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Childhood vaccine linked to less severe COVID-19, cigarette smoke raises risk
The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, Reuters reported.
Wildfire smoke may help virus spread, mouthwash helps curb it
The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, Reuters reported.
California needs forests to fight climate change, but they are going up in smoke
California’s record wildfires pose a problem for the state’s plan to use its forests to help offset climate-warming emissions.
Scientists find thirdhand smoke affects cells in humans
Thirdhand smoke can damage epithelial cells in the respiratory system by stressing cells and causing them to fight for survival, a research team led by scientists at the University of California, Riverside, has found. The finding could assist physicians treating patients exposed to thirdhand smoke.
Researchers find source of deadly 2015 Southeast Asia smoke cloud
Smoke from widespread fires in Indonesia in the summer and fall of 2015 hung heavily over major urban centers in Southeast Asia, causing adverse health effects for millions of people.
Call for smoke ban in the home to protect children
Cancer scientists have renewed calls for smoking to be banned in the home, as almost a third of smokers’ children are left likely to die from lung disease in adulthood.
Exposure to secondhand smoke during pregnancy increases risk of stillbirth
Exposure to secondhand smoke during pregnancy increases the risk of still birth, congenital malformations, low birth-weight and respiratory illnesses.
Over half of Israeli troopers smoked cannabis last year: Report
A recent report reveals that more than half of soldiers serving in the Israeli military have smoked cannabis over the past year, and that the use of marijuana in the occupied territories has reached an all-time high in recent years.
Smoke-free policies linked to lower heart disease risk
Laws that ban smoking at workplaces and other public places are associated with a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease, a study of Northwestern University (NU) found.
In rural Belarus, villagers prefer hard work to city smoke
Just a few hours drive from the Belarussian capital of Minsk, many villagers still live off the land — planting, harvesting and pickling crops according to the season and ancient folk traditions.
WHO: Tobacco kills more than 7m a year
Smoking and other tobacco use kills more than seven million people each year, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, also warning of the dire environmental impact of tobacco production, distribution and waste.
Why young people are now less likely to smoke
All age groups in the UK are smoking less — but the largest decrease is among 18- to 24-year-olds, according to the Office of National Statistics. Why is that?
Smoke and mirrors: Beijing battles to control smog message
In its 'war' on hazardous air pollution, China's government has a dilemma: it needs to be open about air quality data to hold polluters to account, but worries that too much bad news from alternative, independent sources could stoke public unrest.
Seeing e-cigarettes may boost desire to smoke
Newer versions of e-cigarettes known as vape pens may not look much like traditional cigarettes, but seeing someone use these devices still sparks a desire to smoke, a recent study suggests.
Another reason not to smoke while pregnant
Women who smoke during pregnancy may be more likely to have children with kidney damage than mothers who steer clear of cigarettes, a study suggested.

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