Climatic problems aggravate the majority of infectious diseases

The media reports a study on infectious human diseases, which found a link between worsening climatic problems and worsening infections of 218 of 375 known varieties. Also: Teens are turning to tobacco-free nicotine gum, cannabis vaping links from tobacco vaping, and more.

AP: study links climate risks to 58% of infectious diseases

Weather hazards such as floods, heat waves and drought have aggravated more than half of hundreds of known infectious diseases in humans, including malaria, hantavirus, cholera and anthrax, study finds . The researchers scoured the medical literature for established cases of the illnesses and found that 218 of 375 known human infectious diseases, or 58%, appeared to be made worse by one of 10 types of extreme weather linked to climate change, according to a study. study. in Monday’s journal Nature Climate Change. (Borenstein, 8/9)

NBC News: Weather hazards turn 218 diseases into bigger threats

Professor Camilo Mora feels the effects of climate change in his knees. During a 2014 visit to his native Colombia, heavy rains caused the worst flooding his hometown had seen in decades and increased the mosquito population. A mosquito bit Mora, transferring the chikungunya virus and making him a patient in an unprecedented outbreak in the region. (Bendix and Bush, 8/8)

In other public health news –

NBC News: Teens turn to ‘tobacco-free’ nicotine gum and lozenges

A survey of more than 3,500 high school students in Southern California found that flavored chewing gum, lozenges, gummies and other oral products containing nicotine but not tobacco were the second most popular nicotine items in adolescents, after electronic cigarettes. More than 3% of students surveyed said they had tried these oral products, and almost 2% said they had done so in the past six months. Meanwhile, nearly 10% said they had tried e-cigarettes and more than 5% said they had done so in the past six months. (Bendix, 8/9)

The Washington Post: Study: Children who vape tobacco are more likely to continue using cannabis

Vaping is becoming more prevalent among young people – in 2021, 1 in 9 high school students said they had vaped in the past month, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Increasingly, these kids are vaping cannabis. But is vaping a gateway to marijuana use? A new study suggests this is the case, finding that teens who use e-cigarettes are more than three times more likely to use cannabis than those who don’t – and that more than one in 10 young people who says they have never used cannabis continue to do so within a year. (Blakemore, 8/8)

KHN: After ‘lots of closed doors ahead of us,’ Crusader couple celebrate passage of Burn Pit Bill

The battle was just beginning for Le Roy Torres and his wife, Rosie, when the army captain returned to Texas in 2008, already beginning to suffer from toxic substances he had inhaled from the 10-acre burn pit from Camp Anaconda in Balad, Iraq. Along the way, Le Roy would lose the job he loved as a Texas state trooper and fight his way to a Supreme Court victory. He would be rushed to the ER hundreds of times, be denied health benefits by the Department of Veterans Affairs for years, attempt suicide, and seek experimental cures for damage to his lungs and brain. . (McAuliff, 8/9)

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Teresa H. Sadler