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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.

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

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Agent Orange still linked to hormone imbalances in babies.

Exposure to Agent Orange sprayed during the Vietnam War has been linked to increased levels of certain hormones in women and their breastfeeding children decades later, potentially putting them at higher risk of health problems, according to a new study in Science of the Total Environment.

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Flint’s lead-poisoned water had a ‘horrifyingly large’ effect on fetal deaths, study finds.

Flint’s lead-poisoned water had a ‘horrifyingly large’ effect on fetal deaths, study finds

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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.

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Energy

Air pollution almost as bad for babies as smoking during pregnancy.

Dirty air can lead to women giving birth to smaller babies, according to new research which also warns that exposure to air pollution during pregnancy rivals the damage done by smoking.

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Flame retardants linked to lower child IQ.

Increased exposure among pregnant women to a class of flame-retardant chemicals found in older furniture and other everyday consumer products is linked to lower IQs in their children, UCSF researchers found in a study that is certain to further ignite the debate over the chemicals.

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Justice

The lead crisis: Tackling an invisible, dangerous neurotoxin.

As Howard Mielke makes his way down the streets of his tree-lined New Orleans neighborhood toward the Bayou St. John, his walk is careful and deliberate. The canal’s waters are calm and glassy, reflecting the wisps of clouds above, and revealing none of the dangers below where alligators sometimes lurk.

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Hundreds of scientists call for caution on anti-microbial chemical use.

Two ingredients used in thousands of products to kill bacteria, fungi and viruses linger in the environment and pose a risk to human health, according to a statement released today by more than 200 scientists and health professionals.

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Babies' face scans detect exposure to low amounts of alcohol in utero.

Guidelines from most expert groups already suggest that alcohol and pregnancy should not mix. Nonetheless, many women choose to have a drink or a few during the course of their pregnancy (or before they realized they were pregnant). Ten percent of pregnant women in the United States reported having at least one alcoholic beverage during one month, according to a CDC survey published in 2015.

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Originals

Hygiene leaves kids with loads of triclosan.

Levels of a controversial chemical meant to kill bacteria spike in the bodies of young children after they brush their teeth or wash their hands, according to a new study.

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Fears of risk to children from PFAS.

A US state health authority has released new drinking water standards for people exposed to chemicals at the centre of the Williamtown contamination scandal because of concerns about the potential for mothers to pass the contaminants on to infants.

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Research raises concerns for pregnancy complications from pesticide exposure.

New research into the world’s most widely-used pesticide raises concerns for fetal health, according to researchers from the Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN). Glyphosate, which is used to kill broadleaf plants and grasses, is found in more than 750 products including Monsanto’s Roundup. The study discovered a correlation between glyphosate exposure during pregnancy and lower birth weights, as well as shorter pregnancies.

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Toxics

A strong case against a pesticide does not faze EPA under Trump.

Some of the most compelling evidence linking a widely used pesticide to developmental problems in children stems from what scientists call a “natural” experiment.

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Child born with elevated levels of chemicals, forces parents to abandon Williamtown property.

UNBORN babies are being contaminated with toxic firefighting chemicals while they are in the womb. 

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We’re dumping loads of retardant chemicals to fight wildfires. What does it mean for wildlife?

As western wildfires become bigger and more intense, state and federal fire agencies are using more and more aerial fire retardant, prompting concerns over fish kills, aquatic life, and water quality.

LISTEN: Why is it taking so long for Pennsylvania to regulate toxic chemicals in drinking water?

The chemicals, known as PFAS, are linked to health effects including cancer, thyroid disease, high cholesterol, pregnancy-induced hypertension, asthma, and ulcerative colitis.

Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

LISTEN: Azmal Hossan on the sociology of climate crises in South Asia

"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

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