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Study links congenital heart disease to oil, gas development
  • Study of 3,300 infants, born between 2005 and 2011 in areas with heavy oil and gas production in Colorado, shows increased risk of heart disease.
  • The conclusion is that mothers living near oil and gas plants have from 40% to 70% bigger risk of giving birth to babies with congenital heart defects.
  • This research follows up on a 2014 study which also linked congenital heart disease in newborns to living in areas with heavy oil and gas production.
  • Each year in the US about 40,000 babies are born with congenital heart defects, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Cycling success may hold key to land savings
  • New report indicates that, in developed countries, consumers hold the most power to reduce environmental harm through changing dietary habits.
  • Less developed countries, on the other hand, require an increase in production efficiency to make food production less harmful.
  • Report authors concluded this from applying the “marginal gains” strategy (used by British cycling team) to the latest food & agriculture data from the UN.
  • Small steps, like reducing food waste, changing diets, and improving food production efficiency, could free up to 21% of land currently used for food.
  • Other reports usually suggest huge, impossible-to-implement ideas--instead, a lot of small changes would be more realistic, and still have a significant effect.

Seeing greenery linked to less intense and frequent cravings
  • Study based on online survey indicates that being around nature is linked to less cravings (smoking, alcohol, other substances, unhealthy behaviours).
  • It could have implications on public health and environmental protection, adding to the existing evidence that green spaces are good for people in cities.
  • The causality of this phenomenon needs more studies.
  • These findings are a promising first step, and future studies should investigate how green spaces can be used to help city dwellers avoid problematic cravings.

Teens 'mocked' by parents at greater risk for bullying, victimization
  • Parents who are mean to their children - belittle them, use sarcasm, criticize, put them down verbally - might cause long-term emotional harm to them.
  • The conclusion is based on data from 1,409 children, collected over 3 consecutive years (from 13 to 15 years old).
  • Young people who are ridiculed at home are at greater risk of adopting inappropriate anger management strategies, making it harder for them to be pro-social.
  • Dysregulated anger typically results in negative emotions, aggression, and hostility, turning children into bullies and / or victims of bullying.

Recreational marijuana legalization tied to decline in teens using pot, study says
  • Legal recreational marijuana laws associated with 8% drop in number of high schoolers who used marijuana in the last 30 days.
  • Researchers looked at self-reported marijuana use in surveys among students before, and after legalization.
  • The data came from 1.4 million high school students in the US, collected from 1993 to 2017.
  • Study authors clarify that they can’t claim causation, but only a possibility of reduction in use following recreational (not medical) marijuana legalization.