Studies link COVID-19 deaths to air pollution, raising questions about EPA's 'acceptable risk'

Air pollution can weaken people's respiratory, immune and cardiovascular systems, leaving them more vulnerable when they get COVID-19.

Michael Petroni, PhD Candidate and Research Fellow, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry • conversation
today ~7 min

Tags: health covid-19 coronavirus pollution pandemic air-pollution particulates

Cigarette smoke can reprogram cells in your airways, causing COPD to hang on after smoking ends

A new discovery offers hope for ways to treat a debilitating disease that has become a leading cause of death in the US..

Bradley Richmond, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt University • conversation
Oct. 28, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health medicine inflammation smoking tobacco lungs antibodies lung-disease breathing cigarettes copd

The spooky and dangerous side of black licorice

Who knew that black licorice had a dark side? A scientist explains when this treat becomes a threat.

Bill Sullivan, Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology; author of Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are, Indiana University • conversation
Oct. 26, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  health  medicine  sugar  halloween  blood-pressure  sweets  candy

In rural America, resentment over COVID-19 shutdowns is colliding with rising case numbers

Coronavirus cases have risen sharply across the Mountain West, Midwest and plains. Over 70% of nonmetropolitan counties are now "red zones," suggesting viral spread is out of control.

Roberto Silva, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado Denver • conversation
Oct. 26, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: health public-health covid-19 coronavirus economics pandemic remote-work social-distancing hospitals face-masks rural great-plains mask-wearing rural-health small-towns

How to use COVID-19 testing and quarantining to safely travel for the holidays

Over the approachin holidays, people around the world will want to travel to see friends and family. Getting tested for the coronavirus can make this safer, but testing alone is not a perfect answer.

Claudia Finkelstein, Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Michigan State University • conversation
Oct. 23, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health covid-19 coronavirus holidays quarantine travel sars-cov-2 testing airports cars covid-19-testing infection rt-pcr christmas driving thanksgiving antigen-test pcr-testing rapid-test

When fracking moves into the neighborhood, mental health risks rise

Living near oil and gas production can affect mental health, driving stress and feelings of depression.

Stephanie Malin, Associate Professor of Sociology; Co-Founder and Steering Committee Member, Center for Environmental Justice at CSU, Colorado State University • conversation
Oct. 22, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health mental-health psychology stress oil environmental-health sociology natural-gas colorado fracking hydraulic-fracturing

7 tips for staying safe as COVID-19 cases rise and colder weather heightens the risk

Social distancing can get tougher in the fall and winter. These simple steps can help keep you and yours loved ones healthy.

Melissa Burdi, Dean, Purdue Global School of Nursing, Purdue University • conversation
Oct. 19, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: health covid-19 coronavirus pandemic nursing social-distancing herd-immunity aerosols staying-safe-amid-coronavirus-2020 hygiene face-mask staying-safe-2020

Colleges and the Thanksgiving COVID-19 risk: Fauci’s right – holiday plans may have to change

Universities have seen widespread COVID-19 outbreaks this fall. Now students are preparing to travel for the holiday, and public health officials are worried.

Rebecca S.B. Fischer, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Texas A&M University • conversation
Oct. 16, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: health covid-19 coronavirus pandemic travel social-distancing universities family college

Exposure to man-made chemicals influences genes controlling aging, immune system and metabolism

Man-made chemical disrupt the activities of most human genes. What effect does this have on human health and how should regulators respond?

Alexander Suvorov, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst • conversation
Oct. 15, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health environment metabolism obesity immune-system genes toxicology

Why males may have a worse response to COVID-19

A new study is the first to identify sex differences in inflammation and immune cell activation in response to SARS-CoV-2 infection, which causes COVID-19.

Meghan E. Rebuli, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill • conversation
Oct. 12, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  health  medicine  covid-19  coronavirus  pandemic  immunology  flu  sars-cov-2  severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome-sars  immune-response  sex  middle-east-respiratory-syndrome

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