Wednesday September 19, 2018

Risk of Chronic Kidney Disease May Increase Due To Polluted Air

Looking at areas that are heavily polluted versus areas that are less polluted, you will find more chronic kidney diseases in the heavily polluted areas.

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Polluted air increases the risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD) which occurs when a person’s kidneys are damaged, or cannot filter blood properly, researchers, including one of Indian origin, have found.

The study highlighted that people with diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure or heart disease are at an increased risk of developing CKD.

Apart from PM2.5, air pollution also contains heavy metals such as lead, mercury and cadmium — all of which are known to negatively affect the kidneys.

Researchers from the University of Michigan in the US, warn high-risk patients who live in heavily populated areas to recognise the danger and take precautions.

“Similar to smoking, air pollution contains harmful toxins that can directly affect the kidneys,” said lead author Jennifer Bragg-Gresham, from the varsity.

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Kidney disease may in return increases the risk of diabetes. IANS

“Kidneys have a large volume of blood flowing through them, and if anything harms the circulatory system, the kidneys will be the first to sense those effects,” she added.

Previous studies have shown that polluted air increases the risk of respiratory problems such as asthma, organ inflammation, worsening of diabetes and other life-threatening conditions.

The new study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, examined several prior studies on the issue.

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Looking at areas that are heavily polluted versus areas that are less polluted, you will find more chronic kidney diseases in the heavily polluted areas, said co-author Rajiv Saran, a nephrologist at the varsity.

“In heavily polluted areas, consider wearing masks that cover your nose and mouth, limit hours outside and limit long hours commuting to work in high traffic as well,” cautioned Saran, adding that the risk should be taken seriously. (IANS)

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Sea Turtles Suffer Majorly Due to Plastic Traps

Turtles found injured had serious wounds and barely survived after they were taken to a rehabilitation centre for treatment.

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Thai authorities have said that in less than two months, more than 20 sea turtles had been killed from plastic or fish net wraps.

Thorn Thamrongnavaswasdi, vice dean of the fisheries faculty of Kasetsart University, said on Monday that the sea turtles washed upon the shores of Phuket and Phan-nga beaches provinces could not survive as the trapped sea animals suffocated in plastic waste bags or struggled tremendously in fishing nets, reports Xinhua news agency.

The marine scientist said that more than 20 green turtles and Olive Ridley turtles were found on Mai Khao beach in the Sirinart national park in Phuket and the beach in Thai Muang national park in Phang-nga province in the past two months.

 

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He said many were found dead with plastic or pieces of fish net wrapped around the turtles’ legs or necks.

Thorn also said turtles found injured had serious wounds and barely survived after they were taken to a rehabilitation centre for treatment.

Mai Khao and Thai Muang beaches have been the spawning ground for sea turtles which come to the beaches during October-February period.

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A plastic bottle washed up by the sea . (VOA)

Thorn however said the leatherback turtles have been missing for four years now.

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In June this year on World Environment Day, the Thai Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment along with several ministries, pledged to raise public awareness against the use of plastic by launching a campaign called “Beat Plastic Pollution: If you can’t reuse it, refuse it”. (IANS)

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