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Wildfires and Cancer

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Researchers tracked more than 2 million Canadians over a period of 20 years to determine how proximity to wildfires, which tend to recur in the same locations, might affect cancer risk.

They found that people living within 30 miles of wildfires over the past 10 years had a 10% higher incidence of brain tumors and a 4.9% higher incidence of lung cancer compared with people living farther away.

"Many of the pollutants emitted by wildfires are known human carcinogens, suggesting that exposure could increase cancer risk in humans," said study author Jill Korsiak at McGill University.

Body of Knowledge

According to a 2013 study, chewing gum may improve concentration, while a 2015 study found that sarcasm promotes creative thinking.

Joke: A man walks into a convenience store to buy some gum. The sign says it's $10 per pack. He asks the cashier why the gum is so expensive. "Because it's in mint condition," the cashier says.


Presumably, you now feel sharp and inspired.

Get Me That, Stat!

Guns were the weapons wielded in more than three-quarters of homicides in the U.S. during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, jumping 35% from 2019 to 2020 and marking the highest level since 1994, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

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