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Lynne Peeples is the environment and public health reporter for The Huffington Post. Before becoming a science journalist, she was a biostatistician at Harvard. E-mail her with ideas or requests: lynne.peeples@huffingtonpost.com.

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'Little Things Matter' Exposes Big Threat To Children's Brains

(32) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 7:04 PM

Tiny amounts of lead, chemical flame retardants and organophosphate pesticides, among other toxins, course through the blood of nearly every American. But just how much worry is a little poison worth?

A lot, especially when considering the cumulative effects of this chemical cocktail on children, warns a video unveiled...

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Researchers Find Bed Bugs Could Carry A Deadly Disease

(15) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 5:21 PM

As bed bug infestations have continued to crop up in firehouses, schools, movie theaters and homes across the country, a team of researchers is now warning that these proliferating pests could prove to be more than just an itchy, pricey nuisance.

According to a...

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Ebola's True Toll Is Still Untallied As Another Deadly Fever Looms

(33) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 4:38 PM

Dr. Ross Donaldson recalls traveling around the Sierra Leone city of Kenema a decade ago, "telling people not to eat rats."

The multimammate rat, which is ubiquitous in sub-Saharan Africa, can carry a deadly hemorrhagic illness akin to Ebola, known as Lassa fever. Yet for many residents of the impoverished...

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Why Scapegoating Bats Is A Big Mistake For Human Health

(9) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 3:49 PM

Even before allegations emerged that West Africa's Ebola outbreak may have originated in bats, public opinion of the animal was hardly glowing. Years as a Halloween icon cast a dark shadow over the flying mammal's reputation.

But leading experts in ecology and public health -- even Batman himself --...

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Why Some Skin Care Products And Those Thermal Receipts May Be A Troubling Combination

(20) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 8:00 PM

Those little slips of paper that accumulate in our pockets and purses may do more than just document recent take-out meals, pumpkin spice lattes and shopping sprees. Receipts, according to a small study published Wednesday, could also deliver a potentially harmful rush of hormone-scrambling chemicals into our bodies....

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Groups Giving Second Thoughts To Those Little Black Crumbs On Playing Fields

(112) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 6:48 PM

Massive bags of tiny black rubber crumbs, the remains of some 40,000 old tires, lined the parking lot of Kennedy Catholic High School in Burien, Washington, earlier this week. The fake dirt was all set to be unloaded onto the school's brand-new synthetic turf sports field. But Mike...

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Antibiotic Resistance Warnings Remain Unheeded, Experts Say

(11) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 11:54 AM

Dr. Brad Spellberg teared up as he recalled his futile attempt to treat a twenty-something mother of two with an infection. No drugs could battle the bug attacking her body.

"She died," said Spellberg, chief medical officer for Los Angeles County and at the University of Southern California. "There was...

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Frac Sand Rush Threatens American Towns, Advocates Warn

(89) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 8:30 AM

Victoria Trinko hasn't opened the windows of her Wisconsin home in two years -- for fear of the dust clouds billowing from a frac sand mine a half-mile away.

"This blowing of silica sand has not abated since the inception of the mine in 2011," Trinko, a farmer and...

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Tackling Climate Change Presents A 'Golden Opportunity' For Public Health

(27) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 8:00 AM

For Carol Kelly, biking to and from work is a no-brainer: She doesn't have to deal with the notorious Seattle traffic, she can exercise without visiting the dreary gym and she saves money on gas.

And, of course, she acknowledges that her swap of a tailpipe for pedals...

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Hidden Source Of Industry Influence Threatens Toxic Chemical Regulations

(3) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 4:05 PM

SEATTLE -- Dr. Raymond Neutra adopted an alternate persona as he stepped up to the podium on a sunny, late-August afternoon. Sporting a hat and a fake British accent, the respected authority on environmental health transformed into the fictitious Reginald Charlston, LL.D., of the corporate law firm Dewy, Charlston and...

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The Lead Hazard In Schools That Won't Go Away

(12) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 3:29 PM

A contractor cleans up lead paint at a contaminated building in Providence, R.I., in 2006. (AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki)

Portland, Ore. —

The worn, heart-shaped rug that greeted you upon entering Angela Molloy Murphy's preschool was a reflection of the love she...

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デング熱の脅威がアメリカにも? 病気を広める蚊やダニが温暖化で北上中

(3) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 6:12 AM

ワシントンD.C.に住む9歳のルイサ・マリア・バスケス・クルスちゃんは2013年、かかりつけの小児科医から、一風変わった処方箋を受け取った。そこには「外でもっと長い時間遊ぶように」と書かれていたのだ。

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Climate Change Threatens The Newest Prescription For Children: Time Outdoors

(68) Comments | Posted September 6, 2014 | 9:00 AM

Luisa Maria Vasquez Cruz received an unusual prescription last year from her pediatrician: Spend more time playing outside.

Dr. Robert Zarr, her pediatrician at Unity Health Care, a clinic that serves low-income and uninsured families in Washington, D.C., calls her unconventional treatment regimen a "huge success." The 9-year-old's asthma is...

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Big Coal's Plans For The Pacific Northwest Take A Major Hit

(10) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 5:45 PM

Doctors, tribal leaders, business owners and concerned parents are among those cheering a potentially major blow to Big Coal.

On Monday, an Oregon state agency announced its rejection of a permit for a coal export facility on the Columbia River. The proposed Coyote Island Terminal is one of...

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Corrupt Executives Sent To Prison For Pumping Toxic Leaded Fuel Overseas

(93) Comments | Posted August 9, 2014 | 8:30 AM

On Nov. 22, 2006, Paul Jennings received an email from a fellow executive at his chemical company. "As you are aware, Indonesia was planning to go lead free in 2000," the note read. "This obviously did not happen for a number of reasons and since 1st January 2000 until the...

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The Critical Question We're Not Asking About The Ebola Outbreak

(43) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 7:39 PM

The ebola outbreak in West Africa has the world on edge: Will the virus spill into new communities? Will it cross more borders? Even oceans? How can caregivers raise the victims' chances of survival, as well as reduce their own chances of getting sick?

Some experts emphasize the...

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Feds Failing To Act On Antibiotic Resistance Despite Grave Threat, Health Advocates Warn

(176) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 6:06 PM

Public health advocates are fuming over a new court ruling that they say could hasten the coming of the next pandemic.

In a 2-1 decision released Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration need not...

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Would You Like Flame Retardants With That Couch?

(10) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 5:40 PM

SEATTLE -- Most of Aimee Robinson's customers are moms. And more of them are starting to ask questions about the contents of the couches and chairs she constructs.

"I get moms crying on the phone," said Robinson, owner of the green furniture company EcoBalanza. "Their main concern is...

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Federal Support For Potent New Weedkiller Raises Fears About Children's Health

(181) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 9:23 PM

In his public plea for the Environmental Protection Agency to reject registration of a potent new weedkiller, Christopher Lish of Olema, California, revisited a decades-old warning from environmental prophet Rachel Carson: "As crude a weapon as the cave man's club, the chemical barrage has been hurled against the...

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Doctors Fail To Counsel Pregnant Women On Toxic Chemical Risks

(10) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 8:32 PM

When Penelope Jagessar Chaffer became pregnant, her obstetrician warned her to avoid alcohol, cigarettes and mercury-laden tuna. Dangers posed to her unborn child by industrial chemicals such as flame retardants, pesticides and plastics, however, never came up.

"No one told me anything about any of this stuff," said Jagessar Chaffer,...

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