Environmental Medicine News

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10/4/2017
Germs May Be Valuable Passengers on Mission to Mars

Astronauts surrounded by too few species of microbes could face health risks, study suggests

9/21/2017
Chlorine plus Pee equals Breathing Trouble for Waterpark Workers

CDC report finds unventilated air around pools can become toxic

9/20/2017
'Green Schoolyards' May Bring Better Health to Kids

Review found they helped with heart health, weight control, ADHD and stress relief

9/18/2017
9/8/2017
For City Kids With Asthma, Nearby Green Space Is Key

The farther kids lived from a park, the more symptoms they had over 2 weeks, study found

6/2/2017
Shifting Weather Can Unleash Pollen 'Superburst'

Trees, grasses and weeds may bloom all at once, creating agony for those with allergies

5/30/2017
Climate Change May Hit Cities Hardest: Study

Asphalt, concrete and cars intensify heat effect in urban areas, boosting costs, researchers predict

5/1/2017
Thunderstorms Can Trigger Asthma Flares, Study Finds

Weather forecasts may help public and emergency workers be ready to treat wheezing

4/17/2017
Leading Medical Groups Join March for Science on April 22

Planned as protest against Trump policies, organizers say value of science is at stake

2/1/2017
Toxins in Your Fast-Food Packaging?

Boxes, wrappers found to contain harmful fluorinated chemicals, study contends

1/5/2017
Does Living Near Major Roads Boost Dementia Risk?

Study couldn't prove cause-and-effect, but risk rose as proximity to traffic increased, researchers report

12/1/2016
Can Extra Time Outdoors When Young Reduce Nearsightedness?

More exposure to sun's UVB rays linked to lower risk of eye condition in study

11/18/2016
Heart Attacks Up in New Orleans Post-Katrina

One hospital reported 3 times more heart admissions after the 2005 storm compared to before

10/24/2016
Study: El Nino Could Boost Lyme Disease in Western U.S.

Northeast may also experience changes in infectious diseases due to weather variations, research suggests

6/23/2016
Keep Safe When Temperatures Soar

Everyone's at risk of heat-related illness, but elderly are most vulnerable, ER specialist says

5/27/2016
NIH Experts Cast Doubt on Rat Study Linking Cellphones, Tumors

Rodents exposed to phone radiation actually lived longer than unexposed animals, reviewers point out

5/4/2016
4 Ways You Can Cut Smog in Your Town

EPA offers practical advice, including setting air conditioning to a higher temperature

4/14/2016
Study Links Green Spaces to Longer Lives for Women

Among the findings: living with lush vegetation tied to a 13 percent lower rate of cancer death

1/27/2016
Seniors Need to Take Extra Care in the Cold

U.S. National Institute on Aging warns about hypothermia

7/31/2015
Stay Safe When Temperatures Rise

Expert offers tips on avoiding heat-related illness

6/23/2015
Climate Change a 'Medical Emergency' Posing Major Risks: Experts

International commission says 50 years of global health gains could be undone

6/19/2015
Climate Change Won't Lower Number of Winter Deaths, Study Claims

Most fatalities stem from flu and respiratory illnesses, researchers find

5/21/2015
Cold Weather a Bigger Killer Than Heat, Study Finds

But moderate, not extreme, temperatures more deadly, researchers say

4/28/2015
Beijing Olympics Study Hints at Smog's Impact on Birth Weights

Babies born when pollution was controlled were about a half pound heavier

4/23/2015
Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac Rashes Can Be Serious

But, expert says most can safely be treated at home

4/17/2015
Higher Altitude States Have Fewer Kids With ADHD, Study Finds

Low-lying states have rates up to 16 percent versus 6 percent in mountain regions

3/25/2015
Could Smoggy Air Raise Your Anxiety Level?

Possibly, one study suggests, while another links pollution to increased stroke risk

2/17/2015
Study Refutes Notion That Fans Are Useless in Extreme Heat

But, air-conditioning is still best option when temperatures soar, experts say

1/2/2015
Indoor Wood-Burning Can Affect Air Quality

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers tips to lessen fire's health impact

11/26/2014
Don't Let High Altitude Ruin Your Holiday Trip

Stay hydrated and give yourself time to acclimate, expert advises

9/11/2014
Golden Retriever Study Sniffs for Cancer Clues

Researchers enrolling 3,000 dogs to learn about risk factors for canine disease

3/19/2014
Human-Type Epilepsy Discovered in Sea Lions

Eating fish exposed to toxin-laden algae harms the animals' brains, study suggests

3/13/2014
More Evidence Environmental Exposures Contribute to Autism

Where birth defects increased, so did diagnoses of the developmental disorder, study showed

10/9/2013
Chronic Exposure to Airplane Noise Might Harm the Heart: Study

Levels of heart disease, stroke rose along with exposure, researchers say

5/28/2013
Health News Reports May Spur 'Symptoms' in Some People

Power of suggestion, 'nocebo' effect can make you feel sick, study suggests

5/2/2013
Lipsticks, Glosses Contain Toxic Metals: Report

Children should not play with these products, researcher says

4/22/2013
Green Spaces Boost City Dwellers' Well-Being

Study found the effect was significant, akin to a third of the benefit gained from marriage

2/22/2013
Plastics Chemical BPA Common in 'Preemie' ICU: Study

Banned in sippy cups and baby bottles, it's present in hospital equipment; health risk unclear

2/15/2013
Psychiatric Meds in Water Supply May Alter Fish Behavior

Swedish study finds perch acting more boldly when exposed to trace amounts of Oxezepam

2/12/2013
When Trees Die Off, Human Health May Also Suffer

Study can't prove cause-and-effect, but supports link between people and the environment

2/4/2013
Living Near Equator May Boost Your Risk for Allergy, Asthma

This could be due to UV ray exposure, study author says

1/29/2013
For Some, Views on Global Warming Change With the Weather

In survey, Independent voters in the U.S. often switched opinions as thermometer rose and fell

1/21/2013
Could Chemical in Dishware Raise Your Risk for Kidney Stones?

Small Taiwanese study shows higher concentrations of melamine in urine tied to presence in plastic bowls

1/16/2013
Airborne Toxins Down, But Overall Pollutant Levels Rising: EPA

Better technologies may bring cleaner air, but dumping of toxins onto land is rising, agency says

12/14/2012
EPA Lowers Permissible Soot Levels in Air

Change will save lives, as much as $9 billion annually, agency says

12/6/2012
Health Tip: How Radon Can Get in Your Home

It's an odorless but toxic gas

11/15/2012
Flame Retardants in Furniture, Carpets Might Affect Kids' Development

California study found that higher exposures were linked to IQ, attention deficits

10/4/2012
Lung Function Recovery Seen in People Exposed to World Trade Center Site

Breathing tests improved more for 9/11 rescue crews than nearby workers

3/8/2012
Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals Found in Many Household Products: Study

These ingredients also found in some 'alternative' brands, researchers say

1/14/2012
Healthy Children, Safe Homes a Winning Combination

From checking for radon to selecting seafood, you can lower chemical exposure