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March 09, 2020 David Wallinga, MD The field of public health began more than 160 years ago when a physician named John Snow, who believed the epicenter of a London cholera outbreak was a contaminated public well on Broad Street, acted to change that environment. He took the handle off the Broa...
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  The coronavirus spreading from China has sickened at least 73,000 people and killed at least 2,000, setting in motion a global health emergency. But humans aren’t the only species infected. Coronaviruses attack a variety of birds and mammals. The new virus seems to have leapt from wildlife ...
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Shared from the 11/14/2019 The Denver Post eEdition   By Ellen Knickmeyer
The Associated Press WASHINGTON» A former top government environmental health official joined health experts on Wednesday in expressing alarm as the Trump administration moves forward with a proposal that scientists sa...
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  Did you know that September 26 is World Environmental Health Day? Since 2011, this day has served to raise awareness of the environmental issues that most impact public health. This year’s theme, climate change challenges, time for global environmental health to act in unison, could hardly ...
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Shared from the 6/26/2019 The Denver Post eEdition   By Matthew Brown The Associated Press BILLINGS, MONT.» Climate change in the western United States means more intense and frequent wildfires churning out waves of smoke that scientists say will sweep across the continent to affect ten...
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A two-hour “dose” of nature a week significantly boosts health and wellbeing, research suggests, even if you simply sit and enjoy the peace. The physical and mental health benefits of time spent in parks, woods or the beach are well known, but the new research is the first major study into how long...
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  Shared from the 6/4/2019 The Denver Post eEdition By Ellen Knickmeyer, John Flesher and Michael Casey The Associated Press WASHINGTON» The Food and Drug Administration found substantial levels of a worrisome class of nonstick, stain-resistant industrial compounds in some grocery store mea...
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By Ellen Knickmeyer The Associated Press, Shared from The Denver Post, May 22, 2019  WASHINGTON» Long-running research projects credited with pivotal discoveries about the harm that pesticides, air pollution and other hazards pose to children are in jeopardy or shutting down because the...
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Vancouver city council this week targeted single-use plastic items, such as straws, but researchers wonder why the straw has been singled out when there are hundreds of plastic items making their way into the environment.Researchers have cited balloons, food containers, plastic cutlery and piec...
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A child’s wellbeing is the responsibility of several stakeholders, however, the important three are the family, the state and the community. According to the National Children’s Policy, which is the first of its type in Malta, launched this month, the importance of these stakeholders and the five as...
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Delayed cleanups of toxic waste sites. The elimination of programs that test water quality off beaches and in the Everglades. Deep cuts in programs that monitor air quality in the Sunshine State. A new report from the Environmental Defense Fund lays out how the Trump administration's 30 percent cut...
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Over the past decade, a growing number of studies have linked urban green space and aspects of biodiversity with emotional wellbeing. Although the existing body of epidemiological work has been very encouraging—collectively providing a strong argument that access to areas rich in vegetation, bodies ...
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by Richard Allen Williams, Elena Rios Today, more than 100 million Americans depend on healthcare safety-net programs: Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But that safety net could be shredded if Dr. Tom Price—Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services—has his way....
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Today is Earth Day, which raises awareness about the health and preservation of our planet. While today might be the one day that really drives the point home, the big changes will come when Earth Day is celebrated every day by changing old habits into more ecologically-minded ones. Here are some s...
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Ever since Flint’s water crisis became a national story at the beginning of the year, Hillary Clinton has done everything in her power to own the issue in the Democratic primary, to Bernie Sanders’ detriment. She released a statement on Jan. 11 calling it “unconscionable” that th...
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Erin Brockovich has once again spoken out about against the Porter Ranch gas leak. Since the environmental calamity was first detected on Oct. 23, the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility has spewed more than 93,000 metric tons of methane, a potent greenh...
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The last time a top Chicago-based EPA official was ousted from her post, it was for being too aggressive about fighting pollution in Michigan. Mary Gade was forced out as the agency's regional administrator in 2008 amid an outcry from politicians angered and embarrassed by a series of leg...
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Hundreds have been forced to evacuate   Shapiro, 43, moved her family 15 miles away in early December and said her son’s health quickly improved.When Robyn Shapiro’s 18-month-old son started suffering from nosebleeds last fall, she knew it was time to leave her home in Porter Ranch, the L...
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Republic of Change aren't the only ones who are working to leverage the power of trees. UK-based Tree Aid is a charity entirely devoted to using tree planting as a tool for poverty alleviation and community empowerment. Their Grow Hope appeal is looking to raise funds to help 32,...
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Kids who are exposed to the highest levels of air pollution before birth have a greater risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms than their less exposed peers, according to new research. In the study, researchers looked at levels of compounds called polycyclic aromatic hydro...
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