Previous Health News 2022

Where did the PFAS in your blood come from? These computer models offer clues 11-28-22

New research could help pinpoint “forever chemicals” exposure — giving communities a roadmap for cleanup and individuals direction on what to avoid. Read more

‘I Was Coughing So Hard I Would Throw Up’ 11-15-22

Workers at the tens of thousands of hog, chicken, and cow CAFOs in the US face severe respiratory health burdens. The corporate response is risk management. Read More

Former coal plant near Pittsburgh is poisoning groundwater: Report 11-09-22

Groundwater near the site contains arsenic levels 372 times higher than safety threshold. Coal ash sites across the U.S. are seeing similar contamination. Read more

Fracking, abortion, and the challenge of raising a family in southwestern Pennsylvania 11-07-22

The right to choose is at risk in the state’s midterm elections. What does that mean for the residents of fracking country? Read more

PFAS contamination likely at 58,000 sites in US: Study 11-03-22

Researchers for a recent study found that 57,412 sites nationwide, including 1,452 in North Carolina, are presumed to be contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. Read more

Report: Human health is ‘at the mercy of fossil fuels’ 10-26-22

Extreme heat and air pollution are taking a deadly toll, but it’s not too late to save lives. Read more

For the first time, natural gas production linked to lower birth weights in a national study 10-21-22

The impacts were most significant among Black and Asian women Read more

Jennifer Liss Ohayon: Why is the EPA still exposing women to pesticides linked to breast cancer? 10-10-22

The EPA must update its testing to better capture the effects of pesticides on the mammary gland. Read more

‘Forest bathing’ or hiking a trail can make you feel better 09-13-22

Negative ions caused by crashing water can elevate our feeling of well-being, and so, apparently, can walking in the woods. Read more

School’s out: As temperatures rise, some students sent home because of lack of AC 09-01-22

Many American school are not prepared for “heat days.” Read more

Proximity to fracking sites associated with risk of childhood cancer 08-17-22

Pennsylvania children living near unconventional oil and gas (UOG) developments at birth were two to three times more likely to be diagnosed with leukemia between the ages of 2 and 7 than those who did not live near this oil and gas activity, after accounting for other factors that could influence cancer risk, a novel study from the Yale School of Public Health finds. Read more

A Hotter World Means More Disease Outbreaks in Our Future 08-10-22

As global temperatures have risen in recent decades, so have the number of outbreaks of infectious diseases. SARS, MERS, Zika, West Nile, COVID-19, and now clusters of monkeypox and polio have all recently threatened public health. Read more

Hotter nights could cause a spike in deaths, study says 08-10-22

Climate change is driving up nighttime temperatures. Mortality rates are likely to follow. Read more

How Heat Waves Could Have Long-Term Impacts on Your Health 07-13-22

The temperature reads 100 degrees Fahrenheit on CareNow Urgent Care signage during a heatwave in Houston, Texas, US, on Monday, July 11, 2022. Read more

Cancer fears plague residents of US region polluted by ‘forever chemicals’ 07-12-22

Exposure to harmful PFAS remains almost impossible to escape – particularly for the people of the Cape Fear River basin. Read more

‘Disturbing’: weedkiller ingredient tied to cancer found in 80% of US urine samples 07-09-22

CDC study finds glyphosate, controversial ingredient found in weedkillers including popular Roundup brand, present in samples. Read more

Derrick Z. Jackson: Children will suffer the consequences of recent Supreme Court rulings 07-06-22

The Supreme Court recently sharply limited the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to slash carbon pollution from power plants. Credit: Bill Mason/Unsplash Read more

Agricultural pesticides and cancer? Idaho researchers hope to better understand link 07-04-22

For years, researchers have questioned whether environmental pollutants can cause cancer in the West. Read more

One family, three generations of cancer, and the largest concentration of oil refineries in California 06-22-22

A new community survey exposes widespread cancer, asthma, anxiety, and depression in Wilmington, California. Read more

Yes, you can save lives by planting trees, a new study says 05-27-22

Increasing urban greenery could save lives of tens of thousands of older adults, researchers found. Read more

U.S. Oil Refineries Expose Communities to Cancer-Causing Benzene 05-13-22

Last year, a dozen oil refineries in the U.S. exceeded the federal maximum level for average emissions of the highly toxic carcinogen benzene, according to a new report by the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP). Read more

Twice burned 05-04-22

How the U.S. military’s toxic burn pits are poisoning Americans — overseas and at home. Read more

Deaths have spiked in this polluted port community. COVID is only part of the story. 03-31-22

Wilmington, California, has experienced hundreds more deaths than it does on average. Power, pollution, and poverty all play a role. Read more

Switching to zero-emission cars and trucks could save more than 100,000 lives over the next three decades 03-30-22

The American Lung Association report also estimates $1.2 trillion savings in health care costs Read more

UN ocean treaty is ‘once in a lifetime’ chance to protect the high seas 03-10-22

Negotiators aim to agree on legal framework for protecting international waters that are key to ‘life as we know it’ Read more

Gas stoves pose a big risk to the planet and your health, study says 01-27-22

Gas stoves in kitchens pose a greater risk to the planet and your health than previously thought Read more

Living Closer to Oil and Gas Drilling Linked to Higher Risk of Pregnancy Complications, New Study Finds 01-11-22

An Oregon State University study of almost 3 million births in Texas found mothers living less than a mile from drilling sites were more likely to experience higher blood pressure and other potentially dangerous health conditions. Read more