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NOC study provides new insights into concentrations of microplastics in open ocean

NOC study provides new insights into concentrations of microplastics in open ocean

A unique study by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre will provide valuable new insights into the concentrations of microplastics in the open ocean from surface to the sea bed. [More]
Simple changes to car’s ventilation system during traffic jams may limit exposure to pollution

Simple changes to car’s ventilation system during traffic jams may limit exposure to pollution

With millions of motorists set to hit the road for the bank holiday weekend, drivers have been urged to close windows and turn off fans while in traffic jams to avoid breathing in dangerously high levels of air pollution. [More]
High exposure to unconventional natural gas wells linked to migraine headaches, sinus and fatigue

High exposure to unconventional natural gas wells linked to migraine headaches, sinus and fatigue

New research suggests that Pennsylvania residents with the highest exposure to active natural gas wells operated by the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry are nearly twice as likely to suffer from a combination of migraine headaches, chronic nasal and sinus symptoms and severe fatigue. [More]
Essential oils could treat inflammation of lung and liver induced by air pollution

Essential oils could treat inflammation of lung and liver induced by air pollution

Certain ingredients in essential oils made from plants such as cloves, anise, fennel and ylang-ylang could serve as a natural treatment of lung and liver conditions caused by air pollution. [More]
Cloth masks not very effective in offering protection against air pollution, study shows

Cloth masks not very effective in offering protection against air pollution, study shows

Results of a new study by environmental health scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst suggest that inexpensive cloth masks worn by people who hope to reduce their exposure to air pollution vary widely in effectiveness and could be giving users a false sense of security, especially in highly polluted areas. [More]
TSRI researchers find potential way to treat aqueous deficiency dry eye

TSRI researchers find potential way to treat aqueous deficiency dry eye

A new study in animal models, led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute, suggests that the eye's lacrimal glands can be repaired by injecting a kind of regenerative "progenitor" cell. [More]
Smoke waves induced by climate change likely to affect millions in coming decades

Smoke waves induced by climate change likely to affect millions in coming decades

Wildfires threaten more than land and homes. The smoke they produce contains fine particles (PM2.5) that can poison the air for hundreds of miles. [More]
Long-term impacts of atomic bombs on Japanese cities not as severe as many believe, study suggests

Long-term impacts of atomic bombs on Japanese cities not as severe as many believe, study suggests

The detonation of atomic bombs over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 resulted in horrific casualties and devastation. The long-term effects of radiation exposure also increased cancer rates in the survivors. [More]
Researchers to investigate on engaging Chicago communities in air pollution monitoring

Researchers to investigate on engaging Chicago communities in air pollution monitoring

Chicago communities with poor air quality can soon be more involved in air pollution monitoring with help from Kansas State University. [More]
New report estimates burden of cancer in Ontario from environmental carcinogens

New report estimates burden of cancer in Ontario from environmental carcinogens

Between 3,540 and 6,510 new cancer cases in Ontario each year result from environmental factors, says a new report from Cancer Care Ontario and Public Health Ontario. [More]
Researchers using internet to find study participants may hamper recruitment of minority, poor people

Researchers using internet to find study participants may hamper recruitment of minority, poor people

Recruiting minorities and poor people to participate in medical research always has been challenging, and that may not change as researchers turn to the internet to find study participants and engage with them online, new research suggests. [More]
Exposure to road and rail traffic noise increases risk of heart attack

Exposure to road and rail traffic noise increases risk of heart attack

Your risk of heart attack increases with the amount of traffic noise to which you are exposed. [More]
Scientists seek to understand impact of pollution on seasonal allergies

Scientists seek to understand impact of pollution on seasonal allergies

A unique collaboration between University of Manchester Scientists is set to advance our understanding of how polluted cities impact on seasonal allergies. [More]
Exposure to atmospheric dust, high temperatures can increase risk of bacterial meningitis

Exposure to atmospheric dust, high temperatures can increase risk of bacterial meningitis

Exposure to airborne dust and high temperatures are significant risk factors for bacterial meningitis, a new study by the University of Liverpool's Institute of Infection and Global Health has found. [More]
Breakthrough research shows cellular stress could be key to variety of birth defects

Breakthrough research shows cellular stress could be key to variety of birth defects

For the first time, scientists believe they've discovered a cause of multiple types of birth defects triggered by environmental stresses. [More]
Researchers find dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria in wastewater from broken sewer lines

Researchers find dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria in wastewater from broken sewer lines

University of South Florida researchers investigating the aftermath of a September, 2014 sewer line break in St. Petersburg, Florida, have found dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the untreated wastewater that gushed into neighborhoods and into Boca Ciega Bay at a rate of 250 to 500 gallons per minute. [More]
ASTRO honors Ms. Keresztes with 2016 Survivor Circle Award

ASTRO honors Ms. Keresztes with 2016 Survivor Circle Award

The American Society for Radiation Oncology has chosen Theresa A. Keresztes, a resident of Wellesley, Massachusetts, to receive the 2016 Survivor Circle Award. [More]
Traffic noise exposure linked to heart attack risk

Traffic noise exposure linked to heart attack risk

Your risk of heart attack increases with the amount of traffic noise to which you are exposed. The increase in risk - though slight - is greatest with road and rail traffic noise, less with aircraft noise. [More]
Exposure to London's 1952 smog linked to increased incidence of childhood, adult asthma

Exposure to London's 1952 smog linked to increased incidence of childhood, adult asthma

London's Great Smog of 1952 resulted in thousands of premature deaths and even more people becoming ill. [More]
New report reveals commonly available chemicals endanger brain development in fetuses, children

New report reveals commonly available chemicals endanger brain development in fetuses, children

In a new report, dozens of scientists, health practitioners and children's health advocates are calling for renewed attention to the growing evidence that many common and widely available chemicals endanger neurodevelopment in fetuses and children of all ages. [More]
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