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The authors of a new mouse study hypothesize that vascular insulin resistance may be caused when PM2.5 exposure triggers oxidative stress in the lungs. The experimental study doesn’t replace the need for human research, but it offers insight into how air pollution might increase the risk of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

Hot days can be deadly, so public health officials have begun developing heat action plans to help mitigate the health impact of high temperatures. Although these plans have been widely adopted, it is unclear how effective they really are at reducing the public health burden of extreme heat. A new study seeks to find out.

Researchers must strive to ensure that individuals understand the risks incurred by participating in a household exposure study, including legal obligations that come with identification of contamination issues in their homes. A new review outlines these potential obligations along with guidance for sharing this information with participants.

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Climate change presents a significant and growing threat to human health, with diverse impacts projected for different regions. Investigators now report that Pacific island countries are among the nations most vulnerable to climate-related health problems due to their particular geographic, demographic, and socioeconomic characteristics.
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