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The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday proposed the first-ever national standards for mercury and other air pollutants emitted from coal-fired power plants.
The proposed standards would dramatically improve public health, EPA said. They would prevent 17,000 premature deaths and 11,000 heart attacks. The standards would also prevent 120,000 cases of childhood asthma, according to EPA.
“With the help of existing technologies, we will be able to take reasonable steps that will provide dramatic protections to our children and loved ones, preventing premature deaths, heart attacks, and asthma attacks,” EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said in a statement.
The proposed standards come as EPA is under attack from Republicans and some Democrats in Congress, who argue that the agency is issuing regulations that will hobble the economy. GOP lawmakers have set their sites on EPA's climate rules, but have also railed against other agency regulations, including the mercury standards.
The standards would require companies to install technology at power plants to lower a slew of harmful emissions.
Air pollutants like mercury, arsenic, chromium and nickel have been linked to instances of cancer and can affect infant brain development.
EPA said Wednesday that it followed closely an executive order signed by President Obama in January that requires federal agencies to ensure that regulations are cost effective and not overly burdensome.
The standards “are based on the latest data and provide industry significant flexibility in implementation through a phased-in approach and use of already existing technologies,” EPA said in a statement.
And EPA said the standards are cost-effective, asserting that for every $1 spent, the public will see $13 in benefits.
The public will have 60 days to comment on the proposed standards.
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Guidelines for children's heart and breathing rates are inaccurate and not based on evidence, according to researchers. These measurements are often used to decide treatment, but the study in the Lancet says current rules would mean half of healthy 10-year-olds were diagnosed with abnormal vital signs.
:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-12732439Guidelines for children's heart and breathing rates are inaccurate and not based... more
Air pollution: The silent killer
Air pollution: Silent killer in the city
By Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent
November 16, 2010 8:53 a.m. EST
How to protect yourself from polluted air
* Air pollution can raise the risk of lung and heart problems, Dr. Gupta says
* Urban pollution kills more than a million people annually, according to U.N. figures
* Cities around the world are trying out solutions to tackle the problem
Kobe, Japan (CNN) -- For the last several days, I have been in beautiful Kobe, Japan, reporting about the World Health Organization forum on urbanization and health.
Given that more than half the world's population now lives in cities, with the number expected to increase significantly, the implications on individual health are becoming pretty clear. A lot of the discussion here has been specifically on the quality of the air we breathe, and the news has not been great.
For starters, an Environmental Protection Agency report found the air in many cities is simply too dirty to breathe. Think about that: as things stand now, toxic pollution has become a particular disease of the world's urbanites, affecting more than a billion of its citizens.
And, if you look more closely at the impact of pollution, you see more than half the burden on human health is on people in developing countries already crippled with poverty and few resources.
As things stand now, toxic pollution has become a particular disease of the world's urbanites.
--Dr. Sanjay Gupta
For example, here in Kobe, there is an obvious marriage between the industrial sector filled with at least 15 large factories, and residential areas close by. Walking around the city, you quickly see the consequences of explosive urban growth. The combination of factory emissions with exhaust from trucks, buses and automobiles is proving toxic to human health.
Today, urban pollution kills a million people a year, according to the United Nations. And, conventional wisdom was that it took a long time to develop health problems associated with pollution, but it is simply not the case. A study published in 2007 found that on days when pollution is high, cities see spikes in emergency room visits over the next 24 hours. Just one day.
If you live in a city, chances are you might not even notice just how polluted the air has become. Turns out that within four days of breathing the dirty air in, your body sort of becomes accustomed to it, despite the fact that your airways becomes more inflamed and restricted, and your risk of lung and heart problems start to rise.
The good news is that fixes are being tested in many cities around the world. In Shanghai, coal-free downtown areas have been established, which has already resulted in lower particulate matter. In New York City, there is a ban on idling trucks and buses. And in Bogota, transport management policies have led to increased use of mass transit.
Having spent time in many major cities on every continent in the world, it is safe to say "urbanization" is here to stay. As individuals and as societies, however, it is up to us to try to make the beautiful city we live in a safer and healthier one.Air pollution: The silent killer Air pollution: Silent killer in the city By Dr.... more
The discovery of "taste receptors" in the lungs rather than on the tongue could point the way to new medicines for asthma, it is suggested.
link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-11607395The discovery of "taste receptors" in the lungs rather than on the tongue... more
Tough Guys go Om too
http://themindbodymoderate.com/2010/07/13/meditation-its-not-just-for-sissies-anymore/Tough Guys go Om too... more
Babies born even slightly prematurely are at greater risk of breathing problems as infants, a study of more than 200,000 births found.
link:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/7912619/Babies-born-just-a-few-weeks-early-at-greater-risk-of-breathing-problems.htmlBabies born even slightly prematurely are at greater risk of breathing problems as... more
1. The Introduction:
We have so many Arts around - the Art of Making Friends, the Art of getting Success in life, the Art of Living and so on. All of these Arts do try to help us improve our personality, our outlook towards life and indeed our whole existence as a human being. Let us add one more to this interesting list of Arts - The Art of Dying.
2. What is the Art of Dying:
The Art of being able to leave the human body most peacefully in a liberating spiritual way at the time of one's own death, by the human soul may be termed the Art of Dying.
3. How it Works:
My own understanding in this regard goes like this: A yoga-practitioner who is able to retain one's breath in the Brhmaanda [Brain/skull] area of one's own physical human body comfortably for a long period of time/duration daily automatically finds it easier for the own consciousness withdrawing upwards at the time one's own death. The soul of such a Yoga-practitioner goes to higher spiritual planes or is able to merge into the supreme-consciousness and does not come to the lower spiritual planes.
4. How to Learn/Master it:
Learn it only under the guidence of some really competent Yoga-Teacher/Spiritual Master first and then only practice it daily.
Sit in the Sedhaasana, close your eyes, inhale deeply, feel the movement of the breath upwards in the skull/brain area, retain this breath in the skull/brain area for as long a duration with which you may be comfortable with, slowly exhale the breath. Repeat this cycle 9 times.
First day, you may retain the breath for 5 seconds only, next day for 10 seconds and so on. Go on increasing this duration daily with patience till you are able to hold your breath in the skull/brain area for 48 minutes comfortably1. The Introduction: We have so many Arts around - the Art of Making Friends, the... more
People with severe paralysis may soon be able to surf the internet or drive a wheelchair simply by breathing, according to scientists in Israel.
link:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/7912892/Locked-in-patients-may-be-able-to-drive-wheelchairs-and-surf-internet-by-breathing.htmlPeople with severe paralysis may soon be able to surf the internet or drive a... more
Fire Bug Show #2
We talk about Fire Breathing and how important it is to know which fuel to use.
Check out our online resource: http://www.learnfireeating.com/home.htmlFire Bug Show #2 We talk about Fire Breathing and how important it is to know which... more
Marine air has long been known to revive the body, breathing sea air helps with Asthma, and ionised air can help the bodies immune system fight infection.
Take a look at the recent studies...Marine air has long been known to revive the body, breathing sea air helps with... more
Vanessa Hudgens To Play Sexy New Spider Woman??? Plus Nylon Photo Shoot…VIDEO...
Vanessa Hudgens’ Web Of Beauty May Be Fodder For Spider-Woman Role
High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens is allegedly in talks to play Spider Woman.
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Vanessa Hudgens, is said to be one of the front runners to play the leading role in an upcoming movie based on the comic book.
A movie insider stated: “The idea is for this to be a fun, comedic movie and Vanessa is perfect for the title role,”Vanessa Hudgens To Play Sexy New Spider Woman??? Plus Nylon Photo... more
Allergies are such a downer and so hard to pinpoint – not to mention to get rid of. Thankfully, Health.com has provided several ways to keep allergies at bay inside your home...Allergies are such a downer and so hard to pinpoint – not to mention to get rid... more
Have you ever wondered is it all safe to practise that is being dished out to you in the name of the Yoga and the Ayurveda? Do all these individuals claiming to be the Yoga Gurus, Swamis and Experts themselves know fully about the Yoga and the Ayurveda? Also, Do you know that the real Yogi is one who possesses and can perform yogic miracles like flying in the air?...................................
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http://bit.ly/ciSvxsHave you ever wondered is it all safe to practise that is being dished out to you in... more
Are you always wondering what your dream has revealed? It might be the harbinger of a certain disease that is usually kept unknown during the incubation period.Are you always wondering what your dream has revealed? It might be the harbinger of a... more
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Being alert with the signs of sickness may help you to go for the earlier treatment and your prompt action to adjust the diet and lifestyle accordingly.“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Being alert with the... more
Discovery-News.com: Every morning we wake up to a not so pleasant taste in our mouth. This week on Why? Tell Me Why! Kasey-Dee finds out the root of nasty morning breath.
For more science news stories, check out http://www.discovery-news.comDiscovery-News.com: Every morning we wake up to a not so pleasant taste in our mouth.... more