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Parents' second-hand marijuana smoke may cause colds in children

Children whose parents smoke or vape cannabis appear to get slightly more respiratory infections, such as colds and flu, than those whose parents just smoke tobacco or don't smoke at all.

Vaccine makers are asked to expand safety studies on children

The F.D.A. wants Pfizer and Moderna to increase the number of 5- to 11-year-olds who participate in trials of their coronavirus vaccines to ensure there is enough data about rare side effects.

Should I factor climate change into deciding whether to have kids?

With more people worrying about the environmental ethics of bringing more children into the world, Kate Ng examines the arguments on either side.


Rising number of children struggle with COVID’s effects, especially in Black and Latino communities

Since the pandemic began, children have largely been spared from severe illness and hospitalization. But nearly a year and a half later, the number of adolescent COVID cases is rising.


Researchers to explore how indoor air pollution affects our health

Three new research projects have been awarded funding to investigate how indoor air pollutants affect children with asthma and people living in urban homes.

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EWG study recommends stringent health-based standards for radiation exposure from wireless devices

A peer-reviewed study by the Environmental Working Group recommends stringent health-based exposure standards for both children and adults for radiofrequency radiation emitted from wireless devices. EWG's children's guideline is the first of its kind and fills a gap left by federal regulators.

City children have better mental health and cognition if they live near woodlands

City children who have daily exposure to woodland have better cognitive development and a lower risk of emotional and behavioral problems, according to a new study published in Nature Sustainability.

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Doctors issue official guidance on effects of air pollution and bushfire smoke on pregnant people

New patient resources warning of the dangers of air pollution and bushfire smoke to pregnant people or those planning to conceive have been issued by the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, in what is thought to be a world-first.

Judy Martin: Kids aren't just littler adults – here's why they need their own COVID-19 vaccine trials

trials are necessary because children have important differences in physiology and responses to vaccines from those of adults. Conducting separate studies in children under age 12 is a vital step toward ending the pandemic.


Sunrise Movement's Varshini Prakash on the climate change movement

The youth climate organizer from Sunrise Movement speaks with Rolling Stone for the latest installment of “The Next Wave,” a series on the new leaders who will shape America’s future

Childhood obesity may be linked to dirty, noisy roads

Children living in urban areas with high levels of air pollution, noise and traffic may be at higher risk of childhood obesity, a study suggests.

‘Mother, when will you come?’: The Covid orphans of India

Thousands of children lost their parents during a calamitous wave of infections. While the government is vowing to help them, many face the risk of neglect and exploitation when the attention fades.

How do kids feel about climate change?

Climate anxiety is gripping young and old generations alike, but there's a difference in how it's felt across individuals of different ages. For the youth, much of it stems from adults' inaction.

Laura Spinney: Why declining birth rates are good news for life on Earth

In the midst of a climate crisis with 8 billion humans on the globe, it's absurd to say that what's lacking is babies.

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How joining a climate program could save Western Pennsylvania kids’ lives and lungs

As Pennsylvania moves to join a regional greenhouse gas initiative, experts say it will also reduce toxics, foster healthier kids, and save the state billions. But GOP policymakers and industry groups remain opposed.

Bayer heads into next U.S. cancer trial, opening statements set for Thursday

The trial comes a week after Bayer announced it would stop selling Roundup.

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Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

Opinion: Get high-risk pesticides out of our bodies

Four ways to fix systemic problems plaguing food and agriculture safety

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