Health

"Polio Has Been Found In The U.S. Here’s What To Know."

"In July, a 20-year-old man from Rockland County, N.Y., was diagnosed with polio, a disabling and potentially deadly disease that had been considered eliminated in the United States. The infected man was unvaccinated and had not traveled overseas during the period when he could have been exposed to the virus, suggesting he contracted it in this country."

Source: Washington Post, 08/23/2022

CDC Plans An ‘Ambitious’ Agency Overhaul To Address Covid Missteps

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an agency that has had its reputation battered by a series of missteps in the Covid-19 pandemic, and a slow response to the monkeypox outbreak, will undergo an “ambitious” overhaul, Director Rochelle Walensky announced Wednesday."

Source: STAT, 08/18/2022
July 28, 2022

Sciline Media Briefing: High Heat and Health

SciLine’s next media briefing will focus on the physical and mental health effects of experiencing extreme heat for different demographic groups, including children and vulnerable adults such as the elderly and outdoor workers. 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET, including Q&A.

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Epidemiologists Warn U.S. Reaches Critical Moment To Contain Monkeypox

"On the heels of a public health emergency declaration from the World Health Organization, epidemiologists and public health experts warn the U.S. is running out of time to contain a monkeypox outbreak that has infected nearly 3,000 Americans."

Source: NPR, 07/25/2022

Grants Uncover Downside of Wood Stoves, Water Subsidy Impacts

When a young Ohio-based journalist found her interest piqued by the environmental impacts of wood-burning stoves, she turned — for a second time — to the Fund for Environmental Journalism. Her grant helped her dig deeper and, ultimately, produce a report for Undark. Reporter Diana Kruzman shares her experience with both FEJ-funded projects, along with advice for other grant seekers, in the new StoryLog.

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Fauci Says He Will Retire From Post By The End Of Biden’s Term

"Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s preeminent infectious-diseases expert, who has served as the face of the coronavirus pandemic response for more than two years, plans after more than 50 years in government to retire by the end of President Biden’s term, he confirmed Monday to The Washington Post."

Source: Washington Post, 07/21/2022

Farmers Markets Offer Many Local Environmental Stories

Reporters needn’t always go far and wide to find environment angles. A case in point is your local farmers market, which can yield a variety of food-related stories, ranging from food justice and urban agriculture to pesticides and organics. That and a few tasty samples on the side. TipSheet takes a stroll through the aisles for the backstory, plus reporting resources and story ideas.

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Amid Heat Waves, Data on Heat Deaths Deadly Serious

Heat waves, heat domes … heat deaths. The reality of climate change means a grim uptick in fatalities, more so from excess heat than any other kind of extreme weather event. Reporter’s Toolbox points to useful data sources for covering the crisis, with insights on how to go behind the numbers to find the stories of those most vulnerable to heat’s effects.

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