Are crosswalks as safe as you think?
2022 saw the highest number of pedestrian deaths in forty years, according to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association Annual Report. It estimates that drivers struck and killed more than seven thousand people, with an average of 20 deaths each day. New Mexico takes the top spot for most casualties, with Florida and Arizona close behind. Experts say reversing these numbers will take years, but we need to start making small changes as soon as possible.
The war on drugs may be making things worse
New research in the American Journal of Public Health shows that overdose deaths increase within three weeks following a police drug seizure. Scientists hypothesize that users are willing to take greater risks to quickly replenish their supply. The study emphasizes the need for more comprehensive harm reduction strategies in response to the opioid crisis (Brown University).
Should your stove be gas or electric?
Cooks have long loved the gas stove because of its temperature control and durability. But is it worth potential health risks? Benzene, a chemical linked to blood cell cancers, forms in the flames of gas stoves, according to a study in Environmental Science and Technology. And while good ventilation can get rid of this threat, researchers found that only using your exhaust fan is not going to cut it. This paper is the first to examine benzene emissions when a gas stove is being used (Stanford University).