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Leave parents free to choose vaccines.

April 14, 2014 - 9:00am
When doctors cannot predict who will be harmed by a vaccine and cannot guarantee that those who have been vaccinated won't get infected or transmit infection, the ethical principle of informed consent becomes a civil, human and parental right that must be safeguarded in U.S. law.

Designated smoking areas pushed in Victoria.

April 14, 2014 - 9:00am
Public health officials should consider establishing designated smoking areas as they craft a bylaw to ban smoking in parks, playgrounds and public squares, say Victoria councillors.

Schenectady County is New York’s asthma hot spot.

April 13, 2014 - 9:00am
For everything that health professionals are doing to address asthma in the state, there is still no clear answer as to what is causing high rates in some places and not others. The common denominator in asthmatic Capital Region communities appears to be a mix of poverty and substandard housing.

An unwilling leader: the potential impact of Exxon Mobil's climate report.

April 12, 2014 - 9:00am
Last month, Exxon Mobil announced that it would become the first oil and gas producer to issue a carbon asset risk report. In response to shareholder demands, the company is now required to publicly discuss the risks that it faces as it invests heavily in fossil fuel.

Car fumes putting Sevenoaks children at risk.

April 12, 2014 - 9:00am
Pupils at five local schools are all considered to be at risk as result of their proximity to the town’s heaviest traffic points.

Urban forests share links with healthy lives.

April 12, 2014 - 9:00am
A decade of research across diverse disciplines that include social sciences, psychology, forestry and medicine is leading scientists to similar conclusions: Healthy trees are essential for healthy human populations.

When poor parents can't afford diapers, babies wear dirty diapers longer.

April 11, 2014 - 9:00am
They are the first line of defense against infection and disease - and are even linked to preventing depression and violence. Desperate people will sometimes steal to get them. No, this is not a story about illicit pills or drug abuse. It’s about disposable diapers.

Green tech revolution needed to avoid climate change dangers, says Nicholas Stern.

April 11, 2014 - 9:00am
Lord Nicholas Stern, author of a landmark 2006 study on climate change, says his conclusion that global output could dive 5-20% without action to curb greenhouse gases was an underestimate.

Connecticut House mows down bill banning GMO grass seed.

April 11, 2014 - 9:00am
A bill to ban genetically modified grass seed before it arrives in Connecticut hit a wall of opposition in the state House Thursday, going down to defeat despite warnings that GMO seeds could bring a dangerous wave of toxic herbicides here.

Mesoamerica's mystery killer.

April 11, 2014 - 9:00am
Since 2002, researchers have reported that agricultural communities in the hot and humid Pacific Coast of Central America and southern Mexico have suffered a rising burden of chronic kidney disease (CKD) that has no obvious cause.

Four years after BP disaster, erosion quickens along Gulf shore.

April 11, 2014 - 9:00am
The shoreline erosion in Bay Jimmy, heavily oiled from the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010, has made the dry land smaller. Although some erosion would have happened anyway, environmental groups say the oil hastened the process.

Stop and think about the impact of fluoridation.

April 11, 2014 - 9:00am
Fluoride is an non-nutritive chemical by-product of the aluminum and phosphate fertilizer industries, being administered by government to populations in the water. Is municipal water fluoridation still the best way for dental care? Stop and think.

Fractious debate.

April 11, 2014 - 9:00am
If oil and gas production is near your house, can it harm your family? For many -- like those who voted for fracking bans -- the answer to that question seems to be an obvious, "yes." But for Joann Ginal, a state representative from Fort Collins, finding the right answer is trickier than that.

Indonesian river clogged with toxic chemicals dumped by textile factories.

April 11, 2014 - 9:00am
Once a tropical paradise, the Citarum in Java, Indonesia, is now said to be the dirtiest river in the world.

Allergy season, by the numbers.

April 11, 2014 - 9:00am
Spring is finally here - but that’s not love in the air, it’s ragweed. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic disease among American adults. They cause some 4 million missed and lost workdays each year. And kids fare even worse.

Indian social entrepreneurs battle bureaucracy, need help to expand.

April 11, 2014 - 9:00am
Millions of businesses in India are using innovative ideas to help the poor access services such as water, education and healthcare, but bureaucracy, scarce capital and an absence of technical support are making it hard for them to scale up their work.

Tenants near Harlem gas explosion file suit against city.

April 11, 2014 - 9:00am
Tenants in a five-story building near the site of last month's East Harlem gas explosion are accusing the city of neglect for certifying their apartments as safe when they were actually contaminated with dangerous levels of dust-laden lead and asbestos.

Cot mattresses emit chemicals, study finds.

April 10, 2014 - 9:00am
Babies are exposed to chemical emissions from cot mattresses while they sleep, according to a new study from the University of Texas at Austin.

Is your milk full of girly hormones?

April 10, 2014 - 9:00am
By milking pregnant cows, dairies produce a product with elevated estrogen levels - which may be detrimental to your health.

Memo to Congress: Protect public health, not toxic chemicals.

April 10, 2014 - 9:00am
Americans have long been unwitting subjects in an uncontrolled experiment. For decades, U.S. manufacturers - with the federal government's blessing - have been producing tens of thousands of untested, potentially toxic chemicals, many of which wind up in our bodies.

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