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Tropical cyclones on the rise in low- and middle- income countries yet remain least studied of climate-related events — ScienceDaily

A new invited perspective from a paper from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health illustrates the increases in adverse public health outcomes following tropical cyclones, especially in communities with existing health conditions. The paper, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, explains that the focus should be on low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), rather than the […]

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The rise in people seeking emergency medical care after sexual assault outpaces the growth of law enforcement reporting, study suggests — ScienceDaily

An increasing number of people are seeking emergency medical help for sexual assault, a new study suggests. Emergency departments saw 15 times more sexual assault related visits in the past decade, outpacing the growth of law enforcement reporting, according to the research in JAMA Network Open. “Sexual assault is a disturbing and prevalent trend in […]

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Children’s health will be negatively impacted by poorer fitness as global temperatures rise, new research shows — ScienceDaily

Record levels of obesity and physical inactivity among children mean they are set to bear the brunt of poorer health effects from rising global temperatures — that’s the stark warning in a new comprehensive review of current studies on the topic. Publishing her findings in the peer-reviewed journal Temperature, Dr Shawnda Morrison, an environmental exercise […]

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Hurricanes and other tropical cyclones linked to rise in U.S. deaths from several major causes — ScienceDaily

Over recent decades, hurricanes and other tropical cyclones in the U.S. were associated with up to 33.4 percent higher death rates from several major causes in subsequent months. This is the finding of research from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Colorado State University, Imperial College London, and Harvard T. H. Chan School of […]

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Using a simulation modeling approach, researchers estimate that closing syringe services programs, even for one year, will cause cases of HIV to rise — ScienceDaily

Syringe services programs — sites where people who use drugs can access sterile syringes and dispose of injection equipment — often face political backlash. But a new study shows the effectiveness of these programs in both curbing HIV transmission among people who use drugs and preventing future outbreaks. In a rural American setting that had […]

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The rise and fall of variant of concern eta in western Africa — ScienceDaily

If the United States ignores COVID-19 in Nigeria, we forgo global genomic surveillance at our own peril, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study. The study found global efforts to track variants grossly underreported a probable variant of concern, eta, circulating in Nigeria in early 2021. This was followed by the circulation of a rare delta […]