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Here's what we know about the causes of autism.

October 3, 2014 - 9:00am
What causes autism? It's a seemingly simple question. But decades of research have told us that the answer is remarkably – and frustratingly – complex.

Last maker of strong magnets deemed hazard to children fights safety ban.

October 3, 2014 - 9:00am
Buckyballs are dead — banned by federal authorities as a threat to children who might ingest them. But Shihan Qu is waging a lonely battle to save his version of the powerful little magnetic toys.

20m loom bands confiscated in raids across Italy over deadly chemicals fear.

October 3, 2014 - 9:00am
Italian police have seized 20 million loom bands amid fears the children's fashion accessory could contain deadly cancer-causing chemicals. Officers seized products worth an estimated £2.5million from five warehouses in the China Town area of the northern city of Milan.

Curb your hysteria: Talking rationally to kids about Ebola risk.

October 3, 2014 - 9:00am
Many of our current responses to the recent news of Ebola and enterovirus D-68 bear all the hallmarks of classic mass hysteria.

Zeroing in on a risk factor? PBDE exposure and acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

October 2, 2014 - 9:00am
Although no longer manufactured here, PBDE flame retardants are still found in imported and older products; they also persist in the environment. A new study suggests that exposure to specific PBDE congeners may be a risk factor for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Beyond spatial relationships: Residential greenness and birth outcomes.

October 2, 2014 - 9:00am
Living near natural, vegetated areas may contribute to various positive health outcomes. Now, investigators report an association between increased residential greenness and improved birth outcomes, independent of spatially influenced factors like noise and air pollution.

Open pits offer cheap disposal for fracking sludge, but health worries mount.

October 2, 2014 - 9:00am
A commercial waste facility that will receive millions of barrels of toxic sludge from oil and gas production, is taking shape less than a mile from a Nordheim, Texas, school amidst concerns that wind will expose students to traces of dangerous chemicals, including benzene.

Smoking while pregnant or breastfeeding 'endangers boys' fertility by damaging their sperm.'

October 2, 2014 - 9:00am
Mothers who smoke during pregnancy or while breastfeeding could be endangering their sons’ fertility, research shows. Scientists have found it permanently damages the reproductive organs so they produce faulty sperm.

Bogus Anti-BPA Research.

October 2, 2014 - 9:00am
Based on reading trend articles and the little stickers affixed to Nalgene water bottles, one might readily conclude that BPA, the common acronym for bisphenol A, is the contemporary danger to public health that lead was half a century ago.

Four deaths are linked to a respiratory illness.

October 2, 2014 - 9:00am
At least four people have died after contracting a severe respiratory illness that has spread to more than 40 states, public health officials announced on Wednesday.

Enterovirus D-68 infection confirmed in L.A. County.

October 2, 2014 - 9:00am
On Wednesday, officials at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported that a young patient who had been hospitalized at Children's Hospital Los Angeles with partial paralysis had tested positive for enterovirus D-68.

Report shows schools vulnerable to toxic exposure.

October 1, 2014 - 9:00am
Dozens of facilities across the Chicago area store or use toxic chemicals which - if released in an accidental leak or explosion - could directly affect hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren throughout the city and suburbs.

NAACP pushes for policy changes on Utah's energy front.

October 1, 2014 - 9:00am
The Utah branch of the NAACP is calling for "just" energy policies in the state, arguing that pollution is a civil rights issue that disproportionately impacts people of color.

West Africa Ebola crisis hits tourism, compounds hunger in Gambia.

October 1, 2014 - 9:00am
Pestilence, cyclical droughts and floods, and the West Africa Ebola crisis have pushed hunger to record levels in Gambia, where 200,000 people need urgent food assistance, the United Nations says.

South Dakotans need protection from ozone pollution, too.

October 1, 2014 - 9:00am
By placing corporate profits ahead of the health of all Americans, including children, the elderly and other vulnerable populations, Senator Thune's legislation is hardly putting South Dakotans first. The Senator should drop his polluter amnesty bill and let EPA do its job of protecting Americans’ right to breathe clean air.

Los Angeles is building an e-Highway.

October 1, 2014 - 9:00am
The neighboring ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach bring in roughly 40 percent of the goods shipped to the United States. The corridor's high concentration of diesel-truck traffic has created a similarly high concentration of pollution in the surrounding areas. But a new road design project dubbed the e-highway is aiming to reduce and maybe even eliminate the pollution problems caused by all this truck traffic.

Limb frailty in children is studied for link to virus.

October 1, 2014 - 9:00am
Federal health officials have asked the nation’s physicians to report all cases of children with limb weakness to determine whether there is a link to enterovirus 68, which is sickening thousands.

Landslide safety all over the map in Washington state.

October 1, 2014 - 9:00am
The deadly Oso landslide in March sparked a debate over Snohomish County’s apparent failure to protect residents at the base of a known landslide zone. But Washington state is dotted with landslide-prone slopes, and many counties and cities do less than Snohomish County to keep homes away from harm.

New OSU study shows association between gas kitchen stove ventilation and asthma.

September 30, 2014 - 9:00am
A new Oregon State University study shows an association between gas kitchen stove ventilation and asthma, asthma symptoms and chronic bronchitis.

China’s climate change paradox.

September 30, 2014 - 9:00am
China will play a key role in determining the chances of world reduction of carbon emissions, given its position as the world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide and, somewhat paradoxically, a forerunner in developing renewable energies that will underpin the green economies of the future.

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