Amino acid supplement is a key to reproductive health in dairy cows

University of Illinois researchers, including Phil Cardoso (pictured), found rumen-protected lysine improves uterine health in dairy cows during the transition period. Credit: University of Illinois Lysine is an essential amino acid for dairy cows, helping boost milk production when added to the diet at adequate levels. But could lysine benefit cows in other ways? A … Read more

We may be underestimating just how bad carbon-belching SUVs are for the climate, and for our health

Testing on-board emissions from SUVs in Sydney. Credit: Robin Smit Australia’s love for fuel-hungry and fuel-inefficient SUVs is hampering our ability to bring transport emissions down. SUVs make up half of all new car sales last year, a National Transport Commission report revealed this week—up from a quarter of all sales a decade ago. As … Read more

Climate change jeopardizes health care services, report says

With Kaiser Permanente’s Santa Rosa Medical Center in the background, a flame from an open gas valve burns at the Journey’s End mobile home park on Oct. 9, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. Dr. Suzy Fitzgerald helped with the evacuation of 122 patients from Kaiser Permanente’s Santa Rosa Medical Center nearly five years ago, as … Read more

Microplastics are in our fertilizers and soils, yet we know next to nothing about their environmental and health impacts

Area with microplastic pollution from sewage sludge (left) and from compost (right) in share of Utilized Agricultural Area (UAA) under high fertilisation intensity. Credit: Author provided, Fourni par l’auteur Gazprom’s decision to turn off the taps of Nord Stream 1 this month has rocked Europe’s industrial and manufacturing sector, with fertilizer producers first in line. … Read more

Storms are getting worse. What does that mean for our health?

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain As adverse weather events like heavy rainfall, subsequent flooding and heat waves grow more severe and increase in frequency, checking the weather forecast means much more than knowing if you need an umbrella: Extreme weather is inextricably linked to our safety and well-being. Though Western Pennsylvania is not usually vulnerable to … Read more

New labeling approach enables examination of packages cells send out to gain insight about health

Dr. Sang-Ho Kwon (center) and his research team. Credit: Michael Holahan, Augusta University Our cells are constantly communicating, and scientists have developed an efficient way to find out what messages they are sending in protein-packed biological suitcases called exosomes. These spherical exosomes, which reside in the internal membrane of a cell but will eventually head … Read more

Unearthing the secrets of plant health and carbon storage with rhizosphere-on-a-chip

Scientists at ORNL have created a rhizosphere-on-a-chip research platform, a miniaturized environment to study the ecosystem around poplar tree roots for insights into plant health and soil carbon sequestration. Credit: Carlos Jones/ORNL, US Dept. of Energy Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have created a miniaturized environment to study the ecosystem … Read more

Scientists are discovering ways to eliminate PFAS, but this growing global health problem isn’t going away soon

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain PFAS chemicals seemed like a good idea at first. As Teflon, they made pots easier to clean starting in the 1940s. They made jackets waterproof and carpets stain-resistant. Food wrappers, firefighting foam, even makeup seemed better with perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances. Then tests started detecting PFAS in people’s blood. Today, PFAS … Read more

Anthropologist explores how heat impacts North Texans’ physical, mental health

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain When Courtney Cecale moved into her North Texas house in the summer of 2020, she was in for a heat shock. The plants in her car wilted and died before she could move them into the house. Her two black Labradors, Carl and Tony, got sick. “There were just very small, … Read more

NASA data, acoustic soundscapes assess health of Amazon rainforest

Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center From space, parts of the Amazon rainforest that have previously been logged or burned may look fully recovered with a healthy, lush, and green canopy. They may seem to be places buzzing with activity and full of sounds. But inside the rainforest the animal life may tell a different … Read more