ScienceDaily reports of an EU wide study to the effects of particulate matter:
This study once more confirms that air pollution is a serious health hazard and that clean air is a major key to an effect health policy based on prevention. A related study links air pollution to increased risk for childhood cancer survivors.
The obvious message from these studies is that the authorities in charge of future space settlements should implement policies to keep the concentration of particulates in space habitats to an absolute minimum. By reducing air pollution we could structurally reduce health care expenses.
Another health related study: Americans still sit too much. It has been known for quite some time that sitting for extended periods of time is bad for one’s health. In order to reduce overall health care costs, the governments of space settlements should create a culture of non-sedentary lifestyle.
We could start at schools by replacing traditional desks with standing desks and so on. A similar policy could be implemented in civil service offices. By setting a norm of non-sedentary offices, the government could change social attitudes on sitting.