78,000: A nationwide shortage of baby formula was slightly alleviated by the delivery of 78,000 pounds of formula to Indianapolis – that’s enough for more than half a million baby bottles, but more is needed.
7.5: After an ambitious assignment from their teacher, a class of teens used a 3D printer to create a 7.5-centimeter-tall lead filter out of biodegradable plastic. Other filters can be expensive or need to be replaced often, the students’ design could go to market for just $1.
180: The CDC is now investigating 180 cases of unexplained hepatitis in children reported over the last seven months, up from the 109 cases reported two-weeks ago.
1. Monkeypox Virus
U.S. and European health authorities have recently identified more than 100 cases of monkeypox, a pox-like disease that jumped from monkeys to humans around 1970. For some, the headlines might evoke memories of early 2020, but unlike COVID-19, monkeypox is extremely unlikely to spin out into an uncontrolled worldwide pandemic. But the outbreak is nonetheless alarming because of its occurrence outside of Africa and its rapid spread. The number of cases has already surpassed the total number detected outside Africa since 1970.
The United Nations has condemned some media outlets for portrayals of African and LGTBQ people that reinforce racist and homophobic stereotypes. The U.N. emphasized that monkeypox can affect anyone and is transmitted through close physical contact with someone who has the virus.
2. Ditching Social Media
Do you find yourself feeling more anxious or depressed when you use social media? Perhaps you find yourself doomscrolling and feeling disheartened and saddened by the news. Researchers at the University of Bath say taking a break from social media, even if just for a week, could reduce your symptoms of anxiety and depression and generally improve your sense of well-being.
If taking a break “cold-turkey” sounds hard, you can try some of the tips from Healthline on what to do instead of looking at your phone, like taking a walk, volunteering or learning a new skill.
3. Are We Numb?
Last week, the U.S. passed 1 million recorded deaths from COVID-19, but the response to this immense loss has been underwhelming. It begs a question: Is mass death tolerated in America? One sociologist argues our tolerance of death is partly based on who is at risk.
Simultaneously, COVID-19 cases are once again surging across the country, and health experts are concerned about the summer. Warmer weather and people spending more time outdoors will prevent some spread of the virus, but it can only do so much as waning immunity and decreased mask-wearing leaves people vulnerable to infection.
A factory in Illinois is innovating its approach to employee wellness. The employees have equity in the company, that comes with big payouts, and they can vote on a yearly project for the company to do, like provide healthier meals onsite. Investors and researchers are keeping an eye on this company to see if profitability as well as health and happiness improve.
Great job! There you go, making it to the bottom of the newsletter. Now go get yourself a drink of water and hydrate — it’s good for your health! – MO
By Claire Cleveland, science writer
Edited by Shannon Mullane, senior editor
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