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Taking steps to curb climate change would have a big impact on public health.

Children's Health in the News - August 29, 2014 - 9:00am
Climate change threatens our ability to protect Minnesotans against the dangers of air pollution and increased allergens and asthma triggers linked to warmer summers, extreme weather and smoke from wildfires. This is especially true of the most vulnerable Minnesotans — the young, the elderly and those living with lung disease.

EPA appeals to minorities for climate rule.

Children's Health in the News - August 28, 2014 - 9:00am
The Environmental Protection Agency is appealing to leaders in minority communities, saying they will see some of the biggest benefits from cutting carbon pollution from power plants.

Pennsylvania State Rep. Steve McCarter hosts global warming hearing.

Children's Health in the News - August 28, 2014 - 9:00am
For many scientists, educators, environmental activists and citizens, the topic of global warming and climate change is alarming. Many agree change is the offset – change in how we live, our legislation and how people are educated about the issue.

Two in five new Scots mothers obese or overweight.

Children's Health in the News - August 28, 2014 - 9:00am
Two in every five women giving birth in Scotland are overweight or actually obese. New figures out today shine a light on the crisis hitting maternity hospitals north of the Border.

Villagers unhappy with toxic plant compensation.

Children's Health in the News - August 28, 2014 - 9:00am
Five years after going to court, 394 residents of Qingpuling Village in southeast China’s Fujian Province finally won a lawsuit against a local waste processing plant which was found to emit cancer-causing dioxins.

ADHD linked to pre-natal antidepressants.

Children's Health in the News - August 27, 2014 - 9:00am
Children born to women who took antidepressants during pregnancy are statistically more likely to develop attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

'Ban E-cigarette use indoors,' says WHO.

Children's Health in the News - August 27, 2014 - 9:00am
The World Health Organization says there should be a ban on the use of e-cigarettes indoors and that sales to children should stop. In a report the health body says there must be no more claims that the devices can help smokers quit - until there is firm evidence to support this.

A global nix on nicotine's new delivery system.

Children's Health in the News - August 27, 2014 - 9:00am
Most nations help people be free of tobacco addiction. Now the WHO wants a ban on indoor use of 'electronic nicotine delivery systems,' or e-cigarettes, as well as their sale to children. A global meeting in October should endorse such steps.

Oil, gas industries run roughshod.

Children's Health in the News - August 27, 2014 - 9:00am
We all want economic and energy security. But recklessly ramping up U.S. oil and gas production is not the answer. Yet, a controversial new extraction technology known as "fracking" has fueled a recent explosion in domestic oil and gas development. And safeguards have not kept pace.

In a first, Japanese court rules that nuclear plant operator is liable for suicide.

Children's Health in the News - August 26, 2014 - 9:00am
A court in Fukushima has ruled that Tokyo Electric Power Co., the Japanese nuclear power plant operator, can be held responsible for the suicide of a woman who became depressed after the 2011 disaster.

Fracking link to birth defects probed in early research.

Children's Health in the News - August 26, 2014 - 9:00am
The first research into the effects of oil and gas development on babies born near wells has found potential health risks.

The 'greening' of Florida citrus means less green in growers' pockets.

Children's Health in the News - August 26, 2014 - 9:00am
Today, nearly all of Florida's oranges are still squeezed for juice. But there are fewer oranges. The main reason Florida oranges are down is the scourge of citrus greening, a disease that's affected nearly every orange grove in the state.

Unacceptable levels.

Children's Health in the News - August 26, 2014 - 9:00am
We generate 300 billion pounds of synthetic chemicals each year in the U.S. alone, and an average American uses more than 1,500 pounds of chemical products. Synthetic chemicals are poisoning our bodies from the moment of conception. What are we going to do about it?

Japan industry fights 'Minamata' costs as mercury trade ban looms.

Children's Health in the News - August 26, 2014 - 9:00am
A year after the Minamata Convention on Mercury was agreed in southwestern Japan, Japanese industries from smelters to cement makers are digging in to fight storage costs and emission curbs the still-pending treaty would impose.

Rickets may make a shock comeback: Leading doctor issues warning over rise in food poverty.

Children's Health in the News - August 26, 2014 - 9:00am
Northern Ireland is facing a potential rickets epidemic unless food poverty is addressed, a senior medical professional has said. A disease associated with poverty, rickets affects bone development in children and can lead to deformities such as bow legs.

Fukushima watch: Early data on thyroid cancer released.

Children's Health in the News - August 26, 2014 - 9:00am
A study by researchers in Fukushima prefecture found 57 minors in the prefecture have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer so far and another 46 are showing symptoms that suggest they may also have the disease.

Children at risk of deadly poison: Lead contamination levels high in central Sydney.

Children's Health in the News - August 25, 2014 - 9:00am
Lead contamination up to 13 times the level authorities consider safe has been found in some of Sydney’s busiest suburbs, raising health fears for thousands of children.

Are rising cancer rates now a fixture among post-Deepwater Horizon illness?

Children's Health in the News - August 25, 2014 - 9:00am
The last thing veteran shrimp fisherman Jack Hill expected to catch when he participated in efforts to clean up the massive Deepwater Horizon blowout of April 20, 2010 was cancer.

Health benefits of reducing emissions outweigh costs involved, study.

Children's Health in the News - August 25, 2014 - 9:00am
Cutting carbon emissions from sources like power plants and vehicles can lower asthma rates and other health problems, a new study finds.

Respiratory disease doubles in India's children.

Children's Health in the News - August 25, 2014 - 9:00am
India's annual health survey shows increases of acute respiratory infection (ARI) among children -- from 6.5 % in 2011 to 15.9% in 2013. In the northwest Jaipur district, 37.2% of children are suffering from ARI. Health experts see the increases as a dangerous trend.
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