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CDC launches first national reporting system for harmful algal blooms and associated illnesses

New website provides information on how to help protect people and pets ...

Predicting disease outbreaks using environmental changes

A model that predicts outbreaks of zoonotic diseases – those originating in livestock or wildlife such as Ebola and Zika – based ...

A Protective Shield against the Heavy Metal Uranium

The glutathione molecule aids in cellular resilience ... Full story

Air pollution affects young people’s psychiatric health

New research from Umeå University indicates that dispensed medication for psychiatric diagnosis can be related to air polution concentrations. The study covers a large part of the Swedish population and has been published in the journal BMJ Open. ... Full story

New research maps cell reactions to and defence against arsenic and cadmium

New research at the University of Gothenburg shows that arsenic and cadmium, which are poisonous to humans, contribute to the clumping together of proteins in cells and the forming of aggregates, which are linked to diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. “But we have also succeeded in identifying a defence mechanism that prevents arsenic from being absorbed by cells,” said Therese Jacobson, doctoral student at the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology. ... Full story

Study: Oil sands operations a major source of air pollution

A new study finds that oil sands operations, a major source of oil production in the last several years, emit very high levels of a critical class of air pollutants and pose risks to health and climate. ... Full story

Antimicrobial resistance in soil and the potential impact on the food chain

New research at the University of Southampton is to investigate if large amounts of antibiotic resistant bacteria are present in agricultural soil which may spread into the food chain. ... Full story

Environmental pollution with antibiotics leads to resistance

More and more people are infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria. But how do bacteria become resistant? A doctoral thesis from the Centre for Antibiotic Resistance Research at University of Gothenburg has investigated the role of the environment in the development of antibiotic resistance. ... Full story

Biodiversity Conservation Policies in Tropical Forests Threaten the Livelihood of Indigenous Peoples

A new study of the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) led by Dr Victoria Reyes-García recommends implementing biocultural conservation policies which take into account indigenous societies, their culture and the changes they are facing. ... Full story

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