COVID testing is still too slow in the US

Even though wait times for COVID test results have dropped in the United States, they still don't come back fast enough to be useful for contact tracing.

Megan Schumann-Rutgers • futurity
Oct. 21, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: covid-19 united-states featured health-and-medicine medical-tests trends

Fewer young adults drink than 20 years ago

While the number of college-age young adults drinking has fallen, the number using marijuana, or both marijuana and alcohol, is up, researchers say.

Laura Bailey-Michigan • futurity
Oct. 16, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: alcohol marijuana united-states society-and-culture health-and-medicine college-students trends substance-abuse

Laws may slow downward trend in teen pot use

A study in Washington state suggests legalization of marijuana has slowed a reduction in teen use. They may perceive it as less harmful.

Kim Eckart-Washington • futurity
July 21, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: teenagers marijuana society-and-culture laws trends

Moms, not dads, lose time to work during pandemic

The pandemic has worsened the gender gap among dual-earner parents. Moms have less time to work, but dads tend to clock a full 40-hour week.

Sara Savat-WUSTL • futurity
July 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 parents gender jobs families featured society-and-culture trends

Survey: American happiness reaches 50-year low

Just 14% of Americans say they are "very happy" even though 80% say they're feeling OK about their family's finances, a new survey on happiness finds.

U. Chicago • futurity
June 17, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 money united-states emotions happiness society-and-culture health-and-medicine trends

The world’s ‘chemical diversity’ tripled in just 20 years

We know alarmingly little about a third of the chemicals produced and sold around the world, a new estimate of "chemical diversity" highlights.

ETH Zurich • futurity
Feb. 17, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: business global-trade science-and-technology health-and-medicine trends

US political division has outpaced other democracies

Political polarization in the US has gotten worse over the last four decades at a faster rate than in other major democracies, researchers find.

Jill Kimball-Brown • futurity
Jan. 21, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: politics journalism religion united-states emotions society-and-culture trends race-and-ethnicity

Human body temp has dropped over time

"Our temperature's not what people think it is. What everybody grew up learning, which is that our normal temperature is 98.6, is wrong."

Stanford • futurity
Jan. 8, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: temperature physiology featured health-and-medicine trends

Phone distraction injuries spiked at Pokémon Go launch

Head and neck injuries related to phone distraction are on the rise, researchers report. They found a couple notable spikes in the last 20 years, too.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
Dec. 6, 2019 ~2 min

Tags: mobile-devices health-and-medicine injuries trends driving

More Americans aim to lose weight but average BMI is up

More Americans say they're striving to lose weight, but the average body mass index has gone up.

Carolyn Scofield-Tulane • futurity
Nov. 14, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: obesity weight-loss united-states health-and-medicine body-weight trends

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