15 U.S. Cities with the Biggest Decline in Air Pollution

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While the recent wildfires in Western states have introduced new concerns about air quality, the U.S. has made huge strides in the reduction of air pollution in recent decades.

As a result of the Clean Air Act and modern pollution control technologies, emissions of common air pollutants have dropped by more than 70% since 1970, according to new data from the Environmental Protection Agency.

These reductions, which the EPA claims have significantly improved the environment and human health, occurred despite a growing population, increased energy use and more cars on American roads.

The EPA measures air quality through the Air Quality Index, or AQI. The AQI rates air quality with values between 0 and 500. An AQI over 100 is considered unhealthy for sensitive groups, and anything over 150 is unhealthy for everyone. Major pollutants accounted for by the AQI and regulated by the

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Only two US states report a decline of new cases and nationwide hospitalizations are increasing

Covid-19 cases are trending upwards across the US, with only two states reporting a decline of cases compared to last week. And hospitalizations across the country have also begun to rise, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project.



a man in a police car parked in a parking lot: People line up in their vehicles to undergo the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) tests, distributed by the Wisconsin National Guard at the United Migrant Opportunity Services center, as cases spread in the Midwest, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S., October 2, 2020. REUTERS/Alex Wroblewski


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People line up in their vehicles to undergo the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) tests, distributed by the Wisconsin National Guard at the United Migrant Opportunity Services center, as cases spread in the Midwest, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S., October 2, 2020. REUTERS/Alex Wroblewski

Wisconsin health officials reported a record-high number of 141 new patients Wednesday, days after the state saw records in new Covid-19 cases and deaths. Gov. Tony Evers announced Wednesday the state will open a field hospital in response to the surge in hospitalizations.

“We obviously hoped this day wouldn’t come, but unfortunately, Wisconsin is in a much different and more dire place today, and our healthcare

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New cases are on the decline in only three states

Only three US states are reporting a decline in new Covid-19 cases compared to last week.



Healthcare workers collect a test sample from a motorist at a drive-through coronavirus (Covid-19) testing center at M.T.O. Shahmaghsoudi School of Islamic Sufism on September 29, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images)


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Healthcare workers collect a test sample from a motorist at a drive-through coronavirus (Covid-19) testing center at M.T.O. Shahmaghsoudi School of Islamic Sufism on September 29, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images)

As of Saturday night, new cases were down in Texas, Missouri and South Carolina, while 21 states reported a rise in cases and a little more than half held steady compared with the week before.

The mixed results come as the President joined the more than 7.3 million people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in the US, a sobering reminder of the virus’ reach as health experts urge continued vigilance during the fall and winter months.

The 21 states reporting a rise in new cases are Alaska, Connecticut,

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The Latest: India Caseload Shows Decline, VP Tests Positive | World News

India recorded 80,472 new confirmed coronaviruses cases in the past 24 hours, showing a decline from a record high two weeks ago.

The Health Ministry raised India’s confirmed total to more than 6.2 million on Wednesday with 2.5 million in September alone. It also reported 1,179 fatalities in the last 24 hours, raising the death toll to 97,497.

India’s Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu tested positive on Tuesday and was advised home quarantine. His office said in a tweet that Naidu, 71, is asymptomatic and in good health. Home Minister Amit Shah had tested positive last month and recovered in a hospital.

India’s recovery rate crossed 83% on Tuesday and the number of cases under treatment were less than 1 million. The daily testing covered more than 1 million people, the ministry said.

Meanwhile, a serological survey showed that the infections were more prevalent in urban centers with high population

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L.A. County coronavirus numbers show continued decline in hospitalizations

L.A. County Department of Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer. <span class="copyright">(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)</span>
L.A. County Department of Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles County saw a continued decline in the number of people with serious cases of COVID-19 this weekend, with fewer than 700 patients hospitalized on Sunday. There were three times as many COVID-19 hospitalizations during the summer surge.

The reduction in the most serious cases came as the county reported 815 new cases overall and 10 deaths for the day. These are declines from past highs, but the lower numbers may reflect a lag in weekend reporting, the county said.

There were 692 people hospitalized with COVID-19 on Sunday, compared with 1,100 in late August and more than 2,200 in mid-July.

Hospitalizations, like new cases and deaths, are considered a key indicator of how well counties are handling the spread of the coronavirus and how much demand the pandemic is putting on local healthcare

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Sharp decline in child health care amid coronavirus prompts call to action by Medicaid chief

A sharp decline in the number of low-income children receiving vital care during the pandemic, including vaccinations and mental health care, prompted a call to action Wednesday by the nation’s top health insurance administrator, who is seeking creative solutions, starting in Boston.



a girl sitting on a bed: Boston Medical Center RN Kelley Toli (left) and child life specialist Karlie Bittrich saw to 2-month-old Alfredo Guillaume in a pediatrics tent outside of Boston Medical Center in April.


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Boston Medical Center RN Kelley Toli (left) and child life specialist Karlie Bittrich saw to 2-month-old Alfredo Guillaume in a pediatrics tent outside of Boston Medical Center in April.

“A lot of pediatricians are sounding the alarm,” Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, said in an interview with the Globe. “We’re trying to sound that alarm at the federal level to get a better focus on this issue.”

New CMS data show millions of children, many living in poverty, missed vaccinations and other care in the depths of the coronavirus pandemic from March through May, as parents feared

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Health Department catches up as active COVID-19 cases decline | COVID-19

Active cases of COVID-19 have decreased, giving the Columbia Boone/County Public Health and Human Services time to catch up with case investigations and contact tracing, according to a report given by Health Department Director Stephanie Browning at Monday’s City Council meeting.

Browning said on average it takes 48 hours from the time a person tests positive in Boone County for the Health Department to initiate contact. From there, contact tracing is able to be completed within 24 hours.

Scott Clardy, assistant Health Department director, said he worries not enough people are being tested and therefore the decline in new cases may point to cases going unreported as opposed to fewer individuals being sick.

Browning met with bar and restaurant representatives to talk about the current regulations that were amended last week. It was safer, according to the representatives, to keep bars and restaurants open later to prevent students from hosting

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Sleep Duration Tied to Cognitive Decline

Global cognitive function declined faster in people with either very short or very long sleep duration than in people who slept 7 hours a night, combined data from England and China showed.

Over 100,000 person-years of follow-up, cognitive z scores had a pooled β of -0.022 (95% CI -0.035 to -0.009 SD per year) with 4 or fewer hours of sleep a night and a pooled β of -0.033 (95% CI -0.054 to -0.011 SD per year) with 10 or more hours, in adjusted analyses, reported Wuxiang Xie, PhD, of the Peking University Clinical Research Institute in Beijing, and co-authors.

Extreme sleep duration also was associated with lower cognitive function at baseline, they wrote in JAMA Network Open.

Findings were consistent in English and Chinese cohorts, despite cultural differences. An inverted U-shaped association between sleep duration and change in global cognition score emerged, which also was seen in longitudinal

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