Rodenticides: Keep critters at bay but keep children away

This year, four children in Texas died after an unpleasant smell was noticed in their home. It was later discovered that the landlord had sprayed rodenticides around the outside of the house. How could this have been prevented? In another news report, a 1-year old boy experienced vomiting and green diarrhea after his mother found … More Rodenticides: Keep critters at bay but keep children away

iScreen, you screen, we all scream for screen time!

In a world where technology is everywhere, how much screen time is too much?   We all know too much TV is bad for us. Everyone remembers being scolded by their parents for watching too much television, hearing “it’s bad for your eyes,” or “you’re turning into a couch-potato.” But in the 21st century, the … More iScreen, you screen, we all scream for screen time!

Secondhand and Thirdhand Cigarette and Marijuana Smoke

In 2006, the U.S. Surgeon General reported that “the scientific evidence indicates there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand [tobacco] smoke.” At that time, over 50,000 deaths per year were attributed to secondhand tobacco smoke alone. Although more studies are needed on cannabis (marijuana) secondhand and thirdhand smoke, some data already available shows … More Secondhand and Thirdhand Cigarette and Marijuana Smoke

Let’s Seal the Deal: Ban Coal Tar-Based Blacktop Sealant

RECESS! Time for lava monster, freeze tag, four square, and foot races! Playing outside on playgrounds, driveways, or blacktops are central to a child’s healthy lifestyle, and we want to keep it that way. You may have heard or read that certain pavement sealants (“blacktop”) can cause cancer and are less environmentally friendly than alternatives. … More Let’s Seal the Deal: Ban Coal Tar-Based Blacktop Sealant

Prevention is the best medicine: How to keep your kids safe from gun accidents

Turn on the local news in the US and, more often than not, you’ll hear a story about gun violence. Serious injuries and fatalities from guns occur far too often nowadays. Whether or not stricter gun control laws are the answer is a topic for another day. However, one thing that everyone can agree on … More Prevention is the best medicine: How to keep your kids safe from gun accidents

Children’s Environmental Health Bulletin

Please enjoy the latest Children’s Environmental Health Bulletin from the US EPA. Take special note of the requests for public comment on air and water contaminants. This is a real opportunity to have your voice heard, since the EPA is required to not only read, but “consider” all comments when issuing its final rules. I … More Children’s Environmental Health Bulletin

Superbugs: Resistance is Futile

What do a paper cut, cooking dinner, visiting the doctor’s office and an airplane ride have in common? All of them may seem harmless, but they may be sources of infection, and could also cause the spread of antimicrobial resistance. Antimicrobial resistance occurs when germs are resistant to “antimicrobials” (e.g. antibiotics); the medicine doesn’t cure … More Superbugs: Resistance is Futile

Vaping: The New Trend

What is vaping? Vaping is the act of breathing in flavored vapor through a commercial device (shown below). The flavored vapor is created by heating up a liquid that contains various concentrations of nicotine, propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, and natural or artificial flavoring. Some popular flavors are raspberry, cotton candy, vanilla, and caramel cheesecake. Not … More Vaping: The New Trend

Pretty Scary 2: Unmasking Toxic Chemicals in Kids’ Makeup and Face Paint

  A new report released by the Breast Cancer Fund’s Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (2016, October 13), uncovers the widespread presence of toxic chemicals in kids’ cosmetics and face paints. The Breast Cancer Fund sent 48 Halloween face paints to an independent laboratory to have them tested for heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, chromium, … More Pretty Scary 2: Unmasking Toxic Chemicals in Kids’ Makeup and Face Paint