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I lecture Occupational Health (campus and online) within the School of Public Health at University College Cork in Ireland. As a lecturer I design curriculums, supervise students (Masters and PhD), deliver lectures and engage in research. My research remit encompasses the impact of climate change on human health with a particular focus on vulnerable populations.
High climate variability and deep societal inequalities render South Africa a climate-vulnerable nation. Extreme weather events are increasing and impacting health and development in multiple ways. This chapter describes the impacts of extreme heat; floods and storms; drought; and wildfires on health and development in South Africa. It identifies s...
In low-income townships, pests are rife, a nuisance and are vectors of disease. Although alternatives are available, chemical means of pest control is often the first resort due to lack of knowledge of other methods, convenience and presumed efficacy. The demand for chemical pest control has created a unique business opportunity for informal vendor...
The intersection of health and climate change is often absent or under-represented in sub-national government strategies. This analysis of the literature, using a new methodological framework, highlights priority focus areas for a sub-national government response to health and climate change, using the Western Cape (WC) province of S...
Working in chemical biological (CB) protective equipment causes
thermoregulatory strain by restricting evaporative cooling. We quantified which
impermeable ancillary items [gloves(G), body armour liner(BAL), respirator(R),
overboots(OB)] imposed the greatest and least thermoregulatory strain through
restricting evaporative cooling. The study was a...
Ethanolamine (Etn), a biogenic amine, protects isolated
hearts against MI, but its effects in vivo are unknown.
In this study, we investigated the effects of Etn pretreatment
on isoprenaline (ISO)-induced MI in vivo.
Wistar rats were treated with either Etn (10mg.kg-1,
i.p.) or saline, prior to either ISO (67mg.kg-1, s.c.) or
Magnesium (Mg(2+)) is effective in treating cardiovascular disorders such as arrhythmias and pre-eclampsia, but its role during myocardial infarction (MI) remains uncertain. In this study, we investigated the effects of Mg(2+)pre-treatment on isoprenaline (ISO) -induced MI in vivo.
Rats divided into four groups were each pre-treated with either MgS...
Cardiovascular stress, such as that due to the synthetic catecholamine, isoprenaline (iso), can induce myocardial infarction (MI). Ethanolamine (etn) is a biogenic amine, found in certain food types, that protects the isolated rat heart against ischemia- reperfusion injury. The aim of this study was to investigate the cardioprotective effects of ac...