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New Consortium Speaks in Favor of Strict US Fuel-efficiency Standards

The Trump administration went to work rolling back another Obama-era environmental regulation Wednesday. Regulators announced they would review strict vehicle fuel efficiency standards finalized days before President Donald Trump took office. Trump calls the rules “industry-killing regulations.” But environmental and doctors groups say they are cleaning the air and helping …

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Yoga Pants, Cozy Clothes May Be Key Source of Sea Pollution

Comfortable clothes are emerging as a source of plastic that’s increasingly ending up in the oceans and potentially contaminating seafood, according to Gulf Coast researchers launching a two-year study of microscopic plastics in the waters from south Texas to the Florida Keys. The project , led by the Mississippi-Alabama Sea …

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Experts Say Chronic Kidney Disease in Sub-Saharan Africa on Rise

Amid rapid urbanization, the HIV epidemic and increasing rates of non-communicable diseases, people in sub-Saharan Africa are especially vulnerable to kidney disease. Medical experts are meeting in Cameroon to examine ways of reducing the rising incidents of chronic kidney disease. A dialysis machine at the hemodialysis center in Cameroon’s capital …

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Whole-body Vibration May Improve Diabetes Control, Study Finds

Researchers have found that a less strenuous form of exercise known as whole-body vibration may work just as well as regular exercise in helping to control diabetes. WBV, as it’s called, could also benefit people who find it difficult to exercise.   Scientists say WBV transmits energy through the body …

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Non-Invasive Procedure Is Proving Successful in Sinusitis Treatment

Springtime is allergy season, and many people suffer from recurring headaches and congestion. But while medication and nasal sprays provide relief to some patients, those with chronic sinus problems may need complex treatment and sometimes surgery. A breakthrough procedure called balloon sinuplasty is less invasive and has shown to be …

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Study Ties Premature Death to Air Pollution

The Trump administration may be ready to roll back some regulations covered by the Clean Air Act limiting some pollutants that contributed to smog-choked American cities in the 1970s. But new research from China suggests clean air can save millions of lives. More pollution, more deaths Researchers at the Chinese …

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Teen Pregnancies Create Health Challenges in Cameroon

Two-month-old Pride Nalova cries as her mother slaughters and roasts chicken in a restaurant in Cameroon’s capital, Yaounde. Beatrice Nalova, the baby’s 15-year-old mother, says she was forced to drop out of school when her mother found out that she was pregnant. “When she took me to a nearby hospital, …

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