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Polluted air, health problems brought by Southern California fires are expected to linger

Photograph: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times
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Brain abnormalities found in victims of US embassy attack in Cuba

Mysterious attacks that harmed 24 Americans in Havana resulted in changes to white matter tracts in brain, doctors say.
Photograph: Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images
via Brain abnormalities found in victims of US embassy attack in Cuba | World news | The Guardian.

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US nail salons: the challenge to protect workers from toxic chemicals

Critics mock an EPA scheme to create ‘healthy salons’, but Julia Carrie Wong hears how it is tackling an ‘epidemic’ of health problems from staff, many of whom are Vietnamese immigrants

via US nail salons: the challenge to protect workers from toxic chemicals | US news | The Guardian.

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Poor sperm quality linked to air pollution

“Study finds ‘strong association’ between high levels of fine particulate matter and abnormal sperm shape – but impact on wider fertility remains unclear.”
Source: The Guardian

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Climate Change Is Already A Public Health Crisis, Top Medical Journal Says

Heatwaves, disease-carrying insects and prolonged allergies are some of the early symptoms noted in a major new report.

 
Source: The Huffington Post

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Marijuana Company Buys Entire California Town

Phoenix-based American Green announced that the 120-acre plot will eventually become the “country’s first energy-independent, cannabis-friendly hospitality destination.”
Source: Huffington Post

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The infertility crisis is beyond doubt. Now scientists must find the cause

According to scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, sperm counts among men in the west have more than halved in the past 40 years and are currently falling by an average of 1.4% a year.

Source: The infertility crisis is beyond doubt. Now scientists must find the cause

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Forest Bathing: A Retreat To Nature Can Boost Immunity And Mood

The aim of forest bathing, Choukas-Bradley explained, is to slow down and become immersed in the natural environment.

Source: Forest Bathing: A Retreat To Nature Can Boost Immunity And Mood

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Guest column: Health impacts of climate change are serious

Political battles make lively news, but they drown out the widespread reports of damages climate change causes to human health.
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What if tech tried to be healing instead of just addictive? | Rohan GunatillakeWhat

Whether you are a giant global platform or a hip new startup, the most important first step in your business plan should be to care about mental wellbeing
Source: What if tech tried to be healing instead of just addictive? | Rohan GunatillakeWhat

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One girl’s mission: can Lakshmi find clean water in Bangalore? – video

Once known as the City of Lakes, urban sprawl has destroyed 85% of Bangalore’s fresh water and pollution has ruined much of the rest. Can Lakshmi and her mother find clean water today?
Source: One girl’s mission: can Lakshmi find clean water in Bangalore? – video

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It’s not just Amazon coming for Whole Foods – Silicon Valley is eating the world

The online retailer’s $14bn purchase of the organic grocer is its latest step towards global domination. Are we heading for a United States of Amazon?
Source: It’s not just Amazon coming for Whole Foods – Silicon Valley is eating the world

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‘Breatharian’ couple survives on ‘the universe’s energy’ instead of food

A “Breatharian” mom and dad of two have barely eaten for nine years as they live off “the universe’s energy.” Husband and wife Akahi Ricardo and Camila Castello believe that food
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Tracking System Could Cut Billions Of Dollars In Food Waste

The goal is to to channel more food to the roughly 800 million people who are undernourished globally.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/tracking-system-could-cut-billions-of-dollars-in-food-waste_us_575592c2e4b0ed593f14ee19

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Florida Keys Weigh Options For Battling Mosquitoes And Zika

Key Haven, a Florida neighborhood about a mile east of Key West, is where a test of Oxitec’s genetically engineered mosquitoes might take place later this year. Some neighbors have strongly dissented — at public meetings and via yard signs.
 
http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/04/22/475275676/florida-keys-weigh-options-for-battling-mosquitoes-and-zika?sc=17&f=1001&utm_source=iosnewsapp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=app

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America needs a national food policy

 Mark Bittman, Michael Pollan, Ricardo Salvador and Olivier De Schutter advocate for a national food policy in the Washington Post:

Mark Bittman, an opinion columnist and food writer for the New York Times, is the author of “How to Cook Everything Fast.” Michael Pollan, who teaches journalism at the University of California at Berkeley, is the […]

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Food New Year’s Resolutions

By Danielle Nierenberg on Food Tank:
As we enter 2014, there are still nearly one billion people suffering from hunger. Simultaneously, 65 percent of the world’s population live in countries where obesity kills more people than those who are underweight. But these are problems that we can solve and there’s a lot to be done in the new year!
2014 was declared the International […]

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How To Nap & Eight Other Life-Affirming Lessons Animals Can Teach Us

With our extraordinary brains and other unique attributes, we humans think we’ve got it all figured out. But others in the animal kingdom have some life-affirming tricks to teach us — if only we pay attention.
Here are nine life lessons we can learn from animals:
via How To Nap & Eight Other Life-Affirming Lessons Animals Can […]

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Pesticide May Cause Lower Birth Weight, Study Says

Pesticide May Cause Lower Birth Weight, Study Says
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/20/pesticide-birth-weight_n_3964538.html

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Eating better is an economic imperative

From the Union of Concerned Scientists:
“The $11 Trillion Reward” shows how eating more fruits and vegetables can reduce heart disease and its costs
Download: The $11 Trillion Reward
 
It turns out that an apple a day really can keep the doctor away—especially if she’s a cardiologist.
According to a 2013 UCS report, The $11 Trillion Dollar Reward, increasing […]

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