Scale identifies who is water insecure globally

As the world struggles to stop a global pandemic and reel in climate change, globally comparable information about water insecurity is crucial for action. A new study by Sera Young, associate professor of anthropology and a fellow at Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research, research associate Hilary Bethancourt and colleagues…

A lukewarm blast of water to ease the pain of bowel ops

The ‘underwater’ colonoscopy that eases the pain of bowel operations and ‘improves the chances of detecting abnormal growths by 81 per cent’ Patients are being offered a pain-free alternative to colonoscopy procedures Instead of pumping air into the large bowel, water is used to ease discomfort  The so-called underwater colonoscopy…

Dental decay and flavoured water

A laboratory study published in the International Journal of Environment and Health looks at the effects of flavoured mineral water drinks and sugar substitutes on the exogenic erosion of tooth enamel. Given that many more people drink flavoured sugar solutions today than ever before, there is the likelihood of an…

Healthwise: Why you need 10 glasses of water a day

With central and western India in the grips of a heat wave that has temperatures soaring well over 45 degrees Celcius in April, dehydration has become potentially as life-threatening as drug-resistant infections or driving blindfold on a highway. Hot weather and the excessive sweating associated with it add to the…

Antioxidants protect cells from harmful water contaminant: Findings could lead to treatment that reduces health risks from exposure to hexavalent chromium

Antioxidants such as vitamin C could help reduce harmful effects from hexavalent chromium, according to a new study performed with human cells. The contaminant, which is often produced by industrial processes, was featured in the biographical movie Erin Brockovich. Federal data from nationwide drinking water tests show that the compound…