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Americans sit too much, CDC says

Americans sit too much, CDC says

You’ve heard it before, but the message is still urgent: One in four US adults sits for more than eight hours a day, according to a new study from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Four in 10 adults do not exercise to either a vigorous or even moderate degree each week, the…MORE

The worst year to be human was A.D. 536, researchers say

The worst year to be human was A.D. 536, researchers say

It’s easy to look back on the past through rose-tinted glasses, as the saying goes, but new research suggests that the mid-sixth century was definitely a time to forget. A team of historians and scientists has identified A.D. 536 as the beginning of a terrible sequence of events for humankind. A massive volcanic eruption spewed…MORE

NASA selects ancient crater as next Mars landing site

NASA selects ancient crater as next Mars landing site

NASA has chosen the landing site for its next rover mission to Mars: a treacherously rugged 3.6 billion-year-old crater. The 28-mile- (45-kilometer) wide Jezero Crater was selected as the destination for the mission, which is scheduled to launch in 2020, because of its potential for scientific research. “The landing site in Jezero Crater offers geologically…MORE

North Carolina chickenpox outbreak blamed on vaccination exemptions

North Carolina chickenpox outbreak blamed on vaccination exemptions

A chickenpox outbreak among students at Asheville Waldorf School in North Carolina has grown to 36 cases as of Monday, and exemptions from vaccination were a contributing factor, according to the Buncombe County Health Department, which has been monitoring the situation since the end of October. Asheville Waldorf School, which serves students from nursery through…MORE

The health hazards from wildfires can linger

The health hazards from wildfires can linger

The deadliest wildfire in California history will hurt the health of people who may never have seen the flames. Smoke from the Camp Fire, which has burned an area the size of Chicago, hangs heavy in parts of California, forcing schools to close and shutting down public transportation. The air quality is so bad that…MORE

Consumer group warns of ‘dangerous’ slime products and other hazardous toys

Consumer group warns of ‘dangerous’ slime products and other hazardous toys

A consumer advocacy group is warning parents of what it calls “dangerously high” levels of a chemical called boron in popular slime toys marketed to children — although an expert disputed the findings and said the warning is overblown. The warning was contained in the annual report by the US Public Interest Research Group Education…MORE

Doctors start movement in response to NRA, calling for more gun research

Doctors start movement in response to NRA, calling for more gun research

The feud between the National Rifle Association and the medical community still rages on, with the latest round coming from physicians who released an editorial saying they disagree with the NRA, published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine on Monday. In a tweet this month, the NRA told “anti-gun” doctors to “stay in their…MORE

More US children confirmed with paralyzing polio-like illness AFM

More US children confirmed with paralyzing polio-like illness AFM

More children have been diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis, the polio-like paralyzing illness, according to numbers released Monday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There have now been 106 confirmed cases of AFM in 29 states this year, according to the CDC, an increase of 16 since last week. There are also…MORE

Prenatal exposure to air pollution linked to autism risk, study says

Prenatal exposure to air pollution linked to autism risk, study says

Prenatal exposure to ambient air pollution was associated with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorder, a new study finds. Pregnant women in Vancouver who were exposed to the highest level of environmental nitric oxide, an airborne, traffic-related pollutant, were more likely to give birth to children later diagnosed with autism, the researchers say. Autism…MORE