One goal is to inventory the chemicals released by wildfires, including nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide, and a vast array of volatile organic compounds. Current models for predicting the chemical makeup of smoke, which rely largely on satellite observations, have a huge margin for error, Warneke says. In part, that's because of uncertainty about how much vegetation wildfires consume. New studies that combine data from satellites, aircraft, and ground-based researchers scrutinizing burn sites should help fine-tune those estimates. … [Read more...] about Scientists race to reveal how surging wildfire smoke is affecting climate and health
“Even when ideal cardiovascular health is not achieved, intermediate levels of cardiovascular health are preferable to low levels, for better cognitive function,” study author Evan L. Thacker, an assistant professor and chronic disease epidemiologist at Brigham Young University's Department of Health Science in Provo, Utah, said in a statement. … [Read more...] about Poor Heart Health Linked to Cognitive Impairment
"You can fill a 747 with kids and crash one every week for an entire year, and get a number very similar in magnitude to the number who die every year in cars," Fette said. "Because it's spread out over the year, people become complacent. In reality, it doesn't have to be this way." … [Read more...] about Auto Injuries: A ‘Winnable’ Public Health Battle?
Snapchat isn't the only company to try to tackle bullying and the pressures of social media. For example, in 2019, Instagram began testing hiding likes, as well as requiring users to enter their age at sign up. It also introduced an AI filter to help detect possibly offensive comments and will encourage them to change the comment before posting. There is even a new Restrict feature that allows you to hide a user's comment from everyone except them and prevents them from seeing when you're active or online. … [Read more...] about Snapchat will soon offer mental health support when searching sensitive topics
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