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5 Foods You Should Always Have in Your Fridge

By |2018-07-19T23:42:43+00:00July 19th, 2018|

Keep these basics on hand for quick, healthy meals One secret to preparing healthy meals is having the right ingredients on hand. Here are five basics our dietitians believe no fridge should be without: 1. Eggs “Eggs really are the perfect food — especially local eggs that come from chickens you know,” says Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD. [...]

The dust in your home could be contaminated with lead. This researcher wants to help you.

By |2018-07-19T23:37:24+00:00July 19th, 2018|

The crisis in Flint, Michigan, pushed lead contaminated water to the front of the nation's conscience. Now, an Indiana researcher wants to do the same to the dust inside your home. Gabe Filippelli, an earth science professor at IUPUI and director of the Center for Urban Health, is asking residents from homes across the United States [...]

Long-term effects of air pollution on ankle-brachial index

By |2018-07-19T23:18:39+00:00July 19th, 2018|

Highlights •    Chronic exposure to air pollution increased the risk of atherosclerosis. •    Chronic exposure to air pollution increased the risk of arterial stiffness. •    Relationship between air pollution and ankle-brachial index was non-monotonic. •    Physically inactive, hypertensive, or non-diabetic individuals were more susceptible to air pollution effects. Abstract Background Ankle-brachial [...]

Wildfires Are Destroying Our Air Pollution Gains

By |2018-07-19T23:12:48+00:00July 19th, 2018|

The new mega fires raging across the West are polluting the air above states like Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming the worst mericans today are breathing cleaner air than they have in decades. Our cars run 100 times cleaner than in the 1960s, and we burn less coal for power in favor of natural gas and renewables—changes with a huge [...]

Birth cohort studies on farm-like indoor microbiota and asthma: the importance of composition and taxonomic resolution

By |2018-07-19T23:03:33+00:00July 19th, 2018|

Abstract Introduction and aims: Indoor microbial diversity only partly explains the protective effects of farming on asthma development in children. The importance of taxonomic composition of the indoor microbiota was therefore studied. Methods: Living room dust was collected at age of 2 months from homes of 197 rural children, half from farms (LUKAS1), and of [...]

Global access to antibiotics without prescription in community pharmacies: a systematic review and meta-analysis

By |2018-07-19T22:58:50+00:00July 19th, 2018|

Highlights We estimated the extent of non-prescription supply of antibiotics in community pharmacies. The pooled proportion of non-prescription supply of antibiotics was 62%. Non-prescription supply of antibiotics was highest in South America. Antibiotics were commonly supplied for acute and self-limiting conditions. Abstract Objective To estimate the proportion of over-the-counter antibiotic requests or consultations that resulted [...]

Warning signs of a concussion

By |2018-07-19T22:55:06+00:00July 19th, 2018|

Every year, hundreds of thousands of children get concussions. They get them from falls, from playing sports, from being hit by objects, from bumping into things. What many people don’t realize is that it doesn’t necessarily take a big impact to get a concussion. One of my daughters got a concussion from bumping into a [...]

Train your brain

By |2018-07-19T22:45:44+00:00July 19th, 2018|

Practicing a new and challenging activity is a good bet for building and maintaining cognitive skills. Your brain has the ability to learn and grow as you age — a process called brain plasticity — but for it to do so, you have to train it on a regular basis. "Eventually, your cognitive skills will [...]

Animal influence on water, sanitation and hygiene measures for zoonosis control at the household level: A systematic literature review

By |2018-07-19T22:38:41+00:00July 19th, 2018|

Abstract Introduction Neglected zoonotic diseases (NZDs) have a significant impact on the livelihoods of the world’s poorest populations, which often lack access to basic services. Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programmes are included among the key strategies for achieving the World Health Organization’s 2020 Roadmap for Implementation for control of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). There [...]