Breaking: Over 1,600 school water fountains found contaminated with lead
New testing shows enormous amounts of students have been exposed to lead
Alex Reid here with your Monday roundup.
Unfortunately, the top story is a serious one.
A recent study found that over 1,600 school water fountains in a certain U.S. state are contaminated with lead.
Lead ingestion, especially by children, is extremely dangerous and all but impossible to remove from the body once it gets in.
Many of us thought this issue was under control in 2019...
But unfortunately children are still being exposed to lead today.
The state in question?
But chances are high that your state could have problems, too... so don't ignore this developing story.
Get the details right here.
In other health news, the out-of-control costs of medication are no secret...
But what to do about these costs is a whole lot murkier.
For individuals, the prospect of shopping abroad is appealing, and new regulations aim to make it easier.
There are, however, legal and medical risks to doing so.
This report from Kaiser Health News breaks down the positives and negatives of purchasing medication across international borders.
And finally, a fascinating new study out of the University of Michigan is opening eyes to the power of religion and prayer.
Our society is increasingly secular, but at what cost?
In addition to any spiritual benefit, religious services offer up community, routines, and a reliable break from the vagaries of everyday life.
We know these things are crucial to health.
And sure enough, this study found that religion is showing a scientifically positive effect on health.
According to the study:
Six years of data from the U-M Health and Retirement Study [were used,] which included responses from more than 16,000 people over age 50. They asked about religious attendance and prayer, and then tested people’s memory skills.
Frequent religious service attendance and private prayer was linked to stronger cognitive health among blacks, Hispanics and whites.
Get the full story from the University of Michigan right here.
To your health,
President, Clear Health Now