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

Children's Health in the News - 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.

Children's Health in the News - 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.

Children's Health in the News - 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.

Children's Health in the News - 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.

Children's Health in the News - 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.

Children's Health in the News - 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.

Children's Health in the News - 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.

Children's Health in the News - 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.

Children's Health in the News - 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.

Children's Health in the News - 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.

Children's Health in the News - 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.

Children's Health in the News - 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?

Children's Health in the News - 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.

Children's Health in the News - 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.

Perchlorate abundant in desert

New Environmental Health Science - April 9, 2014 - 11:32am
Naturally occurring perchlorate in a Nevada desert is four times higher than previously reported and the amount falling from the atmosphere is about 10 times higher than scientists thought, according to a new federal study. It is the first to document how natural perchlorate cycles from the air to land and plants.

Helping small-scale miners a noble duty.

Children's Health in the News - April 9, 2014 - 9:00am
We are glad to learn that over 300 small-scale miners operating near African Barrick Gold’s North Mara Gold Mine will benefit from a modern gold processing plant, a move geared towards safeguarding miners from environmental and health hazards.

Push parents to vaccinate children against measles.

Children's Health in the News - April 9, 2014 - 9:00am
As long as Canadians travel the world, returning from areas where measles is endemic, unimmunized kids will be at risk. The fact is this is a safe, highly effective treatment that can ward off a world of potential suffering. It makes no sense to spurn it.

Obama administration, company align against North Carolina dump's neighbors in Supreme Court showdown.

Children's Health in the News - April 9, 2014 - 9:00am
After both of her sons were diagnosed with cancer, Lee Ann Smith began to search for the causes of her sons' illnesses. She focused on an abandoned electroplating facility suspected of contaminating groundwater with solvents, some of which were known carcinogens. Her boys played in the creeks behind the shuttered plant.

Children's health at risk from exhaust emissions as Green party report reveals schools in pollution blackspots.

Children's Health in the News - April 9, 2014 - 9:00am
The health of thousands of children could be at risk because they go to schools near to heavily-polluted roads, it has been claimed.
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