Julia Travers, Common Dreams

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Past articles by Julia:

Sunshine for All: Closing the Solar Energy Gap

Low-and moderate-income households bear heavy housing and energy cost burdens. In the United States, people with low incomes spend about three times more of their income on energy than those with higher incomes.Moreover, these households are much less likely to reap the benefits of converting to solar power. | By Julia Travers → Read More

Insurance for Cannabis? Coverage Remains Elusive

Cannabis use can carry a variety of benefits and risks for recreational consumers, patients, doctors and businesses. And where there is risk, there is ofte | Cannabis Sciences → Read More

Sting Operation: Underage Customers Can't Buy Cannabis

Cannabis retailers in Colorado, Washington and Oregon have received top marks in secret tests to determine whether they were selling to underage buyers (yo | Cannabis Sciences → Read More

Virginia Governor Pushes Cannabis Decriminalization

Will the Old Dominion accept marijuana decriminalization? Democrats took the majority in Virginia’s state House and Senate in 2019, opening the door | Cannabis Sciences → Read More

USDA Approves First State Hemp Growing Plans

Hemp can be cultivated for use as fiber, building materials, CBD oil and more. This plant and its derivatives were legalized federally under the 2018 Farm | Cannabis Sciences → Read More

CBD Alleviates Angelman Syndrome Seizures in Mice Trial

CBD has already been shown to be effective as an anti-anxiety, antipsychotic and anti-epileptic substance. Can it help youth and adults with a rare neurolo | Cannabis Sciences → Read More

Will Cannabis Facilities Pollute the Air?

The strong smell of cannabis comes from chemicals that could potentially cause indoor or outdoor air pollution, if not properly managed, a new study finds. | Cannabis Sciences → Read More

Clear, Flexible Vital Sign Wearable Monitors

Wearable health monitors are gaining in popularity, both for fitness tracking and for gathering more targeted health data relating to heart disease and oth | Cardiology → Read More

Where do the Presidential Candidates Stand on Cannabis Legalization?

As medical and recreational use of cannabis expands, it has become a hot political topic. It’s no surprise to see it covered on the campaign trail. H | Cannabis Sciences → Read More

Cannabis Buds for Mid-Level Pain Relief

A study called, "The Effectiveness of Self-Directed Medical Cannabis Treatment for Pain," published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Med | Cannabis Sciences → Read More

Poor U.S. Counties Have More Heart Failure Deaths

In 2009, one in nine U.S. deaths included heart failure as contributing cause, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). And about half of the pe | Cardiology → Read More

Living Near Fast Food Increases Heart Attack Risk

A new study examines the relationship between heart attacks and fast food chain-proximity. Heart disease, including heart attacks, are one of the leading c | Cardiology → Read More

Irish Teen Removes Microplastics From Water, Wins Google Science Fair

A new invention that removes microplastics from water was designed by 18-year-old Fionn Ferreira -- winner of the Google Science Fair. | Chemistry And Physics → Read More

When Does Smartphone Usage Increase Obesity Risk?

It’s well known that decreased physical activity and obesity are not good for the heart. As more people use smartphones more often, they are moving a | Cardiology → Read More

Don't Combine Breast and Gyno Surgery, Study Advises

Surgeries can be stressful and difficult for patients, and it’s understandable that some would want to reduce the number of days they need to devote | Cancer → Read More

Cancer's Achilles Heel: Study Stops Chain Reaction of Tumor Growth

A new study reveals that stopping one protein from functioning can cause some cancer cells to die from stress. | Cancer → Read More

Organic Produce Lessens Breast Cancer Risk

Organic foods and their health benefits are a source of constant study and some debate. As the evidence of the health risks of various pesticides builds up | Cancer → Read More

Chronic Pain Rate Double for Cancer Survivors, Especially for These Subgroups

Not surprisingly, chronic pain is associated with lessened adherence to medical treatment and quality of life and is linked to higher health care costs. &l | Cancer → Read More

Turmeric Slows Bone Cancer

Often found in South Asian meals, the spice turmeric comes from a ginger-like plant. Turmeric and its principal ingredient, curcumin, have many beneficial | Cancer → Read More

AI Improves Lung Cancer Detection in MIT Study

Lung cancer led to an estimated 160,000 deaths in 2018 in the U.S., making it the country’s leading cause of cancer-related deaths. Early detection c | Cancer → Read More