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Chemicals in plastic stunt brain growth in rats
A study finds that exposure to phthalates — compounds found in plastics — reduces the brain volume in rats and produces measurable cognitive deficits. (Medical News Today)

Is eating tilapia fish safe and healthful?
Tilapia is a popular edible fish that is low in fat and a good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Tilapia farming occurs around the world, but some people worry about farming practices and whether or not tilapia is safe to eat. Here, we provide information about the farming, breeding, and safety of tilapia. (Medical News Today)

Strong link found between air pollution and diabetes
A new study finds a strong link between air pollution and an increased risk of diabetes. The findings could have a significant global impact. (Medical News Today)

What is blue baby syndrome?
Blue baby syndrome, also known as methemoglobinemia, is a condition that causes a baby’s skin to turn blue. While it is rare, a common cause of this discoloration is drinking formula made with water that is contaminated with nitrates. Doctors can treat blue baby syndrome, but untreated cases can be fatal. (Medical News Today)

Carcinogens in BBQ smoke absorbed more by skin than lungs
A new study examines how carcinogens enter our bodies when exposed to fumes from a barbecue. They find that more enter through our skin than our lungs. (Medical News Today)

Can the Mediterranean diet protect against air pollution?
A recently published study concludes that switching to the Mediterranean diet could protect against certain health issues caused by air pollution. (Medical News Today)

Over 400,000 U.S. deaths per year caused by lead exposure
The health risks of lead exposure might be worse than we thought; researchers estimate that it could kill more than 400,000 adults in the U.S. each year. (Medical News Today)

Diesel exhaust may raise risk of neurological disease
A new study has revealed that men with occupations involving exposure to diesel exhaust could be at greater risk of developing ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. (Medical News Today)

Bugs in the basement? Here's why
A new study of arthropods in 50 U.S. homes suggests that their diversity is influenced more by access to the outdoors than the behavior of human residents. (Medical News Today)

Hair loss most common in summer, fall
Hair loss is most likely to occur in the summer and fall months, a new study suggests. The findings may help to inform treatment efficacy for patients. (Medical News Today)

High fluoride levels in pregnancy may lower offspring IQ
Women who have higher levels of fluoride in their urine during pregnancy may be more likely to have children with lower intelligence, a new study reports. (Medical News Today)

Everything you need to know about liver fluke
The liver fluke is a parasite found in the bile ducts and the liver. The condition can cause severe diseases in a range of animals, although it does not infect many people in the United States. This MNT Knowledge Center article looks at the symptoms and diseases they can cause and preventing the infection. (Medical News Today)

16-year study suggests air temperature is external trigger for heart attack
A 16 year study in more than 280 000 patients has suggested that air temperature is an external trigger for heart attack. The findings were presented at the ESC Congress. (Medical News Today)

Could lithium help to prevent dementia?
A study of more than 800,000 people in Denmark finds that those exposed to higher levels of lithium in drinking water were at lower risk of dementia. (Medical News Today)

Air pollution linked to cardiovascular disease; air purifiers may lessen impact
Exposure to high levels of air pollution increased stress hormone levels and negative metabolic changes in otherwise healthy, young adults in a recent study conducted in China. (Medical News Today)

Highly hazardous pesticides: Policies should focus on bans, rather than secure storage, studies suggest
Global policies on access to highly hazardous pesticides - commonly ingested in acts of self-poisoning and suicide in rural Asia - should focus on national bans, rather than safe storage, according... (Medical News Today)

Researchers discover potentially harmful nanoparticles produced through burning coal
Environmental scientists led by the Virginia Tech College of Science have discovered that the burning of coal produces incredibly small particles of a highly unusual form of titanium oxide. (Medical News Today)

Millions may face protein deficiency as a result of human-caused carbon dioxide emissions
If CO2 levels continue to rise as projected, the populations of 18 countries may lose more than 5% of their dietary protein by 2050 due to a decline in the nutritional value of rice, wheat, and other... (Medical News Today)

What happens if you drink too much water?
People who are athletic, older, or pregnant may need to drink extra water. However, drinking too much can lead to water intoxication, which can cause symptoms as severe as seizures and brain damage. It may even be fatal, when sodium levels fall too low. Here, learn about symptoms, causes, and who has the highest risk. (Medical News Today)

Researchers offer new and novel paradigm for advancing research on beneficial microbes
While beneficial microbes are becoming a more common tool in agriculture, their effectiveness in the field is severely blunted thanks to real-world environmental stressors like heat and drought... (Medical News Today)

Rush hour pollution may be more dangerous than you think
The first in-car measurements of exposure to pollutants that cause oxidative stress during rush hour commutes has turned up potentially alarming results. (Medical News Today)

Ozone exposure tied to cardiovascular risk
Exposure to ozone is linked to changes in blood platelets and raised blood pressure at levels lower than that tied to changes in the lungs, study shows. (Medical News Today)

Could house dust make us fat?
In laboratory studies, precursor fat cells exposed to endocrine-disrupting chemicals in house dust were found to proliferate and acquire more fat. (Medical News Today)

What's to know about popcorn lung?
Popcorn lung is a rare condition marked by damage to the lung's smallest airways. The tissue becomes scarred and narrow, which leads to breathing problems. Symptoms typically occur within 2–8 weeks after infection or exposure to a chemical. Others may develop popcorn lung after transplant surgery. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Researchers develop yeast-based tool for worldwide pathogen detection
Columbia University researchers have developed a tool that is likely to revolutionize the way we detect and treat pathogens in everything from human health to agriculture to water. (Medical News Today)

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