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The light from the sun is essential for life, but too much of it can be problematic. Most people know enough to protect their skin from sun exposure to prevent skin cancer; the American Academy of Dermatology recommends broad-spectrum, waterproof sunscreens with an SPF of 30 or higher for exactly this purpose. But we sometimes forget the importance of...
Nine states and one city are suing the U.S. Department of Energy for failure to come through on a promise. The nine states -- Connecticut, Maine, Illinois, Washington, Vermont, Massachusetts, Oregon, Maryland, and Pennsylvania -- along with New York City are angry that the DOE has failed to finalize energy-use limits for small, portable air conditioners. According to the plaintiffs,...
Consider this: Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour of every single day. This plastic really adds up, and computer giant HP has decided to do something productive with all these leftover bottles. HP manufactures all kinds of computer-related products, from the machines to the printers to the ink that goes in them. Now, they have created a way...
While selling cookies will always be a staple of Girl Scouts culture and education, there are some new cookies for these scouts to worry about, and they're on the web. Girl Scouts as young as age five are now being offered the opportunity to earn the first cyber security badges in the organization's history. Girl Scouts of the USA announced...
CDC Reports Correlation Between Infants Born In Home Water Births and Legionnaires' Disease
Home birthing moms take note -- there has been a recent link between home water births and infants developing Legionnaires' disease. Legionnaires' disease is a life-threatening form of pneumonia and two infants in Arizona were infected within months of each other last year. Even though a full 28,000 infants are born per year with a birth injury, an infection among...
By now, every parent knows that they should never leave their children in a hot car, even for a few minutes. However, according to the Daily Mail, new research by a leading scientific researcher suggests that children riding in the car is a danger in itself, despite the temperature, and for a very unexpected reason: air pollution. Professor Sir David...
The American Academy of Pediatrics released new guidelines for fruit juice consumption in children in late May. Previous guidelines stated that juice should not be offered to any infant under six months old. Now, guidelines advise against juice consumption for any child under the age of one. Dr. Steven A. Abrams, chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the Dell...
I remember 911 like it was yesterday, I stared my first day of teaching and was in the office preparing for my pre-school students to being on October 1 – I was busy cutting out alphabet letters and listening to the radio. The breaking news came on and I dropped the scissors in shock. I did not even know...
On April 2, a sample collected as part of routine retail animal feed surveillance by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development's (MDARD) Pesticide and Plant Pest Management (PPPM) division found Salmonella Infantis in a sample collected from an intact package of Diamond Naturals Lamb and Rice Formula for Adult Dogs. The manufacturer voluntarily recalled this product on...
Celebrities have a massive audience. What they say and do can potentially influence thousands if not millions of people. Where they shop, what they buy, what they wear, eat and so on is watched by others and then talked about online and in the press.  At times I wish I had this sphere of influence to make a national...
It's winter and those nasty cold days can lead to hours of indoor fun. We are helping to promote a project that will lead to family fun, creativity and give you the opportunity to teach your kids about engaging in the process of government and the health and safety of their future. Safer Chemicals Healthy Families is having an...
My daughter’s birthday bash was this last weekend. I watched children of all different ages, sizes and shapes play together. Tall, short, chubby, curvy, stocky and muscular but not one child had the exact same body shape. They all consumed the ice cream and cake with joy and did not worry about their waist line or fitting into their...
Have you heard the news about Johnson & Johnson and their newly released statement saying they’re going to phase out the formaldehyde-releasing preservatives in their baby care products?  Containment's found two years ago in the Toxic Tub report. Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and many consumers and moms have been asking for a safer and truly a gentler baby care...
Heinz Ketchup is going Green (not literally) that would be kind of weird squirting green ketchup on your burger and fries. But Heinz is trying to green their production process and wants to share the good news and celebrate with it’s consumers. To celebrate the first availability of Heinz® Ketchup bottles using PlantBottle™ technology, Heinz has launched the “Guess...
Next week is the inaugural celebration of the “Rainforest Alliance Week!” What does that mean? It’s a week devoted to informing consumers how they can support healthy farms and forestland's. The Rainforest Alliance believes that the best way to keep forests standing is by ensuring that it is profitable for businesses and communities to do so. That means helping...
What is the purpose of a car seat/booster seat? Aren’t they designed to provide the utmost safety and protection for our children? I know they are designed specifically to keep kids safe in the event of a crash but children are placed in a car seat from 3 days old until approximately 7-8 years of age. Children spent a...
Roll out the red carpet, it’s that time of year again. The Toxie Awards, an awards ceremony highlighting “bad actor chemicals.” The Toxies are proud to announce that this year they will have their first-ever People’s Choice Award. Please take a look at this year’s nominees and cast your vote! Some of the nominees include Bisphenol-A, Least Sexy Performance Dioxin, Worst...
Many of us would love to have a flexible job schedule that would allow us to be home with our family more often while earning extra income. In this economy some people would just love to have a job. But how do you go about finding a job that fits you and your families needs? Finding a job can...
By now most of us understand that there are chemicals in many of our daily products but what continues to astonish me is that manufactures continue to risk the health of our babies. I can’t believe that they want to or are allowed to design products that contain harsh toxins. Do they not have a conscious? It always makes...
Do you use hand sanitizers? Many do but the question is how safe are they and do they really do what they say they do? That is the question the FDA is now looking in to. The FDA is warning consumers not to buy hand sanitizers "that claim to prevent infection from MRSA, E. coli, salmonella, flu, or other bacteria...

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