MnDOT measures financial return on taxpayers’ investment in biking infrastructure

Cycling in Minnesota creates thousands of jobs and cuts health-care spending, state report concludes By Josephine Marcotty, Star Tribune, 28 March 2017 . For many Minnesotans cycling is nothing more than a Sunday frolic, but a new report finds that the state’s bike industry produces $780 million in annual economic activity, 5,519 jobs and millions of dollars in health care savings …

Significant increase in hospital admissions for mental illnesses seen during periods of heatwaves, especially during longer periods of heat exposure

A mental hospital-based study in Hanoi, Vietnam looked at if there is a relationship between heat exposure and mental health problems. The results showed significant increase in hospital admissions for mental illnesses during periods of heatwaves, especially during longer periods of heat exposure. This is according to a doctoral thesis from Umeå University. The study, which looked at admissions data …

Oil Industry’s Suppression of Climate Science Began in 1940s, with “Smoke and Fumes Committee” and Funding of Researchers at Institute

Oil Industry’s Suppression of Climate Science Began in 1940s, Documents Reveal Posted on Apr 13, 2016 By Nadia Prupis / Common Dreams A trove of newly uncovered documents shows that fossil fuel companies were explicitly warned of the risks of climate change decades earlier than previously suspected.  And while it’s no secret—anymore—that the companies knew about those dangers long ago, the documents, …

Climate change and health care: converging movements

Medical organizations have long made the connection between climate change and public health. (Photo: Joe Brusky/flickr/cc) Originally published on Common Dreams, 26 Jan 2017 Today, more than 100 million Americans depend on healthcare safety-net programs: Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But that safety net could be shredded if Dr. Tom Price—Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Health and …

Poverty leads to stress and increased cortisol which increases obesity

From Science Daily, 23 Feb 2017 People who suffer long-term stress (such as those in poverty, according to epidemiologists Pickett and Wilkison) may also be more prone to obesity, according to research by scientists at UCL which involved examining hair samples for levels of cortisol, a hormone which regulates the body’s response to stress. The paper, published in the journal …

Bloomberg reports that coal curbs in Asia could save 50,000 lives annually

Bloomberg News, 12 January 2017 Electricity demand in Southeast Asia may rise 83% by 2035 Coal emissions in SE Asia, Korea, Japan may triple by 2030 About 50,000 lives a year could be saved by 2030 if no new coal-fired power plants are built in Southeast Asia, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, according to a study from researchers at Harvard University …

To address health we need to address risks beyond the domain of just one actor. To create a healthy planet and people we must focus on collaborative and multi-stakeholder action

By Cat Johnson, 14 Jan 2017 What would it take to move from planetary imbalance into a state of sustained health and healing? In a recent report, Jamie Harvie, Executive Director of the Institute for a Sustainable Future and founder of the Commons Health Network, argues that we need a new health system, one based on a “profound appreciation of the complexity and …

Less CO2, more natural light and ventilation leads to 26% higher cognitive function, better sleep, more

By Joe Romm, 17 Oct 2016, Think Progress, Harvard finds certified green buildings improve both thinking and sleep:  Better indoor air and lighting likely drive gains. New research from the Harvard School of Public Health finds that workers in high-performing, green-certified buildings think and sleep better than those in similar buildings that were not green-certified. Led by Dr. Joe Allen, director of Harvard’s …

Suburbs increasingly view their auto-centric sprawl as a health hazard

By Katherine Shaver December 28, 2016, from the Washington Post Planners in Prince George’s County have talked for years about reshaping communities to help residents fetch a gallon of milk via a walk or bicycle ride, rather than add to stifling traffic congestion by having to drive. But planners say they’re increasingly treating the Maryland county’s low-density, auto-dependent design as …

Big 3 pharmaceuticals shipped 433 pain pills for every man, woman, and child in West Virginia, for a profit of $17 billion and a cost of 1, 728 lives/overdoses

Sanders Calls for Investigation of Big Pharma Drug Pushers Over Shocking New Report December 20, 2016 by Common Dreams  by Lauren McCauley Unfettered shipments of opioids “amount to 433 pain pills for every man, woman and child in West Virginia,” notes Charleston Gazette-Mail reporter Eric Eyre. (Photo: Melanie Tata/cc/flickr) Drug-pushing, multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical companies should be “investigated and prosecuted,” declared Sen. Bernie …