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Education and dog-friendly neighborhoods against obesity

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Photo: Woman and dog at a walk [02/09/2014] A study from the University of Liverpool has recommended investing in dog owner education and facilities as a strategy to target physical inactivity and problems such as obesity in both people and their pets.Education and dog-friendly neighborhoods against obesity - Read more

Natural light in office boosts health

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Photo: Offices with large windows [12/08/2014] Office workers with more light exposure at the office had longer sleep duration, better sleep quality, more physical activity and better quality of life compared to office workers with less light exposure in the workplace, reports a new study from Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Natural light in office boosts health - Read more

Air pollution controls linked to lower death rates

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Photo: A powerplant during nighttime [27/06/2014] National and state air pollution controls that went into effect in the early 1990s coincide with decreasing death rates from emphysema, asthma and pneumonia among people in North Carolina, according to a study led by Duke University researchers.Air pollution controls linked to lower death rates - Read more

First European Study: How the environment and genetics impact our DNA

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Photo: Different histone modifications [04/06/2014] The impact of the environment on our genetic makeup has long been a topic of discussion. Now a European consortium (EURATRANS) headed by Professor Norbert Hübner of the Max Delbrück Center (MDC) has taken the opposite approach. First European Study: How the environment and genetics impact our DNA - Read more

Measuring fine dust concentration via smartphone

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Photo: Hand holding smartphone, cars in the background [27/05/2014] Scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are developing a sensor that can be connected easily to smartphones. In the future, users are to take part in drawing up a pollution map via participatory sensing. The precision of the map will be the higher, the more people will take part.Measuring fine dust concentration via smartphone - Read more

Endocrine disruptors impair human sperm function

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Photo: Woman buying bottled water [16/05/2014] Ultraviolet filters, preservatives, and plasticizers may be responsible for fertility problems: A plethora of endocrine-disrupting chemicals interfere with human sperm function in a way that may have a negative impact on fertilization.Endocrine disruptors impair human sperm function - Read more

Hands: Human Microbiome More Diverse than Previously Thought

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Photo: Hand with compost [13/05/2014] Microbial samples taken from populations in the U.S. and Tanzania reveal that the microbiome of the human hand is more varied than previously thought, according to new research. The findings suggest that the microbiome varies depending on location and lifestyle.Hands: Human Microbiome More Diverse than Previously Thought - Read more

Wildlife: Increase in Rodent-borne Disease

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Photo: Zebra [02/05/2014] Populations of large wildlife are declining around the world, while zoonotic diseases that are transmitted from animals to humans are on the rise.Wildlife: Increase in Rodent-borne Disease - Read more

Environment: Rural Microbes Could Boost City Dwellers' Health

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Photo: Harvest [28/04/2014] The greater prevalence of asthma, allergies and other chronic inflammatory disorders among people of lower socioeconomic status might be due in part to their reduced exposure to the microbes that thrive in rural environments, according to a new scientific paper.Environment: Rural Microbes Could Boost City Dwellers' Health - Read more

Epidemic in Europe: Researchers Map the Risks of New Virus

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Photo: The word dengue from a newspaper [08/04/2014] The risk of dengue fever beginning to spread in Europe is imminent. According to researchers from Umeå University, this is no longer just an issue for the scientific community but also for politicians and policy makers, who need to be prepared and develop preventive measures.Epidemic in Europe: Researchers Map the Risks of New Virus - Read more

Climate: Heat Waves Reduce Length of Pregnancy

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Photo: Pregnant woman in the sun [04/04/2014] When temperatures reach 32°C or higher over a period of four to seven days, the risk of early-term delivery is 27 percent higher than on typical summer days, according to a study led by Nathalie Auger of the University of Montreal’s Department of Social and Preventive Medicine.Climate: Heat Waves Reduce Length of Pregnancy - Read more

Asthma: Air Pollution from Traffic Increases Odds of Readmission

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Photo: Girl with asthma [03/04/2014] Higher exposure to traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) dramatically increases the odds of readmission to the hospital for asthma – but only for white children, according to a new Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center study.Asthma: Air Pollution from Traffic Increases Odds of Readmission - Read more

Environment: Research Links Body Clocks to Chronic Lung Diseases

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Photo: Clock in the chest [19/03/2014] The body clock’s natural rhythm could be utilized to improve current therapies to delay the onset of chronic lung diseases. Scientists at the University of Manchester have discovered a rhythmic defense pathway in the lung controlled by our body clocks, which is essential to combat daily exposure to toxins and pollutants.Environment: Research Links Body Clocks to Chronic Lung Diseases - Read more

Brain Doping: New Interdisciplinary Research Group

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Photo: Network [31/01/2014] The transfer of knowledge on pharmacological neuroenhancement has become the focus of a new interdisciplinary research group at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU). Brain Doping: New Interdisciplinary Research Group - Read more

Particulate Air Pollution: Cause of Increased Heart Attack Risk

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Photo: Exhaust fumes [24/01/2014] Long-term exposure to particulate matter is associated with an increased risk for heart attack. Moreover, this association can already be observed in levels of particulate exposure below the current specified European limit values.Particulate Air Pollution: Cause of Increased Heart Attack Risk - Read more

Sun: Exposure to UVA Lowers Blood Pressure

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Photo: Sun bath [22/01/2014] Exposing skin to sunlight may help to reduce blood pressure and thus cut the risk of heart attack and stroke.Sun: Exposure to UVA Lowers Blood Pressure - Read more

Neuroscience: In the Blink of an Eye

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Photo: Woman with crazy looking glasses [17/01/2014] Imagine seeing a dozen pictures flash by in a fraction of a second. You might think it would be impossible to identify any images you see for such a short time. However, a team of neuroscientists from MIT has found that the human brain can process entire images that the eye sees for as little as 13 milliseconds — the first evidence of such rapid processing speed.Neuroscience: In the Blink of an Eye - Read more

Status: ADHD Linked to Social and Economic Disadvantage

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Photo: Children [16/01/2014] Scientists have found evidence of a link between social and economic status and childhood attention deficit disorder (ADHD) in the UK.Status: ADHD Linked to Social and Economic Disadvantage - Read more

USA: Exposures to Some Phthalates Fall After Federal Ban

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Photo: Baby and baby bottle [15/01/2014] Americans are being exposed to significantly lower levels of some phthalates that were banned from children's articles in 2008, but exposures to other forms of these chemicals are rising steeply, according to a study led by researchers at UC San Francisco.USA: Exposures to Some Phthalates Fall After Federal Ban - Read more

Living With Chronic Pain: The Daily Struggle With a ‘New self’

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Photo: Man holding his neck in pain [03/12/2013] A new study, funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme, systematically searches for, and makes sense of, the growing body of qualitative research on musculoskeletal pain to help understand the experiences of patients suffering from chronic pain.Living With Chronic Pain: The Daily Struggle With a ‘New self’ - Read more

Children: Air Pollution and Genetics Combine to Increase Risk for Autism

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Photo: Text Autism [02/12/2013] Exposure to air pollution appears to increase the risk for autism among people who carry a genetic disposition for the neurodevelopmental disorder, according to newly published research led by scientists at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC).Children: Air Pollution and Genetics Combine to Increase Risk for Autism - Read more

New Potential: Nutrient-rich Prairie Fruits

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Photo: Fruits [10/10/2013] Researchers working at the University of Saskatchewan have discovered new potential in prairie fruits, in particular, buffaloberry, chokecherry and sea buckthorn, according to a new study published today in the Canadian Journal of Plant Science. New Potential: Nutrient-rich Prairie Fruits - Read more

Fungal Lung Infections: New Drug Candidate

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Photo: Two people in a garden [07/10/2013] Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have discovered a new compound that could be developed as an antifungal drug to treat histoplasmosis and cryptococcosis, two types of fungal infections that are naturally drug-resistant. Fungal Lung Infections: New Drug Candidate - Read more

Air Pollution: Death and Disability Down 35 Percent in the US

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Photo: Air pollution [24/09/2013] A new study by Arden Pope from Brigham Young University concludes that improvements in U.S. air quality since 1990 have sparked a 35 percent reduction in deaths and disability specifically attributable to air pollution.Air Pollution: Death and Disability Down 35 Percent in the US - Read more

Environment: Study Highlights Hidden Dangers of Heat

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Photo: Sun Flowers [23/07/2013] During heat waves – when ozone production rises – plants’ ozone absorption is curtailed, leaving more pollution in the air, and costing an estimated 460 lives in the UK in the hot summer of 2006.Environment: Study Highlights Hidden Dangers of Heat - Read more

Drug: Marine Compound Shows Potency against Anthrax

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Photo: Sea bottom [22/07/2013] This finding is the latest evidence that the oceans offer a vast resource for novel therapeutics: a chemical compound from an ocean microbe could be used to treat anthrax, among others.Drug: Marine Compound Shows Potency against Anthrax - Read more

Environment: Urban Trees Make Cities Healthier

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Photo: Central Park [21/06/2013] An U.S. Forest Service and Davey Institute study found that urban trees are saving an average of one life every year per city as they reduce fine particulate pollution. In New York City, trees save an average of eight lives every year.Environment: Urban Trees Make Cities Healthier - Read more

Blue Hospital Concept: “We offer hospitals an independent sustainability certification”

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[08/05/2013] Just because green plants sprout from the ground, it doesn’t mean that the sky is blue. There are numerous green areas in Shanghai for example, yet the air is very polluted. To act in an ecologically conscious manner, you need to focus on sustainability. Hospitals and clinics also want to achieve this at this point and are being certified through different processes.Blue Hospital Concept: “We offer hospitals an independent sustainability certification” - Read more

Environment: Air Pollution Linked to Hardening of the Arteries

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Photo: Air pollution [26/04/2013] Long-term exposure to air pollution may be linked to heart attacks and strokes by speeding up atherosclerosis, or "hardening of the arteries," according to a University of Michigan public health researcher and colleagues from across the United States.Environment: Air Pollution Linked to Hardening of the Arteries - Read more

Diabetes: Higher Mercury Levels May Increase Risk

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Photo: Salmon [08/04/2013] A new study found that higher levels of mercury exposure in young adults increased their risks for type 2 diabetes later in life by 65 percent. The study is the first to establish the link between mercury and diabetes in humans.Diabetes: Higher Mercury Levels May Increase Risk - Read more

MEDICA 2012: „We are very pleased with the fair. We had lots of visitors at our stand every day”

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[22/11/2012] CompuGroup Medical is one of the biggest exhibitors on MEDICA from the field of medical IT. In this year again, they have presented their products and solutions at a shared stand in hall 15. In the concluding interview from the last fair day, Volker Hess, Head of Marketing & Communications CER of CompuGroup Medical, told MEDICA.de that he is very pleased with the way the trade fair has gone.MEDICA 2012: „We are very pleased with the fair. We had lots of visitors at our stand every day” - Read more

Migraine Research: "Migraine is a complex disorder"

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[08/11/2012] A global collaboration of scientists with participation by a team of researchers from the Headache and Pain Center Kiel (“Schmerzklinik Kiel”) has decoded four new gene locations whose changes significantly increase the risk of migraines. Recently in the world’s largest migraine study, the genes of more than 5,000 migraine patients were being examined and compared to 7,000 control persons. Migraine Research: "Migraine is a complex disorder" - Read more

Fasting: “People take a reserved stance towards naturopathic procedures"

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[24/09/2012] When people talk about fasting, they often mean caloric restriction in terms of a dietary regimen. Yet medically supervised fasting is so much more than this. Fasting has a positive effect on the human body in many different ways and could provide new perspectives for chronically sick people in the future. What mechanisms are behind all this – what is psychology and what is scientifically proven?Fasting: “People take a reserved stance towards naturopathic procedures" - Read more

Global Trade: Economic Pressures Altering Disease Risk

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[21/09/2012] The pressures of global trade may heighten disease incidence by dictating changes in land use. A boom in disease-carrying ticks and chiggers has followed the abandonment of rice cultivation in Taiwanese paddies, say ecologist Chi-Chien Kuo and colleagues, demonstrating the potential for global commodities pricing to drive the spread of infections.Global Trade: Economic Pressures Altering Disease Risk - Read more

LED: The Dangers of Exposure to Light at Night

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[13/09/2012] A panel of world experts discussed “Light Pollution and its Ecophysiological Consequences” and shed light on the extent of the dangers and harm that night-time artificial lighting causes, emphasizing that it is the short wavelength illumination that we have come to know as “eco-friendly illumination” that is causing the most harm (primarily LED lighting).LED: The Dangers of Exposure to Light at Night - Read more

Genotype: Acute Stress Alters Control of Gene Activity

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[15/08/2012] Acute stress alters the methylation of the DNA and thus the activity of certain genes. This is reported by researchers at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, together with colleagues from Basel, Trier and London for the first time.Genotype: Acute Stress Alters Control of Gene Activity - Read more

Health Risk: Air Pollution Linked to Chronic Disease

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[08/06/2012] Air pollution, a serious danger to the environment, is also a major health risk, associated with respiratory infections, lung cancer and heart disease. Now a Tel Aviv University researcher has concluded that not only does air pollution impact cardiac events such as heart attack and stroke, but it also causes repeated episodes over the long term.Health Risk: Air Pollution Linked to Chronic Disease - Read more

Bipolar Disorder: Body Clocks May Hold Key for Treatment

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[14/03/2012] Scientists have gained insight into why lithium salts are effective at treating bipolar disorder in what could lead to more targeted therapies with fewer side-effects.Bipolar Disorder: Body Clocks May Hold Key for Treatment - Read more

Health and Costs: Traffic-Related Air Pollution

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[27/01/2012] A research team led by University of Massachusetts Amherst with colleagues in California and Switzerland have revised the cost burden sharply upward for childhood asthma and for the first time include the number of cases attributable to air pollution, in a study.Health and Costs: Traffic-Related Air Pollution - Read more

Anorexia Therapy: Allowing yourself to enjoy food again

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[02/01/2012] There is no drug to treat anorexia nervosa. This complex mental illness that goes along with severe physical impairments requires intense therapy that has one final goal in mind: the affected person is supposed to relearn healthy eating patterns to avoid becoming dangerously underweight. Anorexia Therapy: Allowing yourself to enjoy food again - Read more

Emotional Relationship: Study Links Quality of Mother-toddler Relationship to Teen Obesity

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[27/12/2011] The quality of the emotional relationship between a mother and her young child could affect the potential for that child to be obese during adolescence, a new study by Ohio State University suggests.Emotional Relationship: Study Links Quality of Mother-toddler Relationship to Teen Obesity - Read more

Immunological Defense Mechanism: Malaria Patients Vulnerable to Deadly Infection

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[20/12/2011] The link between malaria and salmonella infections has been explained for the first time, opening the way to more effective treatments.Immunological Defense Mechanism: Malaria Patients Vulnerable to Deadly Infection - Read more

Teacher Burnout: “The goal is to help the affected person in solving problems“

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[01/12/2011] In the mornings you are always right and in the afternoons you have time off – this prejudice about teachers is always quoted when teachers describe the struggles of their jobs. And yet it’s this profession in particular that’s acutely threatened by stress-related diseases such as burnout for instance. Teacher Burnout: “The goal is to help the affected person in solving problems“ - Read more

Pharmacology: Nano-Technology Makes Medicine Greener

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[07/11/2011] Researchers at the University of Copenhagen are behind the development of a new method that will make it possible to develop drugs faster and greener. This will lead to cheaper medicine for consumers.Pharmacology: Nano-Technology Makes Medicine Greener - Read more

Better Living: A well-cared for and lovingly furnished home also benefits your health

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[02/11/2011] Few people likely wonder whether their apartment and its furnishings are also good for their health. At best, such questions are normally asked when mold and mildew ruin the walls or water runs down the windows on the inside.Better Living: A well-cared for and lovingly furnished home also benefits your health - Read more

Tropical Medicine: “You must not underestimate the capability of these viruses“

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[22/10/2011] Tropical diseases used to appear almost exclusively in remote countries – hence the name. The mosquito bite was annoying, but nevertheless harmless in European regions. But the flying pests keep spreading and spreading. And they carry tiny, but dangerous pathogens. Scientists now found out that these viruses are now settling down in Europe. They are called Sindbis, Batai or Usutu. Tropical Medicine: “You must not underestimate the capability of these viruses“ - Read more

Breastfeeding: Reducing Risk of Suffering Allergy

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[17/10/2011] Today, about one in four European children suffer from allergy, which makes this disease the non-infectious epidemic of the 21st century. Evidence suggests that lifestyle factors and nutritional patterns, such as breastfeeding, help to reduce the early symptoms of allergy.Breastfeeding: Reducing Risk of Suffering Allergy - Read more

Canadians': Skin Colour Matters When it Comes to Health

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[13/10/2011] A new University of British Columbia study finds that Black Canadians with darker skin are more likely to report poorer health than Black Canadians with lighter skin. The study also suggests that a mismatched racial identity can negatively affect health.Canadians': Skin Colour Matters When it Comes to Health - Read more

Humans: Why Carbon Nanotubes Spell Trouble for Cells

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[23/09/2011] It's been long known that asbestos spells trouble for human cells. But scientists had been unable to understand why cells would be interested in asbestos fibers and other materials at the nanoscale that are too long to be fully ingested. Now a group of researchers at Brown University explains what happens. Humans: Why Carbon Nanotubes Spell Trouble for Cells - Read more

Health Prevention: “It is an investment in our economic development“

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[22/09/2011] Prevention is the best medicine, according to the proverb. To internalise this wisdom into as many people as possible is the most important goal of the health prevention. With a view to rising illnesses such as diabetes, mental disorders or adiposity, it is becoming more and more important. Health Prevention: “It is an investment in our economic development“ - Read more

Radiation Sickness: "There is no specific treatment"

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[08/09/2011] Many years ago in Chernobyl, now Fukushima (Japan) - when it comes to nuclear accidents, human lives are in danger. Not only in the moment of the accident, but for many years later. Because the disease-causing rays have a life-long effect on our health and can be the cause of cancer even in the following generation.Radiation Sickness: "There is no specific treatment" - Read more

Language: Bilingual Babies' Vocabulary Linked to Early Brain Differentiation

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[29/08/2011] Researchers at the University of Washington's Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences are investigating the brain mechanisms that contribute to infants' prowess at learning languages, with the hope that the findings could boost bilingualism in adults, too.Language: Bilingual Babies' Vocabulary Linked to Early Brain Differentiation - Read more

Living in a foreign land: “So far different countries have responded quite differently to the psychosocial needs of immigrants“

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[01/08/2011] Those who leave their home country to live in another one always take a part of their own culture with them – even in a global community that appears more and more linked to us. But how much does our native country still affect us in foreign lands and how do we handle it if professional or everyday situations lead us to feeling stressed out? Living in a foreign land: “So far different countries have responded quite differently to the psychosocial needs of immigrants“ - Read more

New Way: Breast Cancer Cells Adapt to Environmental Stress

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[17/05/2011] An international research team has discovered a new aspect of “metabolic transformation”, the process whereby tumour cells adapt and survive under conditions that would kill normal cells.New Way: Breast Cancer Cells Adapt to Environmental Stress - Read more

Climate Change: Analysis Predicts Increased Fatalities from Heat Waves

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[05/05/2011] Global climate change is anticipated to bring more extreme weather phenomena such as heat waves that could impact human health in the coming decades. Climate Change: Analysis Predicts Increased Fatalities from Heat Waves - Read more

Countryside: Prevention Is Better Than Cure for Zoonotic Diseases

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[31/03/2011] The risk of contracting zoonotic diseases that pass from animals to humans appears to be on the increase in the UK, but encouraging countryside users to take simple precautions to protect themselves is the best response, according to research undertaken by the UK research councils’ Rural Economy and Land Use Programme.Countryside: Prevention Is Better Than Cure for Zoonotic Diseases - Read more

High Altitude: Lower Risk of Dying From Heart Disease

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[28/03/2011] Reseachers have found that people living at higher altitudes have a lower chance of dying from ischemic heart disease and tend to live longer than others.High Altitude: Lower Risk of Dying From Heart Disease - Read more

Vitamin D level: Link to Allergies in Kids

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[25/02/2011] A study shows that low vitamin D levels are associated with increased likelihood that children will develop allergies. Vitamin D level: Link to Allergies in Kids - Read more

Social Stress: Development of Atherosclerosis?

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[08/12/2010] Studies on genetically engineered mice show that social stress activates the immune system and accelerates the development of atherosclerosis. Social Stress: Development of Atherosclerosis? - Read more

Atopic Dermatitis: Lower Occurrence Thanks to Farm Animals and Cats

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[03/12/2010] Children whose mothers are exposed to farm animals and cats are better protected against atopic dermatitis and are less likely to develop this painful inflammation of the skin in their first two years of life.Atopic Dermatitis: Lower Occurrence Thanks to Farm Animals and Cats - Read more

Hygiene: When Too Much Cleanliness Makes People Sick

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[29/11/2010] Young people who are overexposed to antibacterial soaps containing triclosan may suffer more allergies. The exposure to higher levels of Bisphenol A among adults may negatively influence the immune system, a new University of Michigan School of Public Health study suggests.Hygiene: When Too Much Cleanliness Makes People Sick - Read more

Parkinson's Disease: Time Takes Its Toll

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[11/11/2010] We all know that living a stressful lifestyle can take its toll, making us age faster and making us more susceptible to the cold going around the office. Parkinson's Disease: Time Takes Its Toll - Read more

Brain Patterns: Neanderthals and Modern Humans Developed Differently

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[10/11/2010] Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany have documented species differences in the pattern of brain development after birth that are likely to contribute to cognitive differences between modern humans and Neanderthals.Brain Patterns: Neanderthals and Modern Humans Developed Differently - Read more

Malaria: Research Begins to Bite

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[22/10/2010] Scientists have pin-pointed the 72 molecular switches that control the three key stages in the life cycle of the malaria parasite and have discovered that over a third of these switches can be disrupted in some way.Malaria: Research Begins to Bite - Read more

Seeing the World: See no Shape, Touch no Shape, Hear a shape?

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[20/10/2010] Scientists at The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro, McGill University have discovered that our brains have the ability to determine the shape of an object simply by processing specially-coded sounds, without any visual or tactile input. Seeing the World: See no Shape, Touch no Shape, Hear a shape? - Read more

Breast Cancer: Healthy Lifestyle Confirms Lower Risk

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[13/10/2010] Having a family history of breast cancer can lead some people to wonder if their risk is out of their control. A study of more than 85,000 postmenopausal women observed that regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, and drinking less alcohol lowers breast cancer risk for women with, and without a family history of the disease.Breast Cancer: Healthy Lifestyle Confirms Lower Risk - Read more

Assessing Allergy Risk: Umbilical Cord Blood Not Suitable

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[08/10/2010] For years, hospitals and researchers have been testing blood samples from the umbilical cords of newborn babies to assess the risk of allergy. Now a study has revealed that the biomarker in the blood that indicates the risk factor for allergy often comes from the mother rather than her baby. Assessing Allergy Risk: Umbilical Cord Blood Not Suitable - Read more

Asthma: Food Allergies Raise Risk of Attacks

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[07/10/2010] National survey identifies higher risk of food allergies among children, males, non-Hispanic blacks and people with asthma. Food allergies are more common among people with asthma and may contribute to asthma attacks.Asthma: Food Allergies Raise Risk of Attacks - Read more

Neurological Disorders: Effective Methods for Detecting Early Signs of Tremor

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[05/10/2010] Sensitive new quantitive methods could be used to detect small signs of increased tremor and impaired motor skills caused by exposure to certain metals, and to follow up the treatment of neurological disorders, reveals a thesis from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.Neurological Disorders: Effective Methods for Detecting Early Signs of Tremor - Read more

High Stress Hormone: More Cardiovascular Mortality

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[10/09/2010] Study suggests high cortisol levels may be harmful to cardiovascular system.High Stress Hormone: More Cardiovascular Mortality - Read more

MS Theory: Study Questions How MS Arises

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[05/08/2010] Researchers at Umeå University in Sweden have performed a study that indicates that neither blood flow nor the flow of spinal fluid in the brain contribute to the development of multiple sclerosis, MS. The findings run directly counter to a much-discussed and widely spread Italian theory.MS Theory: Study Questions How MS Arises - Read more

Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Potential Key Regulator Detected

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[04/08/2010] Research into inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) led by UCD Conway Institute scientists has identified a key regulator involved in maintaining the functional integrity of the gut lining. Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Potential Key Regulator Detected - Read more

Modern Foods: “Our Body is Not Prepared for the Diet of Today“

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[01/08/2010] The vast number of additives in foods is unsettling for many consumers. For the “headquarters“ of food processing, our gastrointestinal tract, increasingly artificial foods could pose a big challenge. So far we do not really know how these substances are processed in the body. Modern Foods: “Our Body is Not Prepared for the Diet of Today“ - Read more

Summer: Beach Umbrellas Do Not Block Out All Solar Radiation

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[22/07/2010] A team of researchers from the University of Valencia has proven that 34 percent of ultraviolet radiation filters through under beach umbrellas. Summer: Beach Umbrellas Do Not Block Out All Solar Radiation - Read more

Environment: How Dangerous Are Air Pollutants?

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[12/04/2010] With a new system, researchers say, it will be possible to channel substances from the air under controlled conditions through the lung or skin cells, and simultaneously observe the reactions of the cells under the microscope.Environment: How Dangerous Are Air Pollutants? - Read more

Costs: Going Green in the Hospital

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[05/03/2010] Recycling medical equipment could save hospitals hundreds of millions of dollars annually and curb trash at medical centers, the second-largest waste producers in the United States after the food industry.Costs: Going Green in the Hospital - Read more

Stroke: Recent Immigrants May Have Lower Risk

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[04/02/2010] New immigrants to North America may be less likely to have a stroke at a young age than long-time residents, according to a new study.Stroke: Recent Immigrants May Have Lower Risk - Read more

Hands: Amputation May Lead to Altered Perception

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[11/01/2010] According to new research amputation of the hand results in a distorted way of figuring out where in space objects are located.Hands: Amputation May Lead to Altered Perception - Read more

Air Pollution: A Child's IQ Can Be Affected

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[30/07/2009] A mother's exposure to urban air pollutants known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) can adversely affect a child's intelligence quotient, a study reports. Air Pollution: A Child's IQ Can Be Affected - Read more

Heart Disease: Depression More Influential Than Genes Or Environment

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[05/03/2009] A history of major depression increases the risk of heart disease over and above any genetic risks common to depression and heart disease, according to researchers. Heart Disease: Depression More Influential Than Genes Or Environment - Read more

Schools: Many in 'Air Pollution Danger Zone'

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[19/08/2008] Researchers have found that more than 30 percent of American public schools are within 400 meters, or a quarter mile, of major highways that consistently serve as main truck and traffic routes. Schools: Many in 'Air Pollution Danger Zone' - Read more

Children: Road Pollution and Allergy Risk Correlated

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[16/06/2008] New evidence blames traffic-related pollution for increasing the risk of allergy and atopic diseases among children by more than fifty percent. Children: Road Pollution and Allergy Risk Correlated - Read more

Type-1-Diabetes: „The Environment always Influences Health“

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[01/03/2008] Scientists know much about type-1-diabetes, but many things they have not a clue about such as the cause for this metabolic disease. Is it a hereditary disease or play environmental influences also an important role? Even though scientists do a lot of research addressing these questions, the answers remain scarce. Type-1-Diabetes: „The Environment always Influences Health“ - Read more

Missing Data: Environmental Pollution and Diabetes

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[28/01/2008] Cambridge scientists are advocating additional research into the little understood links between environmental pollution and type 2 diabetes.Missing Data: Environmental Pollution and Diabetes - Read more

Cars: Commuting Drives Up Air Pollution Exposure

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[02/11/2007] A new study found that up to half of Los Angeles residents' total exposure to harmful air pollutants occurs while people are travelling in their vehicles.Cars: Commuting Drives Up Air Pollution Exposure - Read more

Water, Air and Soil: Pollution Causes 4 of 10 Deaths

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[17/08/2007] About 40 percent of deaths worldwide are caused by water, air and soil pollution, concludes a US research.Water, Air and Soil: Pollution Causes 4 of 10 Deaths - Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Air Pollution Increases Death Risk

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[23/05/2006] People with rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are at increased risk of death when they are exposed to particulate air pollution or soot for one or more years.Rheumatoid Arthritis: Air Pollution Increases Death Risk - Read more

Leukaemia: Unborn children at Risk from Environmental Pollution

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[08/09/2004] New research shows that harmful environmental agents can cross the placenta to reach the developing foetus.Leukaemia: Unborn children at Risk from Environmental Pollution - Read more