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Problems inspire ingenious solutions in Peruvian Amazon town.

July 3, 2014 - 9:00am
He may look like a rapper, but 33-year-old José Antonio Bardález is the mayor of Jepelacio, in the Peruvian Amazon. His ingenious innovations in the municipality include transforming waste management into a source of income and making spring water a source of drinking water.

The price of prevention: Vaccine costs are soaring.

July 3, 2014 - 9:00am
Vaccination prices have gone from single digits to sometimes triple digits in the last two decades, creating dilemmas for doctors and their patients as well as straining public health budgets.

Obesity and excess weight in childhood may increase asthma risk, study finds.

July 2, 2014 - 9:00am
Excess weight and obesity in children may be fuelling the asthma epidemic facing many countries, a joint study from Australian and UK researchers has found, prompting peak asthma groups to re-emphasise the importance of a healthy lifestyle in childhood.

Depleted uranium and the Iraq War’s legacy of cancer.

July 2, 2014 - 9:00am
Depleted uranium was used in Iraq warzone weaponry, and now kids are playing in contaminated fields and the spent weapons are being sold as scrap metal.

Alarming spread of e-cigarettes in Japan prompts calls for regulations.

July 2, 2014 - 9:00am
E-cigarette use is rising in Japan, and authorities have yet to even define the product and its accessories, leaving gaping questions about regulations on sales and age limits for users.

Lead exposure linked to behavioral, emotional problems in children.

July 2, 2014 - 9:00am
Even low exposure to lead, a heavy metal, can cause emotional and behavioral problems in children, a new study says.

Childhood obesity is fuelling an asthma epidemic, experts warn.

July 2, 2014 - 9:00am
Childhood obesity is fueling an asthma epidemic, say scientists at Bristol University, who have linked obesity to an increased risk.

General Mills plans for TCE cleanup.

July 2, 2014 - 9:00am
New strategies to address above-normal levels of a potentially harmful vapor in the Southeast Como neighborhood are surfacing as area residents continue to grow restless with the ever-changing problem.

Coleman orders health survey of Saunders Park neighbors.

July 2, 2014 - 9:00am
Mayor Michael B. Coleman has directed Columbus Public Health to survey residents living near Saunders Park to determine whether industrial contaminants found at the city park have affected their health.

Diego fire smoke: Health alert issued.

July 1, 2014 - 9:00am
The Environmental Health Department's Air Quality Program has issued a health alert because of anticipated elevated levels of particulate matter in the air.

Permits don't make Wishbone Hill coal mine a good idea.

July 1, 2014 - 9:00am
The Department of Environmental Conservation's recent approval of Usibelli's Air Quality permit for the Wishbone Hill coal strip mine was a devastating blow to those of us in the Valley working to protect our community from harmful coal mining.

Study focuses on cancer in those who apply pesticides.

July 1, 2014 - 9:00am
This year marks the end of a 20-year study of the effects of pesticides on farm workers and their families. Although the study focused on Iowa and North Carolina, there are elements that are important for Pennsylvania farmers as well as anyone who handles chemical compounds.

Lead exposure causes anxiety and depression in Chinese children.

July 1, 2014 - 9:00am
Lead is well known for causing permanent behavioral and cognitive problems in children, but a study says it can cause less obvious problems like depression, too, even at low levels.

Children exposed to smoking at risk of ear infections.

July 1, 2014 - 9:00am
Many people still underestimate the effects of second-hand smoke on the health of children – despite Ireland being the first country in Europe to ban smoking in public places a decade ago – according to new research.

Study: Male turtles are feminized by chemical found in plastics.

June 30, 2014 - 9:00am
A pilot study conducted at the University of Missouri showed that the synthetic chemical bisphenol A — or BPA, which is known to mimic estrogen and disrupt hormone levels in animals — can alter a turtle’s reproductive system after exposure in the egg.

Michigan updates guidelines on safe consumption of locally caught fish.

June 30, 2014 - 9:00am
As Michigan’s sport fishing season hits its stride, government tests show toxins commonly found in fish since the 1970s — PCBs, DDT and dioxins — have fallen by 90 percent or more. Still, it’s not all positive. In an effort to prevent overexposure to toxic chemicals, the state health department has updated regional guidelines for safe consumption of fish.

Climate-change plan: Both sides overselling, say economists.

June 30, 2014 - 9:00am
Both the EPA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are skewing their numbers and overselling their conclusions, say economists from Wall Street to Harvard University.

Science committee says US ozone limits are too high.

June 30, 2014 - 9:00am
For years, the EPA has maintained that a level of 75 parts per billion is okay. Even though its own scientific advisory committee recommended a lower level. Now, that committee has reiterated and reinforced its view.

Plagued by diseases, aging fliers find VA unwilling to help.

June 29, 2014 - 9:00am
For more than a decade, Richard Matte has suffered through a series of grave illnesses. But unlike hundreds of thousands of other veterans who have been compensated by the VA for Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam War, Matte never served in Southeast Asia or directly handled the deadly substance.

How you can reduce cellphone radiation risk for children.

June 29, 2014 - 9:00am
Scientists don’t all agree about how much electromagnetic radiation risks cellphones and other devices pose to fetuses and young children, but governments, health organizations, and insurance companies are advocating precautions.

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