Lindsey Konkel

Ecologists Aren't Paying Enough Attention to Synthetic Chemicals - to the Detriment of Public Health

Manmade chemicals may alter ecological processes, yet few scientists are studying the role of these chemicals in global environmental change, say a group of researchers from the U.S. and Germany in a scientific paper recently published in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

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What Does the Environment Have to Do With Diseases That Affect the Immune System?

In 1932, New York gastroenterologist Burrill Crohn described an unusual disease in 14 adults. The patients had bouts of abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea, and lesions and scars on the bowel wall. Doctors in other parts of North America and Europe were seeing it in their patients, too. They called the rare condition Crohn’s disease. After World War II, the number of new people getting inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and a related condition called ulcerative colitis) skyrocketed across the West in countries such as the U.S., Canada and the UK. In the last three decades, IBD has begun to crop up in newly industrialized parts of the world like Hong Kong and China’s big cities.

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Autism Risk Higher Near Pesticide-Treated Fields, Study Says

Babies whose moms lived within a mile of crops treated with widely used pesticides were more likely to develop autism, according to new researchpublished today.

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Scientists May Have Uncovered a Key to Understanding Why Many Women Get Breast Cancer

Editor's Note: This is the first in a two-part series. Read Part 2.

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