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.
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 ...
A Monash University ecologist is assisting in an international study into birdlife in an environmentally threatened area of China.
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
[SANTIAGO] Preserving the biodiversity of tropical forests could have the added benefit of cutting the spread of malaria, according to a new study.
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
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.
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.
(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.
A new study finds that climate drives a large part of African diarrhoeal disease and increases the threat to vulnerable communities.
More than three quarters of new, emerging or re-emerging human diseases are caused by pathogens from animals, according to the World Health Organization.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
Researchers are embarking on an £8m project to discover new antibiotics at the bottom of the ocean.
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.
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.
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.
[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.
[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.
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.
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).
The growing evidence linking green spaces to human wellbeing could help strengthen the case for conservation, a conference has been told.
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 ...
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.
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.
Hay fever sufferers face longer pollen seasons and highly allergenic strains from invasive plants
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.
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.
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.
[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.
TREE planting has been prescribed as the best way to check the growing incidence of respiratory disorders such as asthma.
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.
The world’s poorest people also carry the heaviest burden from diseases that infect both humans and animals, according to a study published on 5 July1.
SALZBURG, Austria, July 3 (UPI) -- Canadian researchers say they're studying diving seabirds in Hudson Bay to better understand the aging process.
A new study suggests that human weight gain globally is not just bad for health but also bad for global warming
[MONTEVIDEO] An international team of scientists has decoded the genome of one of the main vectors of Chagas disease, paving the way for more targeted vector control and new ways to prevent disease transmission.
ScienceDaily (May 29, 2012) — For years the Mediterranean diet has been associated with a lesser chance of illness and increased well-being. A new study has now linked it to mental and physical health too.
A potential malaria vaccine produced by genetically-engineered algae could allow people to grow their own vaccine at homes, and would be especially useful in rural parts of the developing world, say its developers.
The diversity of living things, including microbes, in an environment may contribute to the development of normal immune systems.
ScienceDaily (May 1, 2012) — The United States government would get a better bang for its health-care buck in managing the country's most prevalent childhood disabilities if it invested more in eliminating socio-environmental risk factors than in developing medicines.
Banned for indoor use since 2001, the effects of the common insecticide known as chlorpyrifos can still be found in the brains of young children now approaching puberty.
A warming climate makes for a brutal allergy season in the U.S., which may become even worse in future
Are animals good for us? Several studies suggest that our chances of picking up an animal disease are reduced if we are surrounded by a variety of species – the thinking goes that abundant animal life acts a pool that prevents the disease from jumping to people.
(Reuters Health) - A new study from Thailand suggests that extracts from turmeric spice, known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, may help ward off heart attacks in people who've had recent bypass surgery.
The spread of the tick-borne disease may result in an increase in infections