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Newswise: New Method Detects Toxin Exposure from Harmful Algal Blooms in Human Urine

New Method Detects Toxin Exposure from Harmful Algal Blooms in Human Urine

Florida Atlantic University

A newly developed method can detect even low-dose human exposure to microcystins and nodularin in human urine. During harmful algal blooms (HABs), species of cyanobacteria release toxic peptides, including microcystins and nodularin into waterways, impacting wildlife and humans living in these marine environments. These findings are the first to report microcystin concentrations directly from exposed residents impacted by cyanobacteria in Florida, and is a critical step in developing and interpreting clinical diagnostic tests for HABs exposure worldwide.

Channels: Marine Science, Public Health, Wildlife, Environmental Health, All Journal News,

Released:
16-Jan-2020 3:05 PM EST
Newswise: A Wearable Gas Sensor for Health and Environmental Monitoring

A Wearable Gas Sensor for Health and Environmental Monitoring

Penn State Materials Research Institute

A highly sensitive wearable gas sensor for environmental and human health monitoring may soon become commercially available, according to researchers at Penn State and Northeastern University.

Channels: Engineering, Environmental Health, Materials Science, Nanotechnology, Physics, All Journal News,

Released:
16-Jan-2020 10:45 AM EST
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Reconnecting with nature key for sustainability

University of Exeter

People who live in more built up areas and spend less free-time in nature are also less likely to take actions that benefit the environment, such as recycling, buying eco-friendly products, and environmental volunteering.

Channels: Climate Science, Environmental Health, Environmental Science, Mindfulness, Nature, Pollution, All Journal News,

Released:
15-Jan-2020 11:55 AM EST
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Endocrine Society applauds EU Green Deal resolution

Endocrine Society

The Endocrine Society praised the European Parliament resolution in response to the European Union’s “Green Deal”— a plan to invest more than €1 trillion in environmental initiatives, including important provisions to protect people from exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs).

Channels: Climate Science, Environmental Health, Government/Law,

Released:
15-Jan-2020 9:35 AM EST
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8-Jan-2020 10:35 AM EST
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Elevated Leukemia Incidence Is Found in World Trade Center Rescue and Recovery Workers

Mount Sinai Health System

Responders who worked at the World Trade Center site after the attacks on September 11, 2001, have an increased overall cancer incidence compared to the general population, particularly in thyroid cancer, prostate cancer, and, for the first time ever reported, leukemia, according to a Mount Sinai study published in JNCI Cancer Spectrum in January.

Channels: Blood, Cancer, Environmental Health, Pollution, Public Health, All Journal News,

Released:
9-Jan-2020 1:10 PM EST
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Newswise: Risk of Lead Exposure Linked to Decreased Brain Volume in Adolescents

Risk of Lead Exposure Linked to Decreased Brain Volume in Adolescents

Children's Hospital Los Angeles

In a study using brain scans from nearly 10 thousand adolescents across the country, investigators at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles show that risk of lead exposure is associated with altered brain anatomy and cognitive deficits in children from low income families.

Channels: Children's Health, Environmental Health, Neuro, Nutrition, Staff Picks, Nature (journal), All Journal News,

Released:
13-Jan-2020 12:20 PM EST
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New study shows dominance of local air pollution sources in Delhi

University of Surrey

The University of Surrey has revealed results from a new, comprehensive study that suggests that activities such as construction and vehicle traffic contribute significantly to the Delhi National Capital Region's high concentrations of harmful air pollutants and gases.

Channels: Climate Science, Environmental Health, Meteorology, Pollution, Public Health, India News, All Journal News,

Released:
10-Jan-2020 6:05 AM EST
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    9-Jan-2020 2:00 PM EST

Break Point

Harvard Medical School

At a glance: Experiments in worms reveal the molecular damage caused by DEHP, a chemical commonly used to make plastics flexible DEHP interferes with proper cell division during egg formation, leads to excessive DNA breakage, alters chromosome appearance Abnormalities help explain known link between DEHP and human birth defects, male infertility If replicated in further research, the insights can help inform regulatory changes, consumer choice b

Channels: Children's Health, Environmental Health, Food and Water Safety, Public Health, PLOS ONE, All Journal News,

Released:
8-Jan-2020 1:10 PM EST
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