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Most clinical trials overrepresent young white males. Andresr/Digital Vision via Getty Images

Lack of diversity in clinical trials is leaving women and patients of color behind and harming the future of medicine – Podcast

Medicine works better when the treatments are tailored to fit each individual person’s biology and history. A first step is increasing diversity in clinical trials, but the end goal is precision medicine.
Active oil wells can often be found next door to homes, office buildings and even schools. David McNew/Getty Images

LA’s long, troubled history with urban oil drilling is nearing an end after years of health concerns

The Los Angeles area has over 20,000 active, idle or abandoned oil wells. The city and county have voted to ban new ones after studies showed health problems in residents living nearby.
When fish like this netted cod are exposed to mercury, it accumulates in certain organs, including the lenses of their eyes. Yvette Heimbrand

The lenses of fishes’ eyes record their lifetime exposure to toxic mercury, new research finds

A new study shows that a time stamp can be put on mercury that accumulates in fish eyes, offering a window into their lifetime exposure.
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 and 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. Wildfire smoke adds to the risk.
Fuel scarcity in Nigeria causes untold hardship to people and negatively impacts the economy. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty Images

Nigeria’s fuel crisis: smaller, more flexible refineries aren’t the full answer

As a short term measure, modular refineries may help Nigeria with its fuel crisis. It is however not likely to be a long term solution.
A burned ‘Caution: Children at play’ sign remained after a wildfire devastated the town of Berry Creek, Calif., in 2020. Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

US climate risks are rising – a scientist looks at the dangers her children will have to adapt to, from wildfires to water scarcity

The author’s 9-year-old son will likely face about four times as many extreme events in his lifetime as older adults today. An international report explains the impacts already being felt.

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