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The Breastfeeding Corner

Merritt E. James | Posted 07.30.2015 | Black Voices
Merritt E. James

Helpful Hints: Breastfeeding and Asthma Fact: Black children are 2 times more likely to have Asthma than white children. Tip: Mom should be referred...

What's Actually Driving Opponents of the Clean Power Plan?

Keith Gaby | Posted 07.30.2015 | Green
Keith Gaby

Opponents of the Clean Power Plan seem united in their belief that solving climate change is either unnecessary or should be very low on the list of national priorities. Their ideology remains fixed in a world of polluting energy. Fortunately for our children and grandchildren, the rest of us are moving forward.

The Stress Factor in Asthma

Mount Sinai Health System | Posted 07.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Mount Sinai Health System

Rapidly expanding new research that links psychological stress to the onset of asthma may have important implications for slowing this epidemic and lowering children's risk of developing this lifelong disease.

The Breastfeeding Corner

Merritt E. James | Posted 07.28.2015 | Black Voices
Merritt E. James

May was Asthma awareness month. It's a chronic disease of the lungs: characterized by repeat episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and nighttime or early morning coughing.

Come Out, Come Out Wherever I Am

Edie Weinstein | Posted 07.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Edie Weinstein

As public as I may seem to be, I realize how much I was hiding, out of fear of not being loved if people knew about the way my mind works sometimes. A...

Climate Change This Week: The Extreme Weather Connection, Another Solar Breakthrough, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 07.07.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Beautiful in so many ways: where people moved government to act on climate. Source...

This Is What Asthma Feels Like for Marylanders

Earthjustice | Posted 07.21.2015 | Green
Earthjustice

While the governor drags his heels, Marylanders across the state struggle to survive during bad ozone days.

Evolving Asthma Care for the Biggest Impact

Floyd J. Malveaux, M.D., Ph.D. | Posted 05.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Floyd J. Malveaux, M.D., Ph.D.

We have seen the positive impact of tailored, community specific approaches to manage asthma better; we must continue to support this work. Let's not only renew our focus, but disrupt the status quo to advance the evolution in care and research -- we owe it to those seven plus million children living with asthma.

Fighting for the Right to Breathe in Detroit and Beyond

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.06.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

The following guest post is an open letter to Detroit-based utility company DTE Energy, which is having its annual shareholder meeting this week. The ...

Rand Paul and the Big-Polluter Agenda

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

You'd think that as a physician, Sen. Paul would understand the importance of clean air and clean water to human health. You'd think that as a politician, he'd understand that voters don't want to elect leaders who are advocating the big-polluter agenda.

Every Breath You Take: State of the Air 2015

Harold Wimmer | Posted 06.29.2015 | Green
Harold Wimmer

Think about this: more than 4 in 10 people in the United States live in counties that have unhealthy levels of either ozone or particle pollution. Now think about this: in the time it took to read that, you probably took 4-5 breaths. Makes you want to know what was in that air, doesn't it?

Take Your Kids to Work... and Speak Up for Their Health

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 06.23.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

I do so much of my work for my daughter's future. I imagine that many of my colleagues who are parents feel the same. We work together to phase out coal plants so that families can enjoy cleaner air and water. We demand clean-energy investments to help fight climate change so that our kids and grandkids will have a safer, healthy planet when they grow up.

Why You Should Always Inspect Your Asthma Inhaler Before Using It

Posted 04.20.2015 | Healthy Living

By: Laura Geggel Published: April 17, 2015 06:16am ET on LiveScience. A woman in Australia had an unexpected medical emergency on New Year's Ev...

Green Cleaning at School -- Tips From One Parent

Claire L. Barnett | Posted 06.09.2015 | Green
Claire L. Barnett

Think about how cleaning a school building -- maybe 100 times larger than the average house -- might take more time, more effort and even different kinds of products -- products specifically designed for use in large-scale commercial and institutional buildings.

Sick and Tired of Pollution, Latino Kids Fight Back Armed With Courage and Wit

Javier Sierra | Posted 05.13.2015 | Green
Javier Sierra

The benefits of fighting air pollution can be enormous. A recent University of Southern California study found that a substantial improvement of the air quality allows children to develop bigger, stronger lungs.

New Ozone Standards Will Save Lives, Protect Health

Harold Wimmer | Posted 05.06.2015 | Green
Harold Wimmer

The current ozone standard of 75 parts per billion is based on outdated science and is too weak to offer adequate public health protection. That is why the American Lung Association, along with hundreds of volunteers and notable health experts, is urging the EPA to adopt a stronger, more protective standard of 60 parts per billion.

'Green News Report' - March 5, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.05.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA': Your shower wastes water. Here's what you can do about it; Anti-pollution documentary taking China by storm; NYC could see 6 feet of sea level rise.

Living In A Big City May Not Increase Asthma Risk For Kids

Reuters | Posted 03.22.2015 | Parents

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO, Jan 20 (Reuters) - The simple fact of growing up in a big city may not be a major factor in whether ...

Updated Smog Standards Are Needed to Protect Little Lungs

Molly Rauch | Posted 03.09.2015 | Green
Molly Rauch

We don't have to choose between clean air and a strong economy. We do have a right to clean, healthy air -- and our children have the right to skip, run, and play outside without breathing dangerous levels of smog.

Everyone Likes to Breathe

Steven Cohen | Posted 01.31.2015 | Green
Steven Cohen

The EPA continued to use its extensive powers under the Clean Air Act and announced a new, tighter regulation on ozone pollution. As one might expect, these rules are being described by some in the new Republican Congress as anti-business, job-killing regulation. They are in fact pro-business and job-creating rules.

How Can I Get My Insurance Company To Cover My Inhaler?

Christina LaMontagne | Posted 01.18.2015 | Money
Christina LaMontagne

The cost of treating your asthma can range from just a few dollars for a generic version of your short-acting inhaler to hundreds of dollars each month for people who take multiple medications to manage the disease.

Tips for Flu Season: Clean Up Your School and Tell Congress to Support EPA's Voluntary Schools Programs (and Wash Your Hands)

Claire L. Barnett | Posted 01.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Claire L. Barnett

Everyone has heard how to prevent colds and the flu: Wash your hands and cover coughs and sneezes! But here's another tip that's not heard often: Clean up your school. You might reduce the flu by 87 percent or asthma by 39 percent. Here's why and what you can do.

WE ACT for Environmental Justice: "Moms Make Connection on What Makes Families Sick"

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 11.04.2014 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

One of the key concerns for parents is the elimination of toxins in the home that create neurological impairment -- preventing "successful futures" for their kids.

Ana Baptista: "Children of Color Are the Most At-Risk Victims of Pollution"

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 12.28.2014 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

With a Masters from Brown University in Environmental Studies, a PhD in Urban Planning and Public Policy, and a teaching post at the New School for Public Engagement, Ana Baptista is well-equipped to move the needle on the environmental issues facing marginalized groups in American urban settings.

Acting on Climate Change for Our Children's Sake

Gina McCarthy | Posted 12.16.2014 | Green
Gina McCarthy

Power plants are our nation's largest source of carbon pollution -- which comes bundled with other toxic pollutants like nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide that cause respiratory problems, especially among children. Although the U.S. already limits power plant pollutants like mercury and arsenic, there are currently no limits on carbon pollution.