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‘Climate, Environment and Health’: New Tool Ranks Lehigh Valley’s Climate Vulnerabilities

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Small communities and agencies want robust scientific data, Grace Tee Lewis said, but often don’t have the time, money or manpower to get it done, let alone include dozens of variables to create an accurate picture. So, researchers did it for them. “We wanted to have a tool that addressed the intersection […]

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Michigan Communities Are Upgrading Water Infrastructure, Protecting Health and the Environment

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) issued SRF funding to 71 projects across the state in fiscal year 2023 for water system upgrades. These projects reduce the risk of contaminants entering drinking water, surface water and ground water resources across the state and reduce pressure on local governments to raise water […]

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Climate Change Will Harm Children’s Mental Health: Report

Raging wildfires, droughts, floods and record-breaking heat brought on by climate change are taking a toll on kids’ already fragile mental health. This is the main message from a new report by the American Psychological Association and the climate advocacy organization ecoAmerica. These effects may start before kids are born and worsen with age, and are on […]

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As the Climate Changes, How Doctors Treat Patients, and Medical Program Curricula, are Evolving

NEW YORK (AP) — In the 1990s, two hurricanes devastated Samoa in the South Pacific Ocean, wiping entire communities off the map and killing dozens of people. “Everything was just decimated,” Malama Tafuna’i, a primary care physician in Apia, the territory’s capital, said. “It looked like a bomb had gone off.” A young girl at […]

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Air Pollution Causes Early Death In Heart Failure Patients Says Study

According to a study, heart failure patients are more likely to pass away from their condition on polluted days and for up to two days afterwards. The research was presented at Heart Failure 2023, the European Society of Cardiology’s (ESC) scientific conference. “The findings indicate that reducing air pollution has the potential to prevent worsening […]

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Nearly 75% of Water-Resistant Products Contain Toxic Pfas, Study Finds

Chemicals used in everyday products have been associated with ‘a range of serious health problems’ including cancer and birth defects A new analysis of popular brand name products detected toxic PFAS “forever chemicals” in nearly 75% of items labeled stain- or water-resistant. The study’s authors say the companies are needlessly putting customers’ health at risk. The findings […]

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Climate change will fuel diseases, warns Global Fund

GENEVA: Climate change will end up killing people by fuelling infectious diseases, the head of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria said Tuesday. Executive director Peter Sands said that in 2022, the fund had witnessed the “escalating impact” of climate change on health. While upsurges in malaria had hitherto been seen due […]

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‘Climate change is a health issue’

Medical professionals reflect on COP27 and how a changing climate is damaging health. When Dr. Jay Lemery gives presentations on climate and health, one of his slides has two pictures with an arrow between them: one with a polar bear and an iceberg, and another with a kid and an inhaler.    “This is the […]

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Vanderbilt Medical experts: Climate change affects health

An increase in auto-inflammatory diseases, skin conditions and even cancer may result from creeping global climate change, healthcare professionals said during a Monday seminar hosted by Vanderbilt University Medical Center as part of a series on health equity.  “I think it’s important to take a step back and just acknowledge that climate change impacts every […]

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Canada’s health system isn’t ready for diseases caused by climate change: doctors

Montreal family doctor Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers sees climate change as an all-encompassing “risk amplifier.” She says it raises the potential for hazard across the board, from threatening the most basic health determinants, such as air quality and access to food and water, to exacerbating seasonal allergies and tick-borne Lyme disease. Petrin-Desrosiers, president of the Quebec chapter of the […]

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