childrens health

EPA to Adopt Big Tobacco’s ‘Secret Science’ Rule

EPA to Adopt Big Tobacco’s ‘Secret Science’ Rule

Former coal lobbyist and current U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Andrew Wheeler is expected to announce on Tuesday a rule tobacco consultants devised as an “explicit procedural hurdle” to protecting public health. The rule — sometimes called the ‘Secret Science’ rule — will require EPA to give less credence to scientific studies that take […]

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    Air Pollution Linked to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Damage in Young Brains

    Air Pollution Linked to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Damage in Young Brains

    While it is well known that air pollution negatively harms lungs and hearts, it could also be affecting the brains of young people. Tiny air pollution particles make their way up to the brainstems of young people where they accumulate, new research published in the journal Environmental Research showed. These same nanoparticles have been “intimately […]

    Trump’s EPA Dismisses Agency’s Own Findings That Chlorpyrifos Harms Children’s Brains

    Trump’s EPA Dismisses Agency’s Own Findings That Chlorpyrifos Harms Children’s Brains

    The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a risk assessment for toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos Tuesday that downplayed its effects on children’s brains and may be the first indication of how the administration’s “secret science” policy could impact public health. Several studies have found that babies exposed to chlorpyrifos in the womb can suffer from […]

    Few U.S. Students Repeat a Grade but That Could Change Due to COVID-19

    Few U.S. Students Repeat a Grade but That Could Change Due to COVID-19

    By Pamela Davis-Kean With in-person instruction becoming the exception rather than the norm, 54% of parents with school-age children expressed concern that their children could fall behind academically, according to a poll conducted over the summer of 2020. Initial projections from the Northwest Evaluation Association, which conducts research and creates commonly used standardized tests, suggest […]

    Teen Depression Was Already a Problem; The Pandemic Could Be Making It Worse

    Teen Depression Was Already a Problem; The Pandemic Could Be Making It Worse

    The pandemic has affected everyone, but mental health experts warn that youth and teens are suffering disproportionately and that depression and suicide rates are increasing. “While young people are generally physically healthy, they are psychiatrically vulnerable.” Dr. Richard Friedman wrote in a New York Times opinion piece in January. The psychiatrist warned even then that […]

    How Families Can Boost Kids’ Mental Health During the Pandemic

    How Families Can Boost Kids’ Mental Health During the Pandemic

    By Erika Bocknek The choice between in-person learning, where available, and remote learning is a fraught one for parents. Children experience joy and connection when they learn alongside other kids, but they risk being exposed to the coronavirus. Remote learning at home can protect kids from COVID-19, but does it set back their social-emotional development? […]

    Legionnaire’s Bacteria Found in Drinking Water at Nine Reopened Schools

    Legionnaire’s Bacteria Found in Drinking Water at Nine Reopened Schools

    In addition to taking precautions against the novel coronavirus, schools across the country find themselves needing to worry about a new scourge: legionella bacteria in their drinking water, according to The New York Times. Recently, nine schools in Ohio and Pennsylvania found the harmful bacteria in their water. In Fox Chapel, PA, a suburb of […]