HAWAII FIRST TO BAN SUNSCREENS IN EFFORTS TO SAVE CORAL REEFS H awaii Gov. David Ige has signed the first bill in the country that will ban sunscreens containing chemi- cals harmful to coral reefs. The bill, which was passed by state lawmakers in May, will go into effect January 1, 2021. At that point, the sale or dis- tribution of over-the-counter sunscreens containing oxy- benzone and octinoxate, which help filter UV rays, will be prohibited. A study by Haereticus Environmental Laboratory, a non- profit scientific organization, found the chemicals cause bleaching, deformities, DNA damage and ultimately death in coral when they’re washed off beachgoers or discharged into wastewater treatment plants and deposited into bodies of water.

DEMENTIA RISK LINKED TO YOUR FITNESS LEVEL A new study reveals that your bodies stamina, which is the time it takes for you to reach peak exhaustion during exercise can be linked to your risk of dementia. The study, which involved 191 women in Sweden, aged 38 to 60 years old, was published in the medical journal Neurology, found that women with high cardiovascular fitness, or high stamina, had an 88% lower risk of dementia than women who were moderately fit. “I was not surprised that there was an association, but I was surprised that it was such a strong association between the group with highest fitness and decreased dementia risk,” said Helena Hörder, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurochemistry at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, who was the first author on the study that started in 1968 and finished 44 years later in 2012.

WOMEN WHO WORKED LONG HOURS HAVE GREATER RISK OF DIABETES R ecent study shows that there is a good reason for women to work less, it could lower their risk of diabetes, according to a study in the journal BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care. Researchers looked at data from 7,065 Canadians who were tracked over 12 years. Data shows that women who consistently worked 45 hours or more a week had a 63%greater risk of diabetes compared with those who worked between 35 and 40 hours a week. The effect was only slightly reduced when smoking, exercise, alcohol intake and body-mass index were taken into account. Oddly enough research shows that men who worked longer hours, on the other hand, did not face an increased risk of diabetes.



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