Melinda Wenner Moyer: Can COVID damage the brain?

“I tell the same stories repeatedly; I forget words I know.”
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Dirty air and the human brain: does pollution poison the mind?

Air pollution is responsible for an estimated seven million annual deaths worldwide. A growing body of research suggests it may also be damaging our brains.

Nano-particles in air pollution linked to brain cancer risk

In a new study, researchers report that a one-year increase in pollution exposure of 10,000 nano-particles per cubic centimeter raised the risk of brain cancer by more than 10 percent.

Pollution could be damaging your brain, research suggests

A new study in the journal Environmental Research shows children who were exposed to higher levels of traffic-related air pollution were more anxious.


The 5G health hazard that isn’t

How one scientist and his inaccurate chart led to unwarranted fears of wireless technology.

The elite soldiers protecting the Amazon rainforest

The Amazon is at risk from mining in French Guiana and it is the French Foreign Legion's job to protect it.

The disease devastating deer herds may also threaten human health

Scientists are exploring the origins of chronic wasting disease before it becomes truly catastrophic.

Uncovering the mechanisms linking air pollution to psychosis

Let's start with just a few adjectives about our daily lives - overexposed, overwhelmed, stimulated, toxic, deficient. It's not enough that many young people lack good nutrition, but they are also challenged by circumstance by a lack of clean air to breathe and pure water to drink.

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Industry studies show evidence of bias and misleading conclusions on widely used insecticide: Scientists

Researchers who examined Dow Chemical Company-sponsored animal tests performed two decades ago on the insecticide chlorpyrifos found inaccuracies in what the company reported to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency compared to what the data showed.

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Renewable energy aquaponics farm in Little Rock aims to combat world hunger

Hunger ending technology powered completely by solar and wind energy has made its way to the Natural State.


The immune system has a say in how hard ‘teen’ rats play

“Teen” rats like to wrestle. A new study shows the brain’s immune system might trigger changes that morph this desire for rough-and-tumble play into the calm of adulthood.

Less screentime linked to better memory, learning in kids

Kids ages eight to 11 spend an average of 3.6 hours a day on screens, a new study shows. But the best thinking scores come from kids who average fewer than two hours a day of screen time.
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Dieldrin dilemma: How dated science and fish-eating advisories may be putting brains at risk

Six years ago, I worked at the Illinois Natural History Survey testing roadkill otter carcasses for contaminants that build up in the bodies of animals that eat fish.

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Is your mobile phone damaging your brain?

Ever since the mobile phone entered our lives in the new millenium, anxieties about its ill effects have abounded. But what do we actually know about the health risks of mobile phones?
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Join the “Agents of Change” discussion on research and activism

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Beyond the “silver lining” of emissions reductions: Clean energy takes a COVID-19 hit

With job loss and stifled development in the renewable energy sector, economists, politicians, and advocates say policy action is necessary to stay on track.

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An exclusive look at important research just over the horizon that promises to impact our health and the environment

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