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Anxiety, depression and suicide risk linked to air pollution — first meta-analysis

The first systematic review and meta-analysis of evidence connecting air pollution reviewed study data from 16 countries and found support for the hypothesis of...

Study finds link between air pollution and bone health in India

Some of the effects of air pollution on health are well documented – lung cancer, stroke, respiratory diseases, and a long etcetera – but...

Australian wildfires spark worrying public health effects

Australia's devastating wildfires are causing serious public health effects, especially for those with underlying lung and heart conditions. Hospitals have also seen an increase...

Dramatic health benefits following air pollution reduction

A study by the Environmental Committee of the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) reviewed interventions that have reduced air pollution at its source....

BPA levels in humans dramatically under-estimated — study

Researchers have developed a more accurate method of measuring bisphenol A (BPA) levels in humans and found that exposure to the endocrine-disrupting chemical is...

Study finds air-pollution's impact on health may be worse than thought

The number of health problems linked to air pollution could be far higher than previously thought. The Guardian reports that this is according to...

Aspirin may lessen adverse effects of air pollution

A study by a team of researchers from the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, Harvard Chan School of Public Health, and the Boston...

It was the dirty air that made me do it…

A cross-disciplinary study by Colorado State University researchers claims "strong links" between short-term exposure to air pollution and aggressive behaviour, in the form of...

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...

Greenspace delivers 'significant and wide ranging' health benefits

A meta-analysis of 140 studies from 20 countries found that exposure to greenspace reduces the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, preterm...

Increased MS risk for people exposed to solvents

People who have been exposed to paint,varnish and other solvents and who also carry genes that make them more susceptible to developing multiple sclerosis...

Toothpaste and hand wash may be contributing to antibiotic resistance

A University of Queensland study found 'strong evidence' that the triclosan found in personal care product may be accelerating the spread of antibiotic resistance. A...

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...

Everyday chemicals linked to chronic disease in men

Chemicals found in everyday plastics materials are linked to cardiovascular disease, type-2 diabetes and high blood pressure in men, according to Australian researchers. Researchers from...

A decade later, banned chemicals still passing through umbilical cord

Trace amounts of flame retardants, banned in the US for more than a decade, are still being passed through umbilical cord blood from mothers...

Air pollution cuts life expectancy by far more than thought

A Danish study shows that, on average, an increase in pollution particles in the air of 10 micrograms per cubic metre cuts victims' life...

Exposure to common flame retardants may raise risk of PTC

Some flame retardants used in many home products appear to be associated with the most common type of thyroid cancer, papillary thyroid cancer (PTC),...

Plastics substitute may increase breast cancer aggressiveness

Bisphenol S (BPS), a substitute for the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in the plastic industry, shows the potential for increasing the aggressiveness of breast...

Lead bullets at shooting ranges a health risk, should be phased out

Lead released when people fire weapons at shooting ranges creates such a health risk that lead bullets should be phased out, according to Australian...

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.

Foul air heightens stroke risk, anxiety

Air pollution is linked to a higher risk of stroke, particularly in developing countries, a 28-country University of Edinburgh meta-analysis found. Other research shows air pollution to be associated with anxiety, according to a large Johns Hopkins and Harvard study.