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For the planet, eating some meat better than going vegetarian

A diet that involved reducing animal food consumption by two-thirds – – generally had a lower climate and water footprint than the...

Significant link between environmental pollution and neuro-psychiatric disorders

A study led by University of Chicago researchers suggests a significant link between exposure to environmental pollution and an increase in the prevalence of...

PFAS chemicals passing through the placenta into the foetus

A study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden shows PFAS industrial chemicals, which are used in many consumer products, pass through the placenta...

More babies born with congenital heart defects predicted

US researchers predict that a larger number of babies will be born with congenital heart defects between 2025 and 2035 due to their mothers'...

Air pollution as bad as smoking for miscarriage risk

Short-term exposure to elevated levels of air pollutants was associated with 16% higher risk for miscarriage, equivalent to the effect of smoking in first...

Extreme heat exacerbating global health risks — UN scientific report

Crop yields are declining. Tropical diseases like dengue fever are showing up in unfamiliar places, including in the US. Tens of millions of people...

Exposure to sunlight kills bacteria living in dust

Allowing sunlight in through windows can kill bacteria that live in dust, according to a study. Researchers at the University of Oregon found that...

Even low levels of air pollution linked to heart damage

People exposed to even low levels of air pollution are more likely to develop structural changes in the heart that can be a precursor...

Sooty air pollution particles reaching the placenta

Previous research has indicated links between pregnant mothers’ exposure to air pollution and premature birth, low birth weight, infant mortality and childhood respiratory problems....

Air pollution may be linked to cognitive performance

Chronic exposure to air pollution could be linked to cognitive performance, BBC News reports a study in China suggests. Researchers believe that the negative...

No clear association between high-frequency electromagnetic fields and brain tumours

No clear associations were found between occupational exposure to high frequency electromagnetic fields (EMF) and risk of glioma or meningioma, in one of the...

9/11 firefighters face increased blood cancer risk

A study reports that New York City firefighters exposed to the 9/11 World Trade Centre disaster site face an increased risk for developing myeloma...

About 2.5 million deaths in 2016 linked to household air pollution

Researchers in China and the United Kingdom have estimated that worldwide about 2.5m deaths in 2016 were related to the household air pollution. In a...

The dire consequences of climate change on SA's health

Climatic changes place South Africa among one of the most vulnerable countries in the world, given the current high incidence of several life-threatening diseases,...

Air pollution during foetal life linked to brain abnormalities

A study performed in the Netherlands has linked exposure to residential air pollution during foetal life with brain abnormalities that may contribute to impaired...

Copenhagen reveals the secrets of being a healthy city

Maybe it’s the Viking heritage, says a report in The Guardian. There is an icy open-air pool in the waters of Copenhagen’s harbour, and...

Air pollution increases death risk in patients with mental disorders

The risk of death for people with mental and behavioural disorders rises sharply on days when air pollution reaches toxic peaks, The Guardian reports...

Forest and crop fires destroy DNA in lungs cells

When exposed in a laboratory to pollution levels comparable to those found in the atmosphere of the Amazon region during the forest and crop...

The role of temperature and atmospheric pressure in heart failure deaths

Exposure to cold or high-pressure weather could trigger events leading to hospitalisation or death in heart failure patients, found a Canadian study. The authors...

Children showing early signs of heart disease 16 years after 9/11

Sixteen years after the collapse of the World Trade Centre towers sent a cloud of toxic debris across Lower Manhattan, children living nearby who...

Rise in CO2 levels cutting dietary protein in staple crops

If CO2 levels continue to rise as projected, the populations of 18 countries may lose more than 5% of their dietary protein by 2050...

Pollution's impact on foetal growth

Women pregnant during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, when pollution levels were reduced by decree, gave birth to children with higher birth weights compared to those who were pregnant before and after the games.