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Although overeating and a sedentary lifestyle contribute heavily to obesity, additional risk may be conferred by exposure to obesogens, environmental chemicals suspected of promoting fat production and storage. The insecticide DDT may be one such obesogen.


Smoking is currently the best-established risk factor for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a rare and debilitating neurological condition. But three traffic-related pollutants may be similar to or even worse than smoking in terms of ALS risk.


Tuberculosis (TB) treatment is often successful in the United States, but sometimes patients die. A new study found that living near heavily traveled roads was associated with higher risk of dying during TB treatment.

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