It was all the apple’s fault: we’ve been fascinated by poisoned fruit for a long time.
Jacob Jordaens (1593–1678), The Fall of Man, via Wikimedia Commons
Plants produce toxic fruit for everything from deterring fungi to causing constipation.
Just what the doctor ordered - more cane toads.
It sounds weird, but releasing small cane toads ahead of the main invasion front can help predators learn to avoid the biggest, most toxic ones. Here's exactly how it works.
From tiny seeds, an environmental solution was found.
A natural byproduct could clean up polluted and war-ravaged land.
Can the liver actually be cleansed?
Does the liver really respond to an over-the-counter product that claims to 'detoxify' or 'heal' its function?
Motor symptoms of Parkinson’s include tremors, stiffness and slowness or loss of spontaneous movement.
Parkinson’s disease is the second-most-prevalent neurodegenerative condition in Australia, with an estimated 70,000 living with the disease. But what do we know about the causes and risk factors?
The University of Michigan-Flint puts experts from academia in the same room as Flint community members, an innovative model for educating the community and forming the public health response.
The national flower of Zimbabwe, the Glory Lily, is also found in Queensland where it’s more famously known as a noxious weed that’s highly poisonous to humans.
It's not just Australia's animals that can be deadly, there are plenty of dangerous plants too.
No one-off detox regimen will ‘erase’ the effects of the last four weeks’ worth of excess and years’ worth of sluggish lifestyle habits.
The human body is a comprehensive, self-mending, self-detoxing apparatus that will perform its tasks regardless of whether you're undertaking a rigid detox cure, or a gourmet food and wine marathon.
A speck of gold from a mine in Liberia, Africa.
Shopping for a gold ring? New guidelines seek to be the rough equivalent of Fair Trade for small-scale gold mining.
A New Delhi laborer’s dirtied hands after work in a shoe factory.
Regulations are catching up with toxic chemicals we're exposed to as products' end users. But workers in un- or underregulated places are still at risk, even from chemicals designed to be "green."
Lots of these: settling ponds precipitate iron oxide and other suspended materials from the Red and Bonita mines near the Gold King Mine.
Newly released data show how the hundreds of abandoned mines in the western US discharge the same volume as the Gold King Mine spill every two days.
No, we’re not swimming around in a soup of cancer-causing chemicals.
Cancer is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental influences – a kind of genetic lottery where the odds are stacked by environmental and lifestyle factors.
California is the latest state to attempt to ban microplastics from consumer care products. Why these commonly used microbeads are causing major health and environmental problems.
Reducing lead exposure has health, social and economic benefits.
Soil, dust and air-based exposure to lead can interfere with a child's developing nervous systems and cause behavioural and developmental problems.
How much of the harmful arsenic does it have?
rice via www shutterstock com
Tests have shown that arsenic in rice often exceeds recommended daily levels, yet there are no in-food arsenic safety standards. Why not?
Whether man-made sources of mercury are contributing to the mercury levels in open-ocean fish has been the subject of hot debate for many years. My colleagues Carl Lamborg, Marty Horgan and I analyzed…
The National Children’s Study may have been flawed, but it was still a valuable endeavor.
Children running via glenda/Shutterstock
Environmental health research has confirmed that chronic, low-level exposure to toxins in our environment – including our food, air and water – can have a significant impact on our health. We need to expand…
A coal seam gas field in New South Wales. The independent review concludes health impacts can be regulated; experts say otherwise.
The long-awaited independent review of coal seam gas (CSG) in New South Wales, released last week by the NSW Chief Scientist, highlighted many risks and uncertainties around human health from exposure…
The inland taipan is world famous for its venom.
Australia is world famous for its venomous critters, including its many highly venomous snakes. The snake that holds the popular title of “world’s most venomous” is the inland taipan (Oxyuranus microlepidotus…
In an analysis of seven sites in NSW, the highest crime rates correlated with the highest levels of lead in the air.
Flickr/Frank de Kleine
We're increasingly realising that the child's physical and chemical environment plays a significant role in criminal behaviours later in life.