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The seven tactics industries use to undermine public health policies

The seven tactics industries use to undermine public health policies

By Rob Moodie, University of Melbourne Across Africa there are examples of governments trying to introduce policies that improve health, and protect the environment only to find their efforts undermined by unhealthy corporations, and their industry associations. A case in point is South Africa’s efforts to introduce a tax on sugary drinks to reduce the […]

September 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Flooding from Hurricane Harvey causes a host of public health concerns

Flooding from Hurricane Harvey causes a host of public health concerns

Raw sewage, dead bodies in the water and release of dangerous chemicals into the floodwaters could lead to the spread of disease through contact with contaminated water and to infection through open wounds.

September 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Can low doses of chemicals affect your health? A new report weighs the evidence

Can low doses of chemicals affect your health? A new report weighs the evidence

Increasing evidence suggests that even low levels of “endocrine disrupting chemicals” can interfere with hormonal signals in the body in potentially harmful ways.

August 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Tracking air quality block by block

Tracking air quality block by block

A local environmental advocacy group last week launched a first-of-its kind monitoring project, installing air quality sensors in the densely packed neighborhoods near this city’s port to give the people who live and work there on-the-ground readings of pollutants that can seriously injure their health.

April 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Lead poisoning’s lifelong toll includes lowering social mobility, study

Lead poisoning’s lifelong toll includes lowering social mobility, study

By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News Cynthia Brownfield was lucky. When her daughter, then 2 years old, tested for high levels of lead in her blood, she could do something. Brownfield, a pediatrician in St. Joseph, Miss., got her home inspected and found lead in the windows. She got them replaced and had her pipes […]

March 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
January is radon action month

January is radon action month

The Washington State Department of Health urges Washingtonians to learn about the risk of radon exposure, a leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers. Radon Radon is the single largest source of radiation for almost everyone in Washington. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and […]

January 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
How ZIP codes nearly masked the lead problem in Flint

How ZIP codes nearly masked the lead problem in Flint

By Richard Casey Sadler, Michigan State University From The Conversation.com I write this as we approach the first anniversary of my involvement in the Flint Water Crisis, an ongoing catastrophe and basic failure of government accountability that will soon approach three years. On Sept. 25, 2015, I received a call from my colleague – the now-renowned […]

September 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
Excessive heat warning through ’til 9 p.m. — Weather Service warns

Excessive heat warning through ’til 9 p.m. — Weather Service warns

From the National Weather Service Temperature: climbing into the 90s Friday and Saturday afternoon. Temperatures will lower into mainly the 60s overnight. Timing: temperatures will peak today and then level off or lower slightly on Saturday. Expect significant cooling on Sunday, with temperatures returning to near normal. Impacts: hot weather increases the potential for dehydration […]

August 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
VA pledges new study into Agent Orange effects

VA pledges new study into Agent Orange effects

By Charles Ornstein and Terry Parris Jr., ProPublica, and Mike Hixenbaugh, The Virginian-Pilot July 1, 2016 The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is expanding its efforts to determine how Vietnam veterans and their children have been affected by exposure to the herbicide Agent Orange. The VA will conduct its first nationwide survey of Vietnam veterans […]

July 5, 2016 | By | Reply More
Blood lead levels rose in town after switch to Flint River water – CDC

Blood lead levels rose in town after switch to Flint River water – CDC

From the CDC Investigators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today thatwhen the source of the water supply was switched to the Flint River, without appropriate corrosion control measures, young children who drank the water had blood lead levels (BLLs) that were significantly higher than when the source of water was […]

June 24, 2016 | By | Reply More