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Antibiotics linked to child obesity.

September 30, 2014 - 9:00am
Children who take a lot of antibiotics before age 2 are slightly more likely than others to become obese, according to a new study. The paper is the latest in a growing field of research examining the effects of modern life on the trillions of beneficial bacteria living in and on the human body.

Treasure Island flooded with water, mold and radiation.

September 30, 2014 - 9:00am
Trelease Miller woke at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday to find water pouring out of her first floor bathroom toilet bowl two inches deep into the hallway, submerging the living room rug and streaming through the front door and out the patio door into the backyard. “It covered my shoes,” said Miller.

Big tobacco companies are putting big warning labels on their e-cigarettes.

September 30, 2014 - 9:00am
MarkTen, along with the other e-cigarette brands produced by Big Tobacco companies, feature warnings that are sometimes several degrees more severe than those on the same corporations' traditional cigarettes.

Our infant mortality rate is a national embarrassment.

September 30, 2014 - 9:00am
Despite healthcare spending levels that are significantly higher than any other country in the world, a baby born in the U.S. is less likely to see his first birthday than one born in Hungary, Poland or Slovakia. Or in Belarus. Or in Cuba, for that matter.

Doctors sound alarm on pollution affecting kids lung power.

September 29, 2014 - 9:00am
Listed as fifth largest polluted city in India, exposure of Indore city residents especially children to alarmingly high level of particulate matter is an invitation to a host of diseases, including respiratory disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder and lung cancer.

Naomi Klein: Fossil fuels threaten our ability to have healthy children.

September 29, 2014 - 9:00am
It's self-evident that embryos, fetuses, and babies are vulnerable. We have strict laws protecting children because they cannot fend for themselves. And yet, too often, we ignore the impact that environmental disasters have on the very earliest stages of life.

The chemicals in my couch are disrupting my WHAT?

September 29, 2014 - 9:00am
Oh, the power of the news. It can inform us, enrich us with a deeper understanding of the world, delight us with stories of orphan bears finding forever homes, and, yes, freak us out about our living room furniture.

Polluters to blame for Detroit asthma rates.

September 29, 2014 - 9:00am
Wayne County has the highest number of pediatric asthma cases in Michigan. The EPA and MDEQ need to hold Detroit’s polluters accountable and protect these families and communities. I urge these agencies to create a strong plan to help stop pollution and lift the asthma burden off our chests and help us breathe.

Dire warnings by big tobacco on e-smoking.

September 29, 2014 - 9:00am
Tobacco companies have suddenly positioned themselves as protectors of consumer well-being in the digital age. They are putting out some of the strongest health warnings in the fledgling e-cigarette industry.

'Sweet' Ogoni crude: Shell's exit strategy stirs controversy.

September 28, 2014 - 9:00am
Troubled on many fronts after decades of its operations (mainly during the military era), mixed reactions now trail Shell’s ‘alleged’ plan to sell off its 30 percent holding and those of Total and ENI in OML 11, located in the heart of Ogoni region of Rivers State.

Local air quality may fall below standard.

September 28, 2014 - 9:00am
Laramie County's air quality could soon fall below federal standards. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering a new rule that would tighten the acceptable amount of ground-level ozone pollution, which is a key component of smog, in the air.

A bad plan for Winona County.

September 28, 2014 - 9:00am
The draft Winona County Comprehensive Plan shows special favor for industrial agriculture and it reflects the "me first" attitude of the property rights activists who are solely responsible for its content.

Federal effort to cut pollution spurs debate.

September 27, 2014 - 9:00am
A Republican candidate for the Arizona Corporation Commission in Payson last week joined a chorus of opposition to federal rules intended to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 52 percent in Arizona in the next 15 years.

Slowly, surely, the St. Clair River overcomes its impairments.

September 26, 2014 - 9:00am
Nearly 30 years after it was found to be seriously impaired, the St. Clair River is still listed as an "area of concern" by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Slowly, but surely, however, the river is improving.

Fish still contaminated with phased-out Scotchgard chemical.

September 26, 2014 - 9:00am
A persistent chemical formerly used in Scotchgard still contaminates most fish in U.S. rivers and the Great Lakes despite a phase-out a dozen years ago, a new federal study shows.

New rules for Detroit demolitions designed to protect public health.

September 26, 2014 - 9:00am
Many of the homes being razed in Detroit are in neighborhoods where people still live. So Detroit officials sat down before the blitz to come up with some new regulations designed to keep people safe from dust, and from hazardous materials that could be in that dust – like lead, or asbestos.

Outbreak of a respiratory illness mystifies scientists,

September 26, 2014 - 9:00am
An outbreak of respiratory illness first observed in the Midwest has spread to 38 states, sending children to hospitals and baffling scientists. As of Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had confirmed 226 cases of infection with enterovirus 68.

France to introduce plain cigarette packaging.

September 26, 2014 - 9:00am
The French government has unveiled controversial new measures to cut the number of its smokers, including introducing plain cigarette packaging. The proposals are specifically aimed at reducing the high rates of teenage smokers in France.

Soda fight’s last stand.

September 25, 2014 - 9:00am
Voters in San Francisco and Berkeley will consider a 1 or 2 cents per ounce sin tax on sugar-sweetened drinks on the ballot in November. If the tax passes in one of the two cities, as polls show it might, it’ll be the first loss for the beverage industry, which has emerged undefeated in more than 30 similar fights in recent years.

The anti-vaccination epidemic.

September 25, 2014 - 9:00am
Because we're unwilling to learn from history, we are starting to relive it. And children are the victims of our ignorance. An ignorance that, ironically, is cloaked in education, wealth and privilege.

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