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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.

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.

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