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Marine Mammal Illness Possibly Related to Environmental Conditions

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A Firsthand Account BY ELIZABETH TOUMA, A MEMBER OF WIRED’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS A Personal Comment (Archived story. Original version is here.) I am an employee and volunteer with The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California. As the marine mammal hospital with the world’s largest number of patients, the Center advances global ocean conservation through marine mammal […]

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WHO Names Top Ten Threats to Global Health

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BY ALLISON KOZICHAROW; EDITED BY BERNICE BORN (Archived story. Original version is here.) On January 21, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a list of ten threats (see sidebar) impacting global health, which WHO and its partners will focus on in 2019. According to WHO, “The world is facing multiple health challenges. These range from outbreaks of vaccine-preventable […]

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Sidestepping Climate Change to Promote Environmental Policy

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BY GARY W. SELNOW, Ph.D., WiRED INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR A Personal Comment (Archived story. Original version is here.) Life on the planet is remarkably interconnected; humans, animals, we might even add plants, interact in delicate, mutually dependent associations. Presiding over all living things are the air and water — the environment that sustains us. WiRED International’s […]

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Climate Change, Pollution and Health

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BY GARY W. SELNOW, Ph.D., WiRED INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR A Personal Comment (Archived story. Original version is here.) Many of WiRED’s board members, staff and volunteers live in California, and, as I write this essay, we are holed up in our homes, able to venture outside only for chores and obligations we cannot avoid. When I […]

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WiRED Marks One Health Day

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BY ALLISON KOZICHAROW; EDITED BY BERNICE BORN (Archived story. Original version is here.) November 3, 2018, is One Health Day. One Health Day reminds us of the critical link among humans, animals and the environment we all share. It further reminds us that to address the health of human populations, we must also address the health […]

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NIH Studies Explore Health Benefits of Human-Animal Interactions

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BY ALLISON KOZICHAROW; EDITED BY BERNICE BORN (Archived story. Original version is here.) Do animals have the power to benefit human health? For the past 10 years the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has funded an ongoing range of studies focused on humans’ relationships with animals. NIH reports that “Scientists are looking at what the potential physical and mental […]

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Veterinarians Play Key Role in the Concept of “One Health”

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BY ALLISON KOZICHAROW; EDITED BY BERNICE BORN (Archived story. Original version is here.) Veterinarians work to protect the health of animals. They know that keeping animals and pets healthy also protects the health of people and the environment. The One Health approach, adopted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, connects human, animal and environmental health. Experts […]

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Earth Day is Every Day

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BY ALLISON KOZICHAROW; EDITED BY BERNICE BORN (Archived story. Original version is here.) Threats to the health of our planet — such as climate change, pollution, deforestation and species extinction — make this Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, a vital time to reflect and to act to protect our world. The Centers for Disease Control […]