Environmental Health Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • The Street Where You Live

    The Street Where You Live

    The concentration of car-exhaust pollutants in the air your child breathes varies depending on whether you live on a main road, a residential road, or a quiet road. Research presented at the September 2001 European Respiratory Society Annual Congress suggests that the type of street where you live affects your child’s susceptibility to infections. By […]

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  • A Blood Test for Behavior Problems

    A Blood Test for Behavior Problems

    We know that lead is both a powerful and treatable cause of toxicity to children’s brains and nervous systems. Because so many children with developmental and behavioral problems have high blood lead levels, and because simple control measures can reduce the lead in children’s bodies, researchers now advise that all children with such problems should […]

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  • Pesticide Problem Uncovered - Too Late!

    Pesticide Problem Uncovered – Too Late!

    DDT used in the United States before 1966 may have caused an epidemic that has only now been detected! According to a fascinating study published in the July 14, 2001 issue of The Lancet, scientists who studied stored cord blood samples from mothers who had delivered at that time found elevated levels of DDT breakdown […]

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  • Asthma and Cars

    Asthma and Cars

    The 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta provided a unique opportunity for CDC researchers to study the link between automobile traffic, air quality, and asthma. To minimize Atlanta traffic, the city added 1000 buses for round-the-clock public transportation, closed downtown streets to private cars, and encouraged telecommuting or alternate-hour commuting during the games. Peak morning […]

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  • Dangers of Parental Smoking

    Dangers of Parental Smoking

    A study in the August 2000 issue of the Archives of Disease in Childhood found that parents who smoke increase the risk of meningococcal meningitis for their children by about 200% for every 20 cigarettes smoked at home on an average day (220% if the mother smokes, 170% if only the father smokes).

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  • Safe Levels of Pesticide Exposure

    Safe Levels of Pesticide Exposure

    154 pounds! This is an average person’s weight often used for calculating safe levels of exposure to different chemicals. This may be fine for adults, but is unconscionable to use it when setting policy for children. Children are even more at risk because of their maturing organ systems. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) currently has […]

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  • Lead Poisoning is More Common Than You Think!

    Lead Poisoning is More Common Than You Think!

    U.S. News featured an article on lead poisoning. Most people aren’t aware that lead is the most significant environmental health hazard for US children.  More than one in 25 American children have blood lead levels high enough to lower IQ or to cause learning disabilities, violent behavior, attention-deficit disorder or hyperactivity.

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  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

    Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

    You can’t see it. You can’t smell it. You can’t taste it. You can’t feel it. But it is responsible for more poisoning deaths in the United States each year than anything but heroin. What is it?

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  • Diabetes Linked to Birth Month

    Diabetes Linked to Birth Month

    Does astrology affect diabetes? A  study in Sweden found that the month of a child’s birth affects the risk of whether that child will one day develop diabetes (Arch Dis Child 1999;81:143-146).

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  • EPA Bans Fruit & Vegetable Pesticides

    EPA Bans Fruit & Vegetable Pesticides

    In August 1999, the United States Environmental Protection Agency made a truly historic move by banning certain uses of two organophosphate pesticides commonly used on fruit and vegetables in order to protect children! In the past, environmental safety considerations have been based on adults even though children are often more vulnerable.

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