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Earlier Menopause Linked to Everyday Chemical Exposures

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Women whose bodies have high levels of chemicals found in plastics, personal-care products, common household items and the environment experience menopause two to four years earlier than women with lower levels of these chemicals, according to a new study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The findings are reported online Jan. 28 in the journal PLOS ONE.

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Man Trumps Dog: Earlier Assumption About BPA Exposure Confirmed

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Coating the mouth with BPA-containing food, like soup, does not lead to higher than expected levels of BPA in blood, a new study in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology shows. The study authors conclude that oral exposure does not create a risk for high exposures of BPA, also known as bisphenol A.

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Study Finds Lead Negatively Impacts Cognitive Functions of Boys More than Girls

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The female hormones estrogen and estradiol may help ward off the effects of lead exposure for young girls, explaining why boys, are shown to suffer more often from the cognitive disabilities linked to lead.

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Environmental Scientists Find Antibiotics, Bacteria, Resistance Genes in Dust from Feedlots

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Researchers beginning to understand how antibiotic-resistant bacteria travel aerially.

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As Ebola Deaths Rise, Researcher Sees Parallels with Devastating Medieval Plague

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Nükhet Varlik, a Rutgers historian, has studied the Black Death – the medieval plague that may have wiped out more than half of the population in vast parts of the world – and found echoes from centuries past in issues such as the spread of deadly diseases including Ebola, human interactions with the environment, climate change and other dilemmas that affect human health today as much as they did in the Middle Ages. There is much we may be able to learn about modern times from what Professor Varlik has found.

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BPA Exposure during Pregnancy Causes Oxidative Stress in Child, Mother

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Exposure to the endocrine-disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA) during pregnancy can cause oxidative damage that may put the baby at risk of developing diabetes or heart disease later in life, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s journal Endocrinology.

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Pioneer Study Examines Declining Coral Reef Health Due to Pesticides/Sea Surface Temperatures

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Coral reef health is declining worldwide. To better understand the combined effects of mosquito pesticides and rising sea-surface temperatures, Dr. Cliff Ross, UNF associate professor of biology, exposed coral larvae to selected concentrations of pesticides and temperatures.

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University of Texas at Austin Expert Available to Talk About Oil Prices and the Keystone Pipeline

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Humanity Has Exceeded 4 of 9 ‘Planetary Boundaries,’ According to Researchers

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An international team of researchers says climate change, the loss of biosphere integrity, land-system change, and altered biogeochemical cycles like phosphorus and nitrogen runoff have all passed beyond levels that put humanity in a “safe operating space.” Civilization has crossed four of nine so-called planetary boundaries as the result of human activity, according to a report published today in Science by the 18-member research team.

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WVU Public Health Professor to Provide Real-Time Data From Local Fracking Site Over Next Five Years

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Michael McCawley, Ph.D., interim chair of the West Virginia University School of Public Health Department of Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences, plans to provide research data in real time from a dedicated scientific observation well being drilled in Morgantown.