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.
Top Children's Health News
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.
Our Reporting on Children's Health
New book explores controversial weed killer, cancer and corrupt science. Environmental Health News.
Breathing dirty air and living in stress combine to increase the likelihood NYC kids will have a behavior disorder. Environmental Health News.
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.
Researchers report rapid removal of BPA from water using green chemistry. Environmental Health News.
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…
A warming climate and polluted air are all we have to gain from keeping dirty power plants running. more…
Children and environmental justice
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Three million Utahns will be the victims if clean cars are run off the road by the clown car at the White House. more…
We haven't inherited this planet from our parents; we've borrowed it from our children. more…
How can you justify putting on an off-gassing, store-bought, made-in-China, phthalate-laced, over-packaged mask? more…
Air pollution and kids
Yes, there is such a thing as thirdhand smoke and it’s more dangerous than you think. Philadelphia Tribune, Pennsylvania.
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.
A city committee asks Commissioner Chloe Eudaly's staff to 'identify what's broken and needs to be fixed.' Portland Tribune, Oregon.
Kids and industrial agriculture
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.
Top-selling organophosphate insecticide is at the heart of U.S. political, legal fight. Chemical & Engineering News.
Solutions and Good News
Lead poisoning in expectant mothers has fallen dramatically since lead was finally phased out of petrol in 2006. Johannesburg Times, South Africa.
The veteran nutrition director who reformed Detroit's school food takes on a new challenge in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Civil Eats.
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.
Endocrine Disruption and kids
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Study finds “shocking” incidence of parasite infections in Lowndes County. Circle of Blue.
Energy and children's health
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.
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.
Food, agriculture and kids
Public health experts are joining forces to reduce children’s exposure to lead-tainted spices and other imports. North Carolina Health News, North Carolina.
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, home to the world's largest crude oil reserves, has spiraled deeper into chaos in recent years. Thomson Reuters Foundation.
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.
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.