Previous Health News 2019

Trees are Healing the Planet 11-06-19

A recent study found that new forests might be our best shot at saving the world. A global guide to doing it right. Read more at Reasons to Be Cheerful

‘Universal’ lead bill passes, making Philly the biggest U.S. city to require landlords to test for lead 09-26-19

After 18 months of deliberation, City Council on Thursday unanimously approved a bill intended to prevent children from being poisoned by lead paint in rental homes. Read more at WHYY

Is air pollution worsening kids’ mental health? 09-25-19

Cincinnati study finds fine particulate matter exposure linked to increased psychiatric-related emergency room visits for kids Read more at Environmental Health News

Drug-Resistant Salmonella Linked to Overuse of Antibiotics in Cattle Farming 08-23-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned Thursday of a drug-resistant strain of salmonella newport linked to the overuse of antibiotics in cattle farming. Read more at EcoWatch

Black Lung Today – Congress Leaves Miners Behind 08-12-19

In Appalachia’s coal country, the aggressive resurgence of Black Lung disease amongst miners is a historic public health crisis. Read more at Rachel Carson Council

Air Pollution Linked to 30,000 U.S. Deaths in One Year 07-24-19

Air pollution may have killed more than 30,000 Americans in a single year despite the fact that particulate matter levels in most U.S. counties fell within federal safety standards, CNN reported. Read more at EcoWatch 

The Air Force polluted 4 SC bases with a toxic firefighting foam, didn’t tell neighbors 07-13-19

Four Air Force bases in South Carolina are severely contaminated with chemicals that scientists continue to investigate for possible links to thyroid disease, pregnancy complications, and kidney and testicular cancers. Read more at The Post and Courier

After 10 Years of Rapid Growth, What Does Organic Mean Today? 07-08-19

Four experts weigh in on how booming interest in organic food has changed the industry, and what it means for farmers, policymakers, and eaters. Read more at Civil Eats

Every Mississippi Beach Is Closed Due to Toxic Algae 07-08-19

If you’re looking to cool off in the waters of Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, think again. Read more at EcoWatch

How banning dangerous chemicals could save the US billions 06-25-19

It’s a myth that environmental regulations stifle economic productivity. Harmful chemicals cost the US $340bn a year. Read more at The Guardian

Pennsylvanians demand a fracking halt until rare childhood cancers are investigated 06-17-19

After a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette investigation identified 47 cases of childhood cancer in rural PA counties, locals are calling on Gov. Wolf to investigate a possible link between fracking & childhood cancer. Read more at Grist

The Incredible Link Between Nature and Your Emotions 06-12-19

More and more evidence suggests that nature does something essential for our mental health. Read more at Outside

Corporations Are Poisoning People in Puerto Rico With Coal Ash 06-10-19

Community organizers in Guayama, Puerto Rico, are agitating for the closure of a coal plant, citing research showing that local rates of cancer and asthma have increased substantially since the plant opened. Read more at Truthout

What Three Generations of California Families Can Tell Us About the Links Between Our Health and Our Environment 05-16-19

A decades-long study offers valuable insights into the relationship between the environment in which we live and cancer, autoimmune diseases and other disorders. Read more at Ensia 

‘Almost every household has someone that has died from cancer’ 05-06-19

A small town, a chemical plant and the residents’ desperate fight for clear air Read more at The Guardian

Researchers Now Have Even More Proof That Air Pollution Can Cause Dementia 05-02-19

A Mother Jones investigation prompted the study that turned up the most convincing evidence to date.Read more at Mother Jones

More than 80 percent of waste from Pennsylvania’s oil and gas drilling stays in the state: Report 04-23-18

Exposure to oil and gas drilling waste has been linked to numerous health impacts, including cancer. Read more at The Daily Climate

After a decade of research, here’s what scientists know about the health impacts of fracking 04-15-19

Fracking has been linked to preterm births, high-risk pregnancies, asthma, migraine headaches, fatigue, nasal and sinus symptoms, and skin disorders over the last 10 years, according to a new study. Read more at The Daily Climate

Man Who Developed Cancer After Roundup Use Awarded More Than $80 Million in Damages 03-28-19

A jury in the first U.S. federal Roundup trial ruled Wednesday that Bayer must pay more than $80 million in damages to 70-year-old Edwin Hardeman, who developed cancer after using the glyphosate-containing weedkiller. Read more at EcoWatch

A Second U.S. Jury Finds That Roundup Causes Cancer 03-20-19

The unanimous verdict was announced Tuesday in San Francisco in the first federal case to be brought against Monsanto, now owned by Bayer, alleging that repeated use of the company’s glyphosate-containing weedkiller caused the plaintiff’s cancer. Read more at EcoWatch

Surge in chemical use ‘a threat to health and environment03-12-19

Sales of synthetic chemicals will double over the next 12 years with alarming implications for health and the environment, according to a global study that highlights government failures to rein in the industry behind plastics, pesticides and cosmetics. Read more at The Guardian

Insecticide linked to increased breast cancer risk — 40 years after exposure 02-25-19

Researchers found DDT exposure before puberty may have increased the breast cancer risk for women in their 50s.

Melinda Lewis remembers splashing in the irrigation canals that outlined her grandpa’s walnut and almond groves in the late 1960s. Read more at Environmental Health News

Plastics: The New Coal in Appalachia? 02-25-19

With the natural gas fracking boom, plastics production is spreading in the Ohio River Valley. But at what cost to health and climate? Read more at Inside Climate News

Research casts doubt on EPA drinking water standard 01-29-19

More than 5 million Americans get their drinking water from public water systems that could contain hazardous levels of a chemical called nitrate, which is linked to public health risks Read more at Grist

Contaminated groundwater, a toxic legacy of Georgia’s air bases 01-03-19

For decades, the United States Air Force used a toxic firefighting foam that contaminated water near bases and exposed communities to chemicals linked to cancer and a variety of other health problems. Read more at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A Trump County Confronts the Administration Amid a Rash of Child Cancers 01-02-19

The children fell ill, one by one, with cancers that few families in this suburban Indianapolis community had ever heard of. An avid swimmer struck down by glioblastoma, which grew a tumor in her brain. Read more at The New York Times