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Birth Defects

A Mother's Advice to Her Graduating Son

Amy Roost | Posted 04.01.2014 | Fifty
Amy Roost

I received a text from my son in the middle of the night. It read, "I love you." My first thought was to text back: "Are you okay?!" And then I remembered. He's on mile 26 of a marathon.

Birth Defects In Rural Washington Stun Experts

The Huffington Post | Tyler McCarthy | Posted 02.23.2014 | Parents

A group of small communities in central Washington may be facing a very big problem. Doctors there are baffled by a cluster of local cases involvin...

Cosmetic Surgery

Robert Koehler | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The unforgivable sin of the Post's pro-war blather about our vital interests -- democratic values be damned -- is the utter dismissal of the harm we inflicted on Fallujah, Ramadi and all of Iraq in pursuit of them, and the smug acknowledgement only of American loss and "sacrifice."

Iraqi Birth Defects Covered Up?

The Center for Constitutional Rights | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
The Center for Constitutional Rights

by Jeena Shah, cooperating attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights, which helped to launch the Right to Heal initiative. This week, one of...

We Latinos Better Learn This Word: Fracking

Javier Sierra | Posted 09.17.2013 | Green
Javier Sierra

Big Oil and Big Gas have been conducting the biggest land-grab in the state's modern history, buying up water and oil rights on tens of thousands of acres of both private and public land. Much of this land-grab is occurring above an area of oil and gas deposits known as the Monterey Shale.

STUDY: Spontaneous Gene Mutations Linked To Heart Defects

Posted 05.14.2013 | Parents

By: Bahar Gholipour Published: 05/13/2013 04:07 PM EDT on LiveScience Mutations in genes that occur spontaneously may contribute to congenital h...

Traffic Pollution Linked to Birth Defects

Molly Rauch | Posted 07.06.2013 | Green
Molly Rauch

A new study suggests that traffic pollution may also harm babies before they are born. Moms in California's polluted San Joaquin Valley who breathed traffic pollution early in their pregnancies were more likely to have babies with birth defects compared to moms who breathed less traffic pollution.

China: Asia's Toothless Paper Tiger

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 06.01.2013 | World
Jeff Schweitzer

Just as we overlooked the structural flaws in the Japanese economy during Japan's rapid rise, so too are we blind to limiting and deep-seated constraints in China that will prove to be inherent brakes on growth.

Chemical Weapons in Syria Will Be Worse Than We Can Know

Jeremy Courtney | Posted 05.29.2013 | World
Jeremy Courtney

The long-tail effects of chemical weapons continue to plague Iraq today, burdening a decimated health care system, and providing horrifying visual fodder for extremists who would incite hatred against the West.

Soul Poison

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Acknowledging the tenth anniversary of the Iraq invasion seems at once crucial and meaningless. The Iraq war is "over" but in fact it has just moved elsewhere. How do we get the poison out of our system? As long as it's present, we'll go to war again.

Baby Born With Organs Outside Body

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.16.2013 | Parents

Andy Hoskins gushed on his blog Wednesday that his newborn son, Hayden, had gained weight. Small milestones for many infants are big ones for Hayde...

Birth Defects On The Rise In Multiples: European Study

Reuters | Posted 04.10.2013 | Parents

Feb 8 (Reuters) - The number of birth defects among multiple births such as twins and triplets increased nearly two-fold in a score of European coun...

Why Ban Cousin Marriages?

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 03.30.2013 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

The fact that 20 percent of global marriages take place between first cousins and most societies, including Europe and Canada, consider cousin marriages to be legal should give us a pause.

The Downside Of Having Children Later?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 12.11.2012 | Parents

Is workplace reform and life-work balance the antidote to everything from the rise in autism to the crisis in Social Security? That is the logical...

Photographer Focuses on Stories That Need to Be Told (PHOTOS)

Justin Sedor | Posted 09.26.2012 | Impact
Justin Sedor

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Universities Can Be Lifesavers

Allan D. Gilmour | Posted 10.21.2012 | College
Allan D. Gilmour

Sometimes, with great science and great care, we save lives. Simple concepts; profound impact.

Working Women's Bodies Besieged by Environmental Injustice

Michelle Chen | Posted 08.12.2012 | Green
Michelle Chen

Women are a favorite target in the country's most heated political wars. But a much quieter struggle is being waged over women's bodies in their neighborhoods and workplaces, where a minefield of pollutants threaten working mothers.

What Birth Season May Mean For Health

Posted 05.12.2012 | Science

By: Charles Choi, LiveScience Contributor Published: 05/11/2012 02:14 PM EDT on LiveScience The season in which a baby is born apparently influenc...

Do Fertility Treatments Cause Birth Defects? Researchers Find Answers

AP | MARILYNN MARCHIONE | Posted 05.07.2012 | Parents

-- Test-tube babies have higher rates of birth defects, and doctors have long wondered: Is it because of certain fertility treatments or infertility ...

Lucia Graves

Anti-Monsanto Activist Received Anonymous Death Threats

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.03.2012 | Green

For 13 years Sofia Gatica has organized opposition to the aerial spraying of agrochemicals that threaten human health and the environment in Argentina...

Appalachian Community Health Emergency Kick Starts Mountaintop Removal Campaign in Washington, D.C.

Jeff Biggers | Posted 04.29.2012 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Besieged residents living amid the fallout of the mountaintop removal crisis in the central Appalachian coalfields are descending on Washington, D.C. ...

Orange Juice Shows Us the Toxic Side of International Trade

Dr. Gary Ginsberg | Posted 03.20.2012 | Green
Dr. Gary Ginsberg

The U.S. has identified safer ways to limit mold growth on citrus in Florida and California. The U.S. should demand the same from our overseas suppliers.

The Gift Of Good Health

Javier Sierra | Posted 03.18.2012 | Latino Voices
Javier Sierra

According to a LULAC study, almost 30 percent of Hispanics live dangerously close to a coal-fired plant.

Lynne Peeples

EPA's Air Toxics Standards A 'Great Victory,' Say Public Health And Environmental Advocates

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 12.21.2011 | Green

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled historic new rules on Wednesday that would limit the mercury, arsenic and other toxic pollutants in ...

Claire Gordon

Toxic Classrooms: Will NYC Schools Get Rid Of PCBs?

HuffingtonPost.com | Claire Gordon | Posted 12.13.2011 | Education

At the end of the 2010-2011 school year, Michelle Chapman's 10-year-old daughter started complaining about headaches and fatigue. Her symptoms stopped...