A summary of important health news from the past week.
Living near nature linked to longer lives, study says
A study conducted by researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women's Hospital found that women who lived near greener areas lived longer. Women who lived in areas with the highest amounts of vegetation and plant life experienced a mortality rate that was 12 percent lower than women who lived in the least green areas.
Surgeon General Resigns
After helping with the Trump transition, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has resigned upon request of the White House. He will continue as a member of the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. As Surgeon General, he focused heavily on the opioid epidemic. Rear Adm. Sylvia Trent-Adams will become the next Surgeon General.
March for Science: Protesters gather worldwide to support 'evidence'
On Saturday, crowds gathered around the world to support science and evidence-based research. The largest gathering was at the Washington's National Mall, where speakers praised science as the source of human progress. The protest was sparked in part by President Donald Trump's threats of budget cuts to agencies funding scientists' work.
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