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Psychedelic experiences are deeply tied to mystical and counterculture ideas that are often at odds with science. Daniel Merino, DeepDream

Psychedelics researchers balance trippyness with scientific rigor after history of legal and cultural controversy – podcast

Today’s psychedelics researchers still have to deal with the fallout of the decadeslong freeze on research. Listen to ‘The Conversation Weekly’ podcast.
Despite numerous high-profile cases of workplace bullying in recent years, bullying and harassment remain widespread. (Shutterstock)

Workplace bullying should be treated as a public health issue

It’s clear the current workplace health and safety framework isn’t stopping people from getting bullied. It’s time to treat bullying as a public health issue and address the problem more effectively.
People catch La Crosse disease primarily from the bite of the eastern tree-hole mosquito – although two other species may also carry the virus. Nipol Plobmuang/EyeEm via Getty Images

La Crosse virus is the second-most common virus in the US spread by mosquitoes – and can cause severe neurological damage in rare cases

Not all cases of La Crosse disease affect the neurological system, but those that do can be severe and sometimes fatal – especially in children.
A physician’s assistant prepares the monkeypox vaccine before inoculating a patient. AP

Monkeypox – the next global vaccine equity failure?

The hoarding of the COVID-19 vaccine by wealthy nations led to global calls for vaccine equity. Unless wealthy nations commit to change, the monkeypox vaccine rollout could meet a similar fate.
Science shows that humans are happier and healthier around other animal and plant species. Artur Debat/Moment via Getty Images

Do humans really need other species?

People wouldn’t last long without the countless other species we depend on for survival.
Bad air pollution and extreme heat each raise health risks, but they’re worse combined. Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Extreme heat + air pollution can be deadly, with the health risk together worse than either alone

The worst effects are during high nighttime temperatures, something happening more often with climate change. Wildfires add to the risk.
Flooding from hurricanes like Irma in Florida can overwhelm sewer systems and spread pathogens in other ways. Brian Blanco/Getty Images

58% of human infectious diseases can be worsened by climate change – we scoured 77,000 studies to map the pathways

It’s not just mosquitos. Flooding, extreme heat and other climate-related hazards are bringing people into contact with pathogens more often, and affecting people’s ability to fight off disease.
With so much competition, food marketers need to grab the attention of consumers so they buy their products, not another competitors. This is why product packaging is so important. (Shutterstock)

Preventing obesity starts in the grocery aisle with food packaging

The size of food images on product packaging plays a key role in exacerbating diet-related illnesses and obesity.

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