Exposure to plastic chemicals before conception tied to premature births

Pregnant women exposed to phthalates, found in plastic toys, soaps and food packaging, may be at increased risk of preterm delivery.
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The Pittsburgh Study will follow up to 25,000 children for nearly two decades to track health, educational outcomes

Among its major focuses are premature birth, infant mortality, asthma prevalence, obesity and weight and violence among youth.


Johns Hopkins researcher: PA should ban fracking

A scientist at Johns Hopkins University told a public health conference in Pittsburgh that Pennsylvania should ban fracking because of its impact on public health and climate change.


Report: ‘No evidence that fracking can operate without threatening public health'

More than 1,000 scientific studies on the health and climate impacts of fracking prove its dangerous effect on communities, wildlife and nature.

Mary Anne Hitt, Vien Truong: Closing coal plants is reducing premature births

After the plants shut down, premature births dropped from 7 percent to 5.1 percent — in just one year.

Premature birth rates drop in California after coal and oil plants shut down

Within a year of eight coal- and oil-fired power plant retirements, the rate of preterm births in mothers living close by dropped, finds new study on air pollution.


Death from air pollution would be cut if UK hits walking and cycling targets

Meeting government walking and cycling targets would save 13,000 lives and almost £10bn, finds Sustrans study.


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.

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New maps show big divide between the world’s overweight and underweight children.

The weight problems that preoccupy Americans typically are about how to lose weight, not gain it. But a study published in the Lancet on Tuesday night provides a sobering look at how much the relationship children globally have with food and weight depends on where they are growing up.

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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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Moms most exposed to pesticides more likely to have preterm babies.

(Reuters Health) - Women exposed to the highest quantities of agricultural pesticides in California’s San Joaquin Valley while pregnant were at heightened risk of giving birth prematurely and delivering low-weight infants, a new study found.

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Free school fruit contains multiple pesticides, UK report shows.

Free school fruit contains multiple pesticides, UK report shows

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Pesticides linked to birth abnormalities in major new study.

High exposure to pesticides as a result of living near farmers’ fields appears to increase the risk of giving birth to a baby with “abnormalities” by about 9 per cent, according to new research.

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