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Environmental Health News

Politics, science, and public attitudes: What we’re learning, and why it matters.

The bad news is that everybody does it. The good news is that social scientists are making progress in understanding why people ignore solid scientific evidence in deciding what they think about all manner of science-based issues.



Chemical in BPA-free products linked to irregular heartbeats.

New research published Thursday suggests that an ingredient that has replaced BPA in many items may have a similar effect on the heart.



Exposure to small particle pollution linked to heart-disease death.

Data from about 8,000 women living in the Sacramento metropolitan area were used in a major study - released Wednesday - that linked death from heart disease to exposure to soot found in car exhaust, cooking smoke and diesel pollution.



Food preservatives linked to obesity and gut disease.

In a study done in mice, chemicals known as emulsifiers were found to alter the make-up of bacteria in the colon - the first time that these additives have been shown to affect health directly.



Young Indians learn to fight pollution to save lives.

A new study, published Saturday in the Economic & Political Weekly, shows that 660 million people — half the population — live in areas where fine particulate matter pollution is above levels considered safe under Indian standards.



Baltimore sewers: time bombs buried under the streets.

City pipes are so old and cracked, rainwater gets in. Sewers fill up, and the contents spit out manhole covers and into streams. That sewage eventually dumps directly into Baltimore’s harbor. Eww. Chances are, your city has the same issues.



Judges signal more trouble looms for EPA's cross-state rule.

U.S. EPA's effort to curb air pollution drifting across state lines was under siege in federal court again today, and it appeared vulnerable to the challenge from states and industry despite emerging victorious last year from the Supreme Court.



Siloxanes unexpectedly observed in Antarctic soil and marine life.

A new study suggests that volatile methylsiloxanes in personal care products may deposit through snowfall and reach pristine ecosystems.



Kublai Khan was a notorious…polluter.

Kublai Khan and his imperial Mongol brethren were legendary warriors, masters of the Silk Road, and, according to a new study, terrible polluters due to silver mining.



Brain cancer drop despite mobile phone use.

A New Zealand study has concluded that cellphone use does not not increase the risk of brain tumours.



Is common food additive to blame for rising rates of bowel disease?

Consumption of emulsifiers, additives widely used in the production of processed foods, promotes inflammatory bowel disease and a cluster of obesity-related diseases known as metabolic syndrome, and may have contributed to the sharp rise in these conditions over the last three decades, says a new study conducted on rats.



Infections with dangerous gut microbe still on the rise.

A potentially life-threatening gastrointestinal infection is more common than previously estimated, federal health officials reported Wednesday. Some doctors underscore the need to use antibiotics more sparingly.



Dangerous infections now spreading outside hospitals.

Life-threatening infections caused by bacteria called Clostridium difficile now sicken nearly half a million Americans a year, health officials said Wednesday.



Baddest bug: C. diff hits half a million Americans.

More than 450,000 Americans get infected with the deadly bug Clostridium difficile each year, according to a new report. And almost all cases are caused by the overuse of antibiotics.



Who's afraid of the big bad EPA?

The Environmental Protection Agency has been accused of everything from running this country to waging an economy-destroying war on coal. But it turns out the GOP's prime target isn't that big after all.



Polluted water threatens jaundice outbreak in Odisha capital.

Reports by the Odisha State Pollution Control Board have said the water supplied from the rivers to the city as well as the groundwater used by residents is highly polluted and unfit for drinking.



Villagers upset at no allocation for cleaning western U.P. rivers.

The Samajwadi Party government, which allocated Rs. 400 lakh for cleaning of the Gomti river in the budget presented on Tuesday, is not “sincere” about cleaning the three polluted rivers of Western Uttar Pradesh: Kali, Krishna and Hindon.



US, Japan & German embassies contemplating reduction of tenure of diplomats due to Delhi's poor air quality.

Embassies of the United States, Japan and Germany are actively contemplating a reduction in the three-year standard tenure for their diplomatic staff posted in Delhi to two years because of concerns over poor air quality in the national capital.



NIH moving ahead with review of risky virology studies.

The National Institutes of Health has chosen a private firm to conduct a formal risk assessment to help experts decide whether the halted studies, which generally focus on flu viruses, should ever be allowed to resume.



Senate, House bills to fight toxic blooms largely line up.

The Ohio House appears to be largely on the same page as the Senate as the lower chamber prepares to vote next week on a bill designed to reduce fertilizer runoff that contributes to Lake Erie’s toxic algal blooms.



EPA to probe North Carolina agency’s hog farm regulations.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will investigate whether North Carolina’s environmental agency lightly regulated the state’s industrial hog operations because their neighbors are minorities.



EPA to probe whether North Carolina hog farms violate neighbors’ rights.

The Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to investigate claims that North Carolina’s regulation of hog farms violates the civil rights of their minority neighbors.



Blood tests for water contamination needed now.

New Hampshire officials should act with urgency to make testing for perfluorooctane sulfonic acid quickly available.



On global GMO regulation.

Advances in genome-editing technologies have made modifying crops easier than ever before. They’ve also clouded the already murky realm of genetically modified foods.



EPA to investigate North Carolina for civil rights violations.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has accepted a civil rights complaint filed against the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources and will investigate whether lax regulation of industrial pig farms disproportionately impacts communities of color.



There might be something else in your milk besides milk.

Dairy cows get treated with a variety of medications to help them fight illness, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has yet to release the results of its inquiry – started more than four years ago - into whether these drug are showing up in their milk.



Severe pollution in India shortens life expectancy, study says.

Nobel Prize winner Al Gore was in India this week training some 500 people to evangelize about global warming and convince India to get on board with commitment to cap emissions.



A thirsty, violent world.

Rapid climate change, population growth, and a growing demand for meat (and, thus, for the water required to grow feed for livestock) have propelled many countries into a state of emergency.



Time, nature part of cleanup solution.

Letting nature take its course is among the strategies state officials see as remedies for decades of ground pollution from the soon-to-depart General Electric plant.



EPA cleanup plan for Brunswick site questioned.

The LCP site has been called one of the nation's most dangerous examples of industrial pollution. Years have been spent removing contaminated soil and marshland, but PCBs, mercury and other toxics still remain.