2.5 Million Deaths In India From Lifestyle Diseases Linked To Pollution: Study

In 2015, 2.5 million of 10.3 million deaths in India due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are linked to pollution, according to a global study.   Pollution caused nine million deaths or 16% of global mortality–three times more deaths than from Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), tuberculosis, and malaria combined–in 2015, the study, Commission on pollution and health published in the Lancet, found.   Rising air pollution in a metropolis such as Delhi and smaller cities such as Ranchi are leading to rising incidences of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cancer, diabetes and other pollution-related ailments, the study…

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These Polythene-Eating Caterpillars May Help Curb Plastic Pollution

                  Plastic seems pervasive. Almost everything today contains plastic. It is impossible to imagine a world without it, however, it is better for the environment that we started fancying a world sans plastic. According to a report published by the WorldWatch institute, close to 20 million tons of plastic ends up dirtying the our oceans every year. “A recent study conservatively estimated that 5.25 trillion plastic particles weighing a total of 268,940 tons are currently floating in the world’s oceans,” noted the…

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Air pollution and lifestyle diseases are behind 33% strokes in India

As India continue to report 16 lakh cases of stroke every year, health experts have said that at least one third of these cases are caused by mere modifiable lifestyle factors and deteriorating air quality. A study concluded by the city-based Fortis Escorts Heart Institute reveals that lifestyle problems such as depression, chronic anxiety and job stress trigger the brain and heart strokes among people, including youth. It was found that among the challenges faced by the patients who survive stroke are short-term memory loss, difficulty in thinking and depression….

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Modern lifestyle, fast food and pollution causing 40% child cancer rise

Doctors tackling rising cancer rates in children are ‘fighting a losing battle’ because of modern lifestyle factors like fast food and pollution, a Bristol professor fears. Growing numbers of young people are being diagnosed with cancer because of damage caused by environmental factors like junk food. The Children with Cancer UK charity studied official statistics to reveal 40 per cent more young people are being diagnosed with variations of the illness than 16 years ago, with 1,300 more cases every year than in 1998. A University of Bristol professor, Dr Denis…

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