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Researchers look to toxins in the environment for answers to Alzheimer’s

November 25, 2019

Can insecticides, industrial and commercial pollutants, antimicrobials, heavy metals and air pollutants contribute to the onset of Alzheimer’s? As our population ages at a break-neck pace, visions of a society overwhelmed by the sorrows of the “silver tsunami’ strike fear and concern, but answers remain elusive. Researchers across the world continue to search valiantly for answers to Alzheimer’s. With no clear answers, people are asking, should I take vitamins or supplements? Are...

Environmental entrepreneurs receive national recognition

November 14, 2019

Identified as “a powerful new model for the environmental field,” Professor Rolf Halden’s One Water One Health, an environmental justice organization, launched at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University , has been selected by The J.M. Kaplan Fund to receive an award of $175,000 over the course of three years. Halden’s organization is one of three environment-focused awardees and seven additional social innovation awardees, chosen from a field of 1,354 entries from all 50...

Biodesign receives $1.5 million to develop early warning system for flu outbreaks

July 24, 2019

As winter draws near, the microbial world of viruses is poised to attack. Viral, non-living entities have the ability to infect you and spread to others, jumping from host to host to host. Unchecked, viral infections can spread through families and communities like wildfire. With $1.53 million in support from the National Library of Medicine, three research teams from Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute are bringing their distinct areas of expertise to answer the question,...

Pervasive polymers of the deep blue sea

June 6, 2019

Clean is not necessarily green ”It all comes out in the wash,” is proving to be a more accurate phrase than previously realized, and it may not be good news. It seems that our cleaning habits are a major contributor to the growing problem of synthetic tidbits in our oceans. Unfortunately, most of us are unaware that we are part of the problem.  Researchers at Arizona State University are finding a particularly pervasive problem with the microplastics that originate from human...

Biodesign researcher evaluates the impact of climate change on avian flu

May 22, 2019

The flu pandemic of 2009 was met by a flurry of panic. This strain of the H1N1 virus, or the “swine flu,” swept across the globe and is believed to be responsible for the deaths of approximately 284,500 people worldwide. Like a shuffled deck of cards, the virus was the product of the reassortment of avian, swine, and human influenza viruses. These everchanging viral strains pose a formidable challenge to modern healthcare as they require the development of new vaccines. One virus of...

What is Clean Breathing Water?

January 16, 2019

PHILADELPHIA (January 16, 2019) ­­– “Don’t drink the water” might be good enough advice to keep you from getting sick in some places, but according to researchers from Arizona State and Drexel University, the admonition should probably be expanded to “…try not to breathe the water either.” In research recently published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, the group takes a closer look at how the spray from showers, sinks and toilets can expose us to the...

ASU research propels awareness for contact lens recycling movement

November 15, 2018

Microplastics are a growing area of concern for researchers and the public, with much of the focus on plastics in our oceans. Until recently, the environmental impact of the plastic we put in our eyes has been largely overlooked. Now manufacturers and researchers are teaming up to raise awareness that disposing lenses down the toilet or the drain adds to the planet’s plastic pollution – and that recycling or disposing lenses with recyclable solid waste are eco-friendly options. Every...

ASU brings home two Emmys

October 3, 2018

“By the year 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Without the ocean, we wouldn’t have life.” It’s a powerful opening statement, delivered by Charles Rolsky in the initial sequence of the award-winning commercial “Oceans.” The minute-long segment was produced for Arizona State University and directed by Josh Soskin. At the 2018 regional Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards, held Sept. 22, it won the category of “Commercial - Single Spot.” A second Emmy went to the...

Smallpox: Could a vanquished foe return?

August 28, 2018

Smallpox, one of the most devastating diseases in human history, has ancient roots. Detected in mummified remains dating to the Egyptian dynasties, the disease would eventually claim hundreds of millions of victims in the 20th century alone. As recently as 1967, smallpox was still killing around 15 million people annually. In 1980, however, the World Health Assembly declared smallpox officially eradicated, thanks to aggressive global vaccination efforts. This triumph is often cited as one of...

First nationwide study shows the environmental costs of contact lenses

August 19, 2018

BOSTON, August 19, 2018 – Every year, about 45 million Americans rely on contact lenses to see the world more clearly. This $2.7 billion U.S. market has made contact lenses more comfortable and disposable.  Every day, these plastic lenses are tossed away by consumers in various ways, perhaps without much thought to their ultimate environmental fate. Now, Arizona State University scientists are reporting the first nationwide study that shows consumers, by discarding used...