Mysterious coelacanth fish can live for 100 years – study
Research sheds more light on the giant ‘living fossils’ once thought extinct but which have survived since the age of the dinosaursThe coelacanth – a giant, mysterious fish that has survived since the time of the dinosaurs – can live for 100 years, a study has found.The slow-moving fish, which grow to be the size of a human, are nicknamed a “living fossil”, and also grow at a very slow pace.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 18, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Associated Press Tags: Marine life Science Wildlife Environment Source Type: news

Ticks carrying Lyme disease thrive near California coast, study finds
(Natural News) Ticks have been turning up in areas that were once believed to be free of the blood-sucking parasites, according to a study led by researchers from Colorado State University. Published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology, it showed that disease-carrying ticks, which were once thought to inhabit woodlands, are also present near Northern California’s coastline. The... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Earth is trapping ‘unprecedented’ amount of heat, Nasa says
Scientists from agency and Noaa say Earth ’s ‘energy imbalance’ roughly doubled from 2005 to 2019 in ‘alarming’ wayThe Earth is trapping nearly twice as much heat as it did in 2005, according to new research, described as an “unprecedented” increase amid the climate crisis.Scientists from Nasa, the US space agency, and theNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa), reported in a new study that Earth ’s “energy imbalance approximately doubled” from 2005 to 2019. The increase was described as “alarming”.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 17, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Victoria Bekiempis Tags: Climate change Nasa Science Environment Source Type: news

Evaluating the effect of automated hand hygiene technology on compliance and C. difficile rates in a long-term acute care hospital
Hand hygiene compliance impacts the prevalence of health care acquired infections. • The study evaluated a hand hygiene technology at a long-term acute care hospital. • The technology significantly increased hand hygiene compliance. • The increased hand hygiene produced a significant decrease in C. difficile incidence. Compliance with hand hygiene (HH) standards is a critica l component to reducing the prevalence of Health Care Acquired Infections (HAIs). The use of HH technologies is increasing and studies examining the success of these technologies on HH compliance and HAIs are important to inform standard...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The role of managers in promoting good hand hygiene in a Finnish tertiary care hospital
Little is known about how managers promote good hand hygiene (HH) practice. • We investigated the challenges managers encounter when promoting good HH practice. • HH remains an unaccustomed aspect of the several roles carried out by busy managers. • Compliance with good HH is difficult to control from a manager's perspective. • Managers would benefit from information communication technology (ICT) applications. Hospital managers play an essential role in implementing strategies to promote good hand hygiene (HH) among health care workers. We investigated the managers'views on their roles, challenges and ...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

MRSA Transmission in Intensive Care Units: Genomic Analysis of Patients, Their Environments, and Healthcare Workers
Background Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) —and now USA300 MRSA—is a significant intensive care unit (ICU) pathogen; healthcare worker (HCW) contamination may lead to patient cross-transmission. Methods From September 2015 to February 2016, to study the spread of MRSA, we enrolled HCWs in 4 adult ICUs caring for patients on MRSA contact precautions. Samples were collected from patient body sites and high-touch surfaces in patient rooms. HCW hands, gloves, and personal protective equipment were sampled pre/post-patient encounter. Whole genome sequencing (WGS) was used to compare isolates from ...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Specific patient groups and settings, RCGP (updated 17th June 2021)
This resource provides information on dealing with specific patient groups throughout the COVID-19 period, under the following headings: Learning disability and autism LGBT health Paediatrics and child health Pregnancy and sexual health Menopause Update in this version (published 17th June 2021) - updates made to the Secure environments section. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

ONCOS-102 Vaccine Showing Impressive Results for Mesothelioma
The novel immunotherapy vaccine ONCOS-102 may become the answer for the large percentage of mesothelioma cancer patients who fail to respond to a recently approved checkpoint inhibitor combination of treatment. ONCOS-102, a genetically modified oncolytic adenovirus, showed an overall survival rate of between 21.9 and 25 months in a randomized phase II clinical trial when combined with standard chemotherapy in a first-line setting. By comparison, patients in the trial receiving only standard chemotherapy had a median survival of just 13.5 months. The vaccine is the lead product of Targovax, a small Scandinavian bio...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - June 17, 2021 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Fran Mannino Source Type: news

Relying on employers to tackle racism will do little to protect Black workers
“Leaving employers to tackle racism is not working.” That was the uncompromising message from senior Black UNISON activists speaking at a conference fringe event this week, looking at race equality. NEC member Davena Rankin was joined by deputy head of health Helga Pile, Chair of the National Black Members Committee Kebba Manneh, and UNISON Eastern regional secretary Tim Roberts, for an online analysis of the strides UNISON has made tackling workplace racism and what more needs to be done. Speakers agreed that real change will only be achieved through Black staff organising themselves and demanding it. Helga Pi...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 17, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article 2021 virtual special national delegate conference black members Source Type: news

Climate has to be an issue for all our members
The environment was at the forefront of debate at this week’s special delegate conference, with members in agreement that any real recovery from the pandemic must involve the creation of a green and sustainable economy – one that includes public service workers at its heart. All eyes are now on the United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP26), in Glasgow in November 2021. The union will be mobilising members for a significant engagement at the talks, to ensure the needs of workers and public services are central to the results. Moving the motion Tackling climate change and COP26, Tony Slav...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 17, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News 2021 virtual special national delegate conference climate change green unison international Source Type: news

GW4 takes a world leading One Health approach to tackling the antimicrobial resistance pandemic
The GW4 Alliance (Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter universities – GW4) formally launched their new ‘ One Health ’ antimicrobial resistance research consortium this week [Wednesday 16 June]. The World Health Organisation cites antimicrobial resistance (AMR) as one of the most significant risks facing the world. AMR threatens global health and development as it impacts on human, animal and plant health and also our environment, water safety and food security. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - June 17, 2021 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Health, Research, International; Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School, Faculty of Health Sciences, Bristol Veterinary School, Faculty of Health Sciences, Population Health Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences, Schoo Source Type: news

Inside the world of wildlife trafficking (part two) – podcast
In the second part of our look at wildlife crime, Phoebe Weston and Patrick Greenfield from the Guardian ’sage of extinction project look at another victim: orchids. Why are they valued so highly? And how are they being protected?Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 17, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Presented by Patrick Greenfield and Phoebe Weston; produced by Tiffany Cassidy Tags: Wildlife Environment Science Source Type: news

After the pandemic: Economy, poverty and climate in the post-COVID-19 era
(CMCC Foundation - Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change) The economic activity might not recover quickly and poverty increase in the next 4 years, decarbonisation might be only temporary. The consequences of COVID-19 based on the effects of five previous major epidemics in this century and how the recovery packages should align to sustainability targets in a study led by the RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment (EIEE). (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Supporting sustainable development in the agricultural sector
(International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis) IIASA, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the Environmental System Research Institute (ESRI) are proud to announce the launch of version 4 of the Global Agro-Ecological Zones platform (GAEZ v4) - a research tool that supports sustainable development in the agricultural sector - on the occasion of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New in the Hastings Center Report, May-June 2021
(The Hastings Center) New in the Hastings Center Report: Racial justice and environmental toxins, gene editing, Covid, and more in the May-June 2021 issue. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 17, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Sacred natural sites protect biodiversity in Iran
(University of G ö ttingen) How much do traditional practices contribute to the protection of local biodiversity? Why and how are sacred groves locally valued and protected, and how can this be promoted and harnessed for environmental protection? Working together with the University of Kurdistan, researchers of the University of G ö ttingen and the University of Kassel have examined the backgrounds of this form of local environmental protection in Baneh County, Iran. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Preliminary study for feasibility of driver agent in actual car environment--driver agent for encouraging safe driving behavior (3) - Tanaka T, Fujikake K, Yoshihara Y, Karatas N, Aoki H, Kanamori H.
Japan has become a more aged society and there are more drivers, 65 years of age and above. Cars represent an important mode of transportation for the elderly; however, in recent years, the number of traffic accidents caused by elderly drivers has been on ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Deep neural network-based hybrid modelling for development of the cyclist infrastructure safety model - Malik FA, Dala L, Busawon K.
This paper is concerned with modelling cyclist road safety by considering various factors including infrastructure, spatial, personal and environmental variables affecting cycling safety. Age is one of the personal attributes, reported to be a significant ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Engineering, Physics, Structural Soundness and Failure Source Type: news

‘Gamechanging’ £10m environmental DNA project to map life in world’s rivers
eBioAtlas programme aims to identify fish, birds, amphibians and land animals in freshwater systems from the Ganges to the MekongConcealed by the turbid, swirling waters of the Amazon, the Mekong and the Congo, the biodiversity of the world ’s great rivers has largely remained a mystery to scientists. But now a multimillion-pound project aims to describe and identify the web of life in major freshwater ecosystems around the world with “gamechanging” DNA technology.The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and UK-based environmental DNA (eDNA) specialistsNatureMetrics have launched a partne...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 16, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Patrick Greenfield Tags: Biodiversity Rivers Environment IUCN red list of endangered species Wildlife Conservation Animals Endangered habitats World news Americas Biology Genetics Amazon rainforest Peru Trees and forests Democratic Republic of the Co Source Type: news

Biden's EPA deletes inconvenient data showing no man-made climate change
(Natural News) With Joe Biden now at the helm, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has decided to reinstate its Climate Change Indicator (CCI) platform, which is heavily manipulated to support the man-made climate change conspiracy theory. By “disappearing” inconvenient data that goes against the prevailing narrative of the global warming cult, the EPA is... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Central Sahel: Ground Zero in Tackling Climate Change Through Education
Yasmine SherifBy Yasmine SherifNEW YORK, Jun 16 2021 (IPS) The climate crisis is amplifying the effects of instability and violence in the world’s poorest countries. Nowhere is this more visible than in Africa’s Central Sahel region, where increasing temperature, floods, droughts and other climate change-induced disasters are triggering conflicts, displacement, and pushing girls and boys into the shadows. As world leaders come together to celebrate Africa Climate Week, in the lead up to this year’s climate talks in the UK, they must look at education – especially education for girls – as a co...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 16, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Yasmine Sherif Tags: Africa Armed Conflicts Climate Change Combating Desertification and Drought Education Education Cannot Wait. Future of Education is here Environment Featured Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Source Type: news

Botswana: Champs Botswana Solution to Waste Disposal, Processing
[Botswana Daily News] Pilane -- Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Edwin Dikoloti, has praised Champs Botswana for its environmentally friendly techniques of waste processing. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 16, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Cosmetics and 'forever chemicals': Breaking down new findings on PFAS in makeup
People who wear cosmetics such as lipstick or mascara may be absorbing or licking up potentially harmful ingredients that last 'forever' in the environment, a new study suggests. Here's what you should know about PFAS. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Science Source Type: news

How to make sense of the new findings on 'forever chemicals' in makeup
People who wear cosmetics such as lipstick or mascara may be absorbing or licking up potentially harmful ingredients that last 'forever' in the environment, a new study suggests. Here's what you should know about PFAS. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Science Source Type: news

Plantwatch: staghorn ferns – the plants that form colonies like bees
Species on Lord Howe Island shows remarkable collaboration, with some plants deflecting water to colony and others soaking it upStaghorn ferns are spectacular plants with fronds that look like antlers, and make very attractive houseplants. One particular species,Platycerium bifurcatum, grows on Lord Howe Island in Australia and lives in colonies of hundreds of individuals.A recent study found that these plants cooperate with each other, rather like acolony of ants or bees. The ferns in a colony come in different sizes, shapes and textures but fit together like jigsaw pieces and collaborate with each other to store water an...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 16, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Paul Simons Tags: Science Plants Environment Australia news World news Lord Howe Island Source Type: news

Country diary: in the fight to survive, red campion is a surprise battleground
Brancepeth, County Durham: These small flowers are prone to an extraordinary parasiteA wild tangle of brambles covers this section of embankment beside a former railway line. A wren scolds from the undergrowth. Drone flies hover in the sun flecks filtered through overhanging branches of wild cherry. Butterflies chase through dappled shade. But what has stopped us in our tracks today are drifts ofred campions.It ’s a glorious display, although something strange is happening to many of the flowers. Where there should be stamens, shedding white pollen, there is brown powder resembling cocoa, staining the petals. They ha...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 16, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Phil Gates Tags: Wild flowers Environment Insects Wildlife Animals Butterflies Gardens Charles Darwin Evolution Biology Fungi Source Type: news

Urbanization drives antibiotic resistance on microplastics in Chinese river
(American Chemical Society) Microplastic pollution of waterways has become a huge concern, with the tiny pieces of plastic entering food webs and potentially having harmful effects on animals and people. In addition, microplastics can act as breeding grounds for antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Now, researchers reporting in Environmental Science& Technology have analyzed antibiotic-resistance genes (ARGs) on five types of microplastics at different locations along the Beilun River in China, finding much higher abundances in urban than rural regions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 16, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ozone pollution has increased in Antarctica
(American Chemical Society) Ozone is a pollutant at ground level, but very high in the atmosphere's 'ozone layer,' it absorbs damaging ultraviolet radiation. Past studies have examined ozone levels in the Southern Hemisphere, but little is known about levels of the molecule in Antarctica over long periods. Now, researchers reporting in ACS' Environmental Science& Technology have analyzed more than 25 years of Antarctic data, finding that concentrations near the ground arose from both natural and human-related sources. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 16, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Illinois refers plant owner for pollution, environment violations after fire
The state said the chemical plant owner must stop the fire at its facility and referred it to the attorney general for violations of... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Toxic Chemicals Found in Many Cosmetics Toxic Chemicals Found in Many Cosmetics
This study is very helpful for elucidating the PFAS content of different types of cosmetics in the U.S. and Canadian markets," says Elsie Sunderland, PhD, an environmental scientist.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Pediatrics Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pediatrics Headlines - June 15, 2021 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Dermatology News Source Type: news

Global warming and capitalism: Is CO2 more dangerous than impending nuclear war?
(Natural News) If you listen to the climate alarmists, you might be forgiven for believing that carbon dioxide is the biggest issue of our time – more dangerous, somehow, than even nuclear war. In fact, some of them are even going so far as to pin the environment’s problems on capitalism, insisting that global capitalism... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Crayfish behave more boldly after exposure to antidepressants – study
Traces of drugs found in water can make crustaceans more outgoing – but also vulnerable to predatorsAntidepressant drugs in water can alter the behaviour of crayfish, making them bolder and more outgoing, and therefore more vulnerable to predators, researchers have found.Low levels of antidepressants – excreted by humans or disposed of incorrectly – are found in many water bodies. Researchers from the University of Florida assessed the impact of these medicines on crayfish, which are a fundamental component of many aquatic food webs – given they eat almost everything, from plants, insects, leaf litt...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 15, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Natalie Grover Science correspondent Tags: Marine life Wildlife Environment Drugs Science Source Type: news

Inside the world of wildlife trafficking (part one) – podcast
We often think of the illegal trade in wildlife as involving charismatic megafauna such as elephants and big cats. But some of the biggest victims are more inconspicuous. Phoebe Weston and Patrick Greenfield from the Guardian ’sage of extinction project explore wildlife crime in a two part seriesContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 15, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Presented by Phoebe Weston and Patrick Greenfield and produced by Tiffany Cassidy Tags: Wildlife Environment Source Type: news

Many cosmetics contain unlisted, potentially toxic 'forever chemicals,' study finds
Commonly used cosmetics including certain types of mascara and lipstick contain high levels of potentially toxic chemicals, according to an analysis published by the journal Environmental Science and Technology Letters. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blood glaciers: why is Alpine snow turning pink?
French scientists have noticed blooms of algae are becoming much more visible than they once were – possibly due to accelerated global heatingName:Blood glaciers.Appearance: Snow, but make it red.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 15, 2021 Category: Science Tags: Climate change Environment France World news Source Type: news

UNISON delegates pass branch resources review
UNISON’s special delegate conference today voted to pass the two-year work of the branch resources review, with its blueprint for helping branches to better organise in the future. The motion was proposed by UNISON president Josie Bird, who also led the review team of 24 lay members. Their work took into account the results of a branch survey, interviews with branch secretaries and conversations with over 3,000 activists in over 50 events. Ms Bird told the online delegates: “Branches are not just a definition in our rulebook, but made up of activists, like yourself, who volunteer their time to help others. &ldq...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 15, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News 2021 virtual special national delegate conference branch resources review Source Type: news

Even Vaccinated People Are Nervous About Going Back to ‘Normal.’ Here’s How to Cope
Claudia Campos, 34, wanted there to be no doubt about why she continues to wear a face mask at the Florida car rental company where she works. She decided to screen-print a mask that telegraphs her thoughts. “I’m vaccinated,” it reads, “but I’m not ready to trust you!” Courtesy of Claudia Campos Campos’ slogan distills the complicated emotions many people are feeling as the summer of vaccination commences. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said the roughly 43% of people in the U.S. who are fully vaccinated can mostly ditch masks, travel safely and gathe...
Source: TIME: Health - June 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

COVID-19 Exposed the Faults in America ’s Elder Care System. This Is Our Best Shot to Fix Them
For the American public, one of the first signs of the COVID-19 pandemic to come was a tragedy at a nursing home near Seattle. On Feb. 29, 2020, officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Washington State announced the U.S. had its first outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Three people in the area had tested positive the day before; two of them were associated with Life Care Center of Kirkland, and officials expected more to follow soon. When asked what steps the nursing home could take to control the spread, Dr. Jeff Duchin, health officer for Seattle and King County, said he was working w...
Source: TIME: Health - June 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abigail Abrams Tags: Uncategorized Aging COVID-19 feature franchise Magazine TIME for Health Source Type: news

Disorder or disadvantage: investigating the tension between neighborhood social structure and the physical environment on local violence - Barton MS, Valasik MA, Brault E.
A renewed interest in understanding the relationship of the built environment with neighborhood crime patterns has encouraged researchers to utilize novel methods (e.g., risk terrain modeling) to better examine the influence of environmental risk factors o... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

Tracking risk for crime throughout the day: an examination of Jersey City robberies - Caplan JM, Neudecker CH, Kennedy LW, Barnum JD, Drawve G.
This study examines temporal variations in the spatial influence of environmental features, such as bars and vacant buildings, on criminal behavior across microlevel places. Specifically, 17 environmental risk factors and their spatial influences are ident... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Environmental Issues, Climate, Geophysics Source Type: news

Traffic safety in Appalachia - Kumfer WJ, Harmon KJ, Lan B, Wang YC, Goodwin AH, Srinivasan R, Vann M.
Introduction The Appalachian Region of the United States (the Region) is a unique environment with specific ecological, roadway, and cultural elements. The Region comprises counties in 13 states, including parts of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Scientists convert used plastic bottles into vanilla flavouring
Production of chemical could help make recycling more attractive and tackle global plastic pollutionPlastic bottles have been converted into vanilla flavouring using genetically engineered bacteria, the first time a valuable chemical has been brewed from waste plastic.Upcycling plastic bottles into more lucrative materials could make the recycling process far more attractive and effective. Currently plastics lose about 95% of their value as a material after a single use. Encouraging better collection and use of such waste is key to tackling theglobal plastic pollution problem.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 15, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Damian Carrington Environment editor Tags: Plastics Environment Recycling Chemistry Waste Pollution UK news Scotland Source Type: news

Small streams in agricultural ecosystems are heavily polluted with pesticides
(Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ) Pesticides safeguard agricultural yields by controlling insects, fungi, and weeds. However, they also enter streams and damage the aquatic communities. In a nationwide monitoring program, scientists led by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research have shown that the governmental thresholds for pesticides are too high and that these levels are still exceeded in over 80% of water bodies. The loss of biodiversity can only be halted if the environmental risk assessment of pesticides is revised. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Plants use a blend of external influences to evolve defense mechanisms
(eLife) Plants evolve specialized defense chemicals through the combined effects of genes, geography, demography and environmental conditions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 15, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Greater than the sum of our parts: The evolution of collective intelligence
(University of Cambridge) New research -- the evolution of complementary cognition -- proposes that in adapting to enormous environmental upheavals over hundreds of thousands of years, humans evolved to specialize in different but complementary forms of cognition, styles of 'thinking,' that work together as a complex adaptive system -- a kind of collective brain. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 15, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

The costimulatory activity of Tim-3 requires Akt and MAPK signaling and its recruitment to the immune synapse
Expression of the transmembrane protein Tim-3 is increased on dysregulated T cells undergoing chronic activation, including during chronic infection and in solid tumors. Thus, Tim-3 is generally thought of as an inhibitory protein. We and others previously reported that under some circumstances, Tim-3 exerts paradoxical costimulatory activity in T cells (and other cells), including enhancement of the phosphorylation of ribosomal S6 protein. Here, we examined the upstream signaling pathways that control Tim-3–mediated increases in phosphorylated S6 in T cells. We also defined the localization of Tim-3 relative to the ...
Source: Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment - June 15, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Kataoka, S., Manandhar, P., Lee, J., Workman, C. J., Banerjee, H., Szymczak-Workman, A. L., Kvorjak, M., Lohmueller, J., Kane, L. P. Tags: STKE Research Articles Source Type: news

The transmembrane serine protease hepsin suppresses type I interferon induction by cleaving STING
Many viral proteases mediate the evasion of antiviral innate immunity by cleaving adapter proteins in the interferon (IFN) induction pathway. Host proteases are also involved in innate immunity and inflammation. Here, we report that the transmembrane protease hepsin (also known as TMPRSS1), which is predominantly present in hepatocytes, inhibited the induction of type I IFN during viral infections. Knocking out hepsin in mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) increased the viral infection–induced expression of Ifnb1, an Ifnb1 promoter reporter, and an IFN-sensitive response element promoter reporter. Ectopic expression o...
Source: Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment - June 15, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Hsin, F., Hsu, Y.-C., Tsai, Y.-F., Lin, S.-W., Liu, H. M. Tags: STKE Research Articles Source Type: news

Lymph nodes lose their nerve
Loss of sciatic innervation of the popliteal lymph node causes IFN-–dependent lymph node expansion. (Source: Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment)
Source: Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment - June 15, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Foley, J. F. Tags: STKE Editors ' Choice Source Type: news

Psychosocial Speech Disability (Stuttering): Transforming Ourselves and Society
A psychosocial disability arises when people who stutter interact in a social environment that presents barriers to their equality with others (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - June 14, 2021 Category: Disability Tags: Disability Communication Source Type: news

Latino/a farmworkers' concerns about safety and health in the Pennsylvania mushroom industry - Sexsmith K, Palacios EE, Gorgo-Gourovitch M, Huerta Arredondo IA.
OBJECTIVES: The purposes of this study were to analyze Latino/a immigrant mushroom workers' perceptions of how the workplace environment shapes occupational safety and health, examine whether and how those perceptions differ by gender, and identify future ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 14, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Occupational Issues Source Type: news