Heidi Larson knows how to build trust in vaccines

For the founder of the Vaccine Confidence Project, squashing viral rumors means building trust — and avoiding the term “anti-vaxxer.”
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Flint mother details how water crisis impacts son on autism spectrum as $600M settlement announced

“It took almost a year to get the lead out of his system,” Cynthia Hayes said. “On top of that, he had pneumonia for two weeks.”

Study: Environmental injustice is rampant around the world

The history of disproportionate environmental impacts on Black, Indigenous, and people of color often goes back for centuries.


Margaret Renkl: America’s killer lawns

Homeowners use up 10 times more pesticide per acre than farmers do. But we can change what we do in our own yards.

Precious keepsake or needless risk? Ultrasound businesses peddle fetal photos to anxious parents

The FDA urges expectant mothers to avoid medically unnecessary ultraounds, but that hasn't stopped keepsake ultrasound clinics from providing the scans for entertainment's sake.

Trump disinfectant remarks echo claims by miracle-cure quacks

Doctors and public health officials fear the attention could boost purveyors of dangerous elixirs who push ‘miracle cures’ with no basis in science.

Decades-long project is linking our health to the environment

Started in 1959, this California study is one of the oldest ongoing research projects in the world.

China funds coal plants in Bosnia as residents protest air quality

Fine particle levels in Sarajevo have exceeded WHO limits every day in January.

Michigan, Minnesota among first states to get children's health report card

Cancer, autism, asthma and attention deficit disorder afflict Michigan children at a greater rate than the nationwide average, according to a recent report.

In New York City, paper receipts set to go the way of foie gras

Those yard-long paper receipts that spew from cash registers may be following plastic bags and foie gras into the dustbin of New York City history.

Jane Fonda plans climate change civil disobedience on the Capitol steps

Film and television star to bring Thursday night teach-ins and “Fire Drill Fridays.”

How anti-vaccine sentiment took hold in the United States

As families face back-to-school medical requirements this month, the country feels the impact of a vaccine resistance movement decades in the making.

There’s been an uptick in the use of the crackpot cure, Miracle Mineral solution

People are still taking Miracle Mineral Solution, a toxic chemical compound that purports to cure everything from cancer to autism.

Utah researchers find link between hormone change and autism risk

University of Utah researchers have discovered a link between increased levels of a type of estrogen in babies in their second trimester and risk for autism, according to a new study.
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Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

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