Augmented reality glasses may help people with low vision better navigate their environment

Nearly one in 30 Americans over the age of 40 experience low vision—significant visual impairment that can’t be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, medication or surgery. In a new study of patients with retinitis pigmentosa, an inherited degenerative eye disease that results in poor vision, Keck School of Medicine of Continue Reading

Big Pharma is polluting the environment as well as your health: Pharma factories leak waste, worsening the superbug problem

Big Pharma’s many wrongdoings are well-documented, but most of us focus on the damage they’ve caused to human health. Unfortunately, a new report shows that the environment is also suffering because of their practices – and it’s setting a chain of events in motion that could undo all of the Continue Reading

Incriminating documents reveal Monsanto knew they were poisoning the environment with their PCBs

Documents that have come to light recently show that Monsanto continued to make and sell polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) for eight years after they knew that they were hazardous to the environment and human health. The firm was already exposed for this practice when internal documents were digitized and posted as Continue Reading

Helicobacter pylori infection in the gastric environment displaces other bacteria, altering the microbiome

A recent Austrian study determined that an Helicobacter pylori infection of the stomach causes severe disruption of the gut microbiome. A common pathogenic bacterium, H. pylori will drive out all other bacteria from the stomach and can resist standard antibiotic treatments. Led by Dr. Christoph Steininger from MedUni Vienna, the research team published Continue Reading

Hospital plumbing an ideal environment for antibiotic-resistant plasmids, study finds

A study led by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released the results of their investigation on plasmids that provide resistance to carbapenem – a last-line-of-defense antibiotic used against multidrug-resistant organisms. The study, which appeared in the American Society for Microbiology’s open access journal mBio, looked at where these organisms are found and how they spread Continue Reading

Seven dangerous ingredients found in laundry detergents that could be harming you and the environment

Laundry detergents are some of the most common and widely-used household products today. We need these to clean our clothes, and there are dozens of readily available brands in groceries and supermarkets. But despite their importance in our daily lives, laundry detergents are hurting us more than we realize. What Continue Reading

Product of their environment? Scientists study the link between a violent community and antisocial behavior in kids

Do you live in an environment where violence is present? A study finds that children and teenagers who experienced living in a violent community have more chances of being antisocial in comparison with those who live in peaceful communities. A team of researchers from the University of Basel and the Continue Reading

Chemical cocktail: How pesticides amplify chemical damage to the environment

It’s been a long-known fact that certain chemicals pose a threat to nature and the environment – a major contributor of which are consumer products and agriculture. While experts can assess the risk that each product poses, there are some exceptions that cause challenges in determining the harmful effects of these chemicals. Continue Reading