Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Human drugs are polluting the water - and animals are swimming in it

Salmon’s life cycle draws nutrients from forested areas to the ocean and then back upstream, onto floodplains, into woodlands, and higher still, to alpine lakes. En route, salmon bodies feed wolves, foxes, eagles, otters, flies, and others, including forests. Tree rings record years of abundant fish as well as thinner seasons.

Today, another kind of migration - a pernicious, microscopic one that folds together the private lives of humans with those of riverine creatures - risks disrupting this cycle, even as it offers (a meager silver lining) insight into fish mentality and animal migration.

Pharmaceuticals are emitted from our bodies, homes, and factories, entering waterways and accumulating in fish, bugs, mollusks, crustaceans, birds, and warm-blooded animals.

Traces of many drugs, among them antifungals, antimicrobials, and antibacterials, as well as ones for pain, fertility, mood, sleeplessness, and neurodegenerative diseases are found in the waterways.


43 million US women have heart disease - more than HALF of them do not do exercise to offset the disease

More than half of all women with cardiovascular disease do not perform exercise and the number is growing, a new study says.

Researchers found 61% of the 43 million women with heart disease were not meeting the physical activity guidelines recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA).

Additionally, healthcare costs were about $4,000 more for women who were not exercising compared to those who were.

Around one-third of the US female population has heart disease, and doctors say exercising could help strengthen the heart muscle and manage blood pressure and cholesterol levels.


Stubbed out: Japan university stops hiring smoking professors

A Japanese university has stopped hiring professors and teachers who light up, officials said on Tuesday (Apr 23), as the nation steps up an anti-smoking campaign ahead of the 2020 Olympics.

Nagasaki University spokesman Yusuke Takakura told AFP they have "stopped hiring any teaching staff who smoke", although applicants who promise to kick the habit before taking up their post could still be offered employment.

The university will also ban smoking entirely on campus from August, opening a clinic for those who cannot give up, said Takakura.

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