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#100410
2014-08-11

The threat of traditional medicine: China's boom may mean doom for turtles

For thousands of years turtles have been used in Chinese traditional medicine to treat a wide variety of ailments and diseases. Originally published in the journal Radiata and recently republished HerpDigest David S. Lee and Liao Shi Kun write, “[In Chinese culture] turtles are symbolic of long ...

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#100020
2014-07-11

Organic food has more antioxidants and less toxic metals, study finds

Study suggests switching to organic fruit and veg equivalent to adding one or two portions a day – but findings are controversial

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#99908
2014-06-30

The human cost of China's untold soil pollution problem

Rapid industrialisation has left a legacy of soil pollution that is damaging health and livelihoods in villages across China, reports Chinaidalogue

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#99816
2014-06-24

Autism Risk Higher Near Pesticide-Treated Fields

Babies whose moms lived within a mile of crops treated with widely used pesticides were more likely to develop autism, according to new research

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#99369
2014-05-29

New Health Threats Come with Ice Melt in the Arctic

Strong winds fractured a sheet of melting ice near Barrow, Alaska, one April afternoon, cutting a three-man whaling crew adrift in the Arctic Ocean.

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#99290
2014-05-26

Chikungunya continues to spread in Caribbean, could threaten tourism industry

WASHINGTON, May 23 (UPI) --A debilitating virus called Chikungunya is continuing to infect thousands throughout the islands of the Caribbean. And health officials expect it to make its way to the United States sooner rather than later given the high tourism traffic between the regions.

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#98834
2014-04-30

Genetic yacht lab maps sea life off Florida looking for cures

(Reuters) - A team of scientists has begun collecting the genomes of sea creatures off the Florida coast in the hopes that unmapped species, some of which have the capacity to reverse disease and injury in themselves, may hold the key to new treatments for humans.

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#97611
2014-02-14

Rise in malaria forecast for tropical highlands

[SANTIAGO] More people may contract malaria in the tropical highlands of Africa, Asia and South America as global warming makes the climate in these areas more suitable for the disease’s transmission, according to a study.

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#97613
2014-02-14

Public health warning as cat parasite spreads to Arctic beluga whales

Whalemeat presents possible danger to humans as Toxoplasma gondii, which can lead to blindness, spreads to thawing region

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#97075
2014-01-17

How animals can help us understand disease

For all the weird and wonderful diversity of the animal kingdom, at the genetic level many species have a surprising level of similarity.

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#96912
2014-01-08

Environmental degradation leads to public health crises

A "systematic and comprehensive" approach is needed to understand the impact of human behavior on the world's public health, according to a new report.

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#96779
2013-12-17

Surge in animal-human diseases calls for more holistic approach to health, UN reports

16 December 2013 – About 70 per cent of new diseases infecting humans in recent decades have come from animals, the United Nations food agency today reported, warning that it is getting easier for diseases jump species and spread as the population, agriculture and food-supply chains grow.

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#96564
2013-12-03

Drug potential from Great Barrier Reef sea sponges ready for commercial development

Expressions of interest are being invited to develop a class of chemical compounds produced by three species of Australian sea sponges, including one species from the Great Barrier Reef, as new drugs to treat conditions such as cancer and bone disease.

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#94257
2013-06-14

Bat Health Critical To Human Health

NEW YORK -- A projected image of baby bats swaddled in blankets earned a collective "awww" from the audience. It apparently came as a welcome reprieve from videos that featured bats being butchered for food and defecating into a popular drink, and stories of how bats may spread lethal disease.

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#94036
2013-06-03

Land of Lemurs and Other Strange Things

Young Explorer Cara Brook is in Madagascar studying the impact of human land development on biodiversity and how it could potentially spread infectious diseases that are transmitted from animals to people. Cara will focus on bubonic plague in small mammals and henipaviruses and lyssaviruses (two ...

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#94022
2013-05-31

Bird study in China key to eco-health

A Monash University ecologist is assisting in an international study into birdlife in an environmentally threatened area of China.

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#93950
2013-05-28

Michael Pollan on the Links Between Biodiversity and Health

Author Michael Pollan has often written about people’s relationship to the natural world. In a Yale Environment 360 interview, he talks about researching his latest book and what he learned about the connections between ecology and human health.

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#93914
2013-05-24

Determining How Nature’s Benefits Link To Human Well-being

What people take from nature – water, food, timber, inspiration, relaxation – are so abundant, it seems self-evident. Until you try to quantitatively understand how and to what extent they contribute to humans.

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#93813
2013-05-22

A Sustainable Future Relies on US-China Collaboration

The world is sitting on a consumption time bomb -- more consumers, higher consumption, and more material intensity, coupled with diminishing supplies of natural capital, add up to a planet that is dangerously overspent and veering towards ecological bankruptcy in the not-too-distant future. Chin ...

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#93489
2013-04-30

Mediterranean Diet Linked to Preserving Memory

Apr. 29, 2013 — A University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) study suggests that the Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes consuming foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, chicken and salad dressing, and avoiding saturated fats, meat and dairy foods, may be linked to preserving memo ...

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#93388
2013-04-23

Forest conservation could reduce malaria transmission

[SANTIAGO] Preserving the biodiversity of tropical forests could have the added benefit of cutting the spread of malaria, according to a new study.

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#93310
2013-04-18

Researchers digest how gut 'bugs' affect health

Angela Douglas, professor of insect physiology and toxicology, is investigating the importance of the gut microbiota for human health by studying bacteria in fruit flies. Credit: Lindsay France/University Photography

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#93266
2013-04-16

Green cities mean healthier people

Australians will be happier, safer and healthier if they look after the nature spots in their cities, according to new research led by The University of Queensland.

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#93102
2013-04-05

Quand préserver la biodiversité permet de protéger notre santé

Barrière contre les épidémies, source de précieux médicaments et aide psychologique pour les malades ou même les bien portants: la diversité de la nature est la meilleure garante de notre santé, clament des médecins, vétérinaires et chercheurs dans un ouvrage qui paraît vendredi.

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#93075
2013-04-03

Scientists race to gauge pandemic risk of new bird flu

(Reuters) - Genetic sequence data on a deadly strain of bird flu previously unknown in people show the virus has already acquired some mutations that might make it more likely to cause a human pandemic, scientists say.

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#93011
2013-03-28

Climate change to worsen diarrhoea in Africa

A new study finds that climate drives a large part of African diarrhoeal disease and increases the threat to vulnerable communities.

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#92830
2013-03-20

Biodiversity Does Not Reduce Transmission of Disease from Animals to Humans, Researchers Find

More than three quarters of new, emerging or re-emerging human diseases are caused by pathogens from animals, according to the World Health Organization.

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#92746
2013-03-14

Study reveals economic burden of Chagas disease

Chagas disease is a global economic burden that costs countries more than other prominent diseases, according to the first study to put a price tag on the deadly disease.

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#92712
2013-03-13

How the View From Apartment Windows Affects Your Health and Well-being

When temperatures keep my young sons and me from heading outside, we get our nature fix by looking through their bedroom window. Outside a scraggly tree-of-heaven, a weed native to Asia and common in vacant lots in New York City, presses up against the glass of our fourth floor Brooklyn apartmen ...

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#92406
2013-02-21

Third Africa Environment Outlook Addresses Key Environmental Risks for Human Health and Draws Pathways for Sustainable Future

Nairobi, 21 February 2012 - Africa’s leaders should put implementing environment and health issues at the top of their national and continent-wide policies if growing challenges such as air pollution, vector-borne diseases and chemical exposure are to be addressed, according to a new report comp ...

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#92319
2013-02-19

A Solution to Sinusitis from the Sea

Feb. 18, 2013 — A team of scientists and surgeons from Newcastle are developing a new nasal spray from a marine microbe to help clear chronic sinusitis.

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#92278
2013-02-18

Antibiotics search to focus on sea bed

Researchers are embarking on an £8m project to discover new antibiotics at the bottom of the ocean.

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#92235
2013-02-15

Amphibian Biodiversity Makes Entire Ecosystem More Robust

A new study from the University of Colorado, Boulder shows that the richer the biodiversity of amphibian species living in a pond, the more protection that ecosystem has against parasitic infections.

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#92174
2013-02-13

Diverse Ecosystems Show Clue to Human Disease Prevention

The richer the ecosystem, the more protection there is against disease, according to a study that found a variety of frogs, toads or salamanders dwelling in a pond together made a healthier environment for all amphibians.

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#92052
2013-02-07

Exposure to Pesticides in Food, Air and Water Increases Risk of Type 2 Diabetes, Study Finds

Feb. 5, 2013 — A study led by the University of Granada reveals that there is a direct relationship between the presence of Persistent Organic Pollutants in the body and the development of type 2 diabetes, regardless of the patient's age, gender or body mass index.

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#91858
2013-01-22

GM mosquito could help slash dengue vectors

[LIMA] The release of genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes could help reduce the numbers of dengue-transmitting wild mosquitoes, although it is unlikely to eliminate them entirely, according to a study.

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#91845
2013-01-21

Disease 'halves people's incomes' in tropical countries

[RIO DE JANEIRO] Tropical countries' per capita incomes could more than double if they managed to reduce their health burden from vector-borne and parasitic diseases (VBPDs) to that seen in temperate countries, a study has found.

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#91803
2013-01-17

Tree and Human Health May Be Linked

Jan. 16, 2013 — Evidence is increasing from multiple scientific fields that exposure to the natural environment can improve human health. In a new study by the U.S. Forest Service, the presence of trees was associated with human health.

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#91727
2013-01-10

UNEP Studies Show Rising Mercury Emissions in Developing Countries

Nairobi/Geneva, 10 January 2013 - Communities in developing countries are facing increasing health and environmental risks linked to exposure to mercury, according to new studies by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

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#91639
2012-12-19

Human wellbeing can strengthen case for conservation

The growing evidence linking green spaces to human wellbeing could help strengthen the case for conservation, a conference has been told.

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#91523
2012-12-10

Improvements in Air Quality add Years to Life Expectancy in US

Are all the environmental laws and regulations accomplishing anything? Sometimes progress is not apparent, so it is good news that a new study led by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) has found an association between reductions in fine particulate matter and improved life exp ...

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#90972
2012-10-30

Climate change adding sting to mosquito bite, says WHO report

The warning is ominous — climate change and global warming will make vector-borne diseases like dengue and malaria - already causing havoc in the country more lethal.

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#90944
2012-10-25

Malaria study challenges warmer world predictions

A world with "rampant" malaria transmission is often seen as an inevitable consequence of global warming. But a new study radically challenges existing ideas of how the disease will spread with rising temperatures.

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#90123
2012-09-11

Climate change will extend hay fever season by six weeks, report warns

Hay fever sufferers face longer pollen seasons and highly allergenic strains from invasive plants

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#90015
2012-09-04

Infection risk posed by cats revealed

Experts say more research is needed into a disease spread by cats after figures show an estimated 350,000 people a year in the UK become infected with toxoplasmosis.

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#89895
2012-08-23

Scientists Reveal How River Blindness Worm Thrives

ScienceDaily (Aug. 22, 2012) — Scientists at the University of Liverpool have found that the worm which causes River Blindness survives by using a bacterium to provide energy, as well as help 'trick' the body's immune system into thinking it is fighting a different kind of infection.

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#89661
2012-08-06

Amazon Peruvians show protection against bat rabies

Scientists have found that a relatively high proportion of two remote Peruvian Amazon populations, who have had a high level of contact with vampire bats, display some protection against bat-transmitted rabies.

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#89598
2012-08-01

Rice gene holds clue to diabetes risk

[MANILA] Contrary to popular belief, a new study suggests that eating rice does not substantially raise blood sugar levels – thus increasing the risk of type 2 diabetes – although researchers warn that some varieties of rice may need to be avoided.

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#89460
2012-07-24

Nigeria: Tree Planting - Key to Reduction of Respiratory Diseases - Lasuth CMD

TREE planting has been prescribed as the best way to check the growing incidence of respiratory disorders such as asthma.

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#89258
2012-07-17

The Ecology of Disease

A developing model of infectious disease shows that most epidemics that have occurred over the last several decades don’t just happen. They are a result of things people do to nature.

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