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Tetrabromobisphenol A induces cellular damages in pancreatic β-cells in vitro.

March 22, 2017

Our results indicate that TBBPA damages pancreatic β-cells by triggering mitochondrial dysfunction and inducing apoptosis. Journal of Environmental Science and Health  Part A, Toxic/Hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering.

Curcumin attenuates BPA-induced insulin resistance in HepG2 cells through suppression of JNK/p38 pathways.

March 22, 2017

These data illustrated the role of JNK/p38 activation in BPA-induced insulin resistance and suggested curcumin as a promising candidate for the intervention of BPA-induced insulin resistance. Toxicology Letters.

Child labourers exposed to toxic chemicals dying before 50, WHO says.

March 22, 2017

Children as young as eight, working in the tanneries of Bangladesh producing leather that is in demand across Europe and the USA, are exposed to toxic chemical cocktails that are likely to shorten their lives, according to a new report. The Guardian, United Kingdom.

Researchers test hotter, faster and cleaner way to fight oil spills.

March 22, 2017

The device potentially could reduce air pollution, as well as the layer of tar that remains after oil burns and sinks to the ocean floor, threatening marine life. NPR.

World Water Day: one in four children will live with water scarcity by 2040.

March 22, 2017

Unicef report says climate change and conflict are intensifying risks to children of living without enough water, and that the poorest will suffer most. The Guardian, United Kingdom.
[See the reports: Thirsting for a Future: Water and Children in a Changing Climate and Paradise Lost? Iran's Environmental Crisis]

What your family tree can tell you about your health.

March 22, 2017

Your family health history—the conditions that relatives have, have had, or died of—can provide hints about what to expect regarding your own health. Health.com.
[See My Family Health Portrait from the National Cancer Institute]

New report: 2017’s Fattest Cities in America.

March 22, 2017

WalletHub’s analysts compared 100 of the most populated US metro areas across 17 key indicators of weight-related problems. WalletHub.

7 cities that prove America’s problem with contaminated water is larger than Flint.

March 22, 2017

Water systems in cities like Baltimore, Philadelphia and Milwaukee are amongst more than 5,000 that are violating lead regulations. Essence.

Film review: A Plastic Ocean shows us a world awash with rubbish.

March 22, 2017

A Plastic Ocean is a documentary film directed by the Australian journalist Craig Leeson. It dives into and investigates the devastating impacts that plastic has caused to our environment, especially our marine life. The Conversation.

Health Ministry names eight cosmetics products containing poison.

March 22, 2017

Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the notifications of the cosmetic products have been cancelled by the ministry's Pharmacy Service senior director after detecting scheduled poison materials in the products. Kuala Lumpur New Straits Times, Malaysia.

A new wave of socially conscious tampon companies focuses on organics and giving back.

March 22, 2017

Whether a woman is on her period or not, substances placed in the vagina go directly into a woman’s bloodstream. And, as it turns out, ingredients like rayon, polyester, artificial fibers, dyes, bleach, and other components that are used to produce mass-market tampons may not be what you want to put inside you. Fast Company.

Do you live near toxic waste? See 1,317 of the most polluted spots in the US.

March 22, 2017

Hazardous waste sites are scattered all across the country, from a Brooklyn canal once surrounded by chemical plants to a shuttered garbage incineration facility in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Time Magazine.

Water-borne chemicals near military base exceed EPA health guidelines.

March 22, 2017

The chemical detection is the latest example of PFCs being found at levels above recommended health limits in numerous locations around the state. NJ Spotlight.

Here's why the Environmental Protection Agency was created.

March 22, 2017

As the EPA becomes the subject of focus for major cuts under President Trump's proposed budget, it's worth looking back at the moment in time when the EPA was first created, and why Richard Nixon saw a need for the agency to exist. Time Magazine.

Food insecurity in early childhood linked to young children's skills in kindergarten.

March 21, 2017

"In our study, food insecurity in infancy and toddlerhood predicted lower cognitive and social-emotional skills in kindergarten, skills that can predict later success in academics and life." ScienceDaily.
[See the study: Associations between household food insecurity in early childhood and children's kindergarten skills]

Climate change linked to rising diabetes prevalence: study.

March 21, 2017

A 0.170% increase in glucose intolerance prevalence was associated with each one-degree Celsius increment in mean annual temperature. Overall, warmer countries tended to have a higher prevalence of glucose intolerance. Medpage Today.
[See the study: Diabetes incidence and glucose intolerance prevalence increase with higher outdoor temperature]

Does ‘green energy’ have hidden health and environmental costs?

March 21, 2017

Our study emphatically confirms that fossil fuels—mainly coal—place a heavy burden on the environment and that most renewable power projects have lower pollution-related impacts on ecosystems and human health. Nonetheless, no energy source is without adverse environmental side effects. The Conversation.
[See the study: Health benefits, ecological threats of low-carbon electricity]

Global CO2 emissions are flat, but it's not all good news.

March 21, 2017

The emissions pause is particularly noteworthy because it comes despite a growing global economy, the International Energy Agency announced. That's a sign that carbon emissions are "decoupling" from the economy as other sources of energy come online. E&E News.
[See more from the IEA]

Individuals with autism at substantially heightened risk for injury death.

March 21, 2017

Deaths in individuals with autism increased 700 percent in the past 16 years and were three times as likely as in the general population to be caused by injuries, according to a new study by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. EurekAlert!
[See the study: Injury mortality in individuals with autism]

​How healthy soils make for a healthy life.

March 21, 2017

If the way food is grown affects the composition and health of plants, could farming practices that focus on soil health make food more nutritious? A recent review on fruits says yes. The Conversation, Australia.
[See the review: Postharvest quality and composition of organically and conventionally produced fruits: a review]

Call for proposals: Lead Poisoning Prevention -- Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention.

March 21, 2017

Funds are available to support activities to reduce childhood lead poisoning including blood lead testing, surveillance and targeted population-based interventions. Awardees will be expected to demonstrate that processes are in place to identify lead-exposed children and link them to recommended services. The closing date is April 20, 2017.

Infant deaths, stubbornly high in the US, continue a promising decline.

March 21, 2017

The data show that infant mortality has declined by 15 percent over the last decade, with the biggest gains concentrated in the south and east of the country. StatNews.
[See the study: Trends in infant mortality in the United States, 2005–2014]

African strain of Zika virus shown to act more quickly than Asian strain.

March 21, 2017

New research from the University of Missouri offers insight into how the Zika virus infects placental cells in pregnant mothers, often altering fetal development. Separately, two studies out of UC Davis this month suggest the placenta may reveal signs of autism spectrum disorder. Sacramento Bee, California.
[See the studies: Vulnerability of primitive human placental trophoblast to Zika virus, and Placental methylome analysis from a prospective autism study]

Why cancer is killing Boston’s firefighters.

March 20, 2017

As it turns out, the greatest risk of being a firefighter in Boston isn’t burning to death or even breaking an ankle—it’s cancer. Boston Magazine, Massachusetts.

Want to eat fish that’s truly good for you? Here are some guidelines to reeling one in.

March 20, 2017

For optimizing health benefits, the best seafood choices are those high in omega-3s and low in mercury. The Conversation.

Lifestyle intervention leads to 10-point drop in systolic blood pressure.

March 19, 2017

"The electronic counseling (e-Counseling) intervention had an effect similar to that of adding an additional blood-pressure-lowering medication," said Robert P. Nolan, PhD. ScienceDaily.

Biomonitoring of Danish school children and mothers including biomarkers of PBDE and glyphosate.

March 19, 2017

The correlations between the measured environmental chemicals indicate that a specific exposure pattern may exist, where people who are highly exposed to one class of environmental chemicals also may be highly exposed to certain other classes. Reviews on Environmental Health.

Judge dismisses Des Moines lawsuit over nitrates in water.

March 19, 2017

The judge on Friday dismissed all of Des Moines Water Works' claims against drainage districts in Sac, Buena Vista and Calhoun counties, ruling that water pollution is an issue for the Iowa legislature to address. Sioux City Journal, Iowa.

Despite pollution, coal plant is cleared to reopen in New Delhi.

March 19, 2017

The whipsaw policies have led some environmentalists to wonder if India really has a plan to tackle the alarming levels of air pollution in the country. New York Times.

NV Energy pulling plug on coal-fired power plant near Vegas.

March 18, 2017

NV Energy has shifted production since 2005 toward renewable sources, including 19 geothermal, 14 solar, six hydroelectric, one wind and several biomass and methane plants in Nevada, said Starla Lacy, company environmental services executive. She said carbon emissions have been cut 44 percent over the same period. New Jersey Herald.