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New Research Reveals Impact of Ubiquitous Contaminant on Breastfeeding Mothers: ‘Cause For Concern’ – The Cool Down

Read article – Megan Romano, an associate professor of epidemiology, is quoted in an article about her study into the correlation between exposure to PFAS and a reduction of breastmilk within 6 months of giving birth. “For all women who are exposed, there’s a little bit of a decrease in the amount of time they breastfeed beyond delivery,” Romano said. (Picked up by Yahoo! News.)

Column: We Need to Be Honest About Earth’s Exhaustion – Valley News

Read article – Miriam Voran, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry, writes an opinion piece about “Earth Overshoot Day.” “We’re depleting resources and piling up pollution, including the carbon dioxide that’s ruined our climate. Overshoot causes most ecological problems—climate derangement, de-forestation, soil erosion, water shortages, overfishing, acidification of the oceans, loss of bio-diversity, and species extinction,” Voran writes.

Choosing a Better Path—What Jimmy Carter Is Teaching Us About Seniors’ Health Choices – Newsweek

Read article – Nathan Goldstein, chair and professor of medicine, co-authors an opinion piece about senior health care options. “Reflecting on President Carter’s journey, and on the patients we studied who spent more and higher-quality time at home, our conviction has never been stronger—investing in the collaboration between primary care and specialty palliative care for the country’s seniors must be a national priority,” Goldstein writes.

More People Are Turning to Mental Health AI Chatbots. What Could Go Wrong? – National Geographic

Read article – Nicholas Jacobson, an assistant professor of biomedical data science and psychiatry, is mentioned in an article about the use of AI chatbots to treat mental health care. Jacobson says that the accessibility and scalability of digital platforms can significantly lower barriers to mental health care and make it available to a broader population.

‘They’re Everywhere’: Common Foods Linked to Elevated Levels of PFAS in Body – Common Dreams

Read article – Megan Romano, an associate professor of epidemiology, is quoted in an article about her study into PFAS “forever chemicals” found in food. “The results definitely point toward the need for environmental stewardship, and keeping PFAS out of the environment and food chain,” Romano said. “Now we’re in a situation where they’re everywhere and are going to stick around even if we do aggressive remediation.”

There’s A Lot We Don’t Know About Algal Blooms – The Post-Journal

Read article – Elijah Stommel, a professor of neurology, is cited in an article about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS. Stommel notes that in the same way that cancers and infectious diseases have environmental risk factors and are tracked in registries, scientists are learning neurodegenerative diseases have similar risk factors, so a state registry makes sense for ALS.