Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Architects of Metabolism: New in CNR's Breakthroughs mag

In the current (Fall 2017) issue of Breakthroughs magazine, I have a story on recent and ongoing research by College of Natural Resources professor Andreas Stahl and UC Berkeley colleagues into human metabolism. They're interested in how medical science may be able to harness it in the fight against the obesity epidemic. I won't go into too much more here, but the science is pretty fascinating  -- and if I did my job, you'll think so too. Read the 1,500-word story here.

Monday, November 6, 2017

New article in EHP: Developing the Science of Nature as a Public Health Resource

Two years ago I wrote a full-length feature for Environmental Health Perspectives on the connection between parks, nature, and human health. As the story showed, we know there's a link, but we can't say much conclusively about why or how, exactly, parks, nature, and other outdoor experiences (or their analogues) benefit health.

My latest Science Selection for EHP takes on the topic again, reporting on a new multidisciplinary commentary out of the University of Washington (led by accomplished environmental-health expert Howard Frumkin) assessing what we know and what we don't while proposing an exhaustive research agenda to guide the field as it matures.

Read the new story here.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Unwell: The Public Health Implications of Unregulated Drinking Water

Roughly one in seven U.S. residents relies on a private well for drinking water. Unlike the rest of the population served by the nation’s many public water systems, these 44.5 million Americans are not protected by the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, which regulates 87 biological and chemical contaminants. This has significant implications for public health, according to the authors of a new review in Environmental Health Perspectives, and although solutions exist for ensuring that well water is safe to drink, it is unclear how and whether they can be implemented.

Continue reading my latest for EHP.