Top Children’s Health News from EHN
Rowan gets the lead out with clarity, promptness.
All things considered, Rowan has done an exemplary job of getting the lead out and keeping people informed. It's a textbook example, if you will, of how to address a health/environmental scare faced by a university campus. […]
Lead in Flint water increased fetal deaths, lowered fertility, study says.
After Flint switched its water source from Detroit to Flint River water in 2014, the city's fertility rates decreased by 12 percent among Flint women, while fetal death rates rose by 58 percent. […]
Federal panel votes to warn public about flame retardants in baby products, furniture.
For the first time a federal agency is moving to outlaw an entire class of toxic flame retardants, a policy change intended to protect Americans from chemicals linked to cancer, neurological deficits, hormone disruption and other health problems. […]
Diseases of poverty identified in Alabama county burdened by poor sanitation.
Study finds “shocking” incidence of parasite infections in Lowndes County. […]
The fatal toll of cheap cigarettes.
A new study suggests that the availability of cheaper, off-brand cigarettes is associated with an increase in infant mortality. […]
Chemical industry ally faces critics in bid for top EPA post.
Michael L. Dourson, who has long run a premier firm for the chemical industry, is set for a confirmation hearing before a Senate panel. […]
Mexico earthquake kills hundreds, trapping many under rubble.
A powerful earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday afternoon, toppling buildings, killing children in a school that collapsed, rattling the capital and sending people flooding into the streets for the second time in just two weeks. […]
Noisy, but that’s not all.
Despite improvements, leaf blowers still emit toxic contaminants such as carcinogenic benzene as well as surprisingly large amounts of other smog-forming chemicals. […]
The list of diseases linked to air pollution is growing.
As governments decide what to do about air quality, studies connect an array of health problems to dirty air. […]
State takes long view of East Chicago's affordable housing needs.
Lake County and East Chicago could have new affordable housing by 2020 as part of a state tax credit program called Moving Forward. It’s how officials plan to fulfill their promise to help East Chicago residents displaced by lead contamination. […]
Fluoride exposure in utero linked to lower IQ in kids, study says.
Increased levels of prenatal fluoride exposure may be associated with lower cognitive function in children, a new study says. […]
World hunger on the rise again.
Exacerbated by climate-related shocks, increasing conflicts have been a key driver of severe food crisis and recently re-emerged famines, a major United Nations joint report has just revealed. […]
How big business got Brazil hooked on junk food.
As growth slows in wealthy countries, Western food companies are aggressively expanding in developing nations, contributing to obesity and health problems. […]
Women of childbearing age around world suffering toxic levels of mercury.
A study finds excessive levels of the metal, which can seriously harm unborn children, in women from Alaska to Indonesia, due to gold mining, industrial pollution and fish-rich diets. […]
Moms most exposed to pesticides more likely to have preterm babies.
Women exposed to the highest quantities of agricultural pesticides in California’s San Joaquin Valley while pregnant were at heightened risk of giving birth prematurely and delivering low-weight infants, a new study found. […]