More than a thousand low-lying tropical islands risk becoming “uninhabitable” by the middle of the century – or possibly sooner – because of rising sea levels, upending the populations of some island nations and endangering key U.S. military assets, according to startling new research published Wednesday. The threats to the islands are twofold. In the long term, the rising seas threaten to inundate the islands entirely. More immediately, as seas rise, the islands will more frequently deal with large waves that crash farther onto the shore, contaminating their drinkable water supplies with ocean saltwater, according to the research. The islands’ face climate-change-driven threats to their water supplies “in the very near future,” according to the study published in the journal Science Advances. The study focused on a part of the Marshall Islands in the equatorial Pacific Ocean. Hilda Heine, president of the Marshall Islands, said in an interview … [Read more...] about Climate change could make thousands of tropical islands “uninhabitable” in coming decades, new study says
Suffering from hay fever or other common allergies significantly increases the risk of depression and anxiety, a major new study suggests. Analysis of nearly 200,000 people showed for the first time a link between the so-called “three A’s” - allergic rhinitis (hay fever), asthma and atopic dermatitis (eczema) with psychiatric disease. Previous research has hinted at various causal connections between certain allergies and specific emotional or psychological disorders, but, overall, the picture has been confused. The new study, however, reveals a widescale association between the two, which experts say should help doctors better predict and prevent mental illness. They believe inflammation caused by the allergies may also be increasing the likelihood of psychiatric conditions. The stress of coping with an allergy may also explain the link. Published in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry, researchers in used health insurance data to compare 46,647 people with … [Read more...] about Hay fever significantly boosts risk of depression and other psychiatric disease, new study finds
For a country traditionally perceived as vegetarian, India is in denial. A new study by US-based anthropologist Balmurli Natrajan and India-based economist Suraj Jacob has found vegetarianism less pervasive than previously reported. They suspect the numbers are ‘inflated’ because of cultural and political pressures. Away from the furore that the report caused, Rajitha Menon asks the professors what the findings mean to Indian society. Why is such a survey important now? In India, particular foods have become politicised by becoming identity-markers for communities. Our study is important for three reasons. Firstly, it establishes an evidence-based baseline for evaluating any claims about food habits of individuals and groups. Secondly, it raises the intellectual level of public discourse by complicating and demolishing some myths about the extent of vegetarianism, meat-eating, … [Read more...] about Metrolife: New study questions vegetarian numbers
Air pollution may harm your kidneys, a new study says. "Even levels below the limit set by the [Environmental Protection Agency] were harmful to the kidneys. This suggests that there is no safe level of air pollution," said study leader Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly. Al-Aly is director of clinical epidemiology at the VA Saint Louis Health Care System. He and his colleagues analyzed data from nearly 2.5 million U.S. military veterans who were followed for roughly 8.5 years. They found that as exposure to particulate matter air pollution increased, so did the risk of poorer kidney function, kidney disease and kidney failure. Particle pollution refers to a complex mix of extremely small particles, such as soot, dirt and smoke, and liquid droplets found in the air, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It's already known that inhaling these particles can affect the heart and lungs. The results suggest that each year in the United States, almost 45,000 new cases of chronic kidney … [Read more...] about Air pollution may damage kidneys, new study finds
Here at this publication, we love animals as much as we love cars. However, a new study from Volvo found some pet owners are hesitant to take a road trip with their best friend. Volvo Reports: Dogs, Cars and the People Who Love Them was recently conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Volvo among 2,000 U.S. adults ages 18 and above, including 1,342 pet owners. “Our survey showed that pet parents want to travel with their furry friends, but worry about safety,” explained Jim Nichols, Product and Technology Communications Manager, Volvo Car USA. Survey Says The study found that more than a third (38 percent) of millennial pet owners worry about driving with their dog. Among all demographics, nearly a quarter (24 percent) say they keep their dog at home because of safety concerns. Not surprisingly, a majority of Americans (69 percent) view their pets as family members, with millennials being the most pet-conscious generation. Over 50 percent of millennial … [Read more...] about New Study: Pet Owners Worry About Safety, Can Automakers Respond?