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  • Stress and Environmental Toxins

    Stress and Environmental Toxins

    Of course reducing toxic exposures is an important way to reduce risks from unhealthy chemicals, but a growing body of research suggests paying attention to positive habits – such as good food, healthy sleep and active play can often reduce or even eliminate harm when exposed. An update on this emerging field of research appeared […]

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  • Ear infections are vanishing: four key ideas for parents

    Ear infections are vanishing: four key ideas for parents

    I remember, not long ago, seeing many children with ear infections every day I was in the office – children that were often up screaming the night before. Today it’s not surprising to go an entire day in clinic without seeing a single one. Visits to doctors’ offices for ear infections more than doubled between […]

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  • Dr. Greene’s Parenting Predictions for 2011

    Dr. Greene’s Parenting Predictions for 2011

    I remember being a child and hearing my parents talk about how fast time was moving. Now I’m the parent and I know what they were talking about. But not only is time moving more quickly for us as adults, today things around us are actually changing more quickly. Here are five trends (and a […]

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  • BPA, Sperm, Masculinity, and the Average American Guy

    BPA, Sperm, Masculinity, and the Average American Guy

    A new study suggests that typical BPA exposure may be affecting the masculinity, semen quality, and sperm count of the average American guy. And young boys often have even more BPA exposure than adult men. Researchers from Oakland, California and Shanghai, China compared the urine samples and semen samples of 218 men from four different […]

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  • Danger in a Spray Bottle: Why It’s Time to Change Our Childproofing Strategy

    Danger in a Spray Bottle: Why It’s Time to Change Our Childproofing Strategy

    For years doctors have encouraged parents to store toxic household cleaning products in locked cabinets, out of sight and reach of children. While this advice may have helped considerably, with injury from cleaning products in children declining 46 percent since 1990, a new study demonstrates that children under age 6 years are still at high […]

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  • Fast Facts on Indoor Air Quality

    Fast Facts on Indoor Air Quality

    Most of us spend the vast majority of each day indoors, where air quality can be 2-5 times worse than outside. Indoor air quality issues revolve around environmental contaminants such as allergens and airborne chemicals.

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  • Chemicals, Cancer, and Change

    Chemicals, Cancer, and Change

    One of the most exciting reports I have ever read, Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk – What We Can Do Now, was released this week by the President’s Cancer Panel, along with significant coverage by Nicholas Kristof in The NY Times, Lyndsey Layton in The Washington Post and Liz Szabo in USA Today.

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  • Majority Now Face Chronic Illness as Kids

    Majority Now Face Chronic Illness as Kids

    An important study of chronic illness in children uncovered a dramatic change between 1994 and 2006. The study followed thousands of 2 to 8 year old children for 6 years. Twice a year, the researchers looked for the presence of any physical or mental condition that prevented the child from attending school regularly, enjoying usual […]

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  • Safe and Healthy: An Important Neglected Childproofing Step

    Safe and Healthy: An Important Neglected Childproofing Step

    Whether your child is a baby learning to crawl across the floor, a toddler taking tentative steps of independence, or a confident older child, we pediatricians have recommended for years that parents lock up their cleaning products or keep them out of reach.

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    An Unprecedented Experiment on our Children

    From 1973 to 1999, childhood cancers increased by 26 percent, making cancer the greatest health threat to children. Currently, one in a 100 8-year-old children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers, and the number might be as high as 1 in […]

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