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‘Chemical brain drain’ endangers generations of children

According to some scholars, toxic exposures contributed to the collapse of the Roman Empire. Roman rulers were poisoned by water cisterns and food containers fashioned from lead. These extreme exposures could have gradually made the Patrician families deranged and infertile – leaving no competent leaders to run the Empire. A [...]

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From Childhood Tragedy, a Success Story

Linda Ginzel and Boaz Keysar experienced the worst horror that can befall parents --- the death of their 16-month-old son in a crib accident. That and similar tragedies led to regulations aimed at stopping the scourge of dangerous cribs, toys and other children's products. Now, on the fifth anniversary of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, Ginzel and Keysar describe the law as a success story.

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Silencing the Whistle-Blowers

Last week Pfc. Bradley Manning returned to court for his final pretrial hearing in the WikiLeaks case, an appearance that has renewed debate about how to balance the imperatives of national security against the rights of whistle-blowers. But while Private Manning’s ordeal has received exhaustive news coverage, it may ultimately [...]

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McCarthy needs to open the windows at the EPA, letting in press and public

President Obama has an opportunity to fix badly broken media policies that keep Americans in the dark about their environment. Gina McCarthy's nomination as the new head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency affords him an opportunity to live up to his promise to create an "unprecedented level of openness [...]

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Lead Exposure in Older Homes Means Children “Pay With Their Lives”

U.S. health authorities estimate that about 535,000 children are still at risk of developmental problems due to elevated levels of lead in their blood. In an interview, public health historians Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner discuss the history and scope of the lead problem.

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After Sandy Hook Massacre, People ‘Simply Cannot Walk Away’

Dr. Garen Wintemute is a pioneer in the study of gun violence as a public health issue. In a Q&A with FairWarning's Lilly Fowler, Wintemute called for Congress to require background checks for all private sales of firearms, whether at gun shows or between individuals.

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Monsanto, the court and the seeds of dissent

On Tuesday, attorneys for the largest agrochemical corporation in the world, Monsanto, will present arguments before the Supreme Court asserting the company's rights to the generations of seeds that naturally reproduce from its genetically modified strains. Bowman vs. Monsanto Co. will be decided based on the court's interpretation of a [...]