EPA head visits community famous for lead contamination

April 20, 2017

(CNN)Environmentalists say USS Lead Superfund in East Chicago, Indiana, is the poster child of environmental injustice. The people who live there are at risk of lead contamination at every turn. It’s in their drinking water and it’s in their soil. More than one thousand people were forced to evacuate, according to Debbie Chizewer at Northwestern Law School, who has worked very closely with the affected residents. A local school was shut down and a public housing complex was also …


Virgin Money chief: Dealing with depression made me stronger – BBC News

April 19, 2017

… in 2003. With her husband, Ash, she had been through many cycles of IVF which had not worked. They had tried one final time and Ms Gadhia had become pregnant, which had made her feel “thrilled”. But depression struck after the birth. “Ash had given up his job and we had only me earning, a new mouth to feed and I remember feeling completely out of control because what I wanted to achieve – that is, packing up work and staying with my child – was unachievable,” …


This is how a Russian social network spread the #SyriaHoax conspiracy

April 16, 2017

… found the story and promoted it with the hashtag, #SyriaHoax. Soon, that hashtag was trending across the United States. Cernovich latching onto the story should tell the rest of us that its credibility is pretty damn questionable. The man is also a #pizzagate truther, which means he claims to believe Hillary Clinton’s campaign ran a child sex ring out of a pizza place in Washington, D.C. Cernovich is also a rape apologist, and has said Clinton has Parkinson’s disease. Though analysts …


Pupils as young as four having panic attacks, say teachers – BBC News

April 15, 2017

… young people who are exhibiting the signs of serious mental distress. “Teachers and school leaders take very seriously their duty of care to their students and it is clear there is a great deal of concern in the profession about the gulf in the availability of expert physiological support and counselling for pupils with mental health needs.” A Department for Education spokesperson said no child should suffer from mental health issues and that it was investing a record 1.4bn to ensure …


Shanay Walker abuse death: School and care workers criticised – BBC News

April 13, 2017

The report found in the two years leading up to her death, bruising and injuries sustained by the child were explained away by her aunt as accidental or the result of self-harm. Image copyright Family Handout Image caption Shanay’s mother Leanne Walker suffered post-natal depression after another pregnancy Chris Cook, chair of the Nottingham City Safeguarding children Board, said: “Whilst professionals undoubtedly had Shanay’s well-being at heart, with the benefit of …


Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey to return to Sierra Leone – BBC News

April 12, 2017

… to raise funds for UK charity Street child. It provides shelter and education for homeless children, and estimates that 12,000 children were orphaned in Sierra Leone by the epidemic. It also says 1,400 of those orphans remain “critically at risk” regarding their health and security. “I’m excited to go back,” Ms Cafferkey said. “It’ll be great to see Sierra Leone in a different state, and also know that I might be able to help as well. We weren’t …


When Heroin Almost Took My Life, My Phone Saved It

April 10, 2017

… raise up the voices of others. The pages began to grow. People from all over the world found me. 5,000 followers turned into 50,000. Now, that number is over 200,000 people, combined across all three platforms. But its never been about the numbers. Each one of those followers has a face, a heartbeat. They are real to me. Theyre people. Theyre a mom in Connecticut who lost her child; an incarcerated recovering heroin addict in Richmond whos a peer leader in his cell, helping others find recovery; …


‘My fertility app made me too stressed to conceive’ – BBC News

April 7, 2017

“Some months I think we must have missed the window of opportunity entirely,” she explains, “either because I’d built up to it so much that the pressure made me too stressed to conceive, or because the app wasn’t accurate.” She decided to quit using the apps “for the sake of my sanity” and became pregnant the following month. “They definitely serve a purpose,” she concedes, “but they aren’t the be-all and …


Benefit changes ‘could push 200,000 children into poverty’ – BBC News

April 3, 2017

… for as long as their family’s existing claim continues. And child Benefit, which is separate, will be unaffected. The latest official figures show that 872,000 families with more than two children were claiming tax credits in 2014-15. And a similar number of families are likely to lose out under the changes, the researchers suggest. In 2014-15, two thirds (65%) were working families and 68% had no more than three children, say the researchers. Based on those figures, the researchers …


Facebook now lets you create personal fundraisers for yourself, friends, and family

March 31, 2017

… they are important, critical financial needs.” To create a fundraiser, the first question you’re asked is, “Who are you raising money for?” You can choose a friend on Facebook, a nonprofit, yourself, or “someone or something not on Facebook” (like a pet or a young child), incorporating all the tool’s functionalities into a single flow. Once you choose who you’re raising money for, you select one of the six categories and fill out a short …


Activists go undercover to expose India’s illegal sex-selective abortions

March 29, 2017

New Delhi (CNN)A pregnant woman sat in a hospital consultation room in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. She wanted to know the sex of her baby, she told the doctor. In many countries this would be a routine process, all part of becoming a new parent. But in India — where thousands of female fetuses are aborted every year — revealing the sex of an unborn child has been illegal since 1994. Women go undercover to catch sex trafficker Legal efforts …


Term-time holidays: Where most children were absent – BBC News

March 27, 2017

… to the Supreme Court in January 2017, which reserved judgment. Rules came into force in 2013 following concerns that some families saw going away during term-time as an entitlement. If a school declares an absence unauthorised, the council can fine a parent 60 per child, which doubles to 120 if not paid within 21 days. However, the fines appear to have not proven a deterrent as the number of unauthorised holiday absences has continued to rise. @-webkit-keyframes spinnerRotate { …


Pupils need internet lessons to thrive online, say Lords – BBC News

March 21, 2017

… literacy should be the fourth pillar of a child’s education alongside reading, writing and mathematics and be resourced and taught accordingly”. It should form the core of a new curriculum for personal social health and economic education, it adds. It backs the government’s move to make sex and relationships education statutory in England but says PSHE should also be mandatory in all schools, with the subject included in inspections. Related Topics Schools Internet …


Baby teeth removals ‘up 24% in a decade’ – BBC News

March 21, 2017

… as your baby gets their first tooth Do it twice a day – morning and night – for about two minutes Use only a smear of toothpaste if your child is younger than three. Use a pea-sized blob thereafter Make sure the toothpaste is lower-strength, containing 1,000ppm fluoride Public Health England is working with the food and drink industry to cut the amount of sugar children consume from common foods such as breakfast cereals, yoghurts, biscuits and cakes. A spokesman from the Department …


‘My zookeeper daughter was mauled to death by a tiger’ – BBC News

March 18, 2017

… the zoo at Sarah’s funeral. Her mother claims there was even some question over whether her work colleagues would be able to attend. Image copyright Fiona McClay Image caption Fiona McClay still uses a family snap taken at the animal park when Sarah was a child on her Facebook page As a child she had visited South Lakes Wild Animal Park, as it was formerly known. When a job there came up, she embraced the chance to work full-time with animals. “She was always first there …


Baby death families excluded from review – BBC News

March 15, 2017

Image copyright The Morton Family Image caption June and Fraser Morton believe hospital staff were overworked in the lead-up to their son Lucas being born Following a BBC Scotland investigation into six cases at the end of last year, Health Secretary Shona Robison asked the watchdog to “look at those cases and to report to me as quickly as possible”. Image caption Elaine Pringle’s daughter Rebecca was born in Crosshouse Hospital in 2011 Following the original BBC …


Dramatic footage from western Mosul shows families caught in crossfire

March 10, 2017

(CNN)The roar of gunfire echoes through the rubble-strewn streets of the Tayaran neighborhood in west Mosul, as a group of civilians scurries for cover. A man carrying his child in his arms, looks back over his surroundings with unease after huddling in his home for days as intense fighting raged outside. Suddenly, a huge blast erupts nearby; scattering Iraqi soldiers and civilians in the city’s war-torn streets as a massive plume of black smoke rises. ISIS and …


Justin Bieber impersonator charged with more than 900 child sex offenses

March 9, 2017

(CNN)A man who allegedly posed as singer Justin Bieber online has been charged with more than 900 child sex offenses, including rape. The 42-year-old man allegedly used multiple platforms — including Facebook and Skype — to communicate with his victims, Australian police said in a statement Thursday. “The breadth of offenses committed in this instance are frankly horrendous,” Queensland Detective Inspector Jon Rouse said. JUST WATCHED Replay More Videos …


Soy nut butter recall expands after more cases of E. coli

March 8, 2017

… median age of 10. Fourteen (88%) of the 16 ill people are younger than 18 years old,” the CDC said in a report on the outbreak investigation. See the latest news and share your comments with CNN Health on Facebook and Twitter. On Monday a lawsuit was filed against the Illinois-based company on behalf of Mosby and Erin Simmons, whose child started having abdominal pain on January 25. According to the lawsuit he was admitted to Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, California, five …