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Hidden costs of global illegal wildlife trade — ScienceDaily

An international team of experts, including researchers from the University of Adelaide, has highlighted that the illegal and unsustainable global wildlife trade has bigger ramifications on our everyday lives than you might think. In a paper published in Biological Conservation, the team of researchers investigated the many ways in which the trade negatively impacts species, […]

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Air pollution bears economic costs and hinders intellectual development of Africa’s children, most far-reaching assessment of air pollution in Africa finds — ScienceDaily

Air pollution was responsible for 1.1 million deaths across Africa in 2019, with household air pollution — driven largely by indoor cookstoves — accounting for 700,000 fatalities, while increased outdoor air pollution claimed 400,000 lives, a team of researchers led by Boston College and the UN Environment Programme report in the latest edition of the […]

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Deaths linked to ‘hormone disruptor’ chemical costs billions in lost US productivity — ScienceDaily

Daily exposure chemicals called phthalates, used in the manufacture of plastic food containers and many cosmetics, may lead to roughly 100,000 premature deaths among older Americans each year, a new study shows. The resulting annual economic burden is between $40 billion and $47 billion, a value more than quadruple that of previous estimates. For decades, […]

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Cancer costs US more than $156 billion annually, with drugs a leading expense — ScienceDaily

Care for the 15 most prevalent types of cancer in the U.S. cost approximately $156.2 billion in 2018, according to a team of Penn State College of Medicine researchers. The team also found that medication was the biggest expense and that medication expense for breast, lung, lymphoma and colorectal cancers incurred the most costs. In […]

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Developing countries pay steep economic and health costs because of high car air pollution — ScienceDaily

In an international study published by the journal Environment International, the University of Surrey led an international team of air pollution experts in monitoring pollution hotspots in 10 global cities: Dhaka (Bangladesh); São Paulo (Brazil); Guangzhou (China); Medellín (Colombia); Cairo (Egypt); Addis Ababa (Ethiopia); Chennai (India); Sulaymaniyah (Iraq); Blantyre (Malawi); and Dar-es-Salaam (Tanzania). Surrey’s Global […]

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COVID-19 hospitalizations could mean significant out-of-pocket medical costs for many Americans — ScienceDaily

If past hospitalizations for pneumonia and other respiratory illnesses are any guide, many Americans could face high out-of-pocket medical costs for COVID-19 hospitalizations despite the fact that many insurers have waived their cost-sharing requirements, a study from researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests. For their study, the researchers analyzed out-of-pocket costs […]