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April 25, 2011
Credit: Gonzales2010/Flickr Recently, the professional organization of pediatricians, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), issued a strong policy statement calling...
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August 30, 2010
Credit: SteveSchaaf/FlickrWhen the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina rampaged through New Orleans five years ago, they left behind a toxic legacy – soil contaminated with...
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August 16, 2010
Credit: Nathij Ahmed/FlickrWe bought our big green sofa about ten years ago, just before our children were born. After years of creating a safe and toxin-free home,...
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May 20, 2010
Credit: Food Fanatic/FlickrPatented in 1964, the antibacterial, triclosan, quickly found use in medical supplies. By 1987, manufacturers were adding it to liquid hand...
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May 18, 2010
Credit: Old Shoe Woman/FlickrIn a representative sample of US children, those with higher levels of organophosphate (OPs) pesticide metabolites in their urine were more...
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April 1, 2010
Photo Credit: Sippanont Samchai/Flickr The use of "antibacterial" hand soaps is so widespread that we hardly give it another thought. Yet as a result almost 75 percent of...
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March 8, 2010
Ten years ago when I was contemplating pregnancy, concerns about autism never entered my mind. But today there are few new parents who haven’t considered the possibility that...
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February 1, 2010
Bisphenol-A (BPA) is everywhere. Among other places, it is found in the lining of nearly every can in the grocery store. Nearly every person in America has some BPA in his or her...
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December 28, 2009
Your child can’t sit still in class. He loses interest quickly when reading or doing a math problem. Could the chemical dyes in food be to blame?
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September 10, 2009
  While we’ve been enjoying summer in the Northern Hemisphere, flu season has been raging in the Southern, and in that time “swine flu” (or the H1N1 flu strain) has become...
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June 9, 2009
In the first study of its kind, researchers at Mount Sinai Children’s Medical Health Center have found that newborn girls whose mothers have high levels of phthalates from...
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April 4, 2009
Parents are alarmed by a new study suggesting that baby lotions, powders and shampoos may be exposing young children to potentially harmful chemicals called phthalates. Many...
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September 8, 2008
Photo credit: russelljsmith / CC BY 2.0 Getting enough exercise is vital for childrens' health. But kids at play may be exposed to a host of herbicides sprayed on lawns and...
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September 3, 2008
If your child is one of the 23 million kids who ride the bus to school every day, be advised: Her bus probably has a diesel engine and the exhaust from that engine contains...
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October 29, 2007
If you're packing your child's lunches in a soft vinyl lunch box, you'd be wise to check for lead. Lead is a dangerous neurotoxin that is particularly harmful to a young child's...
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July 13, 2009
Children need encouragement to spend some of their free time in artistic endeavors—but be on the lookout for unhealthy materials. Many paints and markers contain neurotoxic...
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March 26, 2009
How can I find out which toys in my home have phthalates? Are there certain brands that are particularly harmful?
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April 15, 2008
I am a Canadian breast-feeding mother, and I will be returning to work when my son is 10 months old. I am fortunate enough to have the luxury of being able to continue breast-...
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April 11, 2008
Are Dr. Brown's bottles by HandiCraft safe to use? I'm starting to get worried that I have contaminated my 9-month-old son. 
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