Tag Archives: public health

Doctors say no to sport in Delhi as cricketers choke in smog

sri lanka cricket players wearing masks in an attempt to protect themselves from air pollution
MASKED MEN. This file photo taken on December 3, 2017 shows Sri Lanka cricket players wearing masks in an attempt to protect themselves from air pollution during the second day of the third Test cricket match between India and Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla Cricket Stadium in New Delhi. Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Unprecedented scenes of Sri Lankan cricketers wearing face masks reignites debate about hosting major sports in heavily polluted New Delhi

NEW DELHI, India (Dec. 5, 2017) — Unprecedented scenes of Sri Lankan cricketers wearing face masks have reignited debate about hosting major sports in heavily polluted New Delhi, where doctors are increasingly vocal about the health risks posed by smog. Continue reading Doctors say no to sport in Delhi as cricketers choke in smog

FDA orders market pullout of Dengvaxia vaccine

a health worker shows used vials of dengvaxia administered to students in manila
STOP THE SALE. A health worker shows used vials of Dengvaxia administered to students in Manila before Sanofi gave an update that the vaccine is risky for those who had no prior infection. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

The drug regulatory agency also directs pharma giant Sanofi to ‘conduct an information dissemination campaign through advisories, Dear Doctor letters, and patient fora’

MANILA, Philippines (Dec. 5, 2017) — The Food and Drug Administration on Monday night, December 4, ordered the French pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur to pull out its Dengvaxia vaccine from the market, “pending compliance with the directives of the FDA.” Continue reading FDA orders market pullout of Dengvaxia vaccine

Sanofi can’t trace individuals at risk, but continues to monitor Dengvaxia recipients

a health worker shows off used vials of dengvaxia vaccine inside the storage facility
RISK. A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia vaccine inside the storage facility of the local government health sector that was given to students during the school-based immunisation in Manila on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Will Sanofi shoulder the costs of individuals who might contract severe dengue after receiving the vaccine? The company only says it is collaborating with the Department of Health

MANILA, Philippines (Dec. 4, 2017) — French pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur said on Monday, December 4, there is no way of tracing who among the over 700,000 Filipino youth given the Dengvaxia vaccine are at risk from contracting severe dengue. Continue reading Sanofi can’t trace individuals at risk, but continues to monitor Dengvaxia recipients

Black Friday to cause spikes in air pollution and plastic waste

drivers wait to deliver black friday goods at dunstable amazon fulfilment centre
Drivers wait to deliver Black Friday goods at Dunstable Amazon fulfilment centre in the UK. Photograph: Tony Margiocchi/Barcroft Images

The shopping frenzy will see 82,000 diesel delivery vans on UK streets, with plastic toys and electronic goods among the most popular purchases

November 24, 2017 — The online shopping frenzy of the Black Friday weekend will see 82,000 diesel vans and trucks on UK roads, raising concerns of air pollution spikes on residential streets as more than £7bn of purchases are delivered. Continue reading Black Friday to cause spikes in air pollution and plastic waste

Why climate change is one of the biggest health threats of the 21st century

studies show that climate change can undo more than 50 years of gains in global health and development work
HEALTH. Studies show that climate change can undo more than 50 years of gains in global health and development work.

The roles and responsibilities of health professionals go way beyond treating diseases

MANILA, Philippines (Nov. 23, 2017) — What makes climate change one of the biggest health threats of the 21st century? Continue reading Why climate change is one of the biggest health threats of the 21st century

London cannot bid for national clean air funding, mayor says

air pollution monitoring equipment on marylebone road
Air pollution monitoring equipment on Marylebone Road. London has 40% of the most polluting roads in England and Wales. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Sadiq Khan says capital will not be included in the chancellor’s £220m clean air fund despite having 40% of the most polluting roads in England and Wales

November 23, 2017 — London cannot bid for a £220m clean air fund announced in the budget – despite being home to 40% of the most polluting roads in England and Wales, Sadiq Khan revealed on Thursday. Continue reading London cannot bid for national clean air funding, mayor says

Why LED lights are becoming a big problem

composite image shows a global view of earth at night
EARTH AT NIGHT. This composite image shows a global view of Earth at night, compiled from over 400 satellite images. NASA/NOAA

The popularity of LED lights is driving an increase in light pollution worldwide, with dire consequences for human and animal health

MIAMI, USA (Nov. 23, 2017) — They were supposed to bring about an energy revolution – but the popularity of LED lights is driving an increase in light pollution worldwide, with dire consequences for human and animal health, researchers said Wednesday, November 22. Continue reading Why LED lights are becoming a big problem

Poor sperm quality linked to air pollution

the study assessed sperm quality and measured the level of fine particulate pollution among 15 to 49-year-old men in taiwan
The study assessed sperm quality and measured the level of fine particulate pollution among 15 to 49-year-old men in Taiwan. Photograph: doc-stock / Alamy/Alamy

Study finds ‘strong association’ between high levels of fine particulate matter and abnormal sperm shape – but impact on wider fertility remains unclear

November 22, 2017 — High levels of air pollution are associated with poor sperm quality and could be partly responsible for the sharp drop in male fertility, according to a new study. Continue reading Poor sperm quality linked to air pollution

Russian nuclear facility denies it is source of high radioactivity levels

nuclear experts have said there was no evidence to suggest the leak posed a significant hazard
Nuclear experts have said there was no evidence to suggest the leak posed a significant hazard to human health or the environment. Photograph: Martin Argles for the Guardian

Greenpeace calls for investigation after levels of ruthenium-106 in atmosphere near Urals site found to be 986 times norm

November 21, 2017 — A secretive Russian nuclear facility has denied it was behind high atmospheric concentrations of the radioactive isotope ruthenium-106, after Russia’s meteorological Continue reading Russian nuclear facility denies it is source of high radioactivity levels

Climate Change Consciousness Week events: ‘Science, policy, and climate action’

climate action
CLIMATE ACTION. It is about time to take climate change seriously and take responsibility

The annual observance will run from November 20 to 24

MANILA, Philippines (Nov. 20, 2017) — The Philippines will observe the Climate Change Consciousness Week from November 20, Monday, until November 24, Friday. Continue reading Climate Change Consciousness Week events: ‘Science, policy, and climate action’