my view, based on the evidence, a crucial aspect of preventing and/or treating depression.

 

Tylenol Use in Babies, Children Raises Risk of Autism, New Review Shows

The authors of a new review of the drug acetaminophen (paracetamol), sold under the brand names Tylenol and Panadol, are sounding the alarm about the use of the drug in infants and children, citing the drug’s association with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

 

10 Navy Helicopters Suffer Major Damage, Several Blown Over in Sudden Norfolk Storm

At least 10 Navy helicopters were damaged in a sudden storm that blew through Norfolk Naval Station, Va., Tuesday afternoon, USNI News has learned.

 

Volcanoes, Oceans and Weather

Despite Green/ABC propaganda, recent Australian floods were not caused by coal, cattle or cars. Weather is driven by winds; solar energy powers the winds and draws moisture for them from the oceans. These eternal natural rain-making processes have been aided recently by two extra factors.

 

Ultrasound ‘sticker’ could let pregnant women watch their babies grow — on a smartphone

Mothers-to-be could soon be watching their babies grow in the womb on a digital device! MIT engineers have developed a stamp-sized sticking plaster that can produce high-resolution images of the heart, lungs, and other organs.

 

Smoke from Western wildfires can influence Arctic sea ice, researchers find

New CU Boulder research finds that the presence of clouds—or lack thereof—caused by the smoke of wildfires thousands of miles away can either help protect or endanger Arctic sea ice

 

Can’t go without that nightcap? The state of your gut health may determine your alcohol cravings

For people who struggle with urges to pour a nightly glass of wine or whiskey, it turns out it may have to do with their gut health. Research from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) in Spain may explain why there’s a great deal of variation in individual drinking patterns and cravings.

 

A ‘Living Wall’ At Texas A&M Could Be The Key To Smarter Cities

A collaboration between professors and students at the School of Architecture yielded an eye-catching design with major potential for improving efficiency and sustainability in urban spaces.

 

Disposable paper batteries activate in shocking fashion — by adding water

A new “just-add-water” disposable paper battery could power small-scale electronics such as smart labels for tracking parcels and medical diagnostic devices. Since the new invention is made of paper and contains zinc, both of which are biodegradable, scientists say it could help reduce the environmental impact of battery waste.

 

Smoke from raging wildfires can harm health

Wildfires are increasing in frequency and intensity in many countries, spreading smoke that contains noxious gases, chemicals and particulate matter and carries serious health risks. More toxic than air pollution, wildfire smoke can linger in the air for weeks and travel hundreds of miles.

 

‘From the highest mountains to the deepest ocean trenches’: How ocean plastics pollute the Earth

Humanity’s impact on the environment has never been more prominent, with a recent government report finding increasingly more severe weather events and less biodiversity.

 

Could melatonin give you dementia? Experts warn sleep-aid use in America is 'out of control' and taking more than 5mg a night over a sustained period could cause cognitive damage

Sustained use of strong melatonin could lead to an unknown array of serious health issues including grave cognitive decline and psychiatric problems in the long-term, experts warn.

 

Earth Overshoot Day 2022: Humanity has already used its resources for the year

We are just halfway through the year, and humanity has already used up all the resources the Earth can sustainably produce. From now on, we are borrowing from the future.

 

Is mindfulness the new paracetamol? Brain scans show how 'being present' with your thoughts can act like a painkiller

Trendy mindfulness meditation could be used as a painkiller, a study suggests. The practice involves 'being present' with your thoughts and feelings, normally using breathing techniques.

 

Undersea nuclear waste dump off Cumbria risks harm to marine life, experts warn

Plans to dispose of radioactive nuclear waste beneath the seabed off the north-west coast of England risk seriously harming marine life including mammals such as dolphins and whales, experts have warned.​

 

More Energy on Less Land: The Drive to Shrink Solar’s Footprint

With the push for renewables leading to land-use conflicts, building highly efficient utility-scale solar farms on ever-smaller tracts of land has become a top priority. New approaches range from installing PV arrays that take up less space to growing crops between rows of panels.

 

Next-generation opioid-upper cocktails are driving a fourth U.S. wave of ‘mass death’, experts warn

Opioid watchers say deadly new drug cocktails of fentanyl and uppers are spurring a fourth wave of ‘mass death’ across the U.S., as voters blame the Biden administration for neglecting the crisis.

 

Kids and plant-base proteins: Getting your children on board

Over the years, I have worked with many children, in homes and schools. All too often, parents and teachers complain that younger palates are limited to unhealthier choices, and that picky eating is an issue. As a mother of a child born with feeding problems, I’ve experienced these problems firsthand, and they’re frustrating.

 

As more space junk falls to earth, will China clean up its act?

In the next few days, a 23-tonne piece of rocket will plummet to Earth at about 15,000 miles an hour. Much of it may burn up on re-entry, but a significant amount will not.

 

World Tiger Day: Bold new commitments are needed to expand tiger ranges

In 2010, in the Lunar Year of the Tiger, the governments of 13 Tiger Range Countries met in St Petersburg, Russia and agreed to work together to double global tiger numbers. This commitment to tiger conservation has resulted in increasing tiger numbers in many countries and landscapes across Asia. But, despite these increases in the total population of wild tigers, tigers continue to disappear from much of their historical range.

 

Mediterranean ecosystem suffering ‘marine wildfire’ as temperatures peak

Parts of the Mediterranean are more than 6C warmer than normal for the time of year, scientists have said, sparking fears that the sea’s fragile ecosystems are suffering the equivalent of a “marine wildfire” and being permanently altered by global heating.

 

Talk about kelping the environment! Just Eat launches compostable SEAWEED food packaging at the Women's EURO final in drive to tackle plastic pollution

Just Eat and UEFA are launching 'game-changing' biodegradable food packaging at the Women's EURO final, as part of their drive to tackle plastic pollution.

 

‘Dark stores’ offer anything you need in 30 minutes. But there’s a human cost

Backed with billions in venture capital funding, hyper-fast delivery companies promise speed and ease. But critics fear the affect on workers and communities

 

Common Medications May Increase the Dangers of Heat Waves

Some over-the-counter and prescription drugs may interfere with sweat production, alter the body’s internal thermostat, or make dehydration more likely — with potentially serious consequences.

 

The devastating impact of Covid-19 litter on Earth's wildlife: Shocking photos snapped in 23 countries show animals tangled in face masks, disposable gloves and other personal protective equipment

While face masks were once rare sightings, their use soared during the coronavirus pandemic, and they even became compulsory in many countries around the world. Now, a study has warned of the impact that this surge in single-use plastic had on animals around the world.

 

Angry veterans advocates scramble to save toxic exposure bill after surprise setback

Veterans advocates scheduled a victory-lap press conference outside the Capitol for Thursday morning in anticipation of passing new toxic exposure benefits legislation. But after 41 Senate Republicans blocked the measure on Wednesday night, the event turned into a obscenity-laced rage fest instead.

 

Parents concerned about rising numbers in vaping among kids

The statistics involving kids and vaping are getting more and more concerning. It’s an issue every parent should be aware of before sending their kids to school this year. In Indiana, e-cigarette usage increased 400% in high schoolers and 360% in middle schoolers from 2012 to 2018.

 

The Impact of Cleaning on the Healthcare Facilities Management Market

The healthcare facilities management market worldwide continues to grow at a promising rate. With world confronting challenges in the form of rising incidence of lifestyle related diseases, focus is shifting towards health and better lifestyle that is also expected to bear an impact on the market. The growing focus on healthcare sector is thus contributing to the increase in facility management revenues.​

 

To Fix Food Safety, Fix the FDA First

A dysfunctional structure inhibits the agency’s ability to deal with vital issues.

 

Put down devices, let your mind wander, study suggests

People consistently underestimate how much they would enjoy spending time alone with their own thoughts, without anything to distract them, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

 

PINK SAUCE, VIRAL TIKTOK CONDIMENT, LEAVES BAD TASTE IN MOUTH OF NORTHEASTERN FOOD SAFETY EXPERT

The once viral now infamous Pink Sauce sold online by a Miami chef has raised lots of food safety red flags for food policy safety expert Darin Detwiler, an associate professor at Northeastern University in Boston.

 

PFAS testing needed for people with elevated exposures, US science advisors say

US government health agencies need to move quickly to launch broad testing of people exposed to types of toxic chemicals known as PFAS to help evaluate and treat people who may suffer PFAS-related health problems, according to a report issued today.

 

New National Academies report gives guidance to clinicians on reducing patient exposure to toxic ‘forever chemicals’

Today, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine published a report recommending people with a history of elevated exposure to the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS should be offered medical testing. The report also gives advice for clinicians to reduce their patients’ exposure to these chemicals.

 

Quercetin can protect you from the harmful effects of pesticides

More than a thousand different chemicals are used as pesticides in the United States. These harmful pesticides are used on at least 20,000 different products. Unfortunately, pesticides are also often used in homes, gardens, lawns, parks and schools.

 

Prenatal opioid exposure may trigger neurological, behavioral changes later in life

While infants exposed to opioids during their mother's pregnancy have been linked to adverse health outcomes, a new study at the University of Missouri has found prenatal opioid exposure could trigger long-term neurological or behavioral effects later in a child's life.

 

Organic brown rice: One of the healthiest and most nutritious rice varieties

Organic brown rice, which comes from the Oryza sativa plant, has been associated with poverty and wartime shortages in the past. Now, it is recognized as one of the world’s most nutritious rice varieties, according to a study published in the American-Eurasian Journal of Agronomy.

 

3 Surprising Symptoms That Could Indicate An Unhealthy Gut

Our gut is home to trillions of of bacteria. Some are bad, but plenty are good. It’s important to strike an optimal balance of bacteria, ensuring that there is more healthy than unhealthy types inside of us.

 

To build sustainable cities, involve those who live in them

Cities have an important role in making progress on sustainability and climate change issues. And for them to achieve this, urban residents need to be involved in achieving set goals. This means that cities need to provide opportunities and guidance to their residents to help them make progress.

 

Psychological strain and eating habits in the pandemic

Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have investigated possible changes in adult dietary habits and body weight after more than two years of pandemic. The results: 35% of those surveyed have gained weight, in some cases considerably, since the beginning of the pandemic. However, 15% of the adults have in part drastically lost weight since the beginning of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.​

 

Promising eco-friendly plug to treat nosebleeds

Edorta Santos-Vizcaíno, a researcher in the NanoBioCel group and one of the authors of the work, pointed out that in this joint work by the UPV/EHU's NanoBioCel and BIOMAT groups, "we have shown that by-products from the food industry are a valuable, sustainable source of biomaterials that can be used to make safe, effective nasal plugs with great hemostatic properties."

 

Parents’ drinking habits may influence their children’s diet, study says

Your parent’s drinking habits decades ago may be influencing your grocery list today, according to researchers from the University of Michigan. Scientists say that if one or both parents have a history of alcoholism, their children are more likely to show signs of addiction to highly processed foods.​

 

Western wildfire smoke plumes are getting taller

In recent years, the plumes of smoke crawling upward from Western wildfires have trended taller, with more smoke and aerosols lofted up where they can spread farther and impact air quality over a wider area. The likely cause is climate change, with decreased precipitation and increased aridity in the Western U.S. that intensifies wildfire activity.

 

Bumblebees appear to feel pain

New research by a team at Queen Mary University of London shows that bumblebees can modify their response to 'noxious' (painful) stimuli in a manner that is viewed in other animals as consistent with the ability to feel pain.

 

Coming wave of opioid overdoses 'will be worse than it's ever been before'

Over the past 21 years of opioid overdose deaths—from prescription drugs to heroin to synthetic and semisynthetic opioids such as fentanyl—geography has played a role in where opioid-involved overdose deaths have occurred, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study.

 

Extreme heat exposure worsens child malnutrition

Exposure to extreme heat increases both chronic and acute malnutrition among infants and young children in low-income countries – threatening to reverse decades of progress, Cornell research finds.

 

Anthocyanins in fruits like blueberries can boost brain and heart health

A study published in Nutrients reported that anthocyanins, the blue or purple pigments in fruits such as blueberries, can help boost cognitive and cardiovascular health.

 

Exercising Only on Weekends Still Reduces Risk of Death

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all adults should get at least 150 minutes of aerobic physical activity every week. They recommend 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise. However, according to the American Heart Association, only 1 in 5 adults and teenagers is meeting this goal.

 

Top Breathing Techniques for Better Health

Breathing wields incredible power over your health, as it supplies your body with oxygen and removes excess carbon dioxide (CO2) to keep you alive. However, the way you breathe — whether fast or slow, shallow or deep — also sends messages to your body that affect your mood, stress level, blood pressure, immune function and more.

 

Sowing Hunger, Reaping Profits — A Food Crisis by Design

The root cause underlying the food crisis has nothing to do with lack of supply or lack of market integration — the problem lies with how the food system is structured around power, according to a new report by Navdanya International.

 

Does Bill Gates Have a ‘Great Reset’ Plan to Privatize Global Food System?

Viewed from the perspective of The Great Reset, it appears Bill Gates may be engaged in the same kind of wealth-shift scheme as BlackRock and other investment groups that are buying up single-family homes and turning them into rentals.

 

Ireland Debates 30% Emissions Cap On Farmers

The Irish government reportedly wants to cap carbon emissions in the nation’s farming industry at 28%, citing environmental requirements set by the European Union. However, some want to set an even more drastic target.

 

Trudeau Plans To Slash Canadian Fertilizer Use In Similar Move To Netherlands

The revolt exhibited by Dutch farmers serves as a warning sign to those in Canada for what might come if Trudeau gets his way.

 

Elitists’ Goal: Wipe Out Good Food

In recent months, I've dedicated many articles to exposing the intentional destruction of our food system. The decision of the Dutch government to impose nitrogen pollution restrictions on farmers is but one example of this. This "green" policy will cut livestock production in the country by 30% in the next year, put farmers out of business, and force them to sell their land.

 

Ranchers Are Selling Off Their Cattle In Unprecedented Numbers Due To The Drought, And That Has Enormous Implications For 2023

Thanks to the horrific drought which is absolutely devastating ranching in the Southwest, ranchers are now in “panic mode” and are selling off their cattle at an unprecedented rate. In fact, some are choosing to sell off their entire herds because they feel like they don’t have any other options. ​

 

DNA The Perfect Weapon

Colorado U.S Representative Jason Crow recently warned at the Aspen Security Forum just what Infowars has been warning for well over a decade since Google’s YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki founded the company 23 and me. It’s a trap.

 

‘They look almost human made.’ NOAA finds weird lines of holes in Mid-Atlantic floor

Scientists exploring a submerged mountain range in the Mid-Atlantic stumbled onto something they can’t explain: An organized series of holes punched in the floor of the Atlantic Ocean.

 

Aged Garlic Extract for Heart Health

If you had to take only ONE supplement for heart health, look no further than your good friend, garlic​

 

Now you have yet another reason not to smoke or vape

Patients with a history of smoking are more likely to be ventilated or die due to hospitalizations for COVID-19.

 

Human Pathogens Are Hitching a Ride on Floating Plastic

Studies show that various human pathogens cling to microplastics in seawater.

 

A Napa Filmmaker Looked and Found Roundup, the Weedkiller Tied to Cancer, ‘Everywhere’

Early one winter morning, as Brian Lilla was riding his bike through Napa, California’s hills and meadows, he spotted farmworkers driving ATVs through rows of vines. They hauled huge canisters of the weedkiller Roundup. As the workers sprayed vines, a chemical smell shot through the air.

 

Bacteria may hold the key to addressing plastic lake pollution

Plastic pollution in lakes can lead to a myriad of environmental concerns for native plants and wildlife. But new research from the University of Cambridge points to bacteria as a potential natural solution to this problem.

 

EPA ignored own guidelines by dismissing cancer risks for widely used pesticide, Inspector General finds

During the Trump administration, Environmental Protection Agency officials downgraded the agency’s long-held position that a widely used pesticide could give people cancer, the EPA’s internal watchdog has found. That decision broke the agency’s cancer risk assessment rules.

 

Items with lead are easy to find at antique shops, discount stores. They’re also toxic

Children are especially vulnerable to poisoning because of exposure to items containing lead, whether purchased second-hand or new from a local discount store

 

Dozens of Coast Guard bases could be contaminated with ‘forever chemicals’

At least 24 Coast Guard bases across the U.S. are now suspected of contamination by the toxic fluorinated “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, according to EWG’s updated analysis of records from the departments of Defense and Homeland Security.

 

What is the right amount of sleep each night and how could missing it RUIN your health?

Sleep is essential for body to drain away toxins and perform maintenance on all of the body's vital systems​

 

‘Like a giant sewage plant’: how Germany’s ‘pig belt’ got too big

It will take a long time to repair the damage of an oversized pig industry and its waste, say officials in the northwest state of Lower Saxony

 

Nature is the world’s original pharmacy – returning to medicine’s roots could help fill drug discovery gaps

While humans evolved over a period of approximately 6 million years, breakthroughs in modern medicine as we know it today got going only in the 19th and 20th centuries. So how did humans successfully survive through millions of years of diseases and illnesses without modern drugs and treatments?

 

Green tea extract supplements improve gut health, help lower blood sugar levels

Green tea has long been viewed as one of the healthiest drinks in the world. It’s a staple for many cultures It’s also often used as a base for kombucha, a popular fermented tea that’s may provide the gut with beneficial bacteria. A new Ohio State University study demonstrates that four-week green tea extract consumption can improve gut health and reduce blood sugar levels by decreasing inflammation.​

 

Young children growing up closer to nature have healthier lungs, study says

Children who spend their first 10 years living near parks or green spaces grow up to have better lung health, a new study finds. A team in Portugal found that green spaces boost respiration, reducing the risk of asthma and other breathing problems.

 

Dietary Supplement Cuts Risk of Hereditary Cancer by 60%, Scientists Find

A trial spanning more than 20 years and almost 1,000 participants worldwide has found an important result – people with a condition that gives them a higher chance of developing certain cancers can reduce the risk of some of those cancers by more than 60 percent, simply by adding more resistant starch to their diets.

 

Vitamin B5 activates brown fat, aids weight loss in mice

Pantothenate acid, also known as vitamin B5, stimulated the production of brown fat in both cell cultures and mice, a new study finds. The study is published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism. It was chosen as an APSselect article for July.

 

Elevated tween screen time linked to disruptive behavior disorders

Tweens who spend more time on screens have a higher likelihood of developing disruptive behavior disorders, with social media having an especially strong influence, a new UC San Francisco-led study published today in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry found.

 

Exposure to 'forever chemicals' costs US billions in health costs

Daily exposure to a class of chemicals used in the production of many household items may lead to cancer, thyroid disease, and childhood obesity, a new study shows. The resulting economic burden is estimated to cost Americans a minimum of $5.5 billion and as much as $63 billion over the lifetime of the current population.

 

Cocoa packs powerful blood pressure-lowering properties — and your gut is one reason why

Studies continue to show that cocoa flavanols can lower blood pressure and arterial stiffness just like the best blood pressure medications. However, scientists have had some concern that consuming cocoa when your blood pressure is normal or low could lower it even further. Now, a new study finds there’s nothing to worry about! Researchers in Australia say cocoa only lowers blood pressure when it’s abnormally high, with the gut playing a key role in the process.

 

The downsides of a 'wipe-clean world'

When it first emerged in design, plastic embodied progress, glamour and convenience. But at what cost, asks Cath Pound – and what's next?

 

High-potency cannabis linked to increased risk of psychosis and addiction, study suggests

The high-potency cannabis that is now widely available may raise the risk of both psychosis and addiction, a report published Monday in The Lancet Psychiatry finds.

 

Electric Vehicle Death Risks This Mechanic Wants You to Hear the Truth About

Are you for the 2035 ban against the production and sale of internal combustion engine vehicles? Do you believe FSD really exists today? Here’s the latest on the real risks of EVs and what happens when you are in a collision involving one that is food for thought before deciding on where you stand on these issues.

 

Strong quake kills 5, injures dozens in northern Philippines

A strong earthquake set off landslides and damaged buildings in the northern Philippines on Wednesday, killing at least five people and injuring dozens. In the capital, hospital patients were evacuated and terrified people rushed outdoors.

 

LISTEN: Max Aung on hidden toxic threats

Aung, an assistant professor at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine and assistant director at the Agents of Change in Environmental Justice program, also talks about how pregnant people and babies are most vulnerable to these pervasive exposures.

 

Quitting Smoking Starts in the Brain

In 2016, 59% of Americans who have ever used cigarettes quit smoking — an increase from 50.8% in 2005. The statistics are encouraging, showing declines in overall cigarette smoking among U.S. adults during that time, but nearly 38 million Americans still smoke every day or "some" days.

 

Children of Moms Exposed to Endocrine Disruptors During Pregnancy at Greater Risk of Liver Damage

The growing incidence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in children may be linked to prenatal exposure to several endocrine-disrupting chemicals, according to a new study published in JAMA Network Open.​

 

Monarch Butterfly on Verge of Extinction, Scientists Say

The International Union for Conservation of Nature last week formally listed the beloved migratory monarch butterfly as endangered, citing dire threats to the subspecies posed by the climate crisis, deforestation, pesticide use and logging.

 

Eric Schmidt Thinks AI Is as Powerful as Nukes

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt compared AI to nuclear weapons and called for a deterrence regime similar to the mutually-assured destruction that keeps the world’s most powerful countries from destroying each other.

 

Study: Having just 4 drinks a week changes your brain

Many people have a cocktail before dinner or a drink to help them wind down at the end of the day. No big deal, right? According to a new observational study, that alcohol consumption might be changing your brain.

 

Amy's Kitchen to Close 11-Month-Old Plant

The embattled frozen food company says 300 jobs will be lost.

 

Why Being Outside Is a Natural Way to Control Infections

The healing properties of fresh air have been appreciated since ancient times, when Pliny the Elder (AD 23-79) recommended that people with tuberculosis breathe in the air of evergreen forests, which happens to be high in ozone, a known germicidal agent.

 

Pilots Spots Mysterious Red Glow While Flying Over Atlantic Ocean

A mysterious fiery red glow photographed by a pilot as he passed over clouds above the Atlantic Ocean have sparked comparisons with a 'watergate' - an underwater portal to the nightmarish parallel universe, the Upside Down - in Netflix's hit show Stranger Things.

 

Embedding sustainability into nursing and midwifery university education

How one university has started embedding sustainability in undergraduate nursing and midwifery curricula​

 

Alaska sues Interior Department over contaminated ANCSA lands

The state of Alaska has sued the U.S. Department of the Interior in an attempt to hold the federal government responsible for the identification of thousands of polluted sites on land given to Alaska Native corporations.

 

Dramatic satellite images show how much water levels in Lake Mead have receded since 2000

Satellite images released by NASA show side-by-side comparisons of Lake Mead, one taken on July 6, 2000, and the other more than two decades later on July 6 of this year.

 

N.C. pipeline caused largest U.S. gasoline spill, records say

The Colonial Pipeline released just shy of 2 million gallons of gasoline in a 2020 leak, according to new estimates that make it the largest U.S. gasoline pipeline spill on record.

 

In a hotter world, air conditioning isn’t a luxury, it’s a lifesaver

In a recent paper, a team of researchers from the Harvard China Project, housed at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), modeled the future demand for air conditioning as days with extreme heat increase globally. The team found a massive gap between current AC capacity and what will be needed by 2050 to save lives, especially in low-income and developing countries.

 

Plastic Free July pushes to reduce amount of pollution

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution. The initiative provides free resources and ideas to help people around the world reduce single-use plastic waste every day at home, work, or school.

 

'Killer robots': Will they be banned?

A United Nations panel in Geneva remains split on whether to ban autonomous weapons, which don't need a human to pull the trigger. The war in Ukraine is complicating the conversation.

 

The Dark Side of Military Super Soldier Technology

Today, we're going to follow that up by diving deep into the new world of ethical concerns that these technologies open up for the military, and talk about just how prepared America is to handle warfare that involves not just man-machine teaming, but man-machine hybrids. To guide us through what will no doubt be a mind-bending and at times frightening discussion, we have two of the leading experts in the field. Dr. Edward T. Barrett is the Director of Research at the US Naval Academy's Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership and an ethics professor in the Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law.

 

From the robo-surgeon that killed its patient to the driverless car that ran over a pedestrian: Worst robotic accidents in history - after chess robot breaks seven-year-old boy's finger in Russia

MailOnline has taken a look at some of the disastrous robotic failures, from the robo-surgeon that killed its patient to the driverless car that hit a pedestrian.

 

Gut microbe peptide implicated in triggering type 1 diabetes

In type 1 diabetes, the body develops immune cells that target pancreatic beta cells, which play a critical role in the production and secretion of insulin. One of the earliest targets of this immune response is a specific sequence of amino acids, or peptide, within the insulin molecule. What triggers this autoimmune response remains unknown.

 

Is Red Meat Bad For You? 7 Reasons That Juicy Steak Or Burger Could Be Harmful To Your Health

You might want to think twice next time you order a steak or burger at your favorite restaurant. That’s a tough pill to swallow for meat lovers, as there may be nothing more satisfying for them than a juicy filet or a rack of ribs. Plenty of studies, however, point to harmful side effects from consuming too much red meat that pose serious threats to longterm health.

 

Kombucha health benefits: Here’s why you should drink this fermented tea every day

Kombucha is a fermented tea made of bacteria and yeast culture. Originally from China, it’s been a traditional drink in Asia for thousands of years. By the early 20th century, it began to spread to Russia and other Eastern European nations, and it wasn’t long before it started to be brewed globally and become a popular health drink in the United States.

 

Napping regularly linked to higher risks for high blood pressure and stroke

Naps can feel refreshing, but they may not be all that healthy for you. Chinese researchers have found that napping frequently leads to a higher risk for high blood pressure and stroke.

 

Hepatitis cases in children linked to adeno-associated virus AAV2

Recent acute hepatitis cases of unknown origin in children have now been linked to the virus AAV2 in two new U.K. studies, with no evidence of a direct link to SARS-CoV-2 infection.

 

Dealing with Latex Allergies

Without a doubt, latex gloves have their benefits. They prevent skin contact with harmful cleaning chemicals. They can also be very effective in preventing transmission of many infectious diseases. Many cleaning professionals wouldn’t work without them—and don’t give wearing them a second thought.

 

Help Stop Collapse of Ocean Life, Part of the Biodiversity Decline Crisis

We have seen pesticide use, habitat destruction, and climate change result in dramatic losses of insect biodiversity and biomass—an “insect apocalypse” that is resulting in cascading impacts on other species that depend on them. A preliminary report on two years of water sampling from sites in the Atlantic Ocean near the United Kingdom (UK), by a team from the Global Oceanic Environmental Survey Foundation (GOES), suggests that plankton populations may have plummeted by 90% since baseline 1940 levels. ​

 

Sorry, Pot Heads: Legal Weed Linked to More Car Crashes

Think that smoking marijuana cigarettes is all fun and games? Well, think again.

 

How Do You Know a Cargo Ship Is Polluting? It Makes Clouds

Big vessels spew sulfur, which brightens clouds to produce long “ship tracks.” These emissions cause environmental damage—but also help cool the planet.

 

Electric vehicle demand - is there enough lithium to make all the batteries?

Lithium supply faces challenges not only from surging demand, but because resources are concentrated in a few places and over half of today’s production is in areas with high water stress.

 

Battery Producers Need to Be Experts in Recycling

Because of the growth in demand for electric vehicles, lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are experiencing a steep demand that is expected to rise to three to four million metric tons by 2030. LIBs have emerged as the most widely accepted energy storage technology due to their high efficiencies, long cycle life and high energy density.

 

Can electric vehicle batteries be recycled?

EVS make it possible to partially decarbonize transportation, but the fate of their batteries after use remains an issue.

 

“Family had to run to escape from falling parts of wind turbine blade”

An investigation has been launched after a blade failure on a turbine at a Swedish wind farm might have caused a “very severe” accident involving one family that was reportedly close to the incident.

 

Wind turbine disintegrates in Texas after a lightning strike

A North Texas wind farm is one turbine down thanks to what officials believe was a devastating lightning strike to one of the massive structures on Friday afternoon.

 

California's rapidly growing Oak Fire engulfs homes near Yosemite National Park as it burns more than 15,000 acres

As thousands of residents were forced to flee a booming wildfire outside California's Yosemite National Park over the weekend, some learned their homes had completely collapsed into ash and debris.

 

WHO declares monkeypox a global health emergency

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that the international monkeypox virus outbreak now constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

 

Boston broke a daily record high temperature Sunday and New York City and Philadelphia may follow suit

Boston broke a daily record high temperature Sunday and New York City and Philadelphia may follow suit as an "extremely oppressive" heat wave intensified in the Northeast, leading to at least two heat-related deaths over the weekend.

 

Effects of lead poisoning may be reversible with early-childhood enrichment

Lead exposure in early childhood can lead to severe cognitive and behavioral impairments in children that last well into adolescence and adulthood. Although researchers have looked at effects of early life lead exposure on a small number of genes involved in learning, memory, and brain development, research was lacking as to the full extent of the toxicity.

 

FOOD QUIZ: How many of these 9 surprisingly common FOOD TOXINS do you consume regularly?

Millions of health advocates and enthusiasts are still “doing it wrong” when it comes to guarding their body as the temple of their soul, trying to prevent evil toxins from entering and doing chronic damage that leads to suffering and early death. Millions of consumers already know better than to ever consume MSG, aspartame, genetically modified corn and soy (including oils), gluten, tap water, high fructose corn syrup, saturated fat, trans-fats, and other processed “junk science” food. Still, that’s not enough. These folks are not “good to go” just because they are filtering the most popular toxins.​

 

Perhaps the Worst Thing to Do if You Can't Sleep

April 30, 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it will require sedative-hypnotics — a class of sleep medication used to treat insomnia — to carry a black box warning stating drug side effects may include dangerous behaviors done while sleeping, such as eating, walking, driving or engaging in a range of activities in your sleep that can lead to injury or death

 

Antibiotics: Just One of the Big Problems With Big Chickens

Today’s intensive, industrial chicken operations use antibiotics to prevent infection in crowded conditions and add weight on birds without feeding them more. What does that mean for the humans who eat those chickens?

 

‘An Assault on Children’s Brains’: Toxic Chemicals to Blame for Decline in Kids’ IQs

Every baby born in America is contaminated with industrial chemicals and many of those chemicals — especially endocrine disruptors — affect brain development.

 

As Predicted, Masks are Coming Back

It's hard to believe that we're still having to deal with masks and mask mandates in the summer of 2022. As data became available, it was obvious by 2020 that masks and mask mandates did not work. By 2021, it was positively confirmed that masks and mask mandates did not work.

 

Biden Admin Refuses to Phase Out Toxic Pesticides on National Wildlife Refuges

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday denied requests by conservationists and members of Congress to phase out the use of agricultural pesticides on national wildlife refuges.

 

Taurine Supplements Could Be The Key To Reversing The Aging Process

A specific nutrient could be the secret ingredient in a new anti-aging therapy. Researchers from the University of São Paulo have discovered that the amino acid taurine can help to combat the aging process. ​

 

Study: Green coffee bean extract can help people lose weight

Coffee is a staple in the daily routine of most working adults.But have you heard about green coffee? According to a study, green coffee bean extract can help promote weight loss, making it a great alternative to regular coffee if you want to maintain a healthy weight naturally.

 

Working from home damages our eyes. Here’s how you can protect your vision

In a recent survey, 68% of remote workers said they’ve experienced new eye problems since working from home.

 

5 Things to Know About Europe’s Scorching Heatwave

For the last few months, Europe’s smoldering heatwave has been wreaking havoc across the region, causing destructive wildfires, severe droughts, and thousands of deaths.The EU’s record-breaking temperatures are making headlines around the world, as experts worry these extreme heatwaves could be the region’s new normal.

 

Silk offers an alternative to some microplastics

Researchers have developed a biodegradable system based on silk to replace microplastics added to agricultural products, paints, and cosmetics.

 

Experts puzzled by "vigorous" bubbling in Hudson River

A mysterious phenomenon on the Hudson River was caught on video. Now, the state is trying to determine the source of bizarre bubbles along the shoreline in Rockland County.

 

Texas A&M AgriLife, Chevron To Develop ‘Diesel Nut’

Peanut oil powered the world’s first diesel engine when it was premiered by Rudolf Diesel at the World Exposition in Paris in 1900. Now, a collaboration between Chevron and Texas A&M AgriLife is reviving the use of peanuts as a renewable feedstock for diesel fuel with a lower carbon intensity.

 

Sustainable practices linked to farm size in organic farming

Larger organic farms operate more like conventional farms and use fewer sustainable practices than smaller organic farms, according to a new study that also provides insight into how to increase adoption of sustainable practices.

 

What are endocrine disruptors?

Atrazine and other pesticides belong to a class of chemicals called endocrine disruptors. These chemicals can mimic or throw off the regular functioning of the hormone system, causing a wide range of health problems. And they’re in thousands of consumer and industrial products.

 

Climate scientists have lost their minds

Forget about rescuing the medical profession. Australia has a generation of chief health officers and doctors who can’t bring themselves to define a ‘woman’ for fear of the activist pitch-fork mob. That’s a clear indication that ideological rot has become a terminal condition – which might go part-way to explaining why so many ‘experts’ turned into megalomaniacs during Covid, screeching ‘Show me your papers!!!’ while forcing citizens to stand in little green circles painted on the ground.

 

The 'BUGATARIANS' Are Coming!

Apparently your natural carnivorous instinct is so bad for the planet, they want you to stop enjoying tasty pork and chicken and lamb and beef.

 

Teachers sound the alarm on school vaping

A new study published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health shows teachers and other school staff are worried about the impact of rising e-cigarette use on student mental health and performance, with more than half saying it had caused a shift in school culture.

 

Thousands of North Jersey homes on tap for lead pipe replacement program: What to know

In an effort to prevent lead poisoning, about 6,500 homes in Paterson, Passaic, Clifton and Prospect Park will be getting new water service pipes, officials announced on Thursday.

 

Senators Want More Monitoring of Mercury in Environment

Senators from Maine and Delaware want to establish a national mercury monitoring program to try to safeguard human health from the neurotoxin.

 

Young Man Suffers "Cannabis-Induced" Heart Attack, According To Doctor's Report

A 27-year-old man has suffered from a cannabis-induced heart attack, according to a case report by his medical team. Writing in the Annals of Medicine and Surgery, the man's doctors report that he had been referred to their department for post-myocardial infarction (a heart attack) following chest pain a week before his admission.

 

What Is Fentanyl and Why Is It So Dangerous?

The opioid crisis has only intensified as more illicit drugs have entered the market. Drug overdose deaths reached a record high in 2021, with more than 100,000 people lost to the continuing epidemic, fueled by the potent synthetic opioid fentanyl. The drug, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, can be up to 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times that of morphine. Illicit forms of fentanyl are mainly manufactured by drug cartels in Mexico and spreading in the U.S.

 

Air pollution is killing nearly 3,000 people in Massachusetts every year, new study finds

Air pollution in Massachusetts, most of which comes from cars and other vehicles, can be blamed for an estimated 2,780 deaths a year — roughly 5 percent of the total number of deaths in the state. There are other harmful health effects, too, from asthma and low birth weights to lower IQs in children growing up in areas with higher pollution levels. Researchers at Boston College analyzed data from across the state, pinpointing the areas in Massachusetts with the worst pollution.

 

The birds and the bees — and the temperature gauge

Temperature affects nearly every part of an animal’s day-to-day existence. Biologists have, for good reason, spent a huge amount of time trying to understand how animals can survive in the climates in which they live. They have learned a lot about the strategies that animals use to keep themselves from overheating or freezing to death.

 

Staggering NASA satellite images show how Lake Mead has receded over the last 22 years as it drops to lowest level since 1937 Dust Bowl

New satellite images show a drastic drop in water levels at Nevada's Lake Mead over the years - as the area grapples with what may be one of the worst droughts in US history.

 

Landsat at 50: How satellites revolutionized the way we see – and protect – the natural world

The images and data from these satellites are used to track deforestation and changing landscapes around the world, locate urban heat islands, and understand the impact of new river dams, among many other projects. Often, the results help communities respond to risks that may not be obvious from the ground.

 

Report Rings Alarm of Plummeting Plankton Population, Threatening Ocean Life and Beyond

A preliminary report on two years of water sampling from sites in the Atlantic Ocean near the United Kingdom (UK), by a team from the Global Oceanic Environmental Survey Foundation (GOES), suggests that plankton populations may have plummeted by 90% since baseline 1940 levels. Just as insects are crucial as the basis of terrestrial ecosystems, plankton are the base of aquatic and marine food chains. As reported by Scotland’s Sunday Post, the reasons include chemical pollution in the ocean from plastics, synthetic fertilizer runoff, and pharmaceuticals.

 

Food expiration dates don’t have much science behind them

Florida’s outbreak of listeria has so far led to at least one death, 22 hospitalizations and an ice cream recall since January. Humans get sick with listeria infections, or listeriosis, from eating soil-contaminated food, undercooked meat or dairy products that are raw, or unpasteurized. Listeria can cause convulsions, coma, miscarriage and birth defects. And it’s the third leading cause of food poisoning deaths in the U.S.

 

Amazing planet: Trees' magical underground 'social network'

Beneath our feet, a vast microbial network dubbed the "wood wide web" allows trees to communicate and share resources with each other.

 

Diabetes - A lucrative disease

In our modern consumer society, Type 2 diabetes has become a widespread disease. Companies are developing drugs that are increasingly expensive, but not necessarily more effective. Health authorities are powerless.

 

What is environmental health?

Environmental health is a broad area of study — everything from the climate to the food we eat to the air we breathe plays into environmental health.

 

Farmer issues dire warning of food crisis

National Black Farmers Association President John Boyd, Jr. discusses the hardships American farmers are facing as President Biden aids those suffering from famine in Northern Africa.

 

From Mountaintops To Ocean Bottoms, Scientists Are Discovering Just How Pervasive Plastic Is

On an overcast Saturday in Seattle, a group of volunteers combs a small section of the beach at Golden Gardens Park for trash. With 5-gallon buckets in hand, they slowly fan out and search a roughly rectangular zone marked by cones, passing over the same spots several times from the grass to the waterline as they look for even the tiniest things that don’t belong there.

 

Strong plastic made from waste biomass degrades into sugar

Tackling the tide of plastic pollution will require using less of it, and recycling it more. But the material has become an inescapable part of modern life, so another way researchers are dealing with its downsides are to make plastics that are tough enough for use yet degradable in nature.

 

Researchers uncover why top probiotic in food is so difficult to understand

Bifidobacterium is one of the leading beneficial bacteria used within the probiotic and food industry. In a new study, North Carolina State University researchers have worked to gather more information on the bacteria to possibly make it even more supportive for gut health.

 

A banana a day could improve blood pressure and heart health for women

Eating more potassium-rich foods like bananas, avocados, and salmon could protect older women against a heart attack or stroke, a new study reveals.

 

Compounds in Brazilian marine sponges crush antibiotic-resistant bacteria, study finds

Compounds found in Brazilian native marine sponges are able to kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria. University of São Paulo (USP) researchers have discovered this for the first time.

 

Making healthier food choices part of a busy daily routine

Presumably, you have time to schedule work meetings, tea or coffee get-togethers with peers, playdates for the kids, even date night – right? Each takes thought and time. If you can make room in your schedule for them, it’s probably easy to take 15 or 30 minutes to plan your nourishment for a week.

 

Alzheimer's study claiming memory-robbing disease was caused by build-up of protein in brain may have been MANIPULATED, damning investigation claims

The data behind the most influential theory of what causes Alzheimer's disease may have been 'manipulated', a damning scientific probe has claimed.

 

Obesity is linked to rise in number of girls who hit puberty before the age of EIGHT, data shows

A record number of girls under the age of eight were treated in hospital last year after hitting puberty too soon, official figures show.

 

Tips for Using Citric Acid Cleaning Solutions

Citric acid cleaning solutions are gaining more interest in the professional cleaning industry.

 

Colorectal cancer: ‘Shocking’ surge in cases among younger adults may be driven by C. diff infections

The incidence of colorectal cancer (CRC) in Americans younger than 50 years has been rapidly increasing. The cause, or causes, of this alarming trend is obscure, and the subject of considerable, vigorous investigation. Research from the Kimmel Cancer Center and the Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine suggests that Clostridium difficile (C. diff), may contribute to this trend in earlier-onset colorectal cancer.

 

Study shows combining quercetin and tocotrienols can help fight cancer

The study findings revealed that the potent combination of quercetin and tocotrienols (a form of vitamin E) work together to get rid of aging cells that can cause chronic inflammation and disease. At the same time, these two compounds help promote the health and growth of normal cells.

 

Where's the Beef? Ask Bill Gates

In early June 2022, the government of The Netherlands announced it would cut the size of livestock herds in the country by 30% to meet European Union nitrogen and ammonia pollution rules. As a result of this “green” policy, many farmers will be driven out of business and they have gathered in protest across the country.

 

100+ Species at Risk of Extinction From New Insecticide, EPA Says

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week released a draft biological evaluation showing the bee-killing insecticide sulfoxaflor is potentially putting 24 species of insects and 94 plant species that depend on insect pollinators in jeopardy of extinction.

 

Want Lower Meat Prices? ‘We Need to Break Up Big Ag’

Food prices are soaring because “monopolies are driving up the price you pay for food” and “slowly killing rural America,” according to Robert Reich, author, lawyer, former U.S. secretary of labor and co-founder of Inequality Media.

 

Why BA.5 Is the King of Coronavirus Variants

As suspected, SARS-CoV-2 continues to mutate. This was entirely expected and predicted, as vaccinating against any highly mutable virus, such as the coronavirus, pressures the virus to adapt. One of the latest variants, BA.5 — now believed to be the cause of nearly all COVID infections — is tied with measles in terms of its infectiousness and transmissibility.That makes it the most infectious of all SARS-CoV-2 variants, and one of the most infectious viruses known to man.

 

Yogurt vs Kefir: Which probiotic-filled dairy product is better for gut health?

When we think about probiotics in food, I’m sure yogurt comes to mind first for many. But kefir is another fermented dairy product in town, and is essentially a drinkable yogurt. Many gut health-minded individuals make sure to include either or both of these dairy products in their diets, but is one better than the other?

 

Could Fixing Your Gut Health Help Treat Your Depression?

Depression is among the most common mental health conditions in the U.S., with 21 million Americans — or 8.4% of adults — experiencing at least one major depressive episode in 2020. Antidepressant medications remain a first-line treatment for depression, even though two-thirds of depressed patients don’t respond well to them.

 

‘Holy grail’ of blood tests could diagnose any type of cancer years in advance

A “holy grail” blood test that can diagnose any type of cancer years before symptoms appear could be on the horizon. Scientists from UC Santa Cruz have discovered a protein released in the early stages of the disease, when tumors are most curable.

 

Europe Has Descended Into the Age of Fire

Climate change has primed the landscape to burn. But human migration has made Europe’s wildfires increasingly catastrophic.

 

Scientists discover world’s longest underwater avalanche

Prompt action by scientists recovered sensors drifting across the Atlantic Ocean that held data on a seabed sediment avalanche that travelled 1,100km.

 

Solar storm to hit Earth's magnetic field today

Something is happening to the sun. One of the regions of the solar atmosphere currently exhibiting sunspots caught the attention of observatories on July 11, when there was a sudden increase in ultraviolet and X-ray brightness. The next ones to notice were the amateur radio communities on either side of the Pacific Ocean, when their communications were briefly interrupted.

 

Smoke without fire? Researchers question heated tobacco products

Heated tobacco products have soared in popularity as a "smoke free" alternative to cigarettes in recent years, but a peer-reviewed report has suggested their emissions could be considered smoke—a claim strongly rejected by the tobacco industry.

 

Tips for Cutting Plastic Waste

The month of July has been set aside as a time to reflect and act on the problem of plastic pollution. It’s estimated that the United States has generated 44 million metric tons of plastic waste to date. Plastic Free July® addresses this issue as a global movement that works to be part of the solution.​

 

Study shows widespread mislabeling of CBD content occurs for over-the-counter products

In a new study, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers tested more than 100 topical cannabidiol (CBD) products available online and at retail stores, and found significant evidence of inaccurate and misleading labeling of CBD content. The study also revealed that some of these nonprescription products contained amounts of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main active ingredient in cannabis that can cause a "high," including some products that claimed to be free of THC.

 

Restroom Care Truths

Every year, it seems like there’s a high-tech restroom care solution that makes the industry rethink the way restrooms are cleaned. While many of these solutions are innovative and can save money and time, there are certain essential truths about restroom care that will never change.

 

Weed vapes probably sending a toxic gas to your lungs, study finds

The study adds to a number of eyebrow-raising findings about the potential health consequences of vaping products

 

Robot dog with machine gun hints of a dystopian future

While Boston Dynamics show off their robot’s dance moves, others turn similar-looking devices into dystopian killing machines.

 

Lucid reported 2 battery-related fires in 4 months at Arizona plant

As Lucid is trying to ramp up production of its first EV, the company has had to battle battery fire incidents twice in the span of four months.

 

Tesla spontaneously catches fire while sitting in California junkyard

Fire crews were forced to put the car, which kept reigniting, inside a pit filled with water

 

‘Toxic’ diapers pose a health risk to 90% of babies

90 per cent of babies are being exposed to highly toxic nappies, according to a report.The research conducted in France suggests this could lead to threats of grave disease in later life.

 

How recycling battery waste is important for environmental health?

With growing consciousness about the negative consequences of deteriorating environmental circumstances, the subject of “sustainability” has emerged as one of the most pressing issues that must be addressed.​

 

FDA issues warning about UV 'sanitizing' wands

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers about the potential risk of injury associated with the use of certain brands of ultraviolet (UV) wands. Do not use these UV wands for disinfection because they may expose the user or any nearby person to unsafe levels of ultraviolet-C (UV-C) radiation and may cause injury to the skin, eyes, or both after a few seconds of use.

 

This radioactive waste project must not be permitted at Houston

There is no shortage of land in a location where the disposal of radioactive waste can be managed without getting into our drinking water and away from where our citizens and animals are living. The EPA must be mindful of the needs of the population and safeguard the health of our people first and foremost before even considering granting permission for such a dangerous operation.

 

Pesticide Exposure Driving Liver Disease through Hormone Disrupting Mechanisms

Research published in Scientific Reports finds an association between the increasing emergence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and exposure to endocrine (hormone) disrupting chemicals, like organochlorine pesticides (OCPs). It is well-known that traces of legacy (past-use) pesticides, like organochlorines, remain in the environment for decades—possibly centuries, post-final application, as OCPs have greater chemical stability and gradual attenuation. However, these chemicals have profound adverse impacts on human health, especially on the endocrine system.

 

"It's rampant:" Doctor warns of dangers, highly addictive nature of vaping

What started as a healthier alternative for smokers has evolved into something that’s taken hold for many young people today.

 

Honey bees face multiple stressors, but IU researchers hope findings reduce colony declines

Indiana University researchers identified a microbe that may help protect honey bees against poor nutrition, which can worsen stresses that cause declining populations. The team of researchers published findings that show the microbe, Bombella apis, is the only bacteria to withstand the diet of growing honey bees and can also synthesize all the essential amino acids needed for a healthy bee.

 

FDA Releases New Total Diet Study Report on Toxic Elements

The FDA has released their new Total Diet Study Report that focuses on the presence of toxic compounds in the foods we eat. The overall takeaway is that the key toxic elements were not detected in most (68%) of the tested foods. The analysis was conducted in foods that were collected from 2018 through 2020. Overall, 3,276 food, beverages, and water products were studied.

 

Losing a grandmother can have long-lasting mental health effects for kids and adolescents, a new study finds

The death of a grandmother can have severe and lasting mental health consequences for both her adult children and grandchildren, according to our recently published study.

 

Human garbage is a plentiful but dangerous source of food for polar bears finding it harder to hunt seals on dwindling sea ice

More than 50 hungry polar bears invaded the Russian coastal village of Belushya Guba over a period of three months, attracted by the local dump. Some bears entered homes and businesses by ripping doors off hinges and climbing through windows. These invasions have been steadily increasing in Arctic settlements, though this case, in the winter of 2019, was one of the worst. While few people have been attacked, the number of dead bears has climbed.

 

Thousands of North Carolina wells are spiked with toxic metals

Contamination of private water wells by toxic metals is alarmingly common statewide, according to a recent analysis. Contaminants include lead, arsenic, and unhealthy levels of manganese.

 

‘The scale is hard to grasp’: avian flu wreaks devastation on seabirds

Dozens of coastal sites in the UK closed to the public as H5N1 continues to sweep through wild bird populations across the world

 

Have millions been taking antidepressants with harmful side-effects for decades - when there's no scientific evidence they do what they claim?

Like millions of patients who seek help from their GPs for depression, Emma Ward was repeatedly told she was suffering from ‘an imbalance of chemicals in the brain’.If Emma wanted to get better, her doctors said the 26-year-old should keep taking the antidepressants she had been prescribed since she was 15 — even though the drugs did not seem to improve her mood, and left her feeling perpetually numb emotionally.

 

Health chiefs issue warning over SEALS amid fears they could be carrying mutated bird flu

Britons have been told to stay away from seals over fears they may be infected with deadly bird flu.Health authorities have received 'increased reports' of the mammals carrying avian influenza.

 

Think twice before feeding your dog raw meat: Vets warn pups on this diet may excrete antibiotic-resistant bacteria that could pass on to their human owners

Dogs that are fed raw meat are more likely to excrete the antibiotic-resistant bacteria Escherichia coli (E. coli) in their feces, vets have warned.

 

How Wildfire Smoke Affects Your Body and Mind

Wildfire seasons are getting worse. The increase in smoke is harming heart, lung, brain, and skin health.​

 

It’s a myth that sunscreen prevents melanoma in people of color – a dermatologist explains

Melanoma is a potentially deadly form of skin cancer that effects people of every racial and ethnic group. The risk factor most closely linked to developing melanoma is exposure to ultraviolet, or UV, rays from the sun. In fact, sunburns have been associated with doubling one’s risk of melanoma.

 

Leaky gut and autoimmune disorders: Dormant 'bad' gut bacteria may be key

Over the past few years, the medical world has started to increase its understanding of the role gut health plays in a person’s overall well-being. However, much is still unknown about the different roles “good” and “bad” bacteria play within the body.

 

Op-ed: Are we getting dumber?

Brain function, especially in children, is often evaluated by intelligence tests resulting in an Intelligence Quotient or “IQ.” IQ scores, after having increased for most of the 20th century, have been going down since the mid-1990s. The decline is well documented across Europe, the U.S., and Australia. Is this trend for real?

 

The Future of Food? Genetic Engineering, Value Capture and Dependency

GM crops are required to feed the world is a well-worn industry slogan trotted out at every available opportunity. Just like the claim of GM crops being a tremendous success, this too is based on a myth. There is no global shortage of food. Even under any plausible future population scenario, there will be no shortage as evidenced by scientist Dr Jonathan Latham in his paper “The Myth of a Food Crisis” (2020). However, new gene drive and gene editing techniques have now been developed and the industry is seeking the unregulated commercial release of products that are based on these methods.

 

First Responders At Fatal Tesla Wreck Had To Disassemble Vehicle Before Moving It "To Avoid ELECTROCUTION"

Perhaps just as alarming as the crash were first responders' reactions in dealing with the electric vehicle, which had been badly mangled due to the wreck. The report says it took two hours for a towing company to get the car out of the ditch and that crews had to disassemble the car before removing it, in order to avoid electrocution.

 

Gut health is linked to brain disease — but there’s a lack of strong data to explain how

Probiotics and prebiotic products are marketed as ways to improve your gut microbiome, and research suggests doing so could help your brain in the long run. A review by an international team of researchers confirms evidence that links the gut with neurodegenerative diseases, but exactly why or how remains unclear.

 

Healthiest Drink In The World? 5 Terrific Health Benefits From Tea, According To Science!

It’s no secret that drinking tea is good for you. Could it possibly be the healthiest drink in the world? Tea has been an integral part of traditional medicine for thousands of years and is revered as a cure-all in many Asian countries. It also serves as a great substitute for folks who needing a morning jolt of caffeine, but don’t drink coffee.

 

Artificially Sweetened Drinks Can Lead to an Early Grave

In a study analyzing data from 451,743 people from 10 countries over 20 years, researchers found that those who drank artificially sweetened drinks suffered a higher all-cause mortality — specifically from circulatory disease — while those drinking sugar-sweetened drinks had a higher risk of death from digestive disease

 

Does Facebook Have Your Medical Records?

By now, most people are aware that if they “like” a certain page on Facebook, it gives the social media giant information about them. “Like” a page about a particular disease, for instance, and marketers may begin to target you with related products and services. Facebook may be collecting sensitive health data in far more insidious ways as well, however, including tracking you when you’re on hospital websites and even when you’re in a personal, password-protected health information portal like MyChart. ​

 

Families stuck without air conditioning in extreme summer heat due to HVAC parts and labor shortages

Air conditioning is in high demand as the U.S. deals with extreme heat this summer, but many families are struggling to get some relief thanks to a nationwide shortage of HVAC technicians and parts.

 

Brutal heat coming to New York City could threaten the record books

New York’s sweltering summer is about to get worse with historic heat on the horizon for the city. A brutal stretch of scorching temperatures begins Tuesday with no immediate relief in sight as every day this week is projected to exceed 90 degrees — a streak that could continue into next week and threaten the safety of New Yorkers, Fox Weather meteorologist Amy Freeze told the Daily News.

 

Temperatures hit an unprecedented 40.2C (104.4F) at London Heathrow Airport

The mercury hit an unprecedented 40.3C (104.5F) in Coningsby and 40.2C (104.4F) at London Heathrow Airport at 12.50pm - around an hour after a reading of 39.1C (102.4F) in Charlwood, Surrey, beat the previous all-time UK high of 38.7C (101.7F) in Cambridge in July 2019. In third place is 38.5C (101.3F) in Kent in August 2003, and 38.1C (100.6F) in Suffolk yesterday is fourth.

 

'Apocalypse': Hundreds dead as extreme heat wave broils Europe

An extreme heat wave that meteorologists call an "apocalypse" broiled much of Europe and the United Kingdom on Monday, and hundreds of people died because of record high temperatures and ferocious wildfires. ​

 

‘It goes up like tinder’: unprecedented blazes envelop Alaska

Across the state, 264 individual fires are burning and it is on track to break its 2004 record of 6.5m acres destroyed

 

Extinction threat may be greater than previously thought, new global study finds

The global extinction crisis underway may be more intense than previously thought as humans continue to tear up land, overuse certain resources and heat up the planet, new research led by the University of Minnesota indicates. Nearly one in three species of all kinds — 30% — face global extinction or have been driven to extinction since the year 1500, according to the new survey published in the journal "Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment."

 

Why we should all be worried about a vulture apocalypse

The birds are synonymous with death and gluttony – but their plummeting numbers could spell serious trouble for humans

 

Number of healthy children trying to lose weight has TRIPLED in past 20 years, study finds

The number of healthy children choosing to diet has tripled in the last two decades, research suggests. Oxford University experts quizzed 34,000 children about whether they were trying to lose, maintain or gain weight.

 

Brains of children with autism may not always 'see' body language, study finds

Researchers have found that children with autism spectrum disorder may not always process body movements effectively, especially if they are distracted by something else.

 

This Popular TikTok Cleaning Trend may be Deadly

Social media is chock full of videos for just about every industry. On TikTok, #cleantok has become one of the largest trends and, specifically, one facet of #cleantok reigns supreme. “Product overload” is a trend with over 700 million views where cleaners pour large quantities of various cleaning chemicals into sinks and toilet bowls to create visually appealing cleaning videos. But, with amateur cleaners mixing chemicals unwittingly, nothing is ever entirely safe and harmless.

 

Heat Illness Prevention Tips for Peak Summer Months

Especially for custodial staffs tasked with exterior maintenance and other outdoor-related responsibilities, it’s critical to make sure frontline workers are properly checking in on themselves and their fellow employees as temperatures rise to dangerously levels hot across the country and will continue so for the next couple of months.

 

Greener Electric Car Batteries?

2020 Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) analysis shows — and an updated, soon-to-be-released analysis will confirm — EVs’ lifecycle global warming emissions are dramatically lower than thoe of gas- and diesel-powered vehicles. But mining the materials used in EV batteries, including cobalt, lithium and nickel, comes with its own set of public-health, environmental, and human-rights challenges.

 

The Road to a Lithium-Ion-Powered Future is Full of Twists

Battery metal mining is also not without environmental impacts. The brine extraction used in South America guzzles up water in areas with little water to spare. And traditional mining can contaminate nearby bodies of water or groundwater used for agriculture or human consumption. A proposed mine at Thacker Pass, Nevada, for example, could contaminate groundwater under and around the mine beyond drinking water standards for hundreds of years.

 

US losing ground to China, Russia in South American lithium rush

U.S. companies are hitting speedbumps in the race to win contracts to extract lithium in the Americas, particularly as the Chinese and Russian governments throw their weight around to land such agreements.​

 

Complex venom varieties make snakebites hard to treat: study

An evolutionary “arms race” with their prey has left rattlesnakes with an ever-shifting arsenal of venom varieties, which may be one reason why snakebites are so hard to treat, a new study has found.

 

Houston residents' chemical exposure increased post-Hurricane Harvey, study finds

Researchers at Oregon State University used silicone wristbands to measure Houston residents' increased exposure to hazardous chemicals in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

 

Using Pot May Impede Female Athletes' Performance

A new study from the University of Northern Colorado connects regular cannabis use in fit young women to decreased anaerobic power, a component of physical activity involving short, intense bursts of exercise.​

 

New method to exposing illegal and informal mercury trading

The Minamata Convention (MC) aims to restrict and limit the trading of mercury, a highly toxic pollutant. While most countries involved in artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM), the biggest source of mercury pollution, are MC parties, its efficacy has remained unclear.

 

How did lead use affect the children of the Roman Empire? - study

A recent archeological study found bioarcheological evidence that lead poisoning contributed to the high rates of infant mortality and childhood death in ancient Rome.

 

Class Action Lawsuit Claims Skittles Are 'Unfit For Human Consumption', But Why?

A US citizen is suing the sweets company Mars over their continued use of a potentially toxic nanoparticle as an ingredient in Skittles. The class action lawsuit, which was filed last week in California by Jenile Thames and others, claims that Mars failed to adequately warn customers about the chemical, titanium dioxide, that is "unfit for human consumption" and therefore committed a fraud of omission.

 

Endangered salmon will swim in California river for first time in 80 years

California's Chinook salmon haven't been able to reach the McCloud River since 1942, when the construction of Shasta Dam blocked the fish from swimming upstream and sealed off their spawning areas in the cold mountain waters near Mount Shasta.

 

Vegan diet plan for beginners: 7-days of meals & tips

A vegan diet plan can be as interesting, delicious, and easy to put together as any meat-based diet out there. Thanks to the hundreds of plant-based food brands and innovation in the vegan space over the past several years, it’s easier than ever to adopt a vegan diet that leaves you full, satisfied and feeling your best.

 

Anthropogenic monoterpenes are worsening urban ozone pollution

This study was led by Prof. Keding Lu and Prof. Yuanhang Zhang from Peking University. They conducted a field campaign in Taizhou, Eastern China from May to June in 2018. They observed elevated levels of monoterpene, a formerly considered biogenic emitted Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), and determined a rapid oxidation rate by OH radical, O3 and NO3 radical observed with in-situ state-of-art instrumentations. Such fast oxidation rate of monoterpene even exceeded that of isoprene, which was thought to be the dominant biogenic emitted VOCs.

 

How can we clean up PFAS, the ‘forever chemicals’?

PFAS, the so-called “forever chemicals” found in nonstick pans, clothing, carpet, makeup, packaging, firefighting foam, and many other products, are ubiquitous in the environment: More than 2,800 locations across the U.S. are now contaminated.

 

How to Protect Yourself From Cellphone Radiation

A little-known warning from the manufacturer hidden within your cellphone manual advises you to keep the device at a certain distance from your body to ensure you don’t exceed federal safety limits for radiofrequency exposure.

 

A shale well met an abandoned well a mile away. How did it happen?

On June 19, Zach Debolt noticed a geyser shooting up 15 feet above the ground on his property in New Freeport, Greene County. That’s how he described it to James Gillin, a township supervisor and his neighbor, when Mr. Gillin ran over to see what was going on. The geyser was gone by that point, but Mr. Gillin could see water rushing underground through a sinkhole that had formed around an old, abandoned gas well.

 

From Farmland to Frac Sand

In the Midwest, fertile soil is being excavated in pursuit of fossil fuels, while communities suffer.​

 

Amazing 1930's Pharmacist Map of 'Herbal Cures' Released to Public

Before the rise of patented chemical medicines, natural remedies were used in North America as the standard of care.

 

States with legalized marijuana see notable increases in car accidents, fatalities

Legalizing cannabis in the United States is linked to an increase in car crashes and traffic-related deaths, according to a new study. Specifically, researchers say the number of fatal crashes jumped by four percent in five states that permit recreational marijuana.

 

Banned Pesticides Linked to Hearing Loss Still Present in the Environment

Banned pesticides still persistent in the environment pose an increased risk of hearing impairment for U.S. adults, according to research published this month in Scientific Reports. Although regular use of DDT and hexachlorobenzene (HCB) no longer occurs in the United States, exposure to these persistent chemicals can still occur through a range of sources, including air, water, sediment, soil and food. As new science continues to find harmful health effects of older pesticides, advocates say new laws are needed to ensure long term hazards don’t arise from the more than 1,200 active ingredients currently registered by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with little to no independent scientific oversight.

 

To reduce harmful algal blooms and dead zones, the US needs a national strategy for regulating farm pollution

Midsummer is the time for forecasts of the size of this year’s “dead zones” and algal blooms in major lakes and bays. Will the Gulf of Mexico dead zone be the size of New Jersey, or only as big as Connecticut? Will Lake Erie’s bloom blossom to a human health crisis, or just devastate the coastal economy?​

 

Children are bombarded with violence in the news – here’s how to help them cope

With gun violence, war and other tragedies in the news, children are often exposed to scary images and information. Parents and caregivers are faced with the dilemma of wondering how to speak with their children about the unspeakable. How can adults help children feel safe when imagery about tragedies abounds throughout the media?

 

Salmon Farming’s Dirty Business

A new book looks at the “dark underbelly of our favorite fish” and urges regulators and businesses to better protect wild salmon, coastal ecosystems and consumers.

 

Melting glaciers: 'One day we will leave here'

Climate change is melting Himalayan glaciers on which hundreds of million people rely, flooding villages and leaving residents without drinking water.

 

NYC Master Composter Certificate Program

As the country’s most populous city, New York City (NYC) experiences a unique set of challenges when it comes to managing its waste stream. Generating 1.8 million tons of commercial and residential organic waste yearly, NYC is making efforts to face this waste diversion problem head-on.

 

New Review Paper On Health Risks From Living Near Cell Towers: Radiofrequency Sickness, Cancer, Changes In Biochemistry

Federal regulations protect the public only from the thermal (i.e., heating) risk due to short-term exposure to high intensity, cell tower radiation. The Federal radio frequency exposure limits ignore the preponderance of peer-reviewed studies that has found harmful bio-effects from exposure to non-thermal levels of cell phone radiation.

 

How Drinking Soda on a Hot Day Can Damage Kidneys, Leading to Diabetes, Heart Disease

When consumed after performing manual labor or exercise in 95-degree Fahrenheit weather, soda causes dehydration and raises markers for kidney disease, according to a study in the American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology.

 

Dangers Of Common Painkillers: 5 Potential Risks From Taking OTC Pain Relief Drugs

When you’re in pain, your central nervous system transmits signals to opiate receptors in your brain. These signals help you perceive the discomfort you’re feeling. Whether it’s a headache, a bruised muscle, or recovery from an injury, it’s almost instinctual for many people to quickly turn to common painkillers for immediate relief. After all, they’re over-the-counter and harmless, right?

 

Your gut health could dictate whether you develop Alzheimer’s disease, world-first study shows

People with gut and digestive issues may suffer from additional complications like mood disorders. Now, these complications have been found to possibly extend to Alzheimer’s disease development.

 

Powerful prebiotic: Prunes could boost gut microbiota, improve bone health in older women

A handful of prunes a day could protect older women against osteoporosis, according to new research. The dried plums contain chemicals that act as prebiotics — plant foods that fuel good bacteria, which in turn promote bone health.

 

6 Essential Safety Tips You Need To Follow When Using A Generator In Summer

Making sure we put our safety and the safety of our family first is a priority for most. With the concern over rolling blackouts, brownouts, and power grid failure during this summer, many have turned to generators to power their homes. However, these, like everything, can present a safety concern if not used correctly.

 

Vitamin B6 supplements may reduce anxiety and depression, study says

Taking high-dose vitamin B6 supplements may help to reduce feelings of anxiety and depression, a new study reveals. Researchers from the University of Reading in England report that young adults taking a dose 50 times the recommended daily dose reported feeling less anxious and depressed after a month.​

 

Are the Chemicals in Your Shampoo and Food Packages Making You Fat?

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in makeup, shampoos, soaps, plastics and food packaging can alter your metabolism and cause your body to produce new fat cells — they can even change the way food is digested.

 

Families despair as America's baby formula shortage again gets WORSE

President Joe Biden's administration announced its 17th Operation Fly Formula mission on Monday as marketing data shows the baby formula shortage is getting worse.

 

Curcumin found to stop cancer cell growth

Turmeric, a kitchen spice that comes from India and Southeast Asia, is often used by traditional healers because it can help address inflammation, regulate blood sugar and fight infections. But turmeric’s benefits go beyond these traditional uses. According to ongoing research, the spice’s active ingredient, curcumin, can be used to prevent cancer.

 

How Two US Ports Devastated a Global Supply Chain

Illustrating the fragility of global supply chains, in March 2021, a massive container ship became wedged across the Suez Canal in Egypt — blocking “an artery of world trade,” triggering a rise in oil prices and leading to fallout that affected shipping around the globe.

 

U.K. braces for record temperatures as ‘heat apocalypse’ hits Europe

Britain on Monday braced for what could become its hottest day on record, as French authorities warned of a “heat apocalypse” and emergency services across Europe confronted spreading wildfires and rising death tolls.

 

Death toll from brutal heat wave tops 1,000 in Spain and Portugal

The heat wave that has seared much of the Iberian Peninsula since last week has killed at least 1,000 people in Portugal and Spain, according to BNO News.

 

Body shock: six ways the heat affects the human body

Excessive temperatures can harm every part of our bodies causing, in extreme cases, cancer, strokes and heart attacks

 

As alarm over plastic grows, Saudis ramp up production in the US

The Saudi royal family mark the expansion of its far-flung petrochemical empire to San Patricio County, Texas, a once-rural stretch of flatlands across Nueces Bay from Corpus Christi. It arrived in the form of Gulf Coast Growth Ventures, or GCGV, a plant that sprawls over 16 acres between the towns of Portland and Gregory. The complex contains a circuit board of pipes and steel tanks that cough out steam, flames, and toxic substances as it creates the building blocks for plastic from natural gas liquids.

 

Heat waves: What are the alternatives to air conditioning?

As climate change exacerbates heat waves, more and more people rely on energy-guzzling air conditioners to keep cool — a vicious cycle. Experts say passive cooling could alleviate some of the pressure. ​

 

How To Keep Your Pets Safe In A Heatwave

As temperatures reach uncomfortably high levels, pets are likely to struggle with the heat. Here’s how to keep them safe during the heatwave.

 

Relentless Heat Wave Pummeling Texas And Central Plains To Bring Hottest Temperatures Of Year

Extreme heat threatens Texas and the Southern Plains to start the new work week, with temperatures forecasted to exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit. This new round of heat could be the hottest yet. Large swaths of interior Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas could see predicted highs reaching 110 degrees Fahrenheit and heat indexes much higher.

 

Geoengineering Watch: A US patent outlines a way to cool our planet by detonating nuclear bombs, has sanity completely left the equation?

The United Nations website posted an essay that discussed "The Benefits of World Hunger", is the truth about the UN finally becoming overt? A US patent outlines a way to cool our planet by detonating nuclear bombs, has sanity completely left the equation?

 

Satellite Imagery Shows Global Crop Declines – Except For Russia And China

Infrared satellite imagery designed to measure moisture levels and the health of farmlands suggests that staple crops such as wheat are in poor condition and in sharp decline among major exporters including the Ukraine, the US and India. Two countries do have bumper crops so far though; namely Russia and China.

 

'A Harbinger Of Larger Things To Come': The Hits Against The Food Supply Chain Are Coming From Every Direction

When the food is gone, the rioting begins. Many Americans still believe that "it can't happen to or in America," and that is arrogance, hubris, and a massive failure on the part of the MSM to "inform" the public of how fast it can happen and to give them adequate warnings to prepare for the possibility, which is looking more likely with each new report of events that affect the food supply in America​

 

Global War On Farmers Threatens EVERYTHING

The war on farmers and ranchers is not just happening in Holland or the United States–it is global, ranging from Brazil and South Africa to China–warns The New American magazine’s Alex Newman in this episode of Behind The Deep State.

 

Air samples from Arctic region show how fast Earth is warming

While climate change is taking effect everywhere on Earth, the Arctic Circle is feeling those effects most of all, in the form of glacial melt, permafrost thaw and sea ice decline.

 

UCI study: California’s trees are dying, and might not be coming back

The State of California is banking on its forests to help reduce planet-warming carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. But that element of the state’s climate-change solution arsenal may be in jeopardy, as new research from the University of California, Irvine reports that trees in California’s mountain ranges and open spaces are dying from wildfires and other pressures – and fewer new trees are filling the void.

 

Our empty oceans: Scots team’s research finds Atlantic plankton all but wiped out in catastrophic loss of life

An Edinburgh-based research team fears plankton, the tiny organisms that sustain life in our seas, has all but been wiped out after spending two years collecting water samples from the Atlantic.

 

Increased demand for water will be the No. 1 threat to food security in the next 20 years

Increased demand for water will be the No. 1 threat to food security in the next 20 years, followed closely by heat waves, droughts, income inequality and political instability, according to a new CU Boulder-led study which calls for increased collaboration to build a more resilient global food supply.​

 

Bulletproof steel shelters sold as solution to school shootings

They’re an alarming symbol of an American crisis. Do they represent our inevitable future?

 

A New Threat To The European Battery Boom

As the global demand for batteries looks set to continue rising in line with the growth of the EV market and renewable energy projects, the E.U. may soon throw a spanner in the works by labeling lithium batteries as harmful to humans. As the battery and metals industries fight against this move, some European countries are going all-in in their battery investments, demonstrating the wide support for battery industry growth across the region.

 

Congressional investigation finds U.S. crypto miners consume enough electricity to power Houston, cause bill spikes

The explosion of U.S. cryptocurrency mining operations and the electricity needed to power the computer-based financial transactions are hiking energy bills and greenhouse gases, according to a congressional investigation released today.

 

Why fake grass is far from green in ways you might not guess

Artificial lawns are higher maintenance than the adverts will have you believe … and they’ll burn your feet in this heatwave

 

Greenwashing at Its Finest: How Corporations Use Environmental Concerns to Scam You

The S&P 500 ESG Index is supposed to include only companies with strong environmental ethics and responsibility, but the reality is much different. Now the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is cracking down on ESG greenwashing on Wall Street by multiple mega-banks, including Goldman Sachs.

 

‘Bees are really highly intelligent’: the insect IQ tests causing a buzz among scientists

We all know these busy insects are good for crops and biodiversity, but proof is emerging that they are also clever, sentient and unique beings

 

Why thousands are struggling with nasty stomach issues months after suffering Covid

A nutritionist has revealed why people are continuing to suffer from nasty stomach issues months after recovering from Covid - and the easy ways to get your digestive health back on track.

 

University of Illinois Chicago Implements Cleancode to Validate Facility Cleaning

Cora Technologies, a developer of technologies for the cleaning and service industry, today announced that University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) is the first college campus to use its Cleancode platform to validate cleaning schedules, frequencies and effectiveness of cleaning practices on campus.

 

Experts Emphasize Summer Cleaning Amid COVID-19 Variants

Summer kicked off in the United States, with five times higher levels of COVID-19 cases compared to this same time last year, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data. Cases continue to rise in the country by the aggressively contagious Omicron sub-variants BA.4, BA.5, and local health authorities already foresee spikes after the July 4th celebration.

 

Children compensate for lack of concentration through creativity

Children have a hard time with concentration tasks, but are often good at discovering hidden "tricks" to make the task easier. Spontaneous strategy changes help them to do this, according to a study on learning behavior in children by the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin.

 

Elephant genes could hold the key to avoiding cancers

Scientists from seven research institutions including the University of Oxford and the University of Edinburgh have used pioneering bioinformatic modeling to investigate the molecular interactions of the p53 protein known to give protection against cancers.

 

Astronomers detect a radio “heartbeat” billions of light-years from Earth

Astronomers at MIT and universities across Canada and the United States have detected a strange and persistent radio signal from a far-off galaxy that appears to be flashing with surprising regularity.​

 

Toxic chemicals found in oysters in Biscayne Bay pose potential health concerns

Toxic chemicals found in oysters in Biscayne Bay, Marco Island and in Tampa Bay may pose serious health issues for people and wildlife, according to a study conducted by Florida International University's Institute of Environmental Science.

 

Air pollution caused 2,780 deaths, illnesses, and IQ loss in children in Massachusetts in 2019

Air pollution remains a silent killer in Massachusetts, responsible for an estimated 2,780 deaths a year and for measurable cognitive loss in Bay State children exposed to fine particulate pollutants in the air they breathe, according to a new study by researchers at Boston College's Global Observatory on Planetary Health.

 

Sudan's gold rush wreaks havoc on health

Sudanese mother Awadya Ahmed has long wondered why her youngest child Talab was born blind and unable to walk; now she suspects the piles of poisonous waste left by gold miners.

 

Most children with obesity aren't screened properly for related conditions

Most children in the United States diagnosed with obesity do not receive recommended laboratory tests for co-occurring conditions such as diabetes and liver disease, a new Yale study finds. Many also receive potentially unnecessary tests, and both can be harmful to patients, the researchers say.

 

Leading space science expert predicts a 'direct hit' on Earth from a solar storm

Five days ago, a giant sunspot and filaments on the solar surface had astronomers worried about possible Earth-directed solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs) that could lead to blackouts. Finally, on Friday, it was reported that a massive solar flare had erupted from the Sun, which could see radio blackouts in many parts of the world.

 

Is the Salton Sea hiding enough lithium to power America?

As the world transitions away from fossil fuels, electric vehicles are becoming more ubiquitous. But despite their environmental benefits, they still have a price. The batteries that power them rely on a limited resource: lithium.

 

Study shows vaping cannabinoid acetate leads to formation of deadly gas

A new study by Portland State University's Robert Strongin doctoral student Kaelas Munger provides insight into the potential risks of vaping cannabinoid acetates. They found that the toxic gas known as ketene is released when cannabinoid acetates are heated under vaping conditions.

 

Just half of parents recognize screen time impact on children's eye health

In some homes, summer may mean more screen time for kids. And among concerns that come with children spending more hours on digital devices, video games and televisions—and less time outdoors—harm to their eyes.

 

Texas Claimed It “Fixed” Its Electricity Grid. It Doesn’t Look Very Fixed!

Once again, Texas’ ability to keep electricity flowing to its nearly 30 million residents is in doubt: Searing heat waves, and the heightened energy use they’re spurring, are stressing the state’s grid to a nearly calamitous degree.

 

Take Action: Male Fertility Harmed by Pesticides and EPA Dysfunction

The failure of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to meet its statutory responsibility to protect people and wildlife from the dire consequences of exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals must end. A study published in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology adds urgency to the need to eliminate endocrine-disrupting pesticides.

 

Impact of vaping on respiratory health

Widespread uptake of vaping has signaled a sea change in the future of nicotine consumption. Vaping has grown in popularity over the past decade, in part propelled by innovations in vape pen design and nicotine flavoring. Teens and young adults have seen the biggest uptake in use of vape pens, which have superseded conventional cigarettes as the preferred modality of nicotine consumption. Relatively little is known, however, about the potential effects of chronic vaping on the respiratory system.

 

Study provides first evidence of link between opioid use disorder, chronic pain

Scientists have long noted a connection between opioid use disorder and chronic pain, however brain mechanisms linking opioid use disorder and chronic pain are poorly understood. This first-of-its-kind study by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine and University of Michigan Medical School explored one potential mechanism – central sensitization – among individuals with opioid use disorder.

 

'A wild west in the atmosphere': UNO professor pitching global 'geo-engineering' regulatory body

A University of Nebraska-Omaha professor is across the border pitching an idea to politicians: a geo-engineering regulatory body.

 

Governments Turn Against Deep-Sea Mining as EV Boom Drives Demand for Metals

A UN-affiliated organization meets this week to negotiate regulations that could allow seabed mining to begin as soon as 2024, despite warnings from scientists about a potential environmental catastrophe.​

 

China-backed cobalt mines in Congo exploit 40,000 child workers

China is exploiting children in the Democratic Republic of Congo, forcing them to work under hazardous conditions to mine the cobalt that powers electronic devices and electric cars, witnesses at a congressional hearing on human rights violations testified this week.

 

First Responders Outline Concerns With EV Battery Fires

Federal Highway Administration officials and emergency responders foresee a need to prepare for large fires in crashes and incidents from lithium-ion battery-powered heavy trucks.

 

Florida family drives into electric car problem: a replacement battery costs more than vehicle itself

A family in Florida drove into a major problem after buying a used electric vehicle: the replacement battery for their dead car wound up costing more than the used car was purchased for.

 

Land of Waste: American Landfills by State

Each American produces a whopping 1,700 pounds of waste every year, making the United States the world’s most wasteful country. Approximately half of the country’s yearly waste will meet its fate in one of the more than 2,000 active landfills across the nation.

 

Here’s how to protect your water supply in case of future shortages

Many are so used to having running tap water on demand, they forget that source can vanish overnight.​

 

Monkeypox ‘panic’ is overblown and failing

Nostalgic for panic, America? Welcome to monkeypox hysteria! The World Health Organization is convening a second emergency meeting to debate whether this virus — which causes fatigue, lesions and in some cases death — constitutes a global emergency. The CDC is issuing warnings and advisories.