The Rising Threat of Human Metapneumovirus: What You Need to Know

The Rising Threat of Human Metapneumovirus: What You Need to Know

In the realm of public health, awareness is a powerful tool. As we navigate through the complexities of the global health landscape, a new threat has emerged, catching many by surprise. This threat is the Human Metapneumovirus (HMPV), a relatively unknown virus that has seen a significant rise in cases recently.

Lithium in Drinking Water: Uncovering Links to Autism Risk and Environmental Factors

Lithium in Drinking Water: Uncovering Links to Autism Risk and Environmental Factors

A study published on April 3 in JAMA Pediatrics is thought to be the first to recognize naturally occurring lithium in drinking water as a potential environmental risk factor for autism. “Any contaminants in drinking water that could impact the developing human brain warrant serious investigation,” stated the lead author of the study, Beate Ritz, MD, PhD, a professor of neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a professor of epidemiology and environmental health at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.