Improving care of the tiniest patients

Three decades after research began on the potential health effects linked to the use of PVC and DEHP, these plastics are still found in products used in neonatal intensive care units across the United States.

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Organizations call for requiring health workers to get coronavirus shots

A coalition of health-care organizations Tuesday called on medical facilities to require their workers to be immunized against the virus.

Clinical waste collectors – unprotected, untrained, underpaid and undervalued

Studies across all continents on the dirtier side of healthcare show that health settings poorly manage their waste. The workers collecting that waste receive insufficient protections, minimal training, paltry pay and zero respect.
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Cataract surgeons on OR waste: Less is often more

Much of today’s surgical refuse is due to the single use of virtually everything.

David Introcaso, Walt Vernon: Hospitals need to publicly report their greenhouse gas emissions

The health care industry's bloated carbon footprint contributes significantly to climate change. Requiring hospitals to publicly report their emissions, and do something about them, is a logical step forward.

Climate hazards harm workers. Health professionals can help

Healthcare professionals can address the climate hazards faced by workers in three ways: educating professionals across all health sectors on occupation-related climate issues, identifying climate-related injury and illness trends in worker populations, and advocating for climate programs and policies that protect workers.

Dr. Amy Shah: We've cleaned up our makeup. It's time to clean up our medicine

Most homeopathic and over-the-counter medicines on the market today include potentially harmful chemicals and fillers in the form of inactive ingredients, some of which are allergens that have already been banned from leading clean beauty brands.
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Health care CEOs form worker safety coalition

Ten CEOs from health care systems around the country have formed a coalition they say is committed to improving safety, well-being and equity for all who work in the industry, and on May 4 unveiled a Declaration of Principles to serve as a standard of safety.

Gary Cohen: How the health sector can lead on climate, health, and equity

A new coalition aims to decrease the health care system's carbon footprint, produce safer products and services, and grow economic opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses.
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Ridding health care of environmental injustices and toxic chemicals

We believe people already compromised from high exposures to toxic chemicals should not be exposed to additional toxics in their medical treatment.

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How hospitals respond to wildfires

A new study tracks intensive care unit admissions after periods of wildfire smoke pollution. A prolonged or severe smoke event has the potential to strain hospital resources.

Yale experts explain net zero healthcare

Sustainable healthcare and industry experts Dr. Jodi Sherman and Dr. Todd Cort introduce us to the green future of healthcare.

Mass incarceration is an environmental justice issue, and vice versa

Prisoners in the United States are forced to drink contaminated water, breathe poor quality air, and live on or near land full of hazardous materials. These experts say that this must change.

Care infrastructure is key to an equitable, green recovery from the Covid-19 crisis

As federal policymakers confront the parallel crises of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and racial injustice, a significant investment in our nation's care infrastructure - and the workforce and green jobs that power it—presents an urgent opportunity to address all three.

Sarah Baillie: Stop panicking—there are a lot of positives to the baby bust

The baby bust is not a signal of societal collapse but a positive indicator that we are getting closer to a sustainable, equitable world.


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We’re dumping loads of retardant chemicals to fight wildfires. What does it mean for wildlife?

As western wildfires become bigger and more intense, state and federal fire agencies are using more and more aerial fire retardant, prompting concerns over fish kills, aquatic life, and water quality.

LISTEN: Why is it taking so long for Pennsylvania to regulate toxic chemicals in drinking water?

The chemicals, known as PFAS, are linked to health effects including cancer, thyroid disease, high cholesterol, pregnancy-induced hypertension, asthma, and ulcerative colitis.

Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

LISTEN: Azmal Hossan on the sociology of climate crises in South Asia

"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

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