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Gold rush brings wealth but kills 400 children in Nigeria.

Mon, 25/10/2010 - 01:00
Ibrahim Bello says extracting gold from the ground can earn him $23 (£15) in two hours – more than subsistence farmers hereabouts make in two months. But many are in denial about its devastating consequences.

Cholera reaches Haiti capital, 220 dead around country.

Mon, 25/10/2010 - 01:00
An epidemic of cholera that has ravaged northern and central Haiti killing 220 people has reached the country's densely populated capital, according to UN health officials.

Hurricanes may raise fetal distress risk.

Mon, 25/10/2010 - 01:00
Exposure to hurricanes while still in the womb may increase risk of fetal distress, which can cause long-range health problems after birth, new research reveals.

Chernobyl kids given hope in UK.

Mon, 25/10/2010 - 01:00
Children from Belarus, just miles from the Chernobyl nuclear reactor which spewed huge clouds of radioactive material over Europe when it exploded in 1986, have come to Britain on a trip which could save their lives.

Dr. Lynn Goldman wins Heinz Award.

Mon, 25/10/2010 - 01:00
Galveston native Dr. Lynn Goldman, a pediatrician and epidemiologist, has been named a recipient of a Heinz Award for her work to protect people, particularly children, from toxic chemicals.

Iraq city with soaring child cancer gets new hospital.

Sun, 24/10/2010 - 01:00
Iraq's first specialist cancer hospital for children could not have opened in a needier location – since 1993, Basra province has seen a sharp rise in the incidence of childhood cancer.

Dad's diet may give children diabetes.

Sun, 24/10/2010 - 01:00
A father's diet, not just his genes, can increase his offspring's risk of diabetes and other diseases, at least in rats.

Malaria deaths in India 10 times as many as thought.

Sun, 24/10/2010 - 01:00
Malaria has always been one of humanity's biggest killers, but it may be far bigger than we realised. An unprecedented survey of the disease suggests that it kills between 125,000 and 277,000 people per year in India alone. In contrast, the World Health Organization puts India's toll at just 16,000.

Deaths from cholera top 150 in Haiti.

Sun, 24/10/2010 - 01:00
International health officials rushed to contain a large outbreak of cholera in Haiti, concerned that the deadly disease could spread into camps that still house thousands of people displaced by a devastating earthquake 10 months ago.

Health department works to reduce childhood lead poisoning.

Sun, 24/10/2010 - 01:00
National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, Oct. 24 through 31: Learn how to eliminate hazards at home that can cause lead poisoning in children.

Sequencing the 'exposome': Researchers take a cue from genomics to decipher environmental exposure's links to disease.

Sat, 23/10/2010 - 01:00
Anxious about BPA? Petrified of pesticides? More than half of disease risks – and possibly as much as 90 percent – likely stem from environmental factors, according to recent epidemiological research.

Ozone raises its ugly head in rural Utah.

Sat, 23/10/2010 - 01:00
People who visited eastern Utah’s vast open spaces last winter might have thought they were breathing healthy fresh country air. But they would have been better off going to L.A. The stunning findings have created new tension between an industry vital to the local economy and the need to ensure healthy air.

Study finds toxic chemicals in home improvement products.

Sat, 23/10/2010 - 01:00
The same chemicals and toxic metals restricted or banned in children's toys are being found on the walls and floors of homes where children live.

Not all products labeled 'lead free' are free of dangerous metals.

Sat, 23/10/2010 - 01:00
Jewelry maker Christine Canny says beads she bought from China were sold as "lead-free." Suspicious, she decided to have them tested. They all showed high amounts of lead.

Toxic chemicals in common items affect fertility.

Sat, 23/10/2010 - 01:00
Imagine a child sitting in his classroom, picking up his pencil and chewing on the eraser at its top. Chemicals, classed in Europe as "toxic to reproduction," dissolve in his saliva and enter his body.

Most Edmonton councillors would ban cosmetic pesticides.

Sat, 23/10/2010 - 01:00
A majority of Edmonton city council supports calls to ban cosmetic pesticides and prevent smoking around children, according to a Canadian Cancer Society survey.

Health minister pleads for end to cadmium-contaminated jewelry.

Sat, 23/10/2010 - 01:00
Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq on Tuesday publicly pleaded with companies to stop making and selling children's jewelry packed with cadmium after private requests to pull pieces known to have "dangerous" levels of the toxic metal were rebuffed.

Better news in mercury case.

Sat, 23/10/2010 - 01:00
If there's one bright spot here, it's that the Kiddie Kollege debacle has prompted stiff new state laws requiring careful environmental testing for sites proposed for schools, playgrounds and day care centers. The site is now bare, but the physical, emotional and psychological scars will remain.

What really causes autism?

Sat, 23/10/2010 - 01:00
Although study results vary, research has found that as many as one percent of all US children have an Autism Spectrum Disorder. While the focus of the public debate, fueled by celebrities with axes to grind, has been on the link to vaccines, scientists have been taking a close look at genetics.

Companies graded on getting chemical BPA out of cans.

Fri, 22/10/2010 - 01:00
The marketplace is responding faster than federal regulators to consumer concerns about BPA, an estrogen-like chemical used to line most metal food and beverage cans, a new report shows.