In the News: Interactive Map Shows City Health Data, Startup Aims to Catch Cancer Early On, Study on Urine in Pools Uncovered Interesting Results

Interactive map shows city health data. The 500 Cities Project, which pulled data from the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, lets people look up their own cities to find out where they stand and check out other places as well. If you were ever wondering which cities get the most sleep, have the highest rate of binge drinking, have the healthiest neighborhoods, and more, now you can click through the interactive map to get all the facts. To find out which states have the highest wellbeing, and see if yours made the cut, check out this gallery. (LIVESCIENCE)

Startup aims to find cancer early. Silicon Valley companies are racing to find a way to catch cancer before it turns deadly. Freenome, a company based in San Francisco, has raised $65 million to test a liquid biopsy that can detect early-stage cancer. Another company, Grail is planning to raise more than $1 billion to fund their own biopsy trials. The hope is that these tests will be able to find tiny bits of cancerous DNA that is detectable in the blood. By catching the disease early on, patients will be able to get the treatment they need to beat cancer and survive. To learn more, check out this cancer resource page. (BUZZFEED)

Study on urine in pools has interesting findings. At the University of Alberta in Canada, a study was conducted to find out how much urine is in community pools. While most of us just assume there is some amount of pee but don’t want to think about the specifics, these researchers got to the bottom of it and the findings might horrify you. In a pool filled with 110,000 gallons of water, they found that 7.92 gallons of urine were present. Some ways to tell if a pool has lots of urine in it is to use your senses. A strong chlorine scent is usually indicative of high urine levels, and when your eyes turn red, you may think it’s from the chemicals, but it’s actually from the urine as well. The nitrogen in the urine mixed with chlorine makes chloramine, which is what causes the redness. (TODAY)