Category: Health

Snakebite treatment ‘will run out next year’

Snake bites
Originally Published by Environment | The Guardian Medical charity says stockpiles of anti-venom Fav-Afrique will expire in June with no alternative likely for at least two years Topic: Health, Technology

Why food labels are wrong about calories

Originally Published by EarthSkyOK you can trust this food label. But calories? Forget it. Photo credit: Bryan Kennedy By Richard Wrangham, Harvard University and Rachel Carmody, Harvard University Food labels seem to provide all the information a thoughtful consumer needs, so counting calories should be simple. But things get tricky because food labels tell only […]

Fracking may affect air quality, human health

Originally Published by Earth & Climate News — ScienceDailyPeople living or working near active natural gas wells may be exposed to certain pollutants at higher levels than the Environmental Protection Agency considers safe for lifetime exposure. Air pollution from fracking operations may pose an under-recognized health hazard to people living near them, the researchers concluded. […]

Sanitation and Social Justice: Developing Simple Technology for a Cause

The team implementing and iterating the SafiChoo 2.0 toilet. Image Credit: Wishforwash
A basic technology, the portable toilet, has the potential to make a significant difference in the developing world. Earthzine explores how in an interview with Jasmine Burton on a first-place student essay from the Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC).

‘Nature’ Infographic Tracks the Spread of Ebola

An infographic in the journal Nature tracks Ebola through time and space.

US Has Test That Can Detect Ebola Virus In Seconds (But It’s Stuck In A Lab)

Researchers at a government lab have developed a minimally invasive test for Ebola that could cut the time it takes to diagnose cases of the lethal virus from days and hours to minutes or even seconds, International Business Times has learned.

Can We Get Ahead of Ebola?

In the fight against the current deadly outbreak of the Ebola virus, researchers are using an easily

overlooked tool: the mobile phone.

Ebola vaccine to be tested in UK

Originally Published by BBC News – A trial vaccine against Ebola could be tested on healthy volunteers in the UK in September, says an international health consortium.

Vermont Law School: The Ethical Dimensions of Energy Policy

The human use of energy has profound moral and ethical implications, raising issues that can only be answered by considering notions of justice. Earthzine science writer Osha Gray Davidson blogs about these crucial issues while on a fellowship at the Vermont Law School.

Tracking foodborne illness with Yelp

Originally Published by Earth Sky -An estimated 48 million Americans (about 1 in 6) are stricken with food poisoning each year. So says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but it really is, as my italicizing implies, just an estimate. It’s difficult to say how many people get sick from meals annually because only a fraction of these cases are ever reported. Working with Yelp may provide some answers.