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Farmworkers Face Daunting Health Risks In California’s Wildfires

HEALDSBURG, Calif. — Farm laborers in yellow safety vests walked through neatly arranged rows of grapes Friday, harvesting the last of the deep purple bundles that hung from the vines, even as the sky behind them was dark with soot. Over the hill just behind them, firetrucks and first responders raced back and forth from […]

Mental Health Disorders Can Shorten Life Expectancy By 10 Years

Individuals with mental disorders have a life expectancy up to a decade shorter than the general population, University of Queensland researchers reveal in a joint international study[1]. The findings provide new insights into how disorders such as depression, anxiety and substance use affect an individual’s general health. “This is the first time we have measured […]

Digital Teens Drinking More Caffeinated And Sugared Drinks

Young teens who spend more time with TV and electronic devices drink more sugared or caffeinated drinks than their peers, indicates a a study of U.S. teens led by researchers from McMaster University. The results are concerning because many of these teenagers exceed recommended levels of both sugar and caffeine. “There is a trend towards […]

Coal Ash Rule Amendments Would Risk Putting Carcinogen In Water

Proposed amendments to the U.S.’s federal 2015 Coal Ash Rule risk putting carcinogenic hexavalent chromium in water supplies across the country, preliminary findings indicate. Allowing coal ash to be spread on soil or stored in unlined pits and landfills will raise the risk that several toxic elements could leach out of the coal ash, the […]