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Minamata Convention on Mercury Enters into Force

Minamata Convention on Mercury Enters into Force

  NEW YORK, New York, August 16, 2017 (ENS) – The world’s first treaty to protect the environment and human health in nearly a decade, the Minamata Convention on Mercury, enters into force today, committing its 74 Parties, including...

 

Baby Teeth Link Autism and Heavy Metals Exposure

Baby Teeth Link Autism and Heavy Metals Exposure

  NEW YORK, New York, June 1, 2017 (ENS) – Baby teeth from children with autism contain more toxic lead and less of the essential nutrients zinc and manganese, compared to teeth from children without autism, according to an innovative...

 

U.S. EPA Greenlights Pesticide Harmful to Children

U.S. EPA Greenlights Pesticide Harmful to Children

  WASHINGTON, DC, April 5, 2017 (ENS) – Effective today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is denying a petition by two environmental groups who ask that the agency revoke all food residue tolerances for the pesticide chlorpyrifos....

 

Flame Retardants Linked to Child Aggression, Bullying

Flame Retardants Linked to Child Aggression, Bullying

  By Sunny Lewis CORVALLIS, Oregon, March 11, 2017 (ENS) – There is no doubt that flame retardant chemicals added to furniture, carpeting electronics and vehicles to halt or slow fires do save lives. But these chemicals also can affect...

 

Pollution Kills 1.7 Million Children a Year

Pollution Kills 1.7 Million Children a Year

  GENEVA, Switzerland, March 6, 2017 (ENS) – Every year, environmental risks such as indoor and outdoor air pollution, second-hand smoke, tainted water, lack of sanitation, and inadequate hygiene, take the lives of 1.7 million children...

 

Obama Nixes Lead Ammo on National Wildlife Refuges

Obama Nixes Lead Ammo on National Wildlife Refuges

  WASHINGTON, DC, January 23, 2017 (ENS) – On the last full day of the Obama administration, January 19, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued an order phasing out the use of lead ammunition and fishing tackle on national wildlife...

 

Cases of MRSA Down in U.S. Veterans’ Hospitals

Cases of MRSA Down in U.S. Veterans’ Hospitals

  ARLINGTON, Virginia, January 9, 2017 (ENS) – The Department of Veterans Affairs’ eight-year-long campaign to limit the incidence of infections with the dangerous methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, in VA...

 

Second-hand Smoke Inhaled Before Pregnancy Harms Fetuses

Second-hand Smoke Inhaled Before Pregnancy Harms Fetuses

  DURHAM, North Carolina, January 7, 2017 (ENS) – Women of childbearing age who inhale second-hand tobacco smoke even before conception may put their future babies at risk of impaired brain development, if the results of an animal...

 

Zika Most Damaging During Rapid Brain Growth

Zika Most Damaging During Rapid Brain Growth

  JUPITER, Florida, October 17, 2016 (ENS) – In new research that could help eliminate the tragic birth defects caused by the Zika virus, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute, TSRI, have pinpointed...

 

Zika Epidemic Could Hit 10,000 Pregnant Puerto Ricans

Zika Epidemic Could Hit 10,000 Pregnant Puerto Ricans

  ATLANTA, Georgia, July 30, 2016 (ENS) – Since local transmission of the Zika virus was first reported in Puerto Rico in December 2015, it has become so widespread on the island that public health officials are calling it an “epidemic.” The...

 

First U.S. Locally Transmitted Zika Virus Sickens Four

First U.S. Locally Transmitted Zika Virus Sickens Four

  MIAMI, Florida, July 30, 2016 (ENS) – Florida officials have informed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, that Zika virus infections in four people were likely caused by bites of local Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. The...

 

Congress Strengthens U.S. Chemical Safety Law

Congress Strengthens U.S. Chemical Safety Law

  WASHINGTON, DC, June 8, 2016 (ENS) – By unanimous consent, the U.S. Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would update federal chemical safety protections for the first time in four decades. The measure gives the Environmental Protection...

 

Aerial Pesticide Spraying Linked to Higher Autism Risk

Aerial Pesticide Spraying Linked to Higher Autism Risk

  BALTIMORE, Maryland, May 6, 2016 (ENS) – The use of airplanes to spray anti-mosquito pesticides may increase the risk of autism spectrum disorder and developmental delays among children, finds new research presented at the Pediatric...

 

Dengue Fever an ‘Emergency’ on Hawaii’s Big Island

Dengue Fever an ‘Emergency’ on Hawaii’s Big Island

  HILO, Hawaii, February 9, 2016 (ENS) – Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi has declared a state of emergency over a dengue fever outbreak on the island of Hawaii, commonly called the Big Island. In a declaration issued Monday, Kenoi...

 

Australian Cancer Drug Licensed in $730M Deal

Australian Cancer Drug Licensed in $730M Deal

  MELBOURNE, Australia, February 9, 2016 (ENS) – A promising new cancer drug, developed in Australia by the Cancer Therapeutics CRC (CTx), has been licensed to U.S. pharmaceutical company Merck in a deal worth US$730 million. The...

 

Zika Virus Declared a Global Health Emergency

Zika Virus Declared a Global Health Emergency

  GENEVA, Switzerland, February 3, 2016 (ENS) – The Zika virus has spread to 24 countries in the Americas, creating “a public health emergency of international concern,” the head of the World Health Organization declared...

 

World’s Top Doctor Urges ‘Strong’ Paris Climate Deal

World’s Top Doctor Urges ‘Strong’ Paris Climate Deal

  GENEVA, Switzerland, October 8, 2015 (ENS) – “Climate change is the greatest threat to global health in the 21st century,” warned Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization today. “The evidence...

 

Vehicular Air Pollution Leading Cause of Heart Disease

Vehicular Air Pollution Leading Cause of Heart Disease

  LONDON, UK, August 30, 2015 (ENS) – Air and noise pollution are environmental health risks with severe consequences for heart health, according to the European Society of Cardiology, which is asking for help from lawmakers to reduce...

 

Nanosponges in Disguise Mop Up MRSA Staph Infections

Nanosponges in Disguise Mop Up MRSA Staph Infections

  SAN DIEGO, California, May 19, 2015 (ENS) – A new gel filled with nanosponges that absorb toxins has proven effective against the “super bug” MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), an antibiotic-resistant...

 

WHO Declares Liberia’s Ebola Outbreak “Interrupted”

WHO Declares Liberia’s Ebola Outbreak “Interrupted”

  GENEVA, Switzerland, May 10, 2015 (ENS) – In Liberia, the country with the highest death toll in the worst outbreak of Ebola virus since it emerged in 1976, transmission of the disease has been stopped, at least for now, the World...

 
 
 
 

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