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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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A tale of three mosquitoes: how a warming world could spread disease

As the world warms, animals and plants will shift their ranges to keep pace with their favoured climate. While the changing distributions of species can tell us how climate change is affecting the natural world, it may also have a direct impact on us.

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Human-wrought environmental changes impacting crops and pollinators could harm health of millions

Boston, MA ─ Changing environmental conditions around the globe caused by human activity could negatively impact the health of millions of people by altering the amount and quality of key crops, according to two new studies from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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Human-wrought environmental changes impacting crops and pollinators could harm health of millions

One study found that decreasing numbers of food pollinators such as bees—falling in part due to pesticide use and destruction of habitats—could lead to declines in nutrient-rich crops that have been linked with staving off disease. A second study found that increasing levels of atmospheric carbo ...

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Disease Risk May be Combated by Biodiversity in Humans and Plants

Biodiversity may be key for reducing disease and crop pests. As infectious diseases increase worldwide, it's important to find out what may reduce instances of these diseases and now, scientists may have figured out one way.

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Report: Loss of biodiversity impacts human health

The main driver of a healthy community is a well-functioning ecosystem according to a new state of knowledge review by the Convention on Biological Diversity and World Health Organization released at a panel on health and nature in Brussels at Green Week 2015 Europe's biggest annual conference o ...

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Chimp sanctuary’s ebola relief

Sierra Leone – In the rising afternoon humidity 30-year-old Tom sits in the shade, picking fleas off his neighbour, unaware of how close he came to losing his home to ebola.

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Amazonian tribe study shows how human bodily bacteria is changing

(Reuters) - Everyone's body is brimming with bacteria, and these microbes do plenty of good things like building the immune system and helping digestion. But modern diets, antibiotics and hygiene seem to be reducing the range of microbes occupying our anatomy.

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Western guts have lower bacterial diversity

Our western lifestyle, hygiene and diet may reduce the diversity of important gut bacteria, a new study shows. Scientists analysed the faecal bacteria of people living in the United States and rural Papua New Guinea, and found that Papua New Guineans had a greater number of different gut bacteri ...

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New Report Connects Human Health to Biodiversity Protection

During February, the 14th World Congress on Public Health in Kolkata, India, revealed a new “ground-breaking” report entitled, Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health, which demonstrates human health benefits yielded from protecting Earth’s biodiversity

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Advance of resistant malaria 'poses serious global threat'

Researchers who found resistant malaria in samples from Myanmar say it is moving at an alarming pace across Asia.

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Biodiversity may reduce the threat of disease

Biodiversity level changes can have consequences for species and habitats around the world.

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Ebola animal to human transmission linked to population density and habitat degradation

An apparent link has been established between human population density and vegetation cover and the spread of the Ebola virus from animal hosts to humans.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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