California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger OKed a bill that requires school districts to offer students free water.
September 30, 2010 California Gov. Schwarzenegger signed a bill that will require school districts to provide students with free drinking water where they eat. Supporters of the legislation say it will help combat obesity and improve students' performance.
Geochemist Gabriel Filippelli in an Indianapolis garden. Filippelli's research shows that many urban gardens may have soil contaminated with lead
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September 29, 2010 Soil in abandoned urban lots reclaimed by gardeners may be contaminated with lead, a toxic heavy metal. But gardening there can still be safe with the right testing and precautions.
September 27, 2010 The six-month anniversary of the Obama administration's health care law ushered in a new set of rules that will have implications for many consumers. NPR Health Care Correspondent Julie Rovner explains the changes, and the fine print behind some of the new provisions.
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September 27, 2010 Bayer can now sell a birth control pill that contains a B vitamin shown to reduce the risk of certain kinds of birth defects. Called Beyaz, this version of the pill is the latest to be touted for reasons beyond preventing pregnancy.
Rachel Bateman, 9, has braces to correct an overbite. Her orthodontist opted not to use expanders to expand her upper arch.
September 27, 2010 Orthodontists recommend that children get checked for treatment no later than age 7. But research shows waiting until kids are older may be more beneficial in the long run. In some cases, young kids could be back in braces again when they're older.
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Better school lunches may cost food stamps program some promised increases.
September 24, 2010 There are a lot of reasons to pick apart the Senate bill that funds the school lunch program, but some say passing it now might be better than getting nothing later.
California state Sen. Mark Leno sponsored a bill to require schools to offer free drinking water to students.
September 24, 2010 A survey of California schools found that 40 percent don't offer free drinking water in cafeterias. A bill on the governor's desk aims to change that. State Sen. Mark Leno is trying to do something about that,
September 24, 2010 The legislation would be paid for in part by cutting future food stamp benefits. But critics note that defeats the purpose of a bill intended to help low-income children get healthier meals. The White House backs the Senate bill, which has bipartisan support.
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September 23, 2010 Women right's advocates have made some strides in recent decades. But most of the world's poorest are female, fewer girls than boys attend school and women are still vastly underrepresented in leadership positions. Former Ireland President Mary Robinson, the World Bank's Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and columnist Nicholas Kristof explain the challenges of improving women's lives worldwide.
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September 22, 2010 The Food and Drug Administration says the formula containing the bugs poses no immediate health risk. But infants who drink it could get stomachaches that might lead them to refuse food.
Martin Gill (left), foster father of two brothers, and attorney Robert Rosenwald smile after an appeals court upheld a lower court's finding that Florida's strict ban on adoption by gay people is unconstitutional.
September 22, 2010 The appeals court upheld a lower court's ruling that there was no "rational basis" for a law that prohibited gay couples from adopting. Gov. Charlie Crist said the state would stop enforcing the law immediately.
September 21, 2010 By stopping all new children-only coverage before the effective date of a federal mandate guaranteeing coverage regardless of pre-existing conditions, the companies are sidestepping one of the first planks of the federal health law.
Lithium button batteries are a growing source of injuries to children.
September 20, 2010 When a young child swallows a small battery, the symptoms can be mistaken for a respiratory infection. But button-style batteries can damage the esophagus, if they're not removed quickly.
September 20, 2010 Even without Food and Drug Administration approval for use in kids, gastric bands are becoming a popular choice for teens undergoing weight-loss surgery.
September 17, 2010 The state health department now says there have been nine death — all babies. The infants were 2 months old or younger when they got sick. Eight were Hispanic.
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