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EPA proposes new standards for PVC plants
April 25th, 2011
05:00 PM ET

EPA proposes new standards for PVC plants

 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed stronger air emissions standards for polyvinyl chloride production facilities in an effort to improve the air quality and health in communities nearby.

The standards would require these plants to reduce emissions of such potentially carcinogenic chemicals as vinyl chloride and dioxin.

“In particular, children are known to be more sensitive to the cancer risks posed by inhaling vinyl chloride,” the EPA said in a news release announcing the proposed standards.

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FDA approves vaccine to prevent meningitis in toddlers and infants
April 25th, 2011
12:50 PM ET

FDA approves vaccine to prevent meningitis in toddlers and infants

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first vaccine to prevent meningitis in babies and toddlers.  For years, doctors have used Menactra  to vaccinate people between the ages of 2 and  55 to prevent Neisseria meningitidis, one of the leading forms of bacterial meningitis.  Now, doctors have the green light to use it in patients as young as 9 months.

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April 25th, 2011
09:00 AM ET

Why do I keep getting urinary tract infections?

Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Mondays, it's pediatrician Dr. Jennifer Shu.

Question asked by Elizabeth of Sacramento, California:

I've had 11 urinary tract infections in 13 months and the doctors only give me antibiotics. What is causing this to happen to me? I am scared it could be something really bad. What can I do?
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Extremely obese teens take risks as peers do
April 25th, 2011
12:01 AM ET

Extremely obese teens take risks as peers do

A new study in the journal Pediatrics says high school students who are extremely obese engage in high-risk behaviors at rates similar to peers who maintain a healthy weight.

"Not only are they at health risk, but they also are typical teens and they're struggling with the same things that potentially other teens are struggling with," said senior study author Meg Zeller, from the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, who also is an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

"We need to be talking about safe sex, drugs and alcohol with every teen and not assuming that this population is somehow not engaging in those behaviors," she said. FULL POST


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