The Link between Sun Exposure and Gut Health + Other Stories
Every week, we corral our favorite wellness stories from around the internet—just in time for your weekend reading.
Burnout is an increasingly widespread issue among doctors, and according to a new study, it’s even more common among female physicians. Long, emotionally draining workdays; gender discrimination; and workplace mistreatment were all reported as things that contributed to feelings of burnout and suicidal thoughts in female doctors.
Because of its limited food web and specific environmental conditions, the Arctic ecosystem is especially vulnerable to stress from climate change and pollution. In recent years, researchers have recorded especially high concentrations of plastics across the Arctic—floating in seawater, lodged in ice, washed up on beaches, and embedded in the ocean floor.
Not only does getting enough sun exposure increases our body’s vitamin D levels; preliminary research also suggests that ultraviolet light may be good for the bacteria in our gut. The findings come from a Frontiers in Microbiology study that recruited women living in Canada during the winter, a time when there’s less sunlight. The researchers increasing the subjects’ UV levels and found that women who were the most deficient in vitamin D before the light therapy saw a significant boost in microbial diversity.
The New York Times
Tuberculosis is the leading cause of death by infectious disease worldwide. And even though tuberculosis most commonly affects adults, the current vaccine only protects babies from a less common form. A new vaccine is undergoing clinical testing with promising results.