Flame retardants, pesticides now leading risk factors for IQ loss

A study in the journal Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology found that exposure to flame retardants and pesticides is now the leading contributor to IQ loss. The study, which was published in February last year, also showed that exposure to heavy metals decreased over the past 16 years. A team led by New York University (NYU) researchers arrived at these findings after analyzing data from the National … Continue reading Flame retardants, pesticides now leading risk factors for IQ loss

Ticks carrying Lyme disease thrive near California coast, study finds

Ticks have been turning up in areas that were once believed to be free of the blood-sucking parasites, according to a study led by researchers from Colorado State University. Published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology, it showed that disease-carrying ticks, which were once thought to inhabit woodlands, are also present near Northern California’s coastline. The arachnids inhabit the … Continue reading Ticks carrying Lyme disease thrive near California coast, study finds

The common cold can protect people against coronavirus, study finds

Researchers from Yale University found that exposure to rhinovirus, the most common virus that causes the cold, can jump-start the immune system and protect people against the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). The presence of the virus that causes the common cold can begin the activity of interferon-stimulated genes. These are some of the early-response molecules in the immune system. If a person … Continue reading The common cold can protect people against coronavirus, study finds

Not all bad: How “good” viruses boost your well-being

Though viruses are known for causing disease, not all of them are harmful. In fact, some viruses in your body are important for your overall health and may even help eliminate infections. Called “bacteriophages,” these “good” viruses are natural antibiotics that pack a mean punch against bad bacteria. What are bacteriophages? The community of viruses inside your body is called the “virome.” The … Continue reading Not all bad: How “good” viruses boost your well-being

Reality check: Plexiglass barriers and other plastic shields DO NOT prevent coronavirus spread

Sales for plexiglass surged in the United States since the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic began, but not a single study has shown that clear plastic barriers can control the spread of the virus. Estimates show that over $750 million worth of plexiglass has been sold in the country. Restaurants, retail stores, schools and offices bought a lot of plexiglass thinking it … Continue reading Reality check: Plexiglass barriers and other plastic shields DO NOT prevent coronavirus spread

Common plastic additive linked to fertility problems

A study published in the journal PLOS Genetics found that exposure to the plastic additive diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) could cause fertility problems. Led by Harvard Medical School researchers, the study showed that DEHP increases breaks in the DNA during egg production and impairs cells’ ability to repair these breaks. How common plastic additive affects fertility DEHP belongs to a family of chemicals called phthalates. It is … Continue reading Common plastic additive linked to fertility problems

Echinacea extract can help address mild anxiety in adults, reveals study

Echinacea angustifolia, commonly known as purple cornflower, is one of many species of echinacea that can be found in eastern and central North America. A member of the daisy (Asteraceae) family, this popular herb is commonly used to prevent colds and other respiratory tract infections. The Native Americans who live on the Great Plains also use it as a natural … Continue reading Echinacea extract can help address mild anxiety in adults, reveals study

Toxic “forever chemicals” found in fertilizers made from sewage sludge

Toxic “forever chemicals” seem to be everywhere these days, from drinking water sources to breast milk. Now, it appears that the chemicals, also known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), have also found their way into fertilizers, according to a report published last month. The report was written by researchers from the Ecology Center and the Sierra Club, … Continue reading Toxic “forever chemicals” found in fertilizers made from sewage sludge

Spike protein variants in coronavirus vaccines are the root cause of blood clots, new study finds

German researchers claim to have solved the mystery behind the blood clots caused by the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccines. In a preprint article posted May 26 on Research Square, the team reported that the problem lies with the adenovirus vectors used by the two vaccines to deliver genetic instructions inside cells. The researchers said that due … Continue reading Spike protein variants in coronavirus vaccines are the root cause of blood clots, new study finds

‘We made a big mistake’ — COVID vaccine spike protein travels from injection site, can cause organ damage

COVID vaccine researchers had previously assumed mRNA COVID vaccines would behave like traditional vaccines. The vaccine’s spike protein — responsible for infection and its most severe symptoms — would remain mostly in the injection site at the shoulder muscle or local lymph nodes. (Article by Megan Redshaw republished from ChildrensHealthDefense.org) But new research obtained by a group of scientists contradicts … Continue reading ‘We made a big mistake’ — COVID vaccine spike protein travels from injection site, can cause organ damage