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World Tuberculosis Day - 24th March

World Tuberculosis Day - 24th March

Although in the developed world TB is commonly regarded as a disease of the past, 4,000 people still die from TB every day. Most of these deaths are in the developing world. The tragedy is that while inexpensive treatment can cure 90% of TB cases, TB prevention and cure is woefully underfunded. The world aim is to achieve zero TB, but very little is being done to fulfil this aim.

Nitrogen absorption avoided in sea-lion diving

Nitrogen absorption avoided in sea-lion diving

A new study has been published on sea lions and how they manage to dive to such incredible depths. The exchange of CO2, O2, and N2 is prevented by the collapse of the lungs, helping prevent the sea lion suffering from decompression sickness.

Tai Chi helps COPD sufferers, says report

Tai Chi helps COPD sufferers, says report

Tai Chi can be used as an effective exercise therapy for those suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a new report.

Caribbean bottlenose dolphins severely ill after spill

Caribbean bottlenose dolphins severely ill after spill



Bottlenose dolphins ill from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. NOAA marine biologists examined 32 dolphins and found they were underweight, anaemic, had low blood sugar and have some symptoms of lung disease and liver disease.

The price of asthma associated with traffic-related air pollution

The price of asthma associated with traffic-related air pollution

New research warns that the economic costs of asthma caused by traffic pollution are higher than previously thought.

Early Detection of COPD could help prevent lung cancer

Early Detection of COPD could help prevent lung cancer

Detection of COPD could allow for the early detection of lung cancer. The term COPD covers various diseases of the lungs which cause airway obstruction and narrowing. The most common are chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

NIH to examine how climate change may affect public health

NIH to examine how climate change may affect public health

The U.S. National Institutes of Health is sponsoring extensive research to determine the potential ill effects of climate change on public health. Examples of potential climate related illnesses include asthma and other respiratory illnesses, gastrointestinal diseases, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and deaths related to extreme weather, such as hurricanes, tornadoes and floods.

Smoking linked to rising tuberculosis deaths worldwide

Smoking linked to rising tuberculosis deaths worldwide

Efforts to eradicate tuberculosis in the developing world have been thwarted by rising rates of smoking addiction. Smoking is projected to account for 40 million additional deaths from tuberculosis between 2010 and 2050.

Early morning smokers at higher cancer risk

Early morning smokers at higher cancer risk

Smokers who light up as soon as they wake are more addicted to their habit and more at risk from associated cancers says new research published by the American Cancer Society. Those who lit up a cigarette between 31 and 60 minutes after waking were 1.31 times more likely to develop lung cancer as those who waited for an hour.

Controversial badger cull one step closer

Controversial badger cull one step closer

Scientists and the public against the government's plans. UK Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman announced today that the government is ''strongly minded to back'' a cull of badgers in an attempt to halt the spread of bovine tuberculosis (TB).

Emission targets set to clean up rural China

Emission targets set to clean up rural China

Pollution levels in China's rural areas to be cut by 2015. China's rapid industrial growth over the last generation has come at a cost. Air pollution causes an estimated 400,000 deaths a year along with 75 million asthma attacks. This year the Chinese government announced an ambitious programme to cut the country's pollution, embarking on a programme beginning in 2011 until 2015.

Mountain gorillas face human health hazard

Mountain gorillas face human health hazard

Mountain gorillas are under assault from a new enemy - human pneumonia-type viruses - according to research published in Emerging Infectious Diseases. The closeness of our relationship to our magnificent genetic cousins has led to this increased disease risk, that may well require changes to our approaches to conserve them.

Passive smoking a killer with children smoked out in cars

Passive smoking a killer with children smoked out in cars

Passive smoking, where non-smokers breathe in the second-hand smoke of others took a little longer to be recognised. After the popular British entertainer Roy Castle died in 1994 from lung cancer caused by passive smoking, people generally began to take notice. Although he had never smoked, Roy Castle had spent much of his life working in smoky clubs.