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Florida's toxic algae bloom is worst in recent memory

Red tides have broken out in Florida for centuries. But scientists believe they may be getting worse after generations of unchecked development, water mismanagement and the new scourge of climate change.

Taking on microfibers — One washing machine at a time

Microfiber pollution is unknown to most people, but they pose a risk to our marine and freshwater aquatic habitats and humans. Several products have come on the market recently that tackle this problem, one laundry room at a time.

Microplastics in drinking water — Huge problem needing a solution

A new study looked at microplastics in drinking water in 14 countries globally. Besides giving us information on how widely spread these microplastics really are, the study also highlights the need for added studies on possible human health risks.

Lab-on-skin device developed for sweat analysis

The analysis of sweat, through the metabolites produced, can reveal considerable information about human health and disease. Researchers are examining new ways to produce rapid testing.

Nanoparticles in our food — Added without public knowledge

Our food supply is not nearly as safe as we are led to believe, although it is much better than it was before we had the Food and Drug Administration. However, there are some disturbing gaps in food safety that the majority of us know little about.

Tick-borne diseases put us at risk in warming world

Millbrook - Warmer spring and fall temperatures, in the Northeastern United States have influenced the earlier emergence of the black-legged tick, a carrier of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases, while other species have expanded their geographical range.

A new 'super-sized' soot particle found in wildfire emissions

Scientists have been trying to quantify the impact of wildfire soot particles on climate change and human health for years. Every year, wildfires consume millions of acres of land, emitting 34 percent of the total global soot mass into the atmosphere.

Study confirms oil from Deepwater spill entered food chain

A scientific study has confirmed that crude oil, which entered the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the BP Deepwater Horizon explosion, has entered the food chain.

Oil & natural gas fracking has a price tag for human health

North Fork - Colorado-based physician Dr. Theo Colborn, along with three colleagues, completed research on hydraulic fracturing, or 'fracking,' concluding the form of accessing difficult-to-reach crude oil and natural gas poses a human health hazard.

EPA re-examing herbicide atrazine for human health impacts

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a press release Wednesday informing Americans that it was going to re-review Atrazine and its potential health effects on humans.

The secret and sometimes deadly 'life' of dust storms revealed

2009 could, in retrospect, be known as the year of the dust storms. With Australia being smothered with epic dust clouds after years of drought, the world is focusing its attention on the health effects of dust storms. What we are learning is not pretty.

Mushroom Biofactories May Produce Beneficial Human Drugs

There is nothing magical about it, Penn State, researchers are injecting new genes into mushrooms in order to create products such as vaccines, monoclonal antibodies, and hormones like insulin, or commercial enzymes

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