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Wellness Wednesday: The dangers behind selfies

A bicyclist takes a selfie photo while riding on a trail.
Ricardo Arce
A bicyclist takes a selfie photo while riding on a trail.

Selfies are everywhere and that’s become a problem.

The self-portrait photographs have led to nearly 400 deaths since 2008. The fun photos have gone terribly wrong on mountain cliffs, in front of wild animals, with dangerous weapons or in other risky situations. Some Spanish researchers call it a public health issue.

We explore the dangers behind selfies, the role TikTok is playing to fill in the gaps where traditional sex education is lacking and the hazards of overusing sleep aid supplement, melatonin.


  • Leah Fowler, research assistant professor and research director in the Health Law & Policy Institute at the University of Houston
  • Naima Covassin, assistant professor and associate consultant in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, a member of the Sleep Research Society and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, studies the implications of sleep disruption on cardiovascular and metabolic health.
  • Kathryn Miles, an award-winning journalist and science writer. Her essays and articles have appeared in publications including The New York Times, Outside, Politico, and Time.

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