Evidence is increasing from multiple scientific fields that exposure to the natural environment can improve human health. Geoffrey Donovan, from the US Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station (Oregon, USA), and colleagues analyzed 18 years of data collected from 1,296 counties in 15 US states, studying a total loss of 100 million trees to the emerald ash borer, an invasive forest beetle that renders the ash tree – which commonly lines in many city streets – useless. The researchers found that Americans living in areas infested by the emerald ash borer suffered from an additional 15,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease and 6,000 more deaths from lower respiratory disease when compared to uninfected areas. The study authors report that: "Results suggest that loss of trees to the emerald ash borer increased mortality related to cardiovascular and lower-respiratory-tract illness. This finding adds to the growing evidence that the natural environment provides major public health benefits.”
Geoffrey H. Donovan, David T. Butry, Yvonne L. Michael, Jeffrey P. Prestemon, Andrew M. Liebhold, Demetrios Gatziolis, Megan Y. Mao. “The Relationship Between Trees and Human Health: Evidence from the Spread of the Emerald Ash Borer.” Am J Prev Med 2013;44(2):139–145.
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#113 - Procrastination Payoff
Kinston University (United Kingdom) researchers reported in 2005 that an unmade bed, while unattractive to the eyes, is unappealing to house dust mites, tiny bugs (shorter than 1 mm long) that feed on shed human skin cells and produce excretions that, when inhaled by people, can cause allergic reactions and asthma. According to the team, the average bed can house as many as 1.5 million dust mites. When a bed is made immediately or shortly after people get out of it, moisture can become trapped in the sheets and mattress, creating a haven for the mites. Moisture is minimized in unmade beds, and as a result the mites will more be more likely to dehydrate and die than feast and multiply.