Category Archives: Health

Asian Flu Can Enter North America through Alaska

The ECOreport reposts an OP-Ed about a potential threat, Asian flu Can enter North America through Alaska

Originally Published on Mit News

By Anne Trafton, MIT News Office

A new paper from an MIT-led team demonstrates that Alaska can offer a significant foothold for Asian flu viruses, enabling them to enter North America. The research also shows that the region serves as a fertile breeding ground for new flu strains.

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Asian tobacco companies entering the global market

The ECOreport reposts news from an industry many thought was disappearing, Asian tobacco companies entering the global market

Originally Published on SFU News

There are already one billion tobacco smokers worldwide, and this number is likely to rise further with Asian tobacco companies poised to enter the global market, according to SFU health sciences professor Kelley Lee.

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Manitoba’s Environmental Bill of rights

The ECOreport reposts an article about Manitoba’s environmental bill of rights

Originally Published on Ecojustice

By Kaitlyn Mitchell

The right to a healthy environment is a keystone tenet of modern environmental law — it is the underlying premise that recognizes the connection between the environment and our human right to life, liberty, and dignity. That’s why it’s fitting that the Keystone Province looks poised to recognize this right in the coming months.

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The High Mortality in Vancouver’s Eastside

A UBC study found out why people in the city’s poorest neighbourhood are dying off at 8 times the national rate. The High Mortality in Vancouver’s Eastside.

Originally Published on UBC News

Marginalized residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside are dying at more than eight times the national average, and treatable conditions are the greatest risk factors for mortality, researchers at the University of British Columbia have found.

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Pollution Costs California $254 Million

A new report from the California Environmental Health Tracking Program found that pollution costs California $254 million a year in preventable child healthcare costs.

Press release from Mixte Communications

SAN DIEGO, June 16, 2015—Today, the California Environmental Health Tracking Program released a report on the economic impact of preventable toxic pollution on healthcare costs for children statewide. The study, funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that certain sources of pollution, including lead paint and toxic air, cost the state of California and families up to a combined $254 million per year in child healthcare costs.
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Scientists Urge Caution Using Tool To Cut & Splice DNA

The New CRISPR Technology To Treat Human Genetic Disease

Originally Published on UC Berkeley News Center

By  Robert Sanders, Media Relations

BERKELEY — A group of 18 scientists and ethicists today warned that a revolutionary new tool to cut and splice DNA should be used cautiously when attempting to fix human genetic disease, and strongly discouraged any attempts at making changes to the human genome that could be passed on to offspring.

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Green neighbourhoods lead to higher birth weights

From UBC News

“From a medical standpoint, those are small changes in birth weight, but across a large population, those are substantial differences that would have a significant impact on the health of infants in a community.  We know green space is good. How do we maximize that benefit to improve health outcomes? The answer could have significant implications for land use planning and development.” – Dr. Perry Hystad, assistant professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University

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Study Proves Traditional Crunch Mose Effective Exercise

New Study Proves Traditional Crunch Still More Effective Than Popular Abdominal Equipment, Exercise Trends Research Commissioned by San Diego’s American Council on Exercise Incorporates Ab Circle Pro, Ab Roller, Ab Lounge, Perfect Sit-Up, Ab Wheel and More

SAN DIEGO, April 23, 2014 – People spend millions of dollars annually on exercise machines and products that are promoted as quick-fix solutions to achieving washboard abs. The real question, however, is how do those products measure up to the traditional crunch?
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Opinion: Government meddling to combat obesity unfair and ineffective

From the Fraser Institute

CALGARY—There is no obesity epidemic in Canada, and even if there was, government intervention aimed at overweight Canadians is costly, poorly targeted and likely ineffective, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.
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One in Five Seniors take Medications That Work Against Each Other

From Oregon State University 

PORTLAND, Ore. – About three out of four older Americans have multiple chronic health conditions, and more than 20 percent of them are being treated with drugs that work at odds with each other – the medication being used for one condition can actually make the other condition worse.
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