Lead exposure during childhood may influence adult personality, and not for the better

Early exposure to lead pollution may lead to less mature personality traits as an adult.
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Southwestern PA network takes on "unnecessary" environmental risks for cancer

Doctors, researchers, activists and cancer survivors hope to prevent cancers linked to environmental pollution.

Toxic beauty products contribute to health inequity

Toxic chemicals in beauty products commonly used by and marketed to Black people and other people of color could be contributing to racial health inequities.

‘Nobody is catching it’: Algorithms widely used in hospitals are rife with bias

A new report finds bias along racial and economic lines is pervasive in algorithms used by hospitals and insurers. It also offers a playbook on how to fix those flaws.

How the coronavirus unraveled Hispanic American families

Deaths in Santa Clara County, Calif., highlight a terrible disparity of the pandemic: Covid-19 killed many Hispanic Americans at younger ages.

Medical journals reluctant to take on racism, critics say

An editor’s departure at JAMA is bringing calls for a sharper focus on racism and its consequences.

AMA pledges in new plan to dismantle causes of health inequities

The American Medical Association has vowed in a new strategic plan to use its influence as one of the world's most powerful medical organizations to fight and dismantle white supremacy and racism in the U.S. health care system — and within its own walls.

Report finds drop in Black male, Native American medical students

While U.S. medical schools have talked for years about their efforts to enroll more students of color, new data underscore how little progress has been made and should serve as an urgent call to action, said physicians working to increase diversity.

Sewage has stories. Can the U.S. learn to listen?

Sewage epidemiology has been embraced in other countries for decades, but not in the U.S. Will COVID change that?


Civil rights and Black health organizations press Biden administration to ban menthol cigarettes

Advocates demand action against a product that has increased illnesses and death in Black communities.

Underserved communities bear brunt of paused Johnson & Johnson rollout

Clinics offering the one-shot vaccine were canceled throughout the country, affecting students, shift workers, rural residents and other hard-to-reach groups.

The environmental justice issues around access to urban nature

Compared to affluent white communities, lower-income communities and communities of color are missing out on the advantages urban greenery provides. What does it take to level the playing field?

Menthol cigarettes kill many Black people. A ban may finally be near

Advocates are hoping that President Biden will soon come out in favor of banning mint-flavored cigarettes and other tobacco products.
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We’re dumping loads of retardant chemicals to fight wildfires. What does it mean for wildlife?

As western wildfires become bigger and more intense, state and federal fire agencies are using more and more aerial fire retardant, prompting concerns over fish kills, aquatic life, and water quality.

LISTEN: Why is it taking so long for Pennsylvania to regulate toxic chemicals in drinking water?

The chemicals, known as PFAS, are linked to health effects including cancer, thyroid disease, high cholesterol, pregnancy-induced hypertension, asthma, and ulcerative colitis.

Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

LISTEN: Azmal Hossan on the sociology of climate crises in South Asia

"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

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