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How are key environmental factors linked to public health and wellbeing? This blog addresses all aspects of natural and human built environments, provides latest updates and overview of key health indicators.

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  • May 13, 2016
  • 02:25 AM

Friday the 13th

by Aurametrix team in Environmental health

Our health depends on a multitude of environmental factors, day in and day out.  And today is a special day - Friday the 13th. How should you feel on this day? Friday the 13th is one of the most feared dates, associated with bad luck in the West. And it is taken cautiously even in cultures that do not fear the 13th - for example, among Chinese mothers avoiding delivering their babies on the 13th.  But science says that those born on the 13th and even those born on Friday the 13th are not in ........ Read more »

Fidrmuc, J., & Tena, J. (2015) Friday the 13th: The Empirics of Bad Luck. Kyklos, 68(3), 317-334. DOI: 10.1111/kykl.12085  

Chung, R., Darrat, A., & Li, B. (2014) Superstitions and stock trading: some new evidence. Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, 19(4), 527-538. DOI: 10.1080/13547860.2014.920589  

Almond D, Chee CP, Sviatschi MM, & Zhong N. (2015) Auspicious birth dates among Chinese in California. Economics and human biology, 153-9. PMID: 26160600  

  • February 29, 2016
  • 11:45 PM

From Limping to Leaping

by Aurametrix team in Environmental health

"Anno bisesto, anno funesto” (leap year, gloomy year), say Italians. “Leap year was ne’er a good sheep year” agrees an old Scottish proverb. "Високосный год "Урожай" соберет" (leap year will gather the "Harvest") warns a Russian saying implying that there will be plenty of disasters - calamities, catastrophes and cataclysms. But usually there are not.​ Leap years tend to be good for stocks (with the exception of the recent crashes in 2000 and 2008), al........ Read more »

Neumann, P. (1992) Leap-year problems. Communications of the ACM, 35(6), 162. DOI: 10.1145/129888.129900  

  • August 31, 2015
  • 01:43 PM

The Last Day of Summer

by Aurametrix team in Environmental health

Is that it? Summer is finally over. And so is the sweet melancholy of August, listening to nature sounds - soothing ocean waves or a chorus of crickets while sitting on a porch, sun drying you with warm rays... It's the end of the holiday break.Tomorrow is September, the second most stressful month of the year. It is known for stock market volatility and big financial crashes, strategic planning meetings, storms and tornadoes, hectic days at work, the season of "back to school" and the time for ........ Read more »

  • May 17, 2015
  • 11:46 PM

Cities of the Future

by Aurametrix team in Environmental health

Picture your dream home. Chances are you did not think much about cutting edge technology, but more about luscious green grass, backyard oasis, fresh clean air, soothing pool of water or watching the sunset in your rocking chair. Scientific studies and crowdsourcing projects  showed that the amount of greenery is usually associated with beauty, quietness, or happiness, while broad streets, fortress-like buildings, and council houses are associated with ugly, noisy, and unhappy environments. ........ Read more »

Shaocai Yu. (2014) Water spray geoengineering to clean air pollution for mitigating haze in China’s cities. Environmental Chemistry Letters. info:/10.1007/s10311-013-0444-0

  • November 28, 2014
  • 10:21 PM

The Day After Thanksgiving

by Aurametrix team in Environmental health

Seasonal changes, holidays and shopping activities are among the environmental factors that can influence our health. What positive or negative effects can we expect on Black Friday and days right after? The Friday-after-Thanksgiving was coined "Black" by police officers because of the fact that the traffic on the day after Thanksgiving is usually heavy and crowds are large. And they were right. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration & CDC, Thanksgiving is the most dang........ Read more »

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2001) Reducing the risk for injury while traveling for Thanksgiving holidays. MMWR. Morbidity and mortality weekly report, 50(45), 1016-7. PMID: 11724161  

Hull HR, Radley D, Dinger MK, & Fields DA. (2006) The effect of the Thanksgiving holiday on weight gain. Nutrition journal, 29. PMID: 17118202  

Petrescu, M., & Murphy, M. (2013) Black Friday and Cyber Monday: a case study. International Journal of Electronic Marketing and Retailing, 5(3), 187. DOI: 10.1504/IJEMR.2013.052884  

  • November 4, 2013
  • 11:37 PM

Keeping Pollutants Out with Exercise

by Aurametrix team in Environmental health

Food, drugs, air and everyday products like soap, cloth and grocery receipts are polluting our bodies with hundreds of toxic chemicals. New chemicals are constantly being introduced into our environment and the effects of most of them on human health are not known. About 30% of human diseases are due to environmental exposures as genetics is not the whole story. Whether rich or poor, our bodies are burdened with toxic waste. High socioeconomic status means more mercury and arsenic........ Read more »

Giles LV, & Koehle MS. (2013) The Health Effects of Exercising in Air Pollution. Sports medicine (Auckland, N.Z.). PMID: 24174304  

  • October 20, 2013
  • 11:41 PM

Are You What You Read or Do You Read What You Are?

by Aurametrix team in Environmental health

The environment plays a significant role in our health. We are exposed to multiple physical, chemical and biological challenges, including information - like news and gossip stories related to health and wellness. How exactly is it affecting us? University of Pennsylvania researchers surveyed over two thousand US adults 40 to 70 years of age on how they scanned for information about specific health behaviors. The researchers followed up one year later to see how participants' behaviors chang........ Read more »

  • September 11, 2013
  • 04:57 PM

Asthma in September

by Aurametrix team in Environmental health

Asthma sufferers know that when it rains it spores - as fungi and mold get moving through the air. But many don't realize that the most dangerous month for children's asthma symptoms is dry September. A study of hospital data found the spike in admissions in two to three weeks after the return to school. It happens in the United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Israel, Finland, Trinidad, and Canada, where 20% to 25% of all childhood asthma exacerbations requiring hospitalization have occurred........ Read more »

Sears MR, & Johnston NW. (2007) Understanding the September asthma epidemic. The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology, 120(3), 526-9. PMID: 17658590  

Lin S, Jones R, Liu X, & Hwang SA. (2011) Impact of the return to school on childhood asthma burden in New York State. International journal of occupational and environmental health, 17(1), 9-16. PMID: 21344814  

  • July 4, 2013
  • 06:09 PM

The Hazards of Working Nights: for breasts and beyond

by Aurametrix team in Environmental health

The jury is still out whether Angelina's choice is brave or fearful, but the fact remains: having or not having the "bad" genes is not enough to develop or avoid developing breast cancer. As a matter of fact, only 5% to 10% of breast cancer cases result directly from inherited gene defects. Check it yourself, by using this decision tool developed in Stanford.  Even though for members of some families with BRCA mutations the risk may be as high as 80%, this could be because of environme........ Read more »

Grundy A, Richardson H, Burstyn I, Lohrisch C, Sengupta SK, Lai AS, Lee D, Spinelli JJ, & Aronson KJ. (2013) Increased risk of breast cancer associated with long-term shift work in Canada. Occupational and environmental medicine. PMID: 23817841  

  • March 18, 2013
  • 01:12 PM

Blood and Taxes

by Aurametrix team in Environmental health

Nothing is certain, but blood pressure does increase in the end of winter and beginning of spring. According to Aurametrix users and google statistics. As a matter of fact, it highly correlates with tax fever - as found by Google Correlate algorithm comparing millions of web queries. But the reason for raising blood pressure is not always taxes. Seasonal variation in blood pressure was noticed and described more than 50 years ago and was connected to periods of decreasing outdoor temperature. ........ Read more »

  • February 10, 2013
  • 12:03 AM

Will you get the flu this season?

by Aurametrix team in Environmental health

Worst of flu season may be over. But you can still catch a chill. If you shake hands with lots of sick people, for example. Or don't keep sufficiently warm. Yes, your mother has told you, and you thought it was just an old wives' tale, but it wasn't. Scientists (Johnson and Eccles, 2005) provide evidence that cold exposure may induce cold symptoms without any contact to sick individuals. As we all carry dormant (sub-clinical) infections in our nose, genitals and other parts of the body, and thes........ Read more »

  • July 15, 2012
  • 04:02 PM

On Apples and Trees

by Aurametrix team in Environmental health

An apple doesn't fall far from the tree. So if you don't like apples, trees won't like you either. And the other way around.If your mother ate apples during pregnancy, she might have protected you from asthma. And if you like apple juice, this might help you avoid chronic wheezing issues. Research has already proven these and many similar connections. Now a new study suggests that eating apples could also help you cope with seasonal allergies - particularly with allergies to ........ Read more »

  • May 26, 2012
  • 11:53 PM

More apps, less flu?

by Aurametrix team in Environmental health

Fewer people caught the flu this season compared with  past years. And many more apps tracking the flu have been developed.  Any relationship between these two trends?Of course, less flu could be just the result of fewer mutations in bugs, warmer weather and more vaccinations. Yet the power of good software - such as google flu trends, twitter-based trackers and numerous apps can not be underestimated. Thanks to these tools, we are now more aware (and more afraid).The flu is inher........ Read more »

Dugas, A., Hsieh, Y., Levin, S., Pines, J., Mareiniss, D., Mohareb, A., Gaydos, C., Perl, T., & Rothman, R. (2012) Google Flu Trends: Correlation With Emergency Department Influenza Rates and Crowding Metrics. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 54(4), 463-469. DOI: 10.1093/cid/cir883  

  • May 10, 2012
  • 08:42 PM

Hello Summertime!.. Owls Beware

by Aurametrix team in Environmental health

Environment can significantly affect human health. And the risks are not limited to air pollution, seasonal allergies, tainted water or chemicals in food. Our life dramas are set against the backdrop of world events that contribute to environmental health too, to a lesser or greater extent.How does springing clocks forward affect our lives?Hopefully, not much financially. Despite earlier predictions that average stock market returns are likely to be lower on Mondays following time changes (........ Read more »

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