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

Childrens Health and the Environment - 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.

Childrens Health and the Environment - 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.

Childrens Health and the Environment - 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.

Childrens Health and the Environment - 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.

Childrens Health and the Environment - 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.

Childrens Health and the Environment - 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.

Childrens Health and the Environment - 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.

Childrens Health and the Environment - 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?

Childrens Health and the Environment - 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.

Childrens Health and the Environment - 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.

Gold rush kills more children in northern Nigeria.

Childrens Health and the Environment - Fri, 22/10/2010 - 01:00
At least 400 children have died from poisoning caused by illegal gold mining since March because the ore being unearthed around their villages contains high concentrations of lead, contaminating the air, soil and water.

Fat fathers affect daughters' health.

Childrens Health and the Environment - Fri, 22/10/2010 - 01:00
Fathers eating a fatty diet can pass on health problems to their female offspring, according to a study in rats published in Nature.

Bedroom chemicals 'raise child's allergy risk by up to 180 percent.'

Childrens Health and the Environment - Fri, 22/10/2010 - 01:00
Children are up to three times more likely to develop conditions like asthma and hayfever due to chemicals found in some wall paints and cleansers.

Asbestos found in most Swindon schools.

Childrens Health and the Environment - Fri, 22/10/2010 - 01:00
Asbestos is lurking in about 70 per cent of Swindon’s schools, including classrooms, halls, toilets and changing rooms.

Health warning over Sumatra fires.

Childrens Health and the Environment - Fri, 22/10/2010 - 01:00
Haze from forest fires in Sumatra has forced schools to close in Singapore and Malaysia, and prompted warnings from governments of both countries.

Drinking water linked to IQ.

Childrens Health and the Environment - Fri, 22/10/2010 - 01:00
A study out of Quebec correlating children’s IQ levels and drinking well water containing higher amounts of manganese puts Langley Township in the spotlight, given the number of its residents who use groundwater.

PCB tests continue, school district mulls options for Estabrook.

Childrens Health and the Environment - Fri, 22/10/2010 - 01:00
Kindergarten students at Estabrook Elementary School in Lexington could spend the remainder of the school year in modular classrooms if levels of polychlorinated biphenyls cannot be reduced to meet Environmental Protection Agency guidelines.

Study finds more health problems linked to Kilauea.

Childrens Health and the Environment - Fri, 22/10/2010 - 01:00
A new study shows health complaints spiked in the Big Island community downwind of Kilauea's summit after the volcano began spewing more sulfur dioxide from a second simultaneous eruption in 2008.

Pesticides taint one-fifth of kids' food.

Childrens Health and the Environment - Fri, 22/10/2010 - 01:00
A study of food commonly eaten by American kids finds pesticide contamination to be quite common, particularly among popular fruits and vegetables.

R-52: Should debt limit rise to make schools greener? YES: It helps students and cuts waste.

Childrens Health and the Environment - Fri, 22/10/2010 - 01:00
Flickering lights in classrooms, impurities in school drinking fountains, drafty classrooms and rusty pipes. School conditions in a third world country? No.
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