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    • Loaded with lead: How gun ranges poison workers and shooters (Part 2 of 3).
      An invisible assailant had invaded the bodies of Manny Romo, a 34-year-old ironworker, and his two kids, attacking their bones, brains and nerves. They were contaminated with lead. And it came from an unexpected place. Romo brought lead home from his construction work at a gun range, unwittingly poisoning his daughter, Serenity. Part 2 of 3.
    • Humble spud poised to launch a world food revolution.
      Here, on one of the Netherlands’ northernmost islands, windswept Texel, surrounded by encroaching ocean and salt marshes that seep sea water under its dykes and into ditches and canals, an enterprising farmer has taken the radical step of embracing salt water instead of fighting to keep it out. And now he thinks he might just help feed the world.
    • Study seeks to track asbestos legacy in Ambler, Pennsylvania.
      Although the last asbestos factory in Ambler closed decades ago, the piles of asbestos waste have remained in what are now two Superfund sites. Now researchers are studying those in the community and their risk for mesothelioma.
    • Chronic wasting disease threatens Canadian agriculture, Alberta MLA says.
      There is growing concern about the spread of chronic wasting disease in Alberta and what it could mean for Canada's agricultural industry. While mad cow disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease affect cattle and humans, chronic wasting disease affects elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer.
    • Runners choke to finish contaminated Beijing Marathon.
      Thousands of runners have battled thick smog to take part in the Beijing Marathon. Some athletes donned masks as air pollution soared toward 14 times the maximum recommended level.
    • The Kissimmee: a river recurved.
      It sounds almost superhuman to try straighten a river and then recarve the curves, but that's what federal and state officials did to the Kissimmee River in central Florida.
    • Struggle against extinction: The pictures that capture the story.
      Some animals, which appeared to be doing well, have plummeted towards extinction. Others, which seemed to be doomed, have bounced back.
    • Bangladesh: 60,000 students suffering from drinking water crisis.
      About 60,000 students of 146 institutions in Muksudpur upazila of Gopalganj district have been suffering from fresh water crisis due to arsenic contamination in groundwater.
    • The element that causes arguments.
      When Otto Hahn first discovered in 1938 the astonishing amounts of energy that could be released by splitting a single uranium atom, he opened the way to a potentially unlimited source of electricity, but also to the atomic bomb. Today, the element's potential poses a new conundrum – one that has split environmentalists right down the middle.
    • Despite China’s improved energy efficiency, rapid growth is still leading to increased CO2 emissions.
      China is pledging to cut the carbon intensity of its economy nearly in half by the end of the decade by becoming more energy efficient. Though this may sound promising, it doesn’t mean China will reduce its carbon emissions — in fact, quite the opposite.
    • Could desalination solve California’s water problem?
      Along this patch of the Pacific Ocean, welders and pipefitters nearly outnumber the surfers and sunbathers. Within sight of the crashing waves, the laborers are assembling what some hope will make water scarcity a thing of the past.
    • Road to a mess.
      Road transport is the backbone of Pakistan’s transport system. But excessive reliance on road transport is causing increased congestion, degradation of air quality and a dramatic increase in GHG emissions.
    • Scientists refute lower emissions claim for fracking.
      As advanced technology triggers the boom in extraction of natural gas, a new study warns that market forces mean the cheaper fossil fuel could replace not just coal, but also low-emission renewable and nuclear energy.
    • Under Scott, Florida's DEP undergoes drastic change.
      Gov. Rick Scott, running for re-election, has promised that in his second term he would be the greenest governor Florida has ever seen. But former employees say in his first term, Scott made wrenching, drastic changes in the agency that's supposed to protect the state's environment.
    • Pacific islanders on canoes blockade Australia coal export terminal.
      Environmental activists teamed up with Pacific islanders in eastern Australia on Friday in an attempt to block the world's largest coal export terminal by forming a blockade of canoes, surfboards and kayaks.
    • Candidates’ frustrations on display in final Maryland gubernatorial debate.
      The two leading candidates for governor in Maryland appeared to grow exasperated with each other at several points during an hour-long face-off, as they highlighted differences in their approaches to educational disparities, transportation investments and fracking.
    • Crude oil spills into Caddo bayou, kills wildlife.
      A major crude oil spill discovered near here Monday that stopped just shy of Caddo Lake has already killed dozens of fish and some reptiles and will keep cleanup crews and regulatory agencies on site likely for months to come.
    • Boulder's bee-safe boosters targeting businesses for no 'neonics' pledge.
      Bee Safe Boulder is trying to convince every business in Boulder County that sells plants and/or gardening-related products to sign a pledge to stop selling neonicotinoids and plants that have been treated with neonicotinoids.
    • Life in quarantine for Ebola exposure: 21 days of fear and loathing.
      As the Ebola scare spreads from Texas to Ohio and beyond, the number of people who have locked themselves away — some under government orders, others voluntarily — has grown well beyond those who lived with and cared for the first US victim before his death on Oct. 8.
    • The Ebola conspiracy theories.
      The spread of Ebola from western Africa to suburban Texas has brought with it another strain of contagion: conspiracy theories. Is it a bioweapon designed by the United States military to depopulate the planet. Was it patented by the CDC?

CONFLICT AND HEALTH; Civil conflict and sleeping sickness in Africa

This presentation attempts to shed some light on how conflict in various regions of Africa has helped spread infection with trypanosomiasis and has made it almost impossible to contain sleeping sickness. Solutions are also offered that national and international authorities could implement in the control and prevention of sleeping sickness. This presentation should also be of interest to those of you interested In Environmental health. It shows ways in which environments of conflict can have an effect on our health.

 Please click here to view presentation. I hope that the information is helpful. If you have any questions, or care to leave a comment, please do so, below. Thank you.

Esther Shisoka

PUBH 6165-5, Environmental Health

Walden University

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