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Alarmed by a rapid spread of Lassa fever, the Nigerian Academy of Science is calling on government to declare a health emergency. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty Images

Lassa fever: why there’s a call to declare a health emergency in Nigeria

Concerned about rising cases and spread of Lassa fever, the Nigerian Academy of Science has called on government to declare it a national health emergency.
Joaquin Phoenix won the award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role for ‘Joker’ at the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Joaquin Phoenix’s lips mocked – here’s what everyone should know about cleft lip

After a talk show host mocked Joaquin Phoenix for what she assumed was a cleft lip, the experts address what causes this most common of birth defects.
Vitamin D is sometimes called the sunshine vitamin. FotoHelin/Shutterstock.com

Why you need more Vitamin D in the winter

Vitamin D is essential for good health and particularly for fighting infections and keeping the microbes in the human gut healthy. But in winter it can be difficult to get enough.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are good for you and your gut microbes. Teri Virbickis/Shutterstock.com

5 things you can do to make your microbiome healthier

For your 2020 New Year's resolutions, think about keeping the microbes that live inside your gut healthy. Look after them and they'll look after you.
Affluent neighborhoods have very different microbes from those in poor ones. Zentangle/Shutterstock.com

Inequity takes a toll on your gut microbes, too

You probably know about the collection of microorganisms that live in, on and around us. But did you know that not everyone in society has equal access to them? That needs to change.
Around 10 states in the U.S. have hit over 120 degrees Fahrenheit on their hottest days this year. VladisChern/Shutterstock.com

Pregnant women have a higher risk of delivering early on unseasonably hot days

More places around the world are experiencing days with record high temperatures. These prolonged hot spells may have unanticipated impacts on pregnant women, triggering early deliveries.

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