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West Nile virus lingers longer in birds exposed to light pollution

Exposure to artificial light can affect animal biology, interfering with immune system functioning, metabolism, and behavior.  According to a new study by researchers from the University of South Florida, light pollution could contribute to the spread of zoonotic diseases like West Nile virus by increasing the amount of time that small songbirds host the virus. The team’s research suggests that an outbreak could be 41% more likely to happen as a result of the persistence of the virus in this host. ...

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New Environmental Health Course Offered at UT Dell Medical School in Spring 2020

Through a grant from the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation, Texas PSR will develop, implement and evaluate a course curriculum in environmental health, a field that is attracting increasing attention in medical schools around the country. The course, titled “Environmental Threats to Public Health - What Every Physician Should Know”, will be offered at UT Dell Medical School in the spring 2020 semester, and will cover topics ranging from the health effects of climate change, air and water quality to applications to clinical practice (including what to include in ...

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Must-read op-ed on fracking from PSR Environment and Health Program Director Barbara Gottlieb

"Overall, how bad is fracking? The Compendium states that 'public health risks from unconventional gas and oil extraction are real, the range of adverse environmental impacts wide, and the negative economic consequences considerable.' It concludes: 'Our examination of the peer-reviewed medical, public health, biological, earth sciences, and engineering literature uncovered no evidence that fracking can be practiced in a manner that does not threaten human health.' The logical conclusion is that, for health, justice, and a livable world, the time to stop using fracked gas is now." ...

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Climate Change May Draw $200 Billion Vaccine Boom, Analyst Says

Climate change could spell the rapid spread of infectious diseases across the globe and could expose almost a billion people to risks for diseases like Zika and Ebola by 2080. This means the already $500 billion infectious disease market could see demand for an added $125 billion in new vaccines. ...

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