Public Health

More than 8 million children could face higher insurance costs without CHIP

More than 8 million children could face higher insurance costs without CHIP

More than 8 million children enrolled in the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) could be at risk of losing coverage if federal funding for...
Yearly exposure to chemicals can harm hormone function and cost Americans hundreds of billions

Yearly exposure to chemicals can harm hormone function and cost Americans hundreds of billions

Annual healthcare costs and lost earnings in the United States from low-level but daily exposure to hazardous chemicals commonly found in plastic bottles, metal...
Alcohol could damage the liver in a second way

Alcohol could damage the liver in a second way

Alcohol itself can directly damage liver cells. Now researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report evidence that alcohol is also harmful...
flame retardants, thyroid cancer

Greater exposure to flame retardants might be associated with thyroid cancer

Higher exposure to chemicals used to reduce the flammability of furniture, carpets, electronics and other household items appears to be associated with papillary thyroid...
Lead exposure in childhood linked to lower IQ, lower status

Lead exposure in childhood linked to lower IQ, lower status

A long-term study of more than 500 children who grew up in the era of leaded gasoline has shown that their exposure to the...
Consumer behavior causing premature deaths from air pollution

Consumer behavior causing premature deaths from air pollution

A UBC researcher is drawing attention to the human cost of our consumer behavior by examining the number of deaths caused by air pollution...
Study cautions of risks for young pot smokers

Study cautions of risks for young pot smokers

With new legislation imminent in Canada, marijuana is a hot topic these days. Those who smoke it may be cheering. Those who've never tried it...
Essential oils a poisoning danger for young children

Essential oils a poisoning danger for young children

Essential oils, popular home remedies for everything from digestive ailments to insomnia, increasingly are being accidentally ingested by small children, sending them to emergency...
Scientists assemble Zika virus mosquito genome from scratch

Scientists assemble Zika virus mosquito genome from scratch

A team spanning Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University, Texas Children's Hospital and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard has developed a new...
Seven months after Rio Olympics, Zika continues to plague babies in urban slums

Seven months after Rio Olympics, Zika continues to plague babies in urban slums

Many international travelers to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, openly considered skipping the games to avoid the threat of Zika. Despite...