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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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Children

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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Kevin Krejci
Toxics

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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Justice

Life expectancy gap widens for Appalachia.

By Taylor Knopf

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Toxics

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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Can endocrine disruptors elevate risk of breast cancer?

The American Cancer Society reports that the median age when patients are diagnosed with breast cancer is 61. This means that half of all cases of breast cancer occur in people younger than 61, and half occur in people older than 61. Although breast cancer is considered a disease of aging, in some cases, exposure to certain compounds in the environment while we’re still developing in the womb could flip the switch that turns mutated cells into breast cancer later in life.

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L.A. to make sure air filters are being installed in homes near freeways.

Mayor Eric Garcetti has ordered Los Angeles building inspectors to begin tracking whether required air filtration systems are being installed in new homes near freeways, officials said Tuesday.

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Air pollution exposure in early pregnancy may increase chance of premature birth, finds study.

Exposure to air pollution in the first and second trimesters of pregnancy could increase the risk of premature birth and low birth weight, scientists have warned.

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