Assessment of air contamination by SARS-CoV-2 in hospital settings

What The Study Did: In this systematic review of current evidence on air contamination with SARS-CoV-2 in hospital settings, the air close to and distant from patients with COVID-19 was frequently contaminated with SARS-CoV-2 RNA; however, few of these samples contained viable viruses. High viral loads found in toilets and bathrooms, staff areas and public hallways suggest […]

Contamination of Medicinal Plants: Implications for Indigenous Health

Amid the politicization of environmental policy in the United States, there has been increasing discussion of the hazardous effects of mining on human health. The historical legacy of uranium mining in the West, for instance, has left Indigenous communities susceptible to health conditions, including lung cancer. There have been few studies, however, evaluating […]

Sheep show the contamination by microplastics in the agricultural soils of Murcia

IMAGE: Sheeps during the study view more  Credit: Nicolas Beriot (Diverfarming project) In recent times, the increase in plastic residues has been reasserted as being a major environmental problem. This material, which is present in packaging and day-to-day objects, plays a decisive role in intensive agriculture zones. In the Region of Murcia, known as “Europe’s market […]

New research reveals widespread contamination, with two neurotoxic pesticides found in concentrations that far exceed accepted safe limits — ScienceDaily

Researchers at the University of Sussex have found widespread contamination of English rivers with two neurotoxic pesticides commonly used in veterinary flea products: fipronil and the neonicotinoid imidacloprid. The concentrations found often far exceeded accepted safe limits. These chemicals are banned for agricultural use due to the adverse environmental effects, but there is minimal environmental […]