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11 Sep
Could Wildfire Smoke Raise Rural Suicide Rates?

Could Wildfire Smoke Raise Rural Suicide Rates?

As this summer has shown, the massive smoke plumes generated by wildfires can dirty the air of regions many miles away. Now a new study is raising the question of whether that pollution is contributing to suicides in rural America.

Researchers found a correlation between...

11 Sep
Old Age & Heat Can Be Deadly Combo: Tips to Stay Safe

Old Age & Heat Can Be Deadly Combo: Tips to Stay Safe

Hot weather can pose serious health risks for older adults.

Existing medical conditions, problems moving around and medications raise the risk of heatstroke, according to an expert at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

Being prepared can help prevent heat e...

08 Sep
Global Warming Could Make Pregnancies More Dangerous

Global Warming Could Make Pregnancies More Dangerous

Global warming has been linked to higher rates of asthma, heart disease and other health concerns. Now, new research suggests that rising temperatures across the planet may place pregnant women at greater risk for severe pregnancy-related illnesses, especially in their third t...

08 Sep
Keeping Blood Pressure Under Control May Be Tougher in Colder Weather

Keeping Blood Pressure Under Control May Be Tougher in Colder Weather

Winter months can be a challenge for those trying to keep their high blood pressure in check, new research suggests.

In an analysis of more than 60,000 American adults being treated for high blood pressure at six health care centers in the Southeast and Midwest United St...

06 Sep
VA Hospitals See Steep, Steady Rise in Heat-Related Illnesses

VA Hospitals See Steep, Steady Rise in Heat-Related Illnesses

Heat domes and extreme heat waves have been battering the United States for years now, and a new study shows that increasing temperatures are doing real harm to humans.

A significant increase in heat-related illnesses like heat stroke and heat exhaustion has occurred dur...

06 Sep
Warm Waters Raise Risk for Flesh-Eating Bacteria. Here's Tips to Stay Safe

Warm Waters Raise Risk for Flesh-Eating Bacteria. Here's Tips to Stay Safe

As waters warm across the United States and hurricanes and flooding season begins, the odds of being infected by flesh-eating bacteria are also rising, U.S. health officials warn.

According to a Sept. 1

30 Aug
As Another Hurricane Targets Florida, Experts Warn of Carbon Monoxide Dangers

As Another Hurricane Targets Florida, Experts Warn of Carbon Monoxide Dangers

Hurricane Idalia is expected to make landfall in the United States Wednesday.

Idalia was forecast to be a powerful Category 3 storm by the time it reaches Florida's Big Bend, an area prone to storm surge that stretches from Tampa to just south of Tallahassee. It's also e...

16 Aug
Race, Income Big Factors in Deaths After U.S. Hurricanes

Race, Income Big Factors in Deaths After U.S. Hurricanes

Death rates skyrocket during extreme weather events among the most vulnerable Americans, especially those from minority groups.

A study looking at hurricanes over more than three decades showed that their impacts varied and were driven by differences in social, economic...

27 Jul
Extreme Heat Can Take Toll on People Battling Mental Health Issues

Extreme Heat Can Take Toll on People Battling Mental Health Issues

While the record-breaking heat the United States is experiencing this summer can stress people to their limits, it can be particularly hard to navigate for those with mental health issues.

"All mental illnesses increase with heat because it results in more fatigue, irrit...

24 Jul
Major Drug Shortages Not Likely After Tornado Damages Pfizer Plant, FDA says

Major Drug Shortages Not Likely After Tornado Damages Pfizer Plant, FDA says

Tornado damage to a Pfizer drug-making plant in North Carolina is unlikely to trigger drug shortages across the country, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

"We do not expect there to be any immediate significant impacts on supply, given the products are current...

22 Jul
Be Smart When Working Out in Steamy Summer Weather

Be Smart When Working Out in Steamy Summer Weather

It's hot out there. If you're working out outdoors this summer, take precautions.

“If you plan to exercise in the heat, know your fitness level, take frequent breaks, wear proper clothing, wear sunscreen, avoid hottest times of the day and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate,”...

17 Jul
Ocean Color Is Changing, and Climate Change is Likely Behind It

Ocean Color Is Changing, and Climate Change is Likely Behind It

The color of the oceans has changed over the past two decades, which has scientists concerned about the impact of climate change.

“I've been running simulations that have been telling me for years that these changes in ocean color are going to happen,” said study co...

11 Jul
Triple-Digit Heat Wave a Danger to Those With Dementia

Triple-Digit Heat Wave a Danger to Those With Dementia

As extreme heat continues to blanket numerous parts of the United States, Americans with dementia may be particularly challenged.

“Triple-digit temperatures and heat indexes are especially dangerous for someone with a dementia-related illness such as Alzheimer's d...

06 Jul
Heat: How Much Can the Human Body Stand?

Heat: How Much Can the Human Body Stand?

Record-breaking heat waves are pummeling the United States and the world, causing many to wonder how much of this a body can take and still survive.

The limit is somewhere between 104 and 122 degrees Fahrenheit if you're sitting perfectly still, according to a small...

05 Jul
Hotter Climate Could Mean Worsening Eyesight for Americans

Hotter Climate Could Mean Worsening Eyesight for Americans

Older American adults who live in warmer regions are more likely to have serious vision impairment than those who live in cooler places, new research finds.

Living with average temperatures of 60 degrees Fahrenheit or above -- think South Florida, for example -- created ...

29 Jun
Once Again, Smoke From Canadian Wildfires Envelops Many American Cities

Once Again, Smoke From Canadian Wildfires Envelops Many American Cities

For the second time this month, massive plumes of smoke from hundreds of out-of-control Canadian wildfires are polluting much of America's air.

Among the major U.S. cities now experiencing poor air quality are St. Louis, Milwaukee, Cincinnati and Chicago, while entire st...

22 Jun
Stray Cats Shed Toxoplasmosis Parasites in Cities, Especially in Warm Weather

Stray Cats Shed Toxoplasmosis Parasites in Cities, Especially in Warm Weather

Wild and feral cats appear to release more toxoplasmosis parasites in places densely populated with people, new research suggests.

These cats also "shed" more when the temperature is warmer, a significant finding given climate change, according to the report published o...

18 Jun
Hot Weather Can Bring on Kidney Stones. Here's How to Cut Your Risk

Hot Weather Can Bring on Kidney Stones. Here's How to Cut Your Risk

Kidney stones are something most folks want to avoid at all costs, but few may know that the chances of developing this excruciating condition rise during the hot months of summer.

Luckily, it is possible to take steps to prevent stones from forming, primarily by increas...

17 Jun
This Summer, Could You Spot the Signs of Heat Illness?

This Summer, Could You Spot the Signs of Heat Illness?

Heat illness can be deadly, so it's essential to recognize the warning signs and know what to do as the summer season gets into gear.

“Heat illness tends to happen when the body is unable to regulate its temperature due to overexertion or extended periods of time in hi...

16 Jun
Dog Bites More Common on Hot, Hazy Days

Dog Bites More Common on Hot, Hazy Days

Just like their humans, dogs get cranky when temperatures and air pollution levels surge.

Heat and air pollution have previously been linked to human aggression. Now, researchers say it also appears that there are more dog bites on hot, polluted days.

More research...

10 Jun
Tips to Staying Cool in Extreme Heat

Tips to Staying Cool in Extreme Heat

Extreme heat can be dangerous, but you can stay cool and safe this summer if you take the right precautions.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) offers some tips for doing so.

“No matter your age, it is critical to be able to recognize the signs o...

05 Jun
Ticks Can Take a Licking From Really Tough Weather

Ticks Can Take a Licking From Really Tough Weather

Ticks are extremely resilient even when temperatures vary wildly, according to scientists who are working to better understand the spread of Lyme disease.

In their new study, black-legged ticks, notorious for carrying pathogens, were very good at surviving both extreme c...

22 May
Hurricane Season Starts June 1. Protect Your Family From Carbon Monoxide Dangers

Hurricane Season Starts June 1. Protect Your Family From Carbon Monoxide Dangers

The Atlantic hurricane season in the United States starts June 1, and some dangers might not be immediately obvious: carbon monoxide poisoning, fires and electric shock.

“Hurricanes and major storms in the U.S. have increased in frequency and severity in recent years. ...

18 May
Cold Weather May Help Burn Fat, and Time of Day Matters

Cold Weather May Help Burn Fat, and Time of Day Matters

Men, want to burn fat? Chill out.

New research shows that exposure to cold in the morning may help you burn more fat than at other times of day.

Expos...

26 Apr
Asthma, Lower Grades, Homelessness: How Climate Change Will Harm America's Kids

Asthma, Lower Grades, Homelessness: How Climate Change Will Harm America's Kids

Children are uniquely vulnerable to the effects of climate change, a new report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shows.

Climate change can affect learning, physical health and housing security, which can last throughout the child's life, according to t...

04 Apr
Devastating Tornadoes Leave Hazards in Their Wake: Tips to Stay Safe

Devastating Tornadoes Leave Hazards in Their Wake: Tips to Stay Safe

Tornadoes bring with them many dangers, but perhaps not so evident are the risks from colorless and odorless carbon monoxide (CO) from generators used to temporarily restore power.

With parts of the United States expecting another round of severe weather, the Consumer Pr...

15 Mar
Post-Hurricane Period Is Dangerous for People With Dementia

Post-Hurricane Period Is Dangerous for People With Dementia

Hurricanes not only disrupt the communities they affect, they also pose an increased risk of death for people with dementia.

This heightened risk could owe to disruption in their normal routines, changes in their living environment or even changes in access to caregiving...

17 Feb
People Get More REM Sleep During the Winter

People Get More REM Sleep During the Winter

The changes in temperature and daylight brought by winter may make a person feel like hibernating.

It turns out that humans do get longer REM sleep in wintertime and less deep sleep in autumn, even in an urban setting, German researchers reported Feb 17 in

05 Feb
How Ice & Snow Can Harm Your Wrists, Hands

How Ice & Snow Can Harm Your Wrists, Hands

Winter's icy beauty can also be dangerous.

An orthopedic expert offers some tips for avoiding serious injuries on slippery ground or hazards hidden by snow.

"When people have injuries during the winter, it commonly involves tripping over an object or slipping on ic...

27 Jan
Wintertime Wandering: A Real Danger for People With Alzheimer's

Wintertime Wandering: A Real Danger for People With Alzheimer's

Winter weather can add a layer of danger to the wandering behavior common in people with dementia.

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) offers some suggestions to help prevent wandering and prepare folks to react quickly if it occurs.

“During the winter, i...

26 Jan
About 1 in 3 American Adults Has an Allergy

About 1 in 3 American Adults Has an Allergy

If it seems as though everyone you know struggles with some sort of allergy, new research suggests you are not mistaken.

As many as 1 in 3 adults and 1 in 4 kids suffers from a seasonal allergy, a food allergy or eczema, the latest government data shows.

Caused by ...

25 Jan
The Time Is Now to Curb Spring Allergies

The Time Is Now to Curb Spring Allergies

Send yourself some love this Valentine's Day by setting a reminder to start taking your spring allergy medications.

It's important to begin allergy meds two weeks before symptoms are expected to appear when possible, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma a...

23 Jan
'Climate Trauma': Brain Changes Seen in Survivors of California's Deadliest Wildfire

'Climate Trauma': Brain Changes Seen in Survivors of California's Deadliest Wildfire

When the deadly Camp Fire swept through Northern California in 2018, it may have damaged more than the landscape.

University of California, San Diego researchers studying survivors' mental functioning in the wake of the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in the stat...

21 Jan
Winter Wonderland? Not for Your Skin

Winter Wonderland? Not for Your Skin

Winter is no friend to the body's delicate skin, but an expert offers three key tips: moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.

“It's pretty intuitive, but it bears repeating,” said dermatologist Dr. David Pea...

02 Jan
Slips, Slides: Winter Injuries Can Be Serious

Slips, Slides: Winter Injuries Can Be Serious

Wearing proper gear, watching out for snow and ice hazards, and “walking like a penguin” are just some of the tips that can help prevent winter accidents, one medical expert says.

“A variety of injuries can occur during the winter,” cautioned

29 Dec
Menus With 'Climate Change Impact' Info Sway Diners' Choices

Menus With 'Climate Change Impact' Info Sway Diners' Choices

Adding climate-impact labeling to fast-food menus can have a big effect on whether or not consumers go “green" when eating out, new research suggests.

The finding is base...

27 Dec
Take Steps to Protect Your Feet This Winter

Take Steps to Protect Your Feet This Winter

Getting around in winter works best if you're taking good care of the feet that take you places.

Orthopedic specialists at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City say they often see an uptick in avoidable injuries and foot problems during the winter.

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21 Dec
Winter & Kid's Asthma: High Time for Flare-Ups

Winter & Kid's Asthma: High Time for Flare-Ups

Cold, dry winter air and a trio of spreading viruses could cause children's asthma to flare up this winter season.

But experts at one children's hospital offer some tips to help parents keep their kids' worrisome respiratory symptoms in check.

While asthma is a lu...

12 Dec
Climate Change's Extreme Temperatures Could Mean More Heart Deaths

Climate Change's Extreme Temperatures Could Mean More Heart Deaths

Both extremely hot and very cold days take their toll on people who have heart disease, particularly those with heart failure.

A new multinational analysis of 32 million heart-related deaths over the past 40 years found more occurred on days with severe temperatures, an ...

08 Dec
More Americans Are Moving to Wildfire-Prone Areas

More Americans Are Moving to Wildfire-Prone Areas

Some Americans appear to be moving from areas with frequent hurricanes and heat waves to places threatened by wildfire and rising heat.

They're trading in the risk of one set of natural disasters for another because the wildfires are only beginning to become a national ...

03 Dec
Winter Brings Rise in Carbon Monoxide Danger: Stay Safe

Winter Brings Rise in Carbon Monoxide Danger: Stay Safe

Winter weather brings with it plenty of hazards, including risks from carbon monoxide poisoning, and fires.

But the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (

02 Dec
Winter Holidays Are High Time for Heart Attacks: Protect Yourself

Winter Holidays Are High Time for Heart Attacks: Protect Yourself

The winter holidays are a time of celebrating and sharing precious time with family and friends, but they can also be deadly: More people die of heart attacks on Christmas Day than on any other day of the year.

Experts aren't certain what's behind that troubling fact, b...

01 Dec
Green Spaces Give Mental Boost, Even When White With Snow

Green Spaces Give Mental Boost, Even When White With Snow

If you need a body image boost, go outdoors.

Whether you're in green space, a blue space near a river or the ocean or even a snowy environment, it can make a difference.

“A body of evidence now exists showing that nature exposure — living close to, frequentin...

28 Nov
Climate Change May Bring More Fungal Lung Infections

Climate Change May Bring More Fungal Lung Infections

Fungal lung infections are spreading to parts of the United States where they were once never seen — likely a result of climate change, experts say.

To the average person, the term fungal infection may conjure up thoughts of athlete's foot or toenail problems. But...

24 Nov
Flakes Are Falling Again: Here's the Safe Way to Shovel Snow

Flakes Are Falling Again: Here's the Safe Way to Shovel Snow

Shoveling snow is a strenuous workout that poses risks for people with heart conditions.

“We have to think of shoveling snow as a pretty significant exertion, like an exercise,” said

18 Nov
There Might Be a Perfect Indoor Humidity to Curb COVID Spread

There Might Be a Perfect Indoor Humidity to Curb COVID Spread

It's sort of like the Goldilocks principle — a room that's either too dry or too humid can influence transmission of COVID-19 and cause more illness or death, Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers say.

Maintaining an indoor relative humidity between 40% and...

14 Nov
Healthy Dining Is Healthy for the Planet, Too

Healthy Dining Is Healthy for the Planet, Too

Plant-based diets can be better for the environment, but they're not all created equally, new research shows.

The best type of plant-based diet for health and environmental benefits are those higher in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, vegetable ...

12 Nov
Got the 'Winter Blues'? Exercise Can Help

Got the 'Winter Blues'? Exercise Can Help

A good workout can boost mood, making it an ideal routine as the days get shorter and darker.

If you're one of the millions affected by seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and you feel tired, unmotivated, down on life and crave carbs and sweets, staying active can help. An...

10 Nov
As Nicole Pummels Florida, Experts Warn of Generator Dangers

As Nicole Pummels Florida, Experts Warn of Generator Dangers

Hurricane Nicole left thousands of Floridians without power Thursday morning, leading the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to warn residents about the dangers of generators and candles.

The Category 1 hurricane ...

08 Nov
Heat Waves, No A/C: A Deadly Combo at Texas Prisons

Heat Waves, No A/C: A Deadly Combo at Texas Prisons

Heat waves may be killing prisoners in Texas, according to an analysis that found far-higher-than-normal death rates in the state's non-air-conditioned prisons.

“The majority of Texas prisons do not have universal air conditioning,” noted ...