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Long-term Exposure to Wildfires Increases Cancer Risk, Study Finds

People who live near wildfires face higher risk for lung cancer and brain tumors, researchers say.

Are People Making Red Tide Worse on the US Coastline?

Researchers say human activity close to our waterways is intensifying algae blooms that pose health and environmental risks.

Climate Anxiety Is Affecting Young People Worldwide, New Study Finds

Teens and young adults say government inaction on climate change is leaving them anxious, sad and angry, researchers say.

How Your Diet Impacts Our Climate

A new study finds unhealthy foods account for nearly a quarter of diet-related greenhouse gas emissions

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05 Jul
High Heat, Heavy Smog a Deadly Combo: Study

High Heat, Heavy Smog a Deadly Combo: Study

Heat coupled with smog can be a particularly lethal mix, especially for older adults, a new study finds.

Unfortunately, both hot temperatures and air pollution are going to increase as the planet warms, and so will deaths, researchers report.

"We are experiencing m...

01 Jul
Gas Used in Homes Has Links to Cancer; Leaks Often Undetected

Gas Used in Homes Has Links to Cancer; Leaks Often Undetected

The natural gas being piped into your home contains a wide array of toxic chemicals, including nearly two dozen so harmful they're classified as hazardous air pollutants, a new study says.

Natural gas samples taken from 69 Boston-area cooking stoves were found to contain...

08 Jun
Is Politics Creating a 'Mortality Gap' for Americans?

Is Politics Creating a 'Mortality Gap' for Americans?

The sharp political divide in the United States may also be creating a widening gap in death rates between those on opposing sides, new research suggests.

For the study, researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) in Boston analyzed death rates and federal and stat...

24 May
Making U.S. Cities Greener Could Have Saved Thousands of Lives

Making U.S. Cities Greener Could Have Saved Thousands of Lives

Creating more parks and other green spaces could have prevented tens of thousands of deaths in dozens of large U.S. cities over the past two decades, a new study says.

"We'v...

22 May
Spring's Double Trouble: Asthma Plus Seasonal Allergies

Spring's Double Trouble: Asthma Plus Seasonal Allergies

If you have both asthma and seasonal allergies, there are ways to reduce the impacts of that double whammy, an expert says.

People with asthma, a chronic lung condition, should try to control or preven...

21 May
It's 'Kids to Parks Day': Get Out, Get Active

It's 'Kids to Parks Day': Get Out, Get Active

It's a good idea to get children outside every day, but especially on Kids to Parks Day, a national day of outdoor play on May 21.

"Even as the COVID-19 pand...

20 May
Global Warming Could Mean Less Sleep for Billions

Global Warming Could Mean Less Sleep for Billions

Anyone who's tried to sleep on a hot summer night knows how hard it is to nod off when the mercury is rising.

So it's no surprise that global warming is likely to cost people more and more shut-eye as temperatures around the world rise.

By the end of this century, ...

18 May
Workers in U.S. Southwest in Peril as Summer Temperatures Rise

Workers in U.S. Southwest in Peril as Summer Temperatures Rise

It's getting hotter and hotter outside due to global warming and, as a result, outdoor workers in southwestern states are increasingly vulnerable to heat-related illnesses.

Making matters worse, many of these workers may not realize their health is in jeopardy.

Thi...

18 May
Pollution Killed 9 Million People Worldwide in 2019

Pollution Killed 9 Million People Worldwide in 2019

Pollution from varied sources caused 9 million deaths worldwide in 2019, accounting for 1 in 6 of all deaths, a new study says.

Of those pollution-related deaths, three-quarters -- close to 7 million -- were caused by

17 May
Cutting Pollution From Power Plants, Transport Could Save 50,000 U.S. Lives Each Year

Cutting Pollution From Power Plants, Transport Could Save 50,000 U.S. Lives Each Year

More than 50,000 premature deaths would be prevented in the United States each year if fine particle air pollution from the burning of fossil fuels were eliminated, researchers say.

Curbing this source of pollution would also save more than $600 billion a year in health ...

16 May
Wildfire Survivors Could Face Higher Cancer Risk

Wildfire Survivors Could Face Higher Cancer Risk

Wildfires, like the one currently raging in New Mexico, are known to cause upticks in breathing issues and heart attacks in their immediate wake for folks who...

12 May
Are 'Climate-Friendly' Options on Restaurant Menus Coming Soon?

Are 'Climate-Friendly' Options on Restaurant Menus Coming Soon?

Is there a way to make eating out more environmentally friendly? A team of German researchers thinks the answer is a bright green yes.

They'd like restaurants to offer menus that clearly label the environmental impact -- or "

10 May
Pregnant American Women Are Facing Higher Exposures to Chemicals

Pregnant American Women Are Facing Higher Exposures to Chemicals

Exposure to potentially harmful chemicals is on the rise among pregnant women in the United States, a new study warns.

"This is the first time we've been able ...

09 May
What Long Periods in Space Do to Astronauts' Brains

What Long Periods in Space Do to Astronauts' Brains

Scientists have unearthed new details about how astronauts' brains are affected by extended trips in space.

"These findings have important implications as we continue space exploration," said study co-author Dr. Juan Piantino. He is an assistant professor of pediatrics (...

04 May
City Rats May Not Pose Big Pandemic Threat

City Rats May Not Pose Big Pandemic Threat

Despite what you may have heard, rats and other city wildlife aren't likely to trigger future pandemics in people, according to a new study.

The COVID-19 pandemic has scientists trying to determine where future outbreaks are most likely to start. It's long been suspected...

03 May
Your Take-Out Coffee Cup May Shed Trillions of Plastic 'Nanoparticles'

Your Take-Out Coffee Cup May Shed Trillions of Plastic 'Nanoparticles'

Maybe you ask the barista for cream with your coffee, and possibly sugar as well.

But new research shows that paper cup of joe you grab off the coffeehouse counter contains another ingredient, and it's one you might not care for — trillions of

29 Apr
Dangerous Germs Floating on Microplastics in Ocean Wind Up in Food, Water

Dangerous Germs Floating on Microplastics in Ocean Wind Up in Food, Water

Land parasites that pose a risk to human and wildlife health can hitch rides on the millions of pounds of microplastics that float between oceans, a new study shows.

"It's easy for peopl...

28 Apr
Climate Change Will Make Pandemics Like COVID More Likely: Report

Climate Change Will Make Pandemics Like COVID More Likely: Report

Planet Earth is growing hotter, forcing different animal species to migrate to new areas and interact with other unfamiliar creatures at an increasing rate.

That phenomenon could have dire consequences to human health, a new study says, raising the odds for new viral ill...

28 Apr
COVID Deaths Cluster in Poorly Vaccinated Communities

COVID Deaths Cluster in Poorly Vaccinated Communities

COVID-19 death rates are significantly higher in U.S. counties that remain largely unvaccinated than in those where more people have gotten their shots, according to a new study.

The findings add to evidence that

25 Apr
Worsening Allergy Seasons: Is Climate Change to Blame?

Worsening Allergy Seasons: Is Climate Change to Blame?

Scientists have long known that as the Earth warms due to climate change, plants produce more pollen, making allergy season longer and more pronounced.

Now, a new survey finds that hay fever sufferers are increasingly taking notice.

In a poll of more than 2,000 U.S...

21 Apr
Sharp Spike Seen in Air Pollution Levels in Recent Years

Sharp Spike Seen in Air Pollution Levels in Recent Years

After 23 years of decreases in overall air pollution levels, a new report shows that the United States recorded the highest ever number of "very unhealthy" and "hazardous" air quality days between 2018 and 2020.

In its State of the Air 2022 report, the American Lung Asso...

21 Apr
Western Wildfires Fueling Air Pollution During Summer Months

Western Wildfires Fueling Air Pollution During Summer Months

Larger and more intense wildfires in the U.S. Pacific Northwest are causing a spike in air pollution across North America that endangers millions of people, a new study warns.

Wildfire smoke has been linked to significant

19 Apr
Microplastics Found in Mussels That Humans Eat

Microplastics Found in Mussels That Humans Eat

When you eat mussels or other seafood, you might also be getting a serving of microplastics, a new study suggests.

Demonstrating that plastic trash is everywhere, researchers discovered micr...

18 Apr
Lead Exposure Harms Kids in Many Ways

Lead Exposure Harms Kids in Many Ways

New studies add to the extensive body of research showing the many risks that lead poses to youngsters.

The association between

18 Apr
Humans Bear Blame for Red Tides

Humans Bear Blame for Red Tides

Red tide is a scourge of Southwest Florida, often littering beaches with dead fish and marine life and disrupting plans for boating and bathing.

But Mother Nature isn't entirely to blame for this blight.

A new study confirms what some have long suspected — that ...

08 Apr
Two-Thirds of U.S. Water Systems Contain Uranium

Two-Thirds of U.S. Water Systems Contain Uranium

Two-thirds of U.S. community water systems have detectable levels of uranium, and the highest levels are in Hispanic communities, according to a new study.

"Previous studies have found associations between chronic uranium exposure and increased risk of hypertension,...

06 Apr
EPA Proposes to Ban Last Form of Asbestos Used in U.S.

EPA Proposes to Ban Last Form of Asbestos Used in U.S.

A proposed rule to ban ongoing uses of the only known form of asbestos imported into the United States has been introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The ban would app...

04 Apr
99% of Planet's Population Breathes Dirty Air: WHO

99% of Planet's Population Breathes Dirty Air: WHO

Almost no one in the world is breathing good air, according to a new World Health Organization report, which issued a call for reducing the use of fossil fuels.

Air quality is the worst ...

04 Apr
Want a Healthier Neighborhood? Plant a Tree

Want a Healthier Neighborhood? Plant a Tree

It turns out that trees might be good medicine.

How so? New research shows that having lots of trees in your neighborhood could improve your health and lower your medical costs.

“It's time to stop looking at trees simply as an amenity and start recognizing the es...

01 Apr
Good Sense of Direction? Where You Grew Up Is Key

Good Sense of Direction? Where You Grew Up Is Key

Your ability to find your way around may be influenced by your childhood surroundings.

Researchers in the United Kingdom and France have discovered that people raised in the country or suburbs are better navigators than those who grew up in cities, particularly those wit...

01 Apr
No Threat From Common Chemicals in Most Face Masks: Study

No Threat From Common Chemicals in Most Face Masks: Study

Reassuring new research finds that most face masks used by people during the pandemic don't have high levels of chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

The

31 Mar
Bong Use at Home Quickly Fills Air With Toxins

Bong Use at Home Quickly Fills Air With Toxins

Smoking pot through a bong doesn't protect the nonsmokers in the room from the dangers of secondhand smoke, a new study warns.

Bongs have been touted as a safe way to protect nonsmokers from secondhand marijuana smoke. But it can expose them to extremely high concentrati...

31 Mar
Does Your City Park Make the '25 Happiest' List?

Does Your City Park Make the '25 Happiest' List?

Taking a stroll through a city park can give your mood a significant boost, but parks in some cities provide a bigger benefit than those in others, researchers say.

In a n...

29 Mar
More Balmy Summer Nights, Higher Heart Death Rate in Men

More Balmy Summer Nights, Higher Heart Death Rate in Men

Warm summer nights may leave you tossing and turning in bed, but that could be the least of your worries. Just a slight rise in summer nighttime temperatures increases the risk of heart-related death for men in their 60s, a new study shows.

"Considering the growing likel...

28 Mar
Deer Can Shed Coronavirus for 5 Days After Infection

Deer Can Shed Coronavirus for 5 Days After Infection

White-tailed deer can shed and transmit the COVID-19 virus for up to five days after they're infected, according to a study that also identified where the virus develops and replicates in deer.

Five days is "a relatively short window of time in which the infected animals...

26 Mar
As Climate Change Worsens Allergy Season, Tips on How to Cope

As Climate Change Worsens Allergy Season, Tips on How to Cope

Climate change is prompting longer pollen seasons and higher pollen counts, which spells trouble for people with seasonal allergies, allergists warn.

"Allergy seasons have been changing in North America and ...

21 Mar
U.S. Wildfires: Much Bigger, More Frequent Now

U.S. Wildfires: Much Bigger, More Frequent Now

U.S. wildfires have become larger, more frequent and more widespread in the past two decades, and the situation will become even worse in the future, a new study warns.

“Projected changes in

17 Mar
New Tick-Borne Virus Is Spreading Across U.S.

New Tick-Borne Virus Is Spreading Across U.S.

The potentially deadly tick-borne Heartland virus is spreading across the United States and has now been found in Georgia, Emory University researchers report.

First identified in Missouri in 2009, the virus is found in the Southeast and Midwest and is s...

10 Mar
Biden Administration Says California Can Set Tough Auto Emission Standards Again

Biden Administration Says California Can Set Tough Auto Emission Standards Again

California will once again be able to set its own car emission standards under a waiver approved Wednesday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The move reverses a Trump adminis...

07 Mar
EPA Proposes Tougher Emission Standards for Big Trucks

EPA Proposes Tougher Emission Standards for Big Trucks

Tighter restrictions on emissions from big trucks were proposed Monday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

"Seventy-two million people are estimated to live near truck freight routes in America, and they are more likely to be people of color and those with...

23 Feb
Climate Change Bringing More Catastrophic Wildfires: UN Report

Climate Change Bringing More Catastrophic Wildfires: UN Report

Devastating wildfires around the world will only grow in number in coming decades as climate change further fuels the chances of out-of-control blazes, a landmark report from the United Nations warns.

“The heating of the planet is turning landscapes into tinderboxes,...

18 Feb
Fracking Wastewater Loaded With Toxic Chemicals, Study Shows

Fracking Wastewater Loaded With Toxic Chemicals, Study Shows

Fracking has already raised the ire of environmentalists for its effects on the planet, but new research sends up another red flag: The wastewater produced by the complicated oil and gas drilling process is loaded with toxic and cancer-causing contaminants that threaten both p...

18 Feb
Eagles Are Being Poisoned by Environmental Lead

Eagles Are Being Poisoned by Environmental Lead

The national bird of the United States is facing a deadly threat from within: widespread lead poisoning, largely caused by ingesting fragments of hunters' lead ammunition.

The poisoning is slowing the population growth of both bald eagles, the nation's

15 Feb
Poor Will Be Hit Hardest by a Hotter World

Poor Will Be Hit Hardest by a Hotter World

In yet another sign that climate change strikes the poorest without mercy, a new study shows that low-income people have a 40% higher exposure to heat than those with higher incomes.

By the end of the century, heat...

08 Feb
Seeing Red: Why Mosquitoes Make a Beeline for Your Skin

Seeing Red: Why Mosquitoes Make a Beeline for Your Skin

TUESDAY, Feb. 8, 2022 (HealthDay News ) -- Mosquitoes see red when they look at your skin, and that brings them in for a bite, according to research showing that these insects find certain colors more attractive.

The

04 Feb
CDC Turns to Wastewater Data to Track COVID's Spread

CDC Turns to Wastewater Data to Track COVID's Spread

It's less enchanting than reading tea leaves, but federal health officials announced Friday that they are expanding nationwide efforts to track COVID-19 by monitoring virus levels found in raw sewage.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects to add an ...

01 Feb
EPA to Restore Rule Limiting Mercury Pollution From Power Plants

EPA to Restore Rule Limiting Mercury Pollution From Power Plants

Enforcement of a rule limiting power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants will be resumed, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday.

It's the latest move by the Biden administration to reinstate environmental protections lifted by th...

01 Feb
Airborne COVID Virus Drifts Outside Isolation Rooms at Home

Airborne COVID Virus Drifts Outside Isolation Rooms at Home

Telling people to isolate in a bedroom when COVID-19 strikes may not be enough to keep the virus from spreading to others in the household, a new study suggests.

Airborne coronavirus particles were found both inside and outside the rooms of people with COVID-19 who were ...

31 Jan
Could Everyday Plastics Help Make You Fat?

Could Everyday Plastics Help Make You Fat?

Is your plastic water bottle widening your waistline?

Could be.

In a new study, Norwegian researchers said that chemicals in common plastic products like water bottles or food packaging may put you at risk of piling on the pounds.

"Our experiments show that ...

31 Jan
Screens Near Bedtime Bad for Preschoolers' Sleep

Screens Near Bedtime Bad for Preschoolers' Sleep

It's crucial to keep preschoolers away from screens and other sources of light in the hour before bedtime if you want them to get a good night's sleep, researchers say.

That's because even a little bit of light exposure can trigger a sharp drop in the sleep-promoting hor...

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