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Questions tagged [environmental-health]

Use this tag for questions regarding physical, chemical and biological factors that may affect human health.

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Is the European NO₂ limit of 40 µg/m³ for outside air backed by strong evidence?

According to the Umwelt Bundesamt, the average annual limit for the NO₂ concentration is set to 40 µg/m³ with the intention to protect people with asthma, small children and older people, especially ...
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Does commercially-produced cotton cloth contain unhealthy chemicals that cause fertility problems?

The article Czy Twoje ubrania Cię trują? "Wchłaniamy chemię przez skórę. Stąd np. problemy z płodnością" (Do your clothes poison you? "We absorb chemicals through the skin, hence, for example, ...
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Does too much deuterium clog up our mitochondria?

I recently came across a strange idea that appears to be popular in the biohacking and alternative health community. The essence of it is that many of the ills of modern life are cased by a buildup to ...
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Does CS tear gas permanently damage children?

In the final assault ending the 1993 siege of a compound in Waco, Texas , in which 76 people were killed, the FBI fired 40mm M651 CS and Ferret CS rounds into buildings containing adults and children ...
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Do UV air purifiers reduce the risk of being infected by the common cold or the flu?

I've seen several manufacturers make the claim that UV-C air purifiers can prevent the common cold and flu - primarily due to the destruction of viruses. (The ones that only purify air by filtering ...
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Do fireworks kills birds, dogs and other animals?

Diwali is a Hindu festival of lights, celebrated with fireworks. My closest friend on Facebook shared this picture on my wall: Happy Diwali Thousands of birds, dogs & other animals ...
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Do more people drown in deserts than die of thirst?

I had first heard about the claim that more people drown in deserts than die of thirst in school maybe 30 years ago. The explanation is that sudden rains can create dangerous flooding in normally dry ...
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Does each car in inner London cost society £8,000 in health and environmental cost over its lifetime?

The topic of air quality is getting a load of attention in newspaper headlines in the days leading up to Clean Air Day (21st June, apparently). For example, The Independent reports a recent study on ...
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Does a dairy-free diet reduce autistic behaviour?

PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) suggest the existence of a link between milk consumption and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) (see here on the PETA website). More research is needed, ...
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Does drinking cattle urine have health benefits?

Recently, a provincial government in India has decided to promote cattle urine as a health drink: Cow urine to be promoted as health drink in Uttar Pradesh BJP government in UP prepares proposal ...
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Does using BlueTooth devices cause leakage of the blood-brain barrier?

In 2012, the EMFacts Consultancy blog quoted Cindy Sage as saying: People should realize that Bluetooth devices that fit in or around the ear typically radiate at 0.23 watts per kilogram (W/Kg). [.....
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Is it true that other cultures don't see having two windows opened as a health risk? [closed]

I live in Romania and since I was a kid, I heard people talking about something we call, here in Romania, current—basically, the air flow which is being formed if at least two exterior windows are ...
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Does sensitatization require less allergens than elicitation?

In Evidence that Food Proteins in Vaccines Cause the Development of Food Allergies and Its Implications for Vaccine Policy Vinu Arumugham claims: It has been demonstrated that a smaller ...
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Does eating seedless fruit cause infertility?

Eden Tosch of The Ayurveda Experience argues against eating seedless fruit (such as seedless watermelon, grapes, lemons, tangerines and oranges). Eating the fertile, nutritious and rich part of a ...
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Is the illegal nuclear waste at the Coldwater Creek Nuclear Landfill a risk to public health?

NOTE: This is not a copy of: Is the illegal nuclear waste at The Westlake Nuclear Landfill a risk to public health? which is a different nearby nuclear landfill that has a different issue of a ...
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Is the illegal nuclear waste at The Westlake Nuclear Landfill a risk to public health?

This Question refers to the 1 of 3 the nuclear landfill sites in residential/commercial areas in the St. Louis, MO area. These landfills are a result of the leftovers from the Manhattan Project ...
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Is it healthy to sleep with the head under the blanket?

According to g9sleeptight.com (and many other websites), sleeping with the head under the blanket increases the risk of suffocation can trigger sleep apnea can cause brain damage stating "some ...
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Is air pollution reaching a crisis point?

A recent report by the Lancet Commision on Pollution and Health led to some scary headlines in the news: Pollution linked to one in six deaths Global pollution kills 9m a year and threatens '...
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Is there plastic microfiber in 83% of tap water?

I've recently come across this Guardian article which cites a story by Orb Media. Tests show billions of people globally are drinking water contaminated by plastic particles, with 83% of samples ...
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Smell of a Body [closed]

There's many fictional and nonfictional stories about passerby detecting dead bodies inside buildings and such by an "overwhelming stench of decay" or something equivalent, usually even through thick ...
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Does the DuPont/Denka plant in Lousiana emit 250,000 pounds of chloroprene annually?

I was a bit surprised when reading the following paragraph in the article "The Louisiana Environmental Apocalypse Road Trip": The risk of cancer in Reserve, a community founded by freed slaves, is ...
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Is the EPA's regulation of particulate matter justified with evidence?

The US Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has restrictions on "Particulate Matter". A recent Wall Street Journal op-ed piece article claims it is based on a scientifically unsupported ...
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Can mold cause GERD (acid reflux)?

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is more commonly known as acid reflux. According to Metabolic Healing is can be triggered by mold spores: This is a little known but potentially major cause ...
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Are Unvaccinated Children Healthier?

Got this today on my facebook wall... Alarming New Study: Unvaccinated Kids are Healthier The study’s findings really make you wonder. Here’s some of the specifics: Vaccinated children ...
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Does residential radon cause lung cancer?

Radon causes lung cancer; a typical statement is this: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified radon as the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Many ...
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Is flying the worst choice of travelling, considering the greenhouse effect and carbon-dioxide emission? [closed]

The communities I live in in Germany keep telling everybody that flying should be avoided by all circumstances, because it has a far bigger ecological footprint than any other mode of transportation. ...
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Are the chemical compounds BPA, BPS and BPF harmful to humans?

According to the following article by Time, and the study that it cites, several compounds of the chemical bisphenol - used in commonly-handled products like shopping receipts and plastic containers ...
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Are cell phones harmful to male fertility if kept in trousers pocket? [duplicate]

Several studies or press articles suggest that keeping a cell phone in a male's trousers pocket (and cell phone usage in general) may harm that men's fertility (increase sperm issues): http://www....
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Do Ultra-dense H11-grade HEPA filters remove up to 99% of PM0.3 particles?

The Xaiomi Air Purifier 2 website claims: HEPA (High-efficiency Particulate Arrestance) is frequently used in hospitals and labs to filter out micron-sized particles. Mi Air Purifier uses an ultra-...
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Is drinking water stored in copper vessels (copperware) good for your health?

It's a wide spread belief in India (Ayurveda) that drinking water stored in copper ware (like copper jugs and pots) is better for health. There's even a website about it: Dr. Copper's "Scientifically ...
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Does the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) meaningfully increase the risk of water contamination?

There are many environmental problems with fossil fuels (climate change being the most obvious), but specifically regarding water pollution, how big of a threat to local water supplies is the Dakota ...
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Is the safety advice regarding asbestos consistent with advice about other risks?

The HSE in England advise in the FAQ section of their website here "Many cases of inadvertent, short-term exposure to asbestos will most likely have led to minimal exposure to fibres, with little ...
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Does releasing hydroxyl (OH) into the air purify it safely?

Companies like Air Oasis have products that promise to purify the air by: The Air Oasis brands of Air Purifiers that we carry use a unique nano Nickle catalytic hydration process to create powerful ...
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Does grounding (earthing) reduce inflammation? [duplicate]

This seems to be an article in a peer-reviewed journal: The effects of grounding (earthing) on inflammation, the immune response, wound healing, and prevention and treatment of chronic inflammatory ...
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Are activities in which both people bleed on each other considered “No Risk” for the transmission of HIV?

My friend, who was a HIV care provider, claims explicitly that "no one has ever transmitted HIV through wound to wound contact" and that therefore there is no significant risk to hockey players ...
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Does sharing earphones increase the risk of middle ear infections?

A Google search reveals many claims that sharing earphones is unhealthy. Marie Claire magazine provides an example: Kelly Reynolds, Ph.D., associate professor of environmental health at the ...
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Does 80-90% of the environmental and health damage a car causes come from manufacturing?

Claim from the video The First 3D-Printed Supercar: How we make them [cars] is much more important than how we fuel them and whether they have a tailpipe or not. 80 to 90 percent or more of the ...
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Do 1.5 million children die from pollution?

1.5 million children die every year from drinking polluted water. www.unicef.in From this. Is that really true?
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Does Daylight Savings Time lead to an increase in car accidents and work related injuries the week afterwards?

In the segment Daylight Saving Time - How Is This Still A Thing? of John Oliver's Last Week Tonight it is said: Studies say that there's an increase in car accidents and work related injuries the ...
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Does any high fructose corn syrup remain in bread after baking? [closed]

I have seen bread that has the dramatic message "Contains no high fructose corn syrup" By reading the labels on other breads, I find it appears frequently in the list of ingredients. Since the yeast ...
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Is the first stall of a public restroom the cleanest? [closed]

I have read so during a quick search on google, are there proofs for this theory?
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Does using a fluoride-based toothpaste or fluoride-supplemented tap water lead to higher fluoride concentration in the pineal gland?

Dr. Edward Group writes in Everything You Wanted to Know about the Pineal Gland: Calcification is the biggest problem for the pineal gland. Fluoride accumulates in the pineal gland more than any ...
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Is Giardiasis a significant risk of drinking untreated water in pristine backcountry areas in North America?

In North America, many people filter water when they are in the backcountry. A risk frequently cited in outdoor and hiking guides is giardiasis. For example, Frank and Annes Canyon Country Notebook ...
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Does Flint have a much lower rate of lead poisoning than it had two decades ago?

Does Kevin Drum's article Raw Data: Lead Poisoning of Kids in Flint describes the lead levels in Flint accurately? What you see is very steady and impressive progress from 1998 to 2013, with the ...
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Are organic vegetables higher in carcinogens?

My common senses would have told me that organic vegetables are healthier and less harmful compared to vegetables treated with pesticides. A recent post on Quora made me think otherwise. Organic ...
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Is wireless charging harmful?

My phone has a wireless charging coil, and it got me thinking about how much EM radiation a charger would actually produce. I'm sure some tinfoil people are up in arms about it, and a quick Google ...
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Does breathing Beijing's air for one hour reduce life expectancy by 20 minutes?

I've just listened to this claim by a BBC journalist in Beijing: A recent study showed that even breathing this kind of air for an hour can reduce a person's life expectancy by 20 minutes. This ...
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Does injecting Bacillus F improve one's health? [closed]

In a Siberian times report, a Russian scientist Anatoli Brouchkov claims that 3.5 million year old bacteria Bacillus F improves longevity and fertility of fruit flies and mice stimulated the growth ...
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Do the plastic shade balls in Los Angeles leach chemicals into water?

An engineer with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power claims that the plastic balls, which are introduced into the water reservoir in an attempt to combat the severe drought, don't leach any ...
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Has 98% of Europe banned water fluoridation? [duplicate]

I came across this gem on facebook today. It contains no sources, makes a bold claim with a numerical statistic to "back it up", and has been "shared" and "liked" thousands of times in the last ~48 ...