Gwen Ranniger

Quality fade in medical device manufacturing: thinness of airway breathing circuit plastic

Mechanical respirators typically use a plastic circuit apparatus to pass gases from the ventilator to the patient. Structural integrity of these circuits is crucial for maintaining oxygenation. Anesthesiologists, respiratory therapists, and other critical care professionals rely on the circuit to be free of defects.

Plasticizers: negative impacts on the thyroid hormone system

This review aims to understand the impacts of plasticizers on the thyroid system of animals and humans. In recent years, thyroid-related medical problems have increased and this could be due to rising environmental pollutants. Plasticizers are one such group of a pollutant that impacts thyroid function.

Smart cities and digital health
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Smart cities and digital health

According to research, lessons learned from the pandemic are accelerating the evolution of urban environments across the globe for the betterment of residents’ health and well-being.

Hospice sustainability rides hand in hand with diversity, equity and inclusion

The drive for greater diversity, equity and inclusion in health care is more than a flash in the pan. It could impact hospices’ sustainability as well as their access to patients.

Initiatives to reach underserved populations have been a rising priority among hospice providers.

New Nordic sustainability criteria poised to expand in Europe

Released in March 2022, the Common Nordic Criteria for more Sustainable Packaging in Healthcare were developed by stakeholders with the aim of reducing material waste, increasing recycling, and increasing the usage of recycled or renewable materials.

Health tech can help solve health care's carbon emissions problem

Leaders across the health care value chain and in every aspect of its business must embrace sustainability and leverage technological innovations now to decarbonize health care.

The inclusion of health in major global reports on climate change and biodiversity

This article argues that human health has become a key consideration in recent global reports on climate change and biodiversity produced by various international organisations; however, greater attention must be given to the unequal health impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss around the world and the different health adaptation measures that are urgently required.

A sustainable approach

A sustainable approach

Embracing a sustainability mindset in healthcare links health systems to safer products for patients and staff and greener operations. Today, it’s a business approach across many global industries.

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endocrine disrupting chemicals

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New podcast series explores the intricacies and impacts of endocrine-disrupting chemicals.

environmental injustice

Centering biodiversity and social justice in overhauling the global food system

“The food system is the single largest economic sector causing the transgressing of planetary boundaries.”

environmental justice

LISTEN: Jennifer Roberts on nature as medicine

“I have a deep appreciation for the sounds just being by a creek and hearing the water… it gives me hope and it gives me life when I'm out in nature.”

PFAS Testing

Investigation: PFAS on our shelves and in our bodies

Testing finds concerning chemicals in everything from sports bras to ketchup, including in brands labeled PFAS-free.

PFAS in food

IN-DEPTH: What we know about PFAS in our food

Amid inadequate testing and a lack of regulation, we’re all eating “forever chemicals.”