Coronavirus vaccine: when will it be ready?

About 35 companies and academic institutions are racing to create Covid-19 vaccine. 

Sitting is linked to increased risk of depression in adolescents

Too much time sitting still  is linked to an increased risk of depressive symptoms in adolescents, finds a new study. The study found that an additional 60 minutes of light activity daily was associated with a 10% reduction in depressive symptoms.

Babies breathing polluted air: brain changes

A new study suggests that significant early childhood exposure to traffic-related air pollution is associated with structural changes in the brain at the age of 12. Specifically reductions in gray matter volume and cortical thickness.

Coronavirus: WHO declares global health emergency

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday declared the coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern. The UN's health arm said the move was to protect countries with "weaker health systems."

The global soda tax experiment

They’re cloyingly sweet, nutritionally empty—and, increasingly, subject to taxation. More than 35 countries and seven cities in the US — now impose a tax on soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages, and several more places are considering it.

Excessive antibiotic use for children in low income countries

Between 2007 and 2017, children in eight low- and middle-income countries received, on average, 25 antibiotic prescriptions from birth through age 5 - up to five times higher than the already high levels observed in high-income settings. 

High cost of fossil fuel pollution on children's health

The study reports monetary estimates for the main children health problems that are consequences of early exposure to air pollution, 80 percent of which is attributable to burning of coal, oil, diesel and gas.

Our BPA Exposure Is Much Higher Than We Thought

BPA or Bisphenol A (a toxic ingredient in plastic products) levels on might be far higher then we previously tested, a new study, that used new device to measure levels of the common industrial chemical in our bodies, suggests 

Nanoparticles from air pollution go straight into brain

The discovery of abundant toxic nanoparticles from air pollution in human brains was made in 2016. A comprehensive global review earlier in 2019 concluded that air pollution may be damaging every organ and virtually every cell in the human body.

Screen time and brain differences in kids

Children who have more screen time have lower structural integrity of white matter tracts in parts of the brain that support language and other emergent literacy skills. 

Microplastics accelerate cell death at 3 times the normal rate

Dutch researchers have found recently announced that cells exposed to microplastics experience cell death three times faster than those that are not. With microplastic pollution everywhere, the findings are sobering.

Air pollution linked to risk of ′silent′ miscarriage

A big study examined the records of more than a quarter million pregnant women in Beijing from 2009 to 2017 in light of the womens' exposure to air pollution. Among the women 17,497 were found to have experienced silent miscarriages.

Antimicrobial resistance is drastically rising

Researchers have shown that antimicrobial-resistant infections are rapidly increasing in animals in low and middle income countries. They produced the first global of resistance rates, and identified regions where interventions are urgently needed.

New Study Finds Dangerous Plastics in Children

Studies have found that microplastics are in the human food chain. Recently Plastic by-products have been discovered in blood and urine samples of young children. They were found in 97% to 100% of the test cases. 

Association between soft drink consumption and mortality

A large European study in 10 countries found that participants who drank two or more glasses of sugar-sweetened or artificially sweetened soft drinks drinks per day had a higher risk of all-cause mortality.