Health + Wellness

Is Tree Pollen More Allergic in Polluted Areas?

Is Tree Pollen More Allergic in Polluted Areas?

If you live in a polluted neighborhood, allergy season could be worse for you. A new study published in PLOS ONE Wednesday found that silver birch trees growing in more polluted areas of Poland had higher levels of the allergen Bet v1. “This research aligns with previous studies that have found that levels of allergic […]

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    Scientist Criticizes Gas Industry’s Misuse of His Asthma Research

    Scientist Criticizes Gas Industry’s Misuse of His Asthma Research

    The author of a 2013 study being touted by the methane gas industry and its allies during the recent uproar over the suggested possibility of gas stoves regulation says his research is being misused. “That’s not a good use of our study,” Dutch environmental epidemiology professor Bert Brunekreef told E&E News. CPSC Commissioner Richard Trumka […]

    Landfill Fire Continues to Spread Toxic Air Pollution in Alabama for Over 50 Days

    Landfill Fire Continues to Spread Toxic Air Pollution in Alabama for Over 50 Days

    For over 50 days, an underground fire at the Moody landfill north of Birmingham, Alabama has continuously polluted the air, according to local air quality monitors. While air quality has improved slightly in recent days, it remains higher than what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers an acceptable air quality index. According to AL.com, […]

    Are Gas Stoves Bad for Your Health?

    Are Gas Stoves Bad for Your Health?

    Cooks love their gadgets, from countertop slow cookers to instant-read thermometers. Now, there’s increasing interest in magnetic induction cooktops – surfaces that cook much faster than conventional stoves, without igniting a flame or heating an electric coil.

    Proposed PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’ Regulations Fail in U.S. Congress

    Proposed PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’ Regulations Fail in U.S. Congress

    In the last session, nearly all of the proposed bills for stricter regulations on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS or forever chemicals, failed in the U.S. Congress. Companies lobbied successfully against PFAS regulations, despite public health officials’ warnings of the links between PFAS and human health problems. PFAS are a group of […]