America’s Children and the Environment: Measures of Contaminants, Body Burdens, and Illnesses
    March 20, 2003
    America’s Children and the Environment: Measures of Contaminants, Body Burdens, and Illnesses

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released their second report on America’s Children and the Environment on February 24, 2003. Where we have taken decisive action on issues of the environmen…

    Links Between Chemicals and Health
    March 20, 2003
    Links Between Chemicals and Health

    Choosing organic foods can make a big difference for our children. Industrial agriculture techniques are relatively recent innovations. When my parents were young, the bulk of our food supply was not …

    Body Burden
    March 20, 2003
    Body Burden

    This study features the largest number of chemicals ever tested for in the same group of people – 210 chemicals were tested. The results were staggering – each participant tested positive for an a…

    Body Burdens
    February 5, 2003
    Body Burdens

    Our drinking water is tested to look for the presence of toxic chemicals. Our air quality is monitored as well. Recently, several important studies have reported the levels of these chemicals in our b…

    Organic Lunchbox Challenge
    January 30, 2003
    Organic Lunchbox Challenge

    Dr. Greene on the Organic Lunchbox Challenge... Students I speak with observe that school food is often either unappetizing (overcooked cafeteria veggies) or unhealthy. Tasty junk food at school has b…

    Wheezing
    November 4, 2002
    Wheezing: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction: Our airways are designed to be responsive to harmful substances in the air. If we walk through clouds of smoke, our airways will shrink, protecting our delicate lung tissues from the nox…

    October 24, 2002
    Asthma: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction: Asthma is one of the most common disorders affecting children. As many as 10 percent of children have some degree of asthma, and the number has been rising steadily since about 1980.1 T…

    October 23, 2002
    Anemia (Low hemoglobin): A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to anemia: Blood is a straw-colored liquid packed with red blood cells (that deliver oxygen to the body), white blood cells (that provide protection from infections), and platelets (littl…

    October 23, 2002
    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to ADHD: Over-diagnosed? Under-diagnosed? Probably both – and certainly real. ADHD affects children’s school performance and their relationships with others. Parents who are wondering…

    Breastfeeding Advantages for Mom!
    July 25, 2002
    Breastfeeding Advantages for Mom!

    About 25,000 cases of invasive breast cancer could be prevented each year if women breastfed each of their children for an average of 8-9 months, instead of the current average of 2-3 months, accordin…

    Air Pollution, Asthma, and Lung Damage
    December 5, 2001
    Air Pollution, Asthma, and Lung Damage

    We know that children who live in areas with excess air pollution have higher rates of asthma and other lung diseases. A study presented at the November 2001 annual meeting of the Radiological Society…

    Children’s Environmental Health Research Centers Studies Effect of Toxic Exposures on Autism, ADHD, Hearing, Behavior, & IQ
    October 30, 2001
    Children’s Environmental Health Research Centers Studies Effect of Toxic Exposures on Autism, ADHD, Hearing, Behavior, & IQ

    Current evidence tells us that DDT was responsible  for a host of medical problems and the deaths of many children - but the link wasn’t proven until  more than 30 years later! (more…)…

    Bidis and Clove Cigarettes
    December 19, 2000
    Bidis and Clove Cigarettes

    Bidi cigarettes, sometimes called kretek or clove cigarettes (although the different names have their own specific meanings), have increased in popularity more than 400% in the last few years. In my a…

    Dangers of Parental Smoking
    August 17, 2000
    Dangers of Parental Smoking

    Dr. Greene's take on parental smoking... (hint: don't do it!) A study in the August 2000 issue of the Archives of Disease in Childhood found that parents who smoke increase the risk of meningococcal m…

    Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
    September 10, 1999
    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? (more&…

    EPA Bans Fruit & Vegetable Pesticides
    August 4, 1999
    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…

    Fast Facts about Huffing
    January 27, 1999
    Fast Facts about Huffing

    "Huffing," or inhaling volatile substances, is becoming increasingly popular among children, especially among 12- to 14-year-olds (Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, 1998;152(8):781--786).…

    Fast Facts about SIDS
    August 3, 1998
    Fast Facts about SIDS

    Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, is defined as the sudden, unexpected and unexplained death of any infant or young child. (more…)…

    Fast Facts about Precocious Puberty
    April 18, 1996
    Fast Facts about Precocious Puberty

    Precocious puberty is defined as the onset of true puberty before 8 years of age in girls or 9 years of age in boys. (Boepple, et al. Endocrinology, Surgery, and Technology, Vol 1, 1996) (more……

    Fast Facts about Lead
    February 23, 1996
    Fast Facts about Lead

    Deaths from lead poisoning are now rare, but it is not unusual for a child's blood to contain enough lead to cause intellectual and developmental delay, neurologic problems, kidney disease, and anemia…