Wildfire smoke’s effects are getting worse

The far-reaching effects of wildfires and wildfire smoke are a growing problem, researchers say. Climate change is the "straw that broke the camel's back."

Josie Garthwaite-Stanford • futurity
Jan. 15, 2021 ~11 min

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Some Say 'There's No Smoke Without Fire'

VOA Learning English • voa
Jan. 9, 2021 ~3 min

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Seat belts and smoking rates show people eventually adopt healthy behaviors – but it can take time we don't have during a pandemic

Public health recommendations have always been a hard sell. Resistance to new behaviors – like the mask-wearing and social distancing advised during the COVID-19 pandemic – is part of human nature.

Randy P. Juhl, Dean Emeritus and Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Pharmacy, University of Pittsburgh • conversation
Dec. 29, 2020 ~7 min

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People who vape are more likely to report mental fog

People who vape are more likely to say they experience mental fog. Does vaping cause the cognitive problem, or are they self-medicating?

Susanne Pallo-Rochester • futurity
Dec. 29, 2020 ~5 min

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Even light smokers could be addicted

Even people who consider themselves casual or light smokers may be addicted to nicotine, researchers say.

Sara LaJeunesse-Penn State • futurity
Dec. 24, 2020 ~5 min

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Is cadmium a factor in flu, pneumonia, COVID death rates?

New research suggests a link between cadmium exposure and deaths from influenza, pneumonia, and possibly COVID-19.

Nardy Baeza Bickel-Michigan • futurity
Dec. 17, 2020 ~7 min

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Wildfire smoke changes dramatically as it ages, and that matters for downwind air quality – here's what we learned flying through smoke plumes

Thousands of chemical compounds in wildfire smoke are interacting with each other and sunlight as the smoke travels. For people downwind, it can become more toxic over time.

Brett B. Palm, Postdoctoral Researcher in Atmospheric Chemistry, University of Washington • conversation
Dec. 17, 2020 ~8 min

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We’ll see more fire seasons like 2020 - here’s a strategy for managing our nation’s flammable landscapes

A fire scientists offers a six-point strategy for preventing wildfires and living safely in flammable landscapes.

Jennifer Balch, Associate Professor of Geography and Director, Earth Lab, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
Nov. 12, 2020 ~8 min

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Coming out as bisexual linked to smoking risk

People may be particularly vulnerable to smoking around the time they come out as bisexual, research finds.

Michelle Samuels-Boston U. • futurity
Nov. 9, 2020 ~6 min

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Flights into wildfire plumes could make smoke forecasts better

To find out how wildfire smoke changes over time, researchers flew through plumes to get a view from the inside. Their findings could improve forecasts.

Hannah Hickey-U. Washington • futurity
Nov. 6, 2020 ~9 min

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