The rapid rise of the Zika virus is turning into a full-on public health crisis. The virus, transferred via specific types of mosquitoes, “is now spreading explosively” across Latin America, according to Margaret Chan, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Florida House smacked down a series of Democratic amendments aimed at weakening a bill that prohibits local governments from banning high pressure well stimulation known as fracking and positioned the bill for approval by the full House on Wednesday. The amendments, by Reps.
(Reuters Health) – Ticks that can spread Lyme disease now live in almost half of U.S. counties, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Varieties of the blacklegged tick that may carry bacteria responsible for Lyme disease are present in 45 percent of counties nationwide, compared with just 30 percent in 1998, researchers found.
As she visited her American quarter horse at stables just east of Porter Ranch, Debra Zavatto came across a frightening sight: blood coming out of the animal’s nose. In the 13 years she’s cared for Scarlett, Zavatto had never seen anything like that. “People were saying, ‘Oh, this stuff is giving…
The company that owns the leaking natural gas well in Los Angeles understated the number of air samples showing higher-than-usual levels of benzene, The Associated Press reports. Adding to concerns over the disaster, efforts to stop the leak appear to have destabilized the well, the Los Angeles Times reports, raising the risk of a blowout.
Carrie Arnold is a freelance science writer living in Virginia. Her work has appeared in Scientific American, Discover, New Scientist, Smithsonian, and more. PDF Version Once a month, a group of men in t-shirts, jeans, and baseball caps gather around a long table at the New River Health Clinic.
Fossil fuels’ days are numbered. That’s a good thing given the toll that burning coal and oil takes on our climate and health. But especially for the people of Beijing — and Delhi and Tehran, among other cities currently choking on dirty emissions — that final goodbye can’t come soon enough.
Posted December 25, 2015 09:40:12 Climate change, which is proceeding fastest at high latitudes, is causing an increase in ticks in the northern hemisphere that are harmful to reindeer, researchers say. The leap is due to warmer weather, and carries a risk of introducing infectious diseases to reindeer populations, other animals, and humans.
Microbiologist Spencer Lockwood shakes out a trap full of anesthetized mosquitoes in Dallas. Bug collecting Each week, Dallas County health workers set out scores of small traps in neighborhoods across the city and its suburbs, looking for infected mosquitoes that could offer an early warning about a possible disease risk.