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American Lung Association Touts New Carbon Rules In TV Ads

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics

The American Lung Association released a new television ad on Wednesday defending limits on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants that the Enviro...

Health Experts Issue New Prescription: To Stay Healthy Fight Climate Change

Frances Beinecke | Posted 07.06.2014 | Green
Frances Beinecke

By taking action to limit carbon pollution, we can reduce threats to our health and provide future generations with safer air, cleaner energy, and a more stable climate.

The Terrible Silence Between Breaths

Harshada Rajani | Posted 04.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Harshada Rajani

I learned to breathe on my own about a month after my stroke. But, actually learning to breathe on my own was the single most significant and terrifying experience of my life.

All Health Care Is Local, Part 2: Guatemala

Eric Silfen, M.D. | Posted 02.09.2014 | Impact
Eric Silfen, M.D.

The late Tip O'Neill, former speaker of the U.S. House, coined the phrase "all politics is local," by which he meant that politicians become successfu...

Putting a Price Tag on a Childhood Disease

Paul Alexander | Posted 07.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Paul Alexander

Tens of thousands of premature babies were at great risk of acquiring a potentially deadly disease, all because of the actions of a committee of doctors who appeared motivated more by cost than by medicine.

Coal Kills -- Time to Kill Coal

Kelly Rigg | Posted 05.06.2013 | Green
Kelly Rigg

The simple take-home message of these reports? Coal kills, and is costing us an arm and a leg (or perhaps more to the point, a heart and a lung).

Could a Vitamin D Supplement a Day Keep the Colds Away?

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 09.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

At this point, if you are someone who is interested in supplements and vitamins, you might be getting tired of hearing about all the extensive virtues of vitamin D.

Smog Alert: Polluters Breathing Easier, People Not

Wendy Gordon | Posted 11.08.2011 | Green
Wendy Gordon

The Obama administration has been on the right side of the law and the science on strong clean air protections which are now under attack in Congress. So why is it yielding to industry pressure on this important standard?

New Smog Standards Will Prevent Respiratory Illness, but Polluters Don't Want to Clean Up Their Mess

Peter Lehner | Posted 10.10.2011 | Green
Peter Lehner

It's true that businesses will have to pay to reduce their smog pollution. It is also true that the costs of reducing pollution are routinely dwarfed by the value.

EPA Must Strengthen our Smog Standards or Risk the Health of Millions of Latinos

Valerie Jaffee | Posted 07.27.2011 | Green
Valerie Jaffee

Millions of Latinos -- children, grandparents, brothers and sisters -- are at risk of asthma, bronchitis and even death due to this dangerous air pollutant. And they're not alone.

There's a Reason an Ad Campaign Says Senator Brown's Vote Was Bad for Health

Frances Beinecke | Posted 07.06.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Ignoring the health implications of Brown's vote is equivalent to someone saying they voted to lower the age for buying cigarettes, not because they want kids to get lung disease but because it's good for commerce.

International Women's Day: Catalyst for a Healthier Future

Nalini Saligram | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nalini Saligram

Because women tend to live longer than men, we are in poor health for longer. When a family member has a chronic condition, it is generally a girl or woman who devotes her days to his care.

Experts Differ On Health Risk Of Volcanic Ash

AP | ELIANE ENGELER | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

GENEVA — Europeans should try to stay indoors if ash from Iceland's volcano starts settling, the World Health Organization warned Friday as smal...

A Breathing Technique Offers Help For People With Asthma

nytimes.com | JANE E. BRODY | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Hyperventilation -- breathing too fast and too deeply -- could be the underlying cause of asthma, making it worse by lowering the level of carbon diox...

EPA Scraps Bush-Era Smog Rule And Will Start Over

AP | DINA CAPPIELLO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency is scrapping a controversial Bush-era rule that set stricter limits for smog but fell short of ...

Mickey Rourke: Getting it Right

Dr. Nicholas Perricone | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Nicholas Perricone

The simple stroking of a dog or cat has been proven to lower heart rate, decrease stress and anxiety, and lower respiratory rate and blood pressure.

Why The CDC Ignored Formaldehyde Levels In FEMA Trailers

ProPublica | Joaquin Sapien | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The Centers for Disease Control study (PDF) sounded reassuring when it was made public in 2007. Hurricane Katrina survivors didn't have to worry about...