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May 9, 2010
In our natural instinct to protect our children, we sometimes (often?) get waylaid by products that end up doing more harm than good, but make a nice profit for the manufacturer. A chemical called triclosan is a case in point. It’s supposed to vanquish “germs,” that is, bacteria or microbes. You’ll...

Child Labor and Our Groceries

May 5, 2010
When grocery shopping for my children, I often ask myself, “Is this cereal healthy?” or “Are these carrots organic?” But until recently, I never thought to ask, “Did a 12-year old pick these strawberries?” Child labor is usually portrayed as a problem in poor, distant countries. But hidden in...

Graduates Have One Less Thing to Worry About

May 5, 2010
Fortunately, this year’s crop of grads (and their parents) will have one less thing to worry about as they transition to work or further education: health insurance.
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Victory! Marsh Fork Elementary Secures Funding for Relocation

May 2, 2010
On Friday April 30, the Governor of West Virginia held a press conference to announce the secured funding of a new elementary school. Located 300 feet from a coal ash silo due to the practice of mountaintop removal, Marsh Fork Elementary has been the center of a controversial school siting fight...
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Kids Behaving Brilliantly

April 21, 2010
When I was young, I volunteered for various organizations and I participated in an academic extracurricular group known as the Future Problem Solvers of America, but that was the extent of my adolescent efforts at having a positive impact on the world. I don’t think I had ever heard of anyone young...

Mission Totally Possible: Getting Health Care Coverage for Kids in Your Community

April 21, 2010
Special Mission for MomsRising members, aka SuperMoms, SuperDads, and Superheros of all sizes: Each year, many children who want to participate in school or community sports are sidelined because they don't have health insurance. They may not be able to afford a physical or their families worry...
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Minority Cancer Awareness Week: It’s Time to Fight Cancer in Your Community

April 19, 2010
We know cancer affects men and women of every race, ethnicity and class. But in the United States, cancer disproportionately affects the poor and racial and ethnic minorities. For example, cancer is the leading cause of death among Asian-American women in the United States and breast cancer is the...

Motherhood and the $13 Billion Guilt

April 14, 2010
Since this month's publication of my paper " The Burden of Suboptimal Breastfeeding in the United States " in Pediatrics with Arnold Reinhold, I'm often asked by reporters what the US can do better to improve our breastfeeding rates. I've also gotten quite a few comments asking if this research...
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If you give a mouse a Prozac...

April 9, 2010
For six years, I "balanced" a demanding job, a commute, and raising young children. All things considered, I thought I was managing really well until just before my last child turned one year old. Then, the stress and exhaustion I'd been holding at bay engulfed me. I could barely get out of bed, or eat, or think.
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Cancer: Removing the barriers to health equity

April 6, 2010
I’m Linda Blount, mother of two and National Vice President of Health Disparities for the American Cancer Society. Health equity is my passion. We live in a country that spends more on healthcare than any other country. Yet, despite the $2 trillion spent on healthcare last year, there are many...