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What you should know about rising measles cases

Cases of measles, a highly contagious and deadly disease, are surging in parts of the US, worrying doctors and public health experts. This year, so far, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has recorded 64 cases, already more than the 58 counted in 2023. The cases have popped up in 17 states, including at a Chicago migrant shelter,...

Fri Apr 19, 2024 21:49
Climate change will increse value of rooftop solar panels

Climate change will increase the future value of residential rooftop solar panels across the United States by up to 19% by the end of the century, according to new research. The study defines the value of solar, or VOS, as household-level financial benefits from electricity bill savings plus revenues from selling excess electricity to the grid—minus...

Fri Apr 19, 2024 20:06
Teen stress may boost risk of postpartum depression later

Social stress during adolescence in female mice later results in prolonged elevation of the hormone cortisol after they give birth, a new study shows. The researchers say this corresponds to the equivalent hormonal changes in postpartum women exposed to adverse early life experiences—suggesting that early life stress may underlie a pathophysiological...

Fri Apr 19, 2024 18:45
Doctor-parent chats can keep kids safe from injuries

By simply talking to parents about preventing injuries, pediatricians can help families keep kids safer, according to a new study. Unintentional injuries are a leading cause of suffering and mortality in young children, and doctors agree that many of these injury-related deaths are preventable. To address this, the American Academy of Pediatrics designed...

Fri Apr 19, 2024 18:05
Coal trains carry health risks along with cargo

Trains carrying loads of coal bring with them higher rates of asthma, heart disease, hospitalization, and death for residents living nearest the rail lines, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal Environmental Research, focuses on the San Francisco Bay Area and is the first health impact assessment of coal train pollution in...

Fri Apr 19, 2024 17:15
‘Electronic tongue’ tastes when white wine goes bad

While a new “electronic tongue” bears little physical resemblance to its namesake, its strand-like sensory probes still outperformed human senses when detecting contaminated wine in a recent study. In an experiment , the e-tongue identified signs of microorganisms in white wine within a week after contamination—four weeks before a human panel noticed...

Fri Apr 19, 2024 16:55

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