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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

 
 

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