Health

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Hunger levels in Horn of Africa rise as region experiences driest summer in over 35 years

Save the Children raised warning over a major emergency in the Horn of Africa as at least 13 million people will continue to face starvation following poor rainfall that affected crops, livestock, and livelihood. The area is now experiencing its driest summer since...

October 14, 2019

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Worst flu season on record, Australia

According to statistics, the 2019 flu season is Australia's worst in recorded history with over 257 359 confirmed cases so far this year. This record beat the previous one in 2017 with a total number of 251 163 influenza cases. Meanwhile, only 52 000 cases were...

September 06, 2019

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Shungite: The Electropollution Solution Special Report

Public concern about our increasing exposure to electromagnetic radiation is on the rise. Despite claims by government and industry about "no health risks," proactive consumers are looking for solutions. One that has recently appeared on the scene is a...

December 09, 2018

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Widespread power outage hits Venezuela, hospitals becoming large-scale morgues

Another widespread power outage took place in Venezuela on October 15 and 16, 2018. The outage affected the entire country and hospitals in 16 states, leaving at least 3 patients dead. At least 16 children have died at one hospital this year due to poor hygiene, and...

October 19, 2018

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Finland has the cleanest air in the world, WHO report finds

More than 90% of humans breathe dangerously contaminated air, according to the World Health Organization. Citizens of Finland, however, are not among them, a comprehensive analysis by WHO found. It shows that Finland has the cleanest air quality in the world,...

May 06, 2018

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How toxic air clouds mental health

There is little debate over the link between air pollution and the human respiratory system: Research shows that dirty air can impair breathing and aggravate various lung diseases. Other potential effects are being investigated, too, as scientists examine...

November 05, 2017

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Mercury is altering gene expression

The mercury found at very low concentrations in water is concentrated along the entire food chain, from algae via zooplankton to small fish and on to the largest fish -- the ones we eat. Mercury causes severe and irreversible neurological disorders in people who...

August 15, 2017

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Huge drop in men’s sperm levels confirmed by new study

Sperm count in men from North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand declined by 50-60% between 1973 and 2011, according to a new study from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Surprisingly, the study, which analyzed data on the sperm counts of 42 935 men, found...

July 30, 2017

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Air pollution identified as top health hazard in Europe

The European Environment Agency (EEA) released its annual report on air quality in Europe today, identifying air pollution as 'the single largest environmental health hazard in Europe.' Although air quality in Europe is slowly improving, EEA said it still...

November 23, 2016

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Unprecedented "thunderstorm asthma" outbreak in Melbourne

An unprecedented spike in a rare phenomenon called "thunderstorm asthma" was reported in Melbourne, Australia on November 21, 2016 after wild storms swept through the region, abruptly ending one of the city's hottest days of the year. By the day's...

November 22, 2016

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Tehran in the grip of unprecedented air pollution, over 400 dead

A thick layer of smog engulfed Tehran, Iran over the last week. The unprecedented pollution levels have set new records while more than 400 people were reported dead. The PM2.5 levels have reached values exceeding 150 micrograms per cubic meter, thus setting a new...

November 19, 2016

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London's 1952 killer fog mystery solved

A new study finally revealed the exact cause of the 1952 killer fog which hovered over London for several days. The fog contained large amounts of pollutants which caused widespread breathing problems and killed thousands of city residents. The fog covered London...

November 17, 2016

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Mysterious paralysis case reported in Pakistan

In a first such case in the entire world, two Pakistani brothers become paralyzed when the Sun sets, and are unable to speak or move until the Sun rises again. The strangest part is that the boys seem totally unaffected during the day time. This is the first known...

November 16, 2016

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Mysterious paralysis cases reported in the US again

Three cases of the paralysis have occurred in Oregon since August 2016. The episodes are the first since series of such events were reported in 2014 across the US. The disease, named acute flaccid myelitis, has affected two children and one adult, from the eastern...

November 08, 2016

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1.4 million people in Haiti need humanitarian assistance

Hurricane "Matthew" hit Haiti on October 4, 2016, causing widespread flooding and landslides, major damage to roads, buildings and infrastructure, and power and water shortages. So far 546 deaths and 438 injured people were confirmed, according to the...

October 31, 2016

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Over 200 people suffering from earthquake sickness, Japan

More than 200 people in Kyushu, southern Japan are suffering from earthquake sickness, a state linked to a loss of balance that can cause nausea and panic. The state was reported over two months after Japan was hit by two major earthquakes, only several days apart....

October 27, 2016

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Severe mercury contamination in Amazon prompts state of emergency, Peru

The Peruvian government has declared a 60-day state of emergency for 11 towns in Madre de Dios, a region in southeastern Peru’s Amazon Basin, after officials found alarmingly high levels of mercury. This highly toxic metal comes from illegal gold mines and...

May 24, 2016