Low-Level Radiation Less Harmful to Health Than Other Lifestyle Risks
September 13, 2017 11:02 AM - University of Oxford

Human populations have always been exposed to ionizing radiation, and more so in modern life due to its use in medicine, industry and the armed forces. Whilst the risks to human health from medium and high-level radiation are relatively well-understood, the risks at lower levels are less clear.  Mixed messages about the safety of low doses of radiation from different sources have created confusion for the public and for policy makers.  

Latin America Could Lose Up to 90 Percent of its Coffee-Growing Land by 2050
September 13, 2017 09:47 AM - Yale Environment 360

Studies have previously estimated that the amount of land worldwide suitable for growing coffee could shrink by an estimated 50 percent by 2050 as global temperatures rise, rain patterns change, and ecosystems shift due to climate change. But a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences predicts a far worse situation for Latin America, the world’s largest coffee supplier: The region could lose nearly 90 percent of its coffee-growing land by mid-century.

Historic Legacies Affect Climate Change Survival In Caribbean
September 12, 2017 01:36 PM - University of Warwick

The legacies of empire have increased the vulnerability of Caribbean states to climate change, according to University of Warwick expert Dr Leon Sealey-Huggins.

Cancer Survivors Who Quit Smoking Sooner Can Live Longer
September 12, 2017 01:08 PM - University of Oxford

Lung cancer survivors who quit smoking within a year of diagnosis will live for longer than those who continue to smoke, according to new research led by the Universities of Oxford and Birmingham.

MIT map offers real-time, crowd-sourced flood reporting during Hurricane Irma
September 11, 2017 02:30 PM - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

As Hurricane Irma bears down on the U.S., the MIT Urban Risk Lab has launched a free, open-source platform that will help residents and government officials track flooding in Broward County, Florida. The platform,, is being piloted to enable both residents and emergency managers to obtain better information on flooding conditions in near-real time.

Mediterranean-Style Diet May Eliminate Need for Reflux Medications
September 7, 2017 12:09 PM - Northwell Health

A plant-based, Mediterranean-style diet has been shown to provide the same medical benefits for treating laryngopharyngeal reflux as popular reflux medications. This is according to a study published today in JAMA Otolaryngology Head Neck Surgery by researchers from Northwell Health’s The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and New York Medical College.

Eating meat linked to higher risk of diabetes
September 5, 2017 03:57 PM - Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore

The Singapore Chinese Health Study reveals increased risk of diabetes with higher intake of red meat and poultry, partially attributed to the dietary iron content in these meats.

Los Angeles is Painting Its Streets to Reduce Urban Heat
August 25, 2017 01:27 PM - Yale Environment e360

An estimated 10 percent of Los Angeles is covered in asphalt thanks to the city’s sprawling network of roads and parking lots. On sunny days, the heat retained by these paved surfaces can make neighborhoods feel far hotter than those in more rural areas — a phenomenon known as the “urban heat island effect.” Now, Los Angeles is experimenting with painting its pavement grey to help significantly lower temperatures.

This is how belly fat could increase your cancer risk
August 24, 2017 10:27 AM - Michigan State University

It’s been well established that obesity is a contributor to cancer risk, but how it actually causes cancer is still a question that hasn’t been fully explained.

High-resolution modeling assesses impact of cities on river ecosystems
August 23, 2017 05:29 PM - DOE / Oak Ridge National Laboratory

New mapping methods developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory can help urban planners minimize the environmental impacts of cities’ water and energy demands on surrounding stream ecologies.

In an analysis published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, an ORNL-led team used high-resolution geospatial modeling to quantify the effects of land, energy, and water infrastructures on the nation’s rivers and streams. 

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