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Experts Available to Discuss Impacts of New York State's Ban on Fracking

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Sharing That Crowded Holiday Flight with Countless Hitchhiking Dust Mites

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As if holiday travel isn't stressful enough. Now University of Michigan researchers say we're likely sharing that already overcrowded airline cabin with countless tiny creatures including house dust mites.

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New Resource on Health Threats Posed by Endocrine-disrupting Chemicals Released on Eve of International Chemical Safety Meeting

As governments, industry and public interest groups from across the globe prepare to meet next week to discuss endocrine-disrupting chemicals and other international chemical safety issues, the Endocrine Society and IPEN released a new guide documenting the threat endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) pose to human health.

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NIH Scientists Determine How Environment Contributes to Several Human Diseases

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Using a new imaging technique, National Institutes of Health researchers have found that the biological machinery that builds DNA can insert molecules into the DNA strand that are damaged as a result of environmental exposures. These damaged molecules trigger cell death that produces some human diseases, according to the researchers. The work, appearing online Nov. 17 in the journal Nature, provides a possible explanation for how one type of DNA damage may lead to cancer, diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular and lung disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.

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'Probiotics' for Plants Boost Detox Abilities; Untreated Plants Overdose and Die

Scientists using a microbe that occurs naturally in eastern cottonwood trees have boosted the ability of willow and lawn grass to withstand the withering effects of the nasty industrial pollutant phenanthrene.

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U-M-Led Study Adds to Understanding of How Phthalate Exposure Impacts Pregnancy

In recent years, scientists have linked chemicals known as phthalates with complications of pregnancy and fetal development.

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The Dirty Side of Soap

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Triclosan is an antimicrobial commonly found in soaps, shampoos, toothpastes and many other household items. Despite its widespread use, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report potentially serious consequences of long-term exposure to the chemical.

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Air Pollution Associated with Higher Rates of Chronic Kidney Disease

Air pollution may play a role in the development of kidney disease.

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Ebola a Stark Reminder of Link Between Health of Humans, Animals, Environment

Though no one would call the Ebola pandemic a good thing, it has presented an opportunity for scientists to alert the public about the dire need to halt the spread of infectious diseases, especially in developing and densely populated areas of the world.

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