C.D.C. calls for updated childhood vaccinations after decline last year

The number of vaccine doses administered to children dropped by as much 63 percent as stay-at-home orders were issued in spring of 2020.
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The C.D.C.’s new leader follows the science. Is that enough?

By all accounts, Dr. Rochelle Walensky is a fierce advocate and an empathetic scientist. But C.D.C. advice must be better attuned to the real world, critics say.
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Officials push for national PFAS drinking water standard

Setting a national drinking water standard for what have been referred to as “forever chemicals" will be important in addressing contamination at military bases and communities throughout the U.S., witnesses said Wednesday during a congressional hearing.


Alert issued for Halifax-area lake after suspected contamination sends person to hospital

Nova Scotia's Department of Environment is investigating a suspected contamination in Grand Lake, north of Fall River, after two dogs died and one person was sent to hospital.

A multibillion-dollar plan to end polio, and soon

A global partnership announced plans to spend more than $5 billion to eradicate poliovirus.

Africa Roundtable: ′Health is economy and economy is health′

Europe and Africa are to join forces to tackle the pandemic's economic fallout and climate change. Politicians and experts met at an "Africa Roundtable" to discuss how to reset the relationship for the benefit of all.

Fish consumption advisory issued due to PFAS contamination in the Yahara chain of lakes

Wisconsin health and environmental regulators are expanding the list of waters where people should limit fish they eat within the Yahara Chain of Lakes in Dane and Rock counties due to elevated levels of so-called forever chemicals known as PFAS.


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Public grasps threat to ocean even as leaders fail to meet targets, poll finds

As people mark World Oceans Day today, an overwhelming 94% of people in England and Wales believe the fate of the oceans and humans are inextricably linked, while more than half rate global ocean health as "poor or very poor", according to a government survey.


Hundreds of lakes in U.S., Europe are losing oxygen

Oxygen levels have dropped in hundreds of lakes in the United States and Europe over the last four decades, a new study found.


How the ‘alpha’ coronavirus variant became so powerful

A new study suggests how the variant first identified in Britain hides from the human immune system. Its stealth may be part of its success.

Cruise ships restart in Venice, bring environmental protests

VENICE, Italy (AP) — The first cruise ship since the pandemic wended its way Saturday through the heart of Venice, escorted by triumphant water-spouting tugboats and elated port workers as it traveled down the Giudecca Canal but also protested by hundreds on land and a small armada of wooden boats waving “No Big Boats” flags.

Cannibal wind farms, beating Earth’s orbit and other climate change briefs

On preindustrial fires, mosquitoes and the oops factor: When factoring in melt in the Arctic, one needs to know what the snow is doing now, not way back when.


The sperm-count 'crisis' doesn't add up, new study contends

Reports of a decline in male fertility rely on flawed assumptions, a new study contends.

Medical journals reluctant to take on racism, critics say

An editor’s departure at JAMA is bringing calls for a sharper focus on racism and its consequences.
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Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

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Study suggests pollution plays an outsized role in western Pennsylvania cancer rates

Researchers estimate that if everyone in Allegheny County had quit smoking 20 years ago, lung cancer rates would only be 11% lower. Among 612 other U.S. counties, lung cancer rates would have declined an average of 62%.

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