Health

Worldwide Cancer Burden Growing Year by Year

Worldwide Cancer Burden Growing Year by Year

  GENEVA, Switzerland, September 12, 2018 (ENS) – The global cancer burden is estimated to have risen to 18.1 million new cases and 9.6 million deaths in 2018, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, IARC, which...

 

Monsanto Must Pay $289 Million to Roundup Cancer Victim

Monsanto Must Pay $289 Million to Roundup Cancer Victim

  SAN FRANCISCO, California, August 15, 2018 (ENS) – A San Francisco jury has found Monsanto liable for causing a school groundskeeper’s cancer through his exposure to the Monsanto product Roundup and ordered the agricultural giant...

 

Mosquito ‘Danger Days’ Multiply as Climate Warms

Mosquito ‘Danger Days’ Multiply as Climate Warms

  PRINCETON, New Jersey, August 14, 2018 (ENS) – Sicknesses from mosquito, tick, and flea bites have tripled in the United States, with just over 642,600 cases reported during the 13 years from 2004 through 2016. Nine new germs spread...

 

Mosquito & Tick-borne Viruses Thrive on Climate Change

Mosquito & Tick-borne Viruses Thrive on Climate Change

  BRUSSELS, Belgium, March 19, 2018 (ENS) – Enabled by climate change, international travel and international trade, disease-bearing insects are spreading to ever-wider parts of the world. They have existed in Africa and Asia for...

 

Childhood Lead Exposure Linked to Teen Delinquency

Childhood Lead Exposure Linked to Teen Delinquency

  CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, March 13, 2018 (ENS) – Two Harvard researchers who examined the racial ecology of lead exposure as a form of environmental inequity have concluded that lead exposure in childhood is linked to antisocial...

 

California Issues Warning on Cell Phone Radiation

California Issues Warning on Cell Phone Radiation

  SACRAMENTO, California, January 9, 2018 (ENS) – There are now more cell phones in the United States than there are people. As smartphone use continues to increase, especially among children, the California Department of Public Health...

 

Zika Virus in Mice Blocked by New Drug

Zika Virus in Mice Blocked by New Drug

  ST. LOUIS, Missouri, September 27, 2017 (ENS) – An antibody that protects against the dengue virus has also proved to be effective against the Zika virus in mice, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis...

 

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...

 
 
 
 

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