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A New NYC Epilepsy Unit, Cost of Premature Births, ACA Repeal Headaches, and More in the Healthcare News Source

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air pollution and human health, Kidney Infection

Breathing Dirty Air May Harm Kidneys

Outdoor air pollution may increase the risk of chronic kidney disease and contribute to kidney failure, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the Veterans Affairs (VA) St. Louis Health Care System. Scientists culled national VA databases to evaluate the effects of air pollution and kidney disease on nearly 2.5 million people over a period of 8.5 years, beginning in 2004. The scientists compared VA data on kidney function to air-quality levels collected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as well as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The study is published Sept. 21 in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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Flint Water Crisis, Fetal Death, Infertility, fertility rate, Lead Poisoning

Researchers Find Flint’s Water Crisis Led to Fewer Babies and Higher Fetal Death Rates

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An estimated 275 fewer children were born in Flint, Michigan, while the city was using lead-contaminated water from the Flint River, according to findings by researchers from West Virginia University and the University of Kansas.

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Failure to Assist Puerto Rico Could Precipitate Humanitarian, Economic Disaster

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Biomass-Produced Electricity in the US Possible, but It’ll Cost

If the U.S. wants to start using wood pellets to produce energy, either the government or power customers will have to pay an extra cost, a new University of Georgia study has found.

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When Residents Take Charge of Their Rainforests, Fewer Trees Die

When the government gives citizens a personal stake in forested land, trees don’t disappear as quickly and environmental harm slows down.

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Liver Disease, Fatty Liver, Environment, Pollution, endocrine-disrupting chemicals, Gastroenterology, Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

UofL Gastroenterology Researcher Receives $4 Million From NIH for Innovative Liver Research

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UofL gastroenterologist Matthew Cave, M.D., believes that chemicals we breathe, consume or come in contact with in the environment may be contributing to liver disease. He has been awarded $4 million by the NIEHS to explore the effects of environmental chemicals on the liver.

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Gulf Long-term Follow-up Study, GuLF STUDY, 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Cleanup Workers, Heatlh, Health Effects, Dispersants, Corexit EC9500A, Corexit EC9527A, National Institute Of Environmental Health Sciences, Niehs

Gulf Spill Oil Dispersants Associated with Health Symptoms in Cleanup Workers

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Workers who were likely exposed to dispersants while cleaning up the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill experienced a range of health symptoms including cough and wheeze, and skin and eye irritation, according to scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The study appeared online Sept. 15 in Environmental Health Perspectives and is the first research to examine dispersant-related health symptoms in humans.

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Environmental Health Expert Available to Discuss Hurricane Jose, Maria Threats to the Carribean, Puerto Rico and East Coast

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Pipeline Denial Important Step Away From Shale Gas







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