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Wildfire smoke contains a mixture of toxic pollutants that can be harmful to both the lungs and the brain. Bloomberg Creative/ Bloomberg Creative Photos via Getty Images

Neurotoxins in the environment are damaging human brain health – and more frequent fires and floods may make the problem worse

Pollution from more frequent floods and wildfires – exacerbated by the warming climate – is threatening human health and poses particular risks to the brain.
Research suggests that about 20% of all prescriptions are administered “off-label.” Hafakot/iStock via Getty Images Plus

Off-label’ use is common in medicine – a bioethicist and legal philosopher explain why the COVID-19 vaccines are different

The CDC’s COVID-19 vaccine provider agreement prohibits health care professionals from administering the vaccines in people for whom they are not yet authorized or approved. But this departs from longstanding norms.
The COVID-19 pandemic has left many nurses feeling burned out, and its long-term effects on the profession are unknown. JEFF PACHOUD/AFP via Getty Images

Nurses don’t want to be hailed as ‘heroes’ during a pandemic – they want more resources and support

Exhausted and demoralized nurses are leaving the profession at alarming rates as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on.
Obesity intervention programs tend to focus on healthy food and physical activity. But is that enough? kali9/E+ Collection via Getty Images

Kids with obesity need acceptance from family and friends, not just better diet tips, to succeed at managing their weight

A study of over 1,000 children in rural Oklahoma found that social and emotional health may be just as important as diet and exercise in reducing child obesity.

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