3 groups faced the highest overdose increases in 2020

As COVID-19 raged across the United States, drug overdose deaths reached unprecedented heights. New research breaks down who was most vulnerable.

Corrie Pikul-Brown • futurity
Sept. 20, 2021 ~9 min

Menthol cigarette ban could save 650,000 lives by 2060

Banning menthol flavors in cigarettes could lead to 16,250 fewer tobacco-related deaths per year by 2060—that's 650,000 lives saved in the next 40 years.

Nardy Baeza Bickel-Michigan • futurity
Sept. 8, 2021 ~5 min

US war on terror has cost $8 trillion, 900,000 lives

Nearly 20 years after 9/11, the global war on terror has cost the US an estimated $8 trillion and led to more than 900,000 deaths.

Katie George-Rochester • futurity
Sept. 2, 2021 ~7 min

What eases grief? Try progressive muscle relaxation

Surprisingly, progressive muscle relaxation outperformed mindfulness as a coping tool grief in a recent study.

Kyle Mittan-U. Arizona • futurity
Aug. 25, 2021 ~8 min

Obstructive sleep apnea doubles risk of sudden death

People with obstructive sleep apnea have a higher risk of sudden death and also of hypertension, coronary artery disease, and congestive heart failure.

Barbara Schindo-Penn State • futurity
Aug. 10, 2021 ~5 min

Funerals will hit 100 million a year by 2060 – here’s how to make them more sustainable

Death is a part of life: but environmentally harmful burial practices, overcrowded cemeteries and unaffordable funerals are denying many the right to a good death.

Julie Rugg, Senior Research Fellow, University of York • conversation
Aug. 6, 2021 ~7 min

US is split between the vaccinated and unvaccinated – and deaths and hospitalizations reflect this divide

The US has split into "two Americas," one of the unvaccinated and one of the vaccinated. The differences in deaths and hospitalizations between the two populations are striking.

Ryan McNamara, Research Associate of Microbiology and Immunology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill • conversation
July 22, 2021 ~8 min

Flesh-eating bugs: new research shows how carrion beetles turn death into life

Carrion beetles help stabilise the biology of the soil they live in.

Tancredi Caruso, Associate Professor, School of Biology and Environmental Science, University College Dublin • conversation
June 22, 2021 ~23 min

Team links fossil fuel to more than 1 million deaths in 2017

More than one million deaths worldwide were attributable to the burning of fossil fuels in 2017. Coal accounted for more than half of those deaths.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
June 21, 2021 ~6 min

Deaths at assisted living facilities spiked during COVID-19

Deaths in assisted living facilties spiked from 2019 to 2020. The findings show they need a tailored response to pandemics and other emergencies.

Corrie Pikul-Brown • futurity
June 17, 2021 ~7 min