Environmental Health

Microbes May Play Crucial Role in Human Health: Researchers

"Consider this: The average person’s body contains about 100 trillion cells, but only maybe one in 10 is human. ... The human cells that form our skin, eyes, ears, brain and every other part of our bodies are far outnumbered by those from microbes, primarily bacteria but also viruses, fungi and a panoply of other microorganisms. ... A growing body of evidence indicates that the microbial ecosystems that have long populated our guts, mouths, noses and every other nook and cranny play crucial roles in keeping us healthy."

Source: Wash Post, 10/10/2011

After 3 Decades, West Ponders Action on Cancer-Causing Erionite

"Mesothelioma, an exceedingly rare and lethal form of cancer, was once thought to be caused only by inhaling asbestos fibers. Then in the late 1970s, when astonishing rates of the disease were reported among villagers in central Turkey, it turned out that a different fibrous mineral was the culprit. Erionite was abundant in native soil and stone, and so easy to work with that villagers had used it to build homes."

Source: FairWarning, 10/10/2011

"A Death From Cancer, and a Search for Answers"

"FREDERICK -- Randy White had just buried a daughter, dead at 30 with a brain tumor. Now his other daughter had been diagnosed with growths in her abdomen. When doctors told White in 2009 that their conditions were likely caused by something in their environment, the Frederick native thought of Fort Detrick. His children had grown up near the Army base."

Source: Baltimore Sun, 10/10/2011
November 7, 2011

E3 2011: The Latest in Renewable Energy Innovation, at the U of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment

E3 (Energy, Economy and Environment) is the Upper Midwest's premier renewable energy conference. This year’s E3 conference showcases current technologies, environmental benefits and market opportunities in renewable energy, specifically focusing on renewable energy success stories from corporations and individuals around the world, as well as within the University of Minnesota.


"Doctors Urge N.Y. to Weigh Health Risks of Fracking"

"New York’s environmental study of the possible risks of high-volume hydraulic fracturing, a technique for natural gas drilling, addresses everything from the possible impact on job creation and the character of communities to damage to roads and wildlife. But a group of doctors, medical associations and environmental groups say there is one glaring omission: the possible effects on public health."

Source: Green/NYT, 10/06/2011

"Drilling Boom Sparks Rise in Water Testing"

"Bryan and Kathleen Borres worried that Marcellus shale drilling near their Murrysville home might affect their well water. During the summer, the couple had a baseline test done. The results surprised them — the water they had been drinking from the well, drilled in 2005, contained coliform and E. coli bacteria."

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 10/03/2011


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