A healthy microbiome builds a strong immune system that could help defeat COVID-19

The microbes in your gut influence how your immune system reacts to bacteria and viruses. A severe immune reaction is deadly; a small one lets the virus win. The right balance may depend on your diet.

Ana Maldonado-Contreras, Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Physiological Systems, University of Massachusetts Medical School • conversation
Jan. 22, 2021 ~12 min

 diet  bacteria  covid-19  coronavirus  microbiome  microbes  probiotic  sars-cov-2  heat  viruses  immune-response  cytokine-storm  acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome

Cool touch shirts can make you feel cool on hot days, but which materials work best?

More companies are selling products that claim to keep you cool on hot days. But it turns out that common materials used in sports clothing may not always be the best.

Susan L. Sokolowski, Director & Associate Professor of Sports Product Design, University of Oregon • conversation
Aug. 28, 2020 ~7 min

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What's in wildfire smoke, and why is it so bad for your lungs?

Wildfires blanketing several Western cities are creating hazardous health conditions. Don't count on cloth masks to protect your lungs.

Luke Montrose, Assistant Professor of Community and Environmental Health, Boise State University • conversation
Aug. 20, 2020 ~7 min

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What's in that wildfire smoke, and why is it so bad for your lungs?

Wildfires blanketing several Western cities are creating hazardous health conditions. Don't count on cloth masks to protect your lungs.

Luke Montrose, Assistant Professor of Community and Environmental Health, Boise State University • conversation
Aug. 20, 2020 ~7 min

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How dangerous heat waves can kill

Heat waves can kill via dehydration caused by heavy sweating. Breathing or heartbeat may suddenly stop. Prolonged overheating can also create widespread inflammation.

William H. Calvin, Professor Emeritus, University of Washington • conversation
Aug. 18, 2020 ~8 min

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Climate change: 40°C summer temperatures could be common in UK by 2100

A new study lays bare the average summer heat people in the UK can expect by century's end.

Lisa Baldini, Lecturer in Environmental Science, Teesside University • conversation
June 30, 2020 ~7 min

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100 degrees in Siberia? 5 ways the extreme Arctic heat wave follows a disturbing pattern

The Arctic is warming about twice as fast as the planet as a whole, with serious consequences. Scientists have been warning about this for decades.

Mark Serreze, Research Professor of Geography and Director, National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~7 min

 climate-change  environment  permafrost  arctic  heat  ice  russia  alaska  snow  wildfires  siberia  sea-ice  arctic-amplification

Triple-digit heat in Siberia? 5 ways the extreme Arctic heat wave follows a disturbing pattern

The Arctic is warming about twice as fast as the planet as a whole, with serious consequences. Scientists have been warning about this for decades.

Mark Serreze, Research Professor of Geography and Director, National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~7 min

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Triple-digit heat in Siberia? 5 ways the extreme Arctic heat wave fits a disturbing pattern

The Arctic is warming about twice as fast as the planet as a whole, with serious consequences. Scientists have been warning about this for decades.

Mark Serreze, Research Professor of Geography and Director, National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~7 min

 climate-change  environment  permafrost  arctic  heat  ice  russia  alaska  snow  wildfires  siberia  sea-ice  arctic-amplification

Days with both extreme heat and extreme air pollution are becoming more common – which can't be a good thing for global health

In South Asia, days with both extreme heat and extreme pollution are expected to increase 175% by 2050. Separately, the health effects are bad; together they will likely be worse.

Xiaohui Xu, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Texas A&M University • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~7 min

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