December brought storm clouds to the Porter Ranch neighborhood in Southern California's San Fernando Valley.
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February 5, 2016 Most health officials say the small amounts of benzene and other components of the natural gas still leaking in Southern California are probably not a health threat. Still, some parents worry.
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A production facility that created lead paint and other lead products once stood at Almond and Cumberland Streets, across Aramingo Avenue in Philadelphia.
October 18, 2015 A recent federal study found between 11 and 13 percent of children in the neighborhoods surrounding an old factory site in Philadelphia had elevated levels of lead in their blood.
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Eastman Chemical went a step beyond calling Tritan plastic BPA-free, setting off a legal challenge.
February 16, 2015 In 2007, a plastic called Tritan became a hit, partly because it was free of the chemical BPA. Then a competitor began suggesting that Tritan products contained other chemicals that act like estrogen.
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February 11, 2015 Throughout life we are subjected to many things that can affect our risk for developing cancer. Take our quiz to learn more.
Doctors may be more hesitant to discuss environmental hazards than the risks of smoking and drinking.
June 25, 2014 Chemicals and other toxic substances in the environment can cause premature birth, birth defects and developmental delays, but obstetricians say they're reluctant to discuss the threats with patients.
Maria Texeira-Gomes holds a photo of her 5-year-old son, Matheo, who has struggled with asthma nearly all his life.
March 18, 2013 Because dust, mold and pests can trigger asthma attacks, addressing these triggers in the home can keep kids from winding up in the hospital. In the past seven years, the Community Asthma Initiative in Boston has counseled more than a thousand families on how to prevent attacks.
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Crunching the numbers to show the environmental cost of a hamburger isn't easy, and we should know.
August 20, 2012 There are many informational graphics demonstrating the environmental impact of beef consumption. But a lot of the numbers just don't match up. As it turns out, calculating what goes into (and comes out of) a cow is not an exact science.
Bedbugs on display at the National Bed Bug Summit held in Washington in early 2011.
June 4, 2012 Bug bombs may sound like a high-powered way to deal with a bedbug infestation. But research shows the pesticide fog they create doesn't have faze the tiny pests. And it turns out, the insecticides may only serve to stir up the bugs.
Surplus and expired drugs collected during the DEA's fourth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. New research suggests it might be better for the environment to dispose of drugs in household trash.
May 18, 2012 Drug take-back programs are gaining popularity as a safe way to dispose of extra prescriptions. But a study from the University of Michigan suggests that chucking them in your household trash may be just as safe and more environmentally-friendly, thanks to reduced overall pollution.
Old windows can be a big source of lead contamination.
March 2, 2012 Lead poisoning in children can be reduced by cleaning up pregnant women's homes, according to a new study. That would be better than waiting until children are exposed to identify the problem, experts say. But the cleanups are expensive, and money is tight.
Even in the remote Faroe Islands, some children have high levels of perfluorinated compounds in their blood. The chemicals may interfere with the immune system.
January 24, 2012 Researchers found that children whose blood contained high levels of chemicals used in nonstick coatings and stain-resistant fabrics were less responsive to vaccination. The finding suggests, but doesn't prove, that these chemicals may make some children more vulnerable to infectious diseases.
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