Top Children's Health News

Johnson & Johnson wins reversal of $72 million verdict over talc cancer risks.

Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday won the reversal of a $72 million verdict in favor of the family of a woman whose death from ovarian cancer they claimed stemmed from her use of the company’s talc-based products like Johnson’s Baby Powder. Reuters

Exposure to air pollution before birth may shorten our lives.

Pollution affects us even in the womb: Women who are exposed to air pollution during pregnancy have babies with shorter telomeres (a genetic biomarker), a study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics found. CNN

Nearly half of the 102 Superfund homes in East Chicago tested by EPA had lead paint. Whose job is it to remove?

An agency spokesperson said they have no plans to remove it because such activity is outside the authority of the agency's Superfund program. Northwest Indiana Times, Indiana

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Weed killer for breakfast.

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New book explores controversial weed killer, cancer and corrupt science. Environmental Health News

Pollution and stress at home combine to spur more hyperactivity.

Breathing dirty air and living in stress combine to increase the likelihood NYC kids will have a behavior disorder. Environmental Health News

17 million in US live near active oil or gas wells.

More than 17 million people in the United States live within a mile of an active oil or natural gas well, according to a new study. Daily Climate

BPA breakthrough: New treatment takes controversial chemical out of water.

Researchers report rapid removal of BPA from water using green chemistry. Environmental Health News

Science: Are we in a male fertility death spiral?

Male sterility is a growing problem. Here's why you should be worried—and your kids should be terrified. Environmental Health News


Kill that bad lead bill.

The first item on the General Assembly’s agenda should be to kill Rep. Derek Merrin’s attempt to undermine the only real lead-safety regulations protecting children in Toledo now. more…

Maine will suffer from EPA chief's pro-coal stand.

A warming climate and polluted air are all we have to gain from keeping dirty power plants running. more…

Rowan gets the lead out with clarity, promptness.

All things considered, Rowan has done an exemplary job of getting the lead out and keeping people informed. It's a textbook example, if you will, of how to address a health/environmental scare faced by a university campus. more…

Children and environmental justice

'Lead in my bones': Living a contaminated life in East Chicago.

The NAACP kicked off an initiative in East Chicago to teach children how to test their soil, water and air for lead. Indianapolis Star, Indiana

Truth is, conflicting water studies are stressing out some in Flint.

Researchers admit their findings need to be reviewed and replicated by others before anyone can claim to be closer to the truth about the effect tainted water had on some of the city’s most vulnerable residents. Detroit Free Press, Michigan

State: Water crisis didn’t affect Flint birth outcomes.

A state health department analysis released Tuesday on birth outcomes in Flint found “no significant differences” before and after the city switched its water source — contrary to a study released last month by researchers in Kansas and West Virginia. Detroit News, Michigan

Judge considers extension on Flint water agreement.

A federal judge said Tuesday he is considering a 30-day extension to Flint’s short-term contract with the Great Lakes Water Authority to give the city council more time to approve a long-term drinking water source. Detroit News, Michigan

Lead in Flint water increased fetal deaths, lowered fertility, study says.

After Flint switched its water source from Detroit to Flint River water in 2014, the city's fertility rates decreased by 12 percent among Flint women, while fetal death rates rose by 58 percent. Flint Journal, Michigan

Poorest London children face health risks from toxic air, poverty and obesity.

Schools in capital worst affected by air pollution are in most socially deprived areas with high levels of obesity, finds study. The Guardian

Kids around the globe

Amid fear and guns, polio finds a refuge.

Wild poliovirus clings to a tenuous existence in areas like those haunted by Nigeria’s Boko Haram, where eradication is costly, dangerous, and urgent. Undark

Living in watersheds with more trees reduces disease risk.

A new study of children in 35 countries finds that those living in a watershed with more trees had a lower risk of contracting diarrheal disease. Yale Environment 360

Child and teen obesity soars tenfold worldwide in 40 years.

The number of obese children and adolescents worldwide has jumped tenfold in the past 40 years and the rise is accelerating in low- and middle-income countries, especially in Asia, a major study said on Wednesday. Reuters


Trump abandons efforts to clean up Utah's air.

Three million Utahns will be the victims if clean cars are run off the road by the clown car at the White House. more…

Jane Goodall: "Giving up hope won't save the planet. Ending poverty might."

We haven't inherited this planet from our parents; we've borrowed it from our children. more…

This Halloween, get rid of the really scary stuff.

How can you justify putting on an off-gassing, store-bought, made-in-China, phthalate-laced, over-packaged mask? more…

Air pollution and kids

Even third-hand smoke poses health risks.

Yes, there is such a thing as thirdhand smoke and it’s more dangerous than you think. Philadelphia Tribune, Pennsylvania

India court bans firecracker sales in Delhi ahead of peak pollution season.

India’s top court on Monday temporarily banned the sale of firecrackers in and around the capital ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, as it looks to prevent a repeat of severe air pollution that forced school closures last year. Reuters

Contractors to city: Lead dust regulations aren't necessary.

A city committee asks Commissioner Chloe Eudaly's staff to 'identify what's broken and needs to be fixed.' Portland Tribune, Oregon

What does the environment have to do with autism?

The search for autism’s causes is a daunting task — but researchers are investigating a variety of factors that might play a role. Ensia

Kids and industrial agriculture

Report spotlights nitrate contamination in drinking water across the US.

Some recent research suggests that, over the long term, drinking water with nitrates at just half the U.S. limit raises cancer risks for children and adults. FairWarning

US EPA’s chlorpyrifos decision spurs pushback.

Top-selling organophosphate insecticide is at the heart of U.S. political, legal fight. Chemical & Engineering News

The fight to protect wild salmon.

The story of salmon, the jewel of B.C.'s Broughton Archipelago, has turned into one of science, human rights, Indigenous sovereignty and ecological justice. National Observer, Canada

Solutions and Good News

Lead poisoning plummets thanks to cleaner petrol.

Lead poisoning in expectant mothers has fallen dramatically since lead was finally phased out of petrol in 2006. Johannesburg Times, South Africa

School food hero Betti Wiggins takes on Houston’s public schools.

The veteran nutrition director who reformed Detroit's school food takes on a new challenge in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Civil Eats

Federal panel votes to warn public about flame retardants in baby products, furniture.

For the first time a federal agency is moving to outlaw an entire class of toxic flame retardants, a policy change intended to protect Americans from chemicals linked to cancer, neurological deficits, hormone disruption and other health problems. Chicago Tribune, Illinois

Turning baker’s yeast into a disease sensor.

With a few tweaks, the fungus behind bread and beer could become a simple, low-cost cholera detector. The Atlantic

Endocrine Disruption and kids

Canada groups urge government to toughen toxic chemicals law.

Five environmental groups say Canada’s law governing toxic chemicals is outdated and they urge the government to amend soon it to protect children and the general population. Radio Canada International

SF to ban sale of upholstered furniture containing flame retardants linked to cancer.

The ban would extend to online sales and also include children’s products, such as booster seats, changing pads and high chairs. San Francisco Examiner, California

Ben & Jerry’s to launch glyphosate-free ice-cream after tests find traces of weedkiller.

The company pledges its products will be free from ingredients tainted with the controversial herbicide after a survey found traces in its European ice-creams. The Guardian

Agent Orange, exposed: How U.S. chemical warfare in Vietnam unleashed a slow-moving disaster.

Some 45 million liters of the poisoned spray was Agent Orange, which contains the toxic compound dioxin. It has unleashed in Vietnam a slow-onset disaster whose devastating economic, health and ecological impacts that are still being felt today. The Conversation

Climate and kids

California fires leave 31 dead, a vast landscape charred, and a sky full of soot.

The reach of the blazes is spreading dramatically further by the day, as thick plumes of smoke blow through population centers across the Bay Area. New York Times

Africa tops global hunger index, driven by war and climate shocks.

Global hunger has fallen more than a quarter since 2000, but conflict and climate shocks are beginning to reverse these gains, an annual global hunger index said on Thursday. Thomson Reuters Foundation

Weeks left to save East Africa's starving children.

More than 800,000 children risk death by starvation in East Africa and aid agencies have just weeks - months at most - to save them, World Vision charity said on Wednesday. Thomson Reuters Foundation

Hot, isolated, and running out of supplies, parts of Puerto Rico near desperation.

Four days after Hurricane Maria left Puerto Rico in a communications and power blackout, some regions outside of San Juan remained completely disconnected from the rest of the island — and the world. Washington Post

Portuguese children to crowdfund European climate change case.

Portuguese schoolchildren from the area struck by the country’s worst forest fires are seeking crowdfunding to sue 47 European countries, alleging that the states’ failure to tackle climate change threatens their right to life. The Guardian

Diseases of poverty identified in Alabama county burdened by poor sanitation.

Study finds “shocking” incidence of parasite infections in Lowndes County. Circle of Blue

Energy and children's health

California game changers: Can we ban fracking?

Oil drilling in Los Angeles has been associated with asthma, heart disease and low-birthweight babies. Close to 300,000 people in Kern County reside within a mile of an oil well. Capital & Main, California International Business Times

Chemical industry ally faces critics in bid for top EPA post.

Michael L. Dourson, who has long run a premier firm for the chemical industry, is set for a confirmation hearing before a Senate panel. New York Times

Tone down climate change in suit against Exxon.

A federal judge said he wanted to avoid having “the Scopes Monkey Trial of the 21st Century,” and ordered an environmental organization to remove claims based on climate change in its lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corp. Bloomberg BNA

Food, agriculture and kids

Getting the lead out of spices, powders, supplements.

Public health experts are joining forces to reduce children’s exposure to lead-tainted spices and other imports. North Carolina Health News, North Carolina

Rising number of children prey to deadly malnutrition in conflict-hit Mali.

Tens of thousands of children in Mali are prey to life-threatening malnutrition as violence and displacement fuel a deepening nutrition crisis in the West African nation, the United Nations children's agency said on Monday. Thomson Reuters Foundation

Venezuela's unrest, food scarcity take psychological toll on children.

Venezuela, home to the world's largest crude oil reserves, has spiraled deeper into chaos in recent years. Thomson Reuters Foundation

Obesity was rising as Ghana embraced fast food. Then came KFC.

The growing popularity of fried chicken and pizza in parts of Africa underscores how fast food is changing habits and expanding waistlines. New York Times

The urbanization of malnutrition.

Rapid urbanization is increasingly shifting the impacts of malnutrition from rural to urban areas. One in three stunted under-five children out of 155 million across the world now lives in cities and towns. Inter Press Service

Keeping children safe on the farm.

There are many ways for kids on a farm to get hurt. But there are ways to mitigate the risks to kids in agricultural settings. North Carolina Health News, North Carolina