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WHO launches health review after microplastics found in 90% of bottled water

Researchers find levels of plastic fibres in popular bottled water brands could be twice as high as those found in tap water

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2 futures of health, 2 paradigms of science

Across the world, there is an intense contest emerging between two paradigms of health and two paradigms of science. The first is holistic and sees connections between the health of the planet and our health. It is based on the ecological science of inter-connectedness. The second one is reducti ...

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International community must work together to achieve a sustainable, low-carbon livestock industry

According to FAO, more than half the world's rural poor are livestock farmers and pastoralists. The livestock sector is a mainstay for food security and rural livelihoods and the international community must work together to make sure it achieves its potential contributions to sustainable develo ...

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Water management is health management

Improving human health and protecting water resources go hand in hand; it is time for policymakers to realise this, says The Nature Conservancy’s Giulio Boccaletti.

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Biodiversity Could Be As Important As Climate For Healthy Ecosystems

Extreme temperatures are hard on plants. They’re not used to having frost one day and 60-degree temperatures the next. But just like people will huddle together for warmth, plant species have strength in numbers. New research suggests that biodiversity — or a good variety of plants and animals — ...

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Ecological health and human behavior

Ecology represents the surrounding we live in, whereas ecological health is the care of our environment. In other words, it is the protection of the green environment around us. There is a part and parcel relation between human and ecology. Ecological health and human behavior is the study about ...

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Malaria cases rise as insecticide resistance spreads

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has alerted to rise in malaria cases and the fears of resurgence as progress in the fight against a curable disease that kills hundreds of thousands of children has stalled.

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Healing power of universe: Spend time in the arms of nature and return rejuvenated

Forest Bathing. What’s that, you may ask. It is a Japanese technique that promotes the practice of taking a short, leisurely visit to a forest for health benefits. The practice originated in Japan where it is called shinrin-yoku.

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Ebola outbreaks linked to loss of forest cover

A new study has identified a time lag of two years between forest loss and the emergence of the Ebola virus disease along the belt of the West and Central African rainforest.

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Health at a planetary scale

The human footprint on the earth has grown explosively over the past century or two. Two hundred years ago, there were about 1 billion of us; today, we number more than 7 billion. We have harnessed vast amounts of energy, cleared countless forests, dammed thousands of rivers, reconfigured entire ...

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Deforestation in Cambodia linked to ill health in children

Rapid deforestation in Cambodia is threatening the health of young children, concludes a new study published in the Lancet Planetary Health.Researchers have found that the loss of dense forest cover in Cambodia is associated with an increased risk of diarrhea, acute respiratory infection and fev ...

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Deforestation in Cambodia linked to higher risk of ill health in young children

Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have found that the loss of dense forest in Cambodia was associated with higher risk of diarrhoea, acute respiratory infection, and fever – which are major sources of global childhood morbidity and mortality – in children younger than f ...

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Climate change projected to significantly increase harmful algal blooms in US freshwaters

Harmful algal blooms known to pose risks to human and environmental health in large freshwater reservoirs and lakes are projected to increase because of climate change.

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What Green Spaces Can Do to Your Mood

It might seem intuitive that spending time outside is good for you. Whether it’s taking a walk to clear your head or smelling flowers in a backyard garden, getting outside is a dependable way to feel better. The effect is real, and over the years, scientists have shown that nature can provide s ...

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Many kinds of happiness promote better health, study finds

A new study links the capacity to feel a variety of upbeat emotions to better health. The research suggests people who experience a range of positive emotions in their daily lives – from enthusiasm to cheerfulness and calm – have lower levels of inflammation, compared to those who experience a n ...

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Biologists find frog's future health influenced by gut microbes as tadpoles

University of South Florida biologists have found that a crucial window in the development of tadpoles may influence a frog's later ability to fight infectious diseases as an adult.

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Fungi can be used as biomonitors for assessing radioactivity in our environment

Radioactive contamination is the unwanted presence of radioactive substances in the environment. The environment is contaminated by naturally occurring and anthropogenic radionuclides, unstable isotopes of an element that releases radiation as it decomposes and becomes more stable These radionuc ...

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Africa: The Untold Cost of Cost-Effectiveness in Family Planning

Environmental and health groups working together on family planning - a partnership that delivers for people living in remote areas

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Researchers revolutionizing control of vector-borne diseases

Purdue University entomology professor Catherine Hill is researching a way to respond to new and reemerging vector borne diseases, specifically without wiping out the mosquito population.

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Why Having Lots of Feelings Is Good For Your Health

Happiness isn't the only emotion that can help you stay healthy as you age. How excited, amused, proud, strong and cheerful you feel on a regular basis matters, too.

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Ethiopia: Reconnecting With Nature for Holistic Healing

The American writer, Sidney Sheldon, the seventh-best-selling fiction author of all time, once advised his readers, "Try to leave the Earth a better place than when you arrived." These days, let alone making the earth a better place, man could not even preserve what is there when he arrives; he ...

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Conservation Efforts To Improve Public Health

One fresh and inclusive way of examining human infectious diseases is through the lens of the wildlife and biodiversity they interface with. A group of scientists from UC Santa Barbara, Duke University and the University of Washington recently collaborated on assembling and editing various resea ...

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Combating illegal fishing a priority for WEF on ASEAN

Illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing represents a dangerous threat to the environment, livelihood and health of Pacific Island nations — whose essential ocean resources are already under threat from the impact of climate change. Yet each year, it is estimated that 26 million metric tons o ...

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Plans for habitat and wildlife conservation need to consider the risk of Lyme disease

Lyme disease – an infection contracted from the bite of an infected tick– is an important emerging disease in the UK, and is increasing in incidence in people in the UK and large parts of Europe and North America.

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Humans Shouldn’t Be So Scared of Bats

Bats, too often, get a bum rap. They’re the bloodsucking supernatural villains of Bram Stoker fame. They’re the familiar figure of speech to imply insanity (acting batty, bats in your belfry, batshit crazy). They’re dirty, winged rodents of the night sky. Never mind that most species eat insects ...

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Busy shipping lanes could cause 'seal hearing loss

Seals may experience hearing loss from underwater vessel noise, researchers at the University of St Andrews have said. The study compares seals inhabiting the UK's busy shipping lanes to humans living in noisy cities.

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Living near nature may be the secret to a longer life and better mental health

Springtime is here and after what seems to have been a long and sluggish winter hibernation, people are ready for lush green scenery.

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Virulent bird flu strain threatens to spill out of China

[MANILA] A new strain of avian influenza that has high pathogenicity in poultry, and which can be deadly for humans, has resurfaced in China with pandemic potential -- prompting calls for a quick and thorough response to halt its advance and contain the changing H7N9 virus.

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Skin mucus of South Indian frog kills flu virus

April 18 (UPI) -- Scientists have discovered a flu-fighting compound in the skin mucus secreted by a colorful South Indian frog species.

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Biodiversity not a risk factor for zoonotic disease emergence, say ecologists

Ecologists writing in ESA's open access journal Ecosphere say the opposite is more likely true.The specter of a dangerous new disease emerging from the dark depths of the wilderness, jumping from an animal host to people, is an oft-told horror story, though such "spillover" from wild species is ...

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Marine snail could offer opioid alternative

Feb. 20 (UPI) -- A novel compound produced by a tiny marine snail species could inspire an alternative to opioids, the highly addictive class of pain killers.

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Science just gave us more proof that destroying the environment can spread diseases to humans

In a new study, scientists have demonstrated — yet again — the alarming effects of environmental change on the spread of infectious disease.

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Thai water bug offers insights into human heart disease

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Scientists don't have many opportunities to experiment on a living, beating human heart, which makes studying heart muscle defects quite difficult.

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India develops moth allergy kit

[THIRUVANANTHAPURAM] Following scientific determination that Tiger moth, or Asota caricae, is responsible for unexplained fevers, researchers in Kerala state have begun developing a kit capable of quickly diagnosing lepidopterism, a disease caused by moth allergens.

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Synthetic biology used to limit bacterial growth and coordinate drug release

Researchers have engineered a clinically relevant bacterium to produce cancer drugs and then self-destruct and release the drugs at the site of tumors.

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Coffee can play a role in reducing risks of cancer and diabetes

There is a growing body of evidence that coffee can have good effects on our health and may even combat the risk of type II diabetes and some cancers. But it's not a magic potion.

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Nutrition: Fall in fish catch threatens human health

How will the 10 billion people expected to be living on Earth by 2050 obtain sufficient and nutritious food? This is one of the greatest challenges humanity faces. Global food systems must supply enough calories and protein for a growing human population and provide important micronutrients such ...

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Unique salmon population in eastern P.E.I. being studied

A group of researchers is tagging salmon in Eastern P.E.I., hoping to determine the health of the ecosystem, and learn more about a particular population thriving in local waters.

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At regional session, UN agricultural agency urges sustainable development for better nutrition

4 May 2016 – While many countries in Europe and Central Asia have made progress in reducing the prevalence of hunger, other forms of malnutrition still exist in the region and can only be combatted by prioritizing food security, agriculture and rural development, the head of the United Nation’s ...

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How Forest Loss Is Leading To a Rise in Human Disease

A growing body of scientific evidence shows that the felling of tropical forests creates optimal conditions for the spread of mosquito-borne scourges, including malaria and dengue. Primates and other animals are also spreading disease from cleared forests to people.

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Focus on breeding sites and biodiversity to control Zika, says leading epidemiologist

Sitting on his verandah in Laikipia, northern Kenya, Dr. Dino Martins, 38, a Kenyan entomologist with experience with malaria, tick fever, liverfluke and other vector-borne diseases, talks about the need to create healthy landscapes that are rich in biodiversity and clean of plastic.

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Genes, bugs and radiation: WHO backs new weapons in Zika fight

Countries battling the Zika virus should consider new ways to curb disease-carrying mosquitoes, including testing the release of genetically modified insects and bacteria that stop their eggs hatching, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.

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Why a walk in the woods really does help your body and your soul

Have you ever wondered why you feel healthier and happier when you stroll through the trees or frolic by the sea? Is it just that you’re spending time away from work, de-stressing and taking in the view? Or is there more to it?

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Can We Stop Mosquitoes From Infecting the World?

Mosquitoes carrying dangerous viruses like Zika are spreading worldwide. Some even hide underground. Scientists struggle to find new weapons to control them.

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Uganda: Here is How to Protect Local Herbal Medicine

Recently, Dr Savina Asiimwe of Makerere University concluded research into nutri-medicinal plants used in the management of HIV/Aids opportunistic infections in the greater Ankole area of western Uganda. She explains some of the findings from her study.

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Study finds West Africa at highest risk of bat-to-human virus spread

Sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia are most at risk from bat viruses jumping to humans and causing new diseases that could lead to deadly outbreaks, scientists warned on Tuesday.

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Trevor Hancock: Sustainable development benefits our health

There is a strong case that in order to be healthy, communities need to be ecologically sustainable. Many of the actions that could be taken to make communities and societies more sustainable have what we call health co-benefits.

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Monitoring wildlife may shed light on spread of antibiotic resistance in humans

Researchers tested for resistance to 10 antibiotics among cattle and 18 wildlife species to explore key attributes and behaviors that may increase exposure and allow resistance to move among humans, animals, and ecosystems.

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Researchers quantify nature's role in human well-being

The benefits people reap from nature - or the harm they can suffer from natural disasters - can seem as obvious as an earthquake. Yet putting numbers to changes in those ecosystem services and how human well-being is affected has fallen short, until now.

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How bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies keep humans healthy

Pollinators contribute $24 billion to the US economy – some estimates say $250 billion globally. These animals – bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and even some lizards and mammals—contribute to the agricultural system by spreading pollen to different plants so they can reproduce. And now, scienc ...

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