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Your Environment and Your Health

  • 20 Years of Milestones in Children’s Environmental Health

    Posted on 8/20/2019 at 12:54 PM

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSU). PEHSU is a national network of clinical environmental health specialists that work with healthcare professionals, parents, schools, community groups, government officials, and policy makers to provide medical advice on exposure to hazardous substances in the environment affecting reproductive and child health outcomes. The basic services of the PEHSU program are: Education of health professionals and communities Consultation to health professionals and communities Referral to appropriate facilities for evaluation and treatment Why Are PEHSU Programs Needed? Most healthcare professionals do not receive proper training to prevent, recognize,

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  • Plain Language Past and Present, Part II

    Posted on 8/5/2019 at 11:42 AM

    The Plain Writing Act, which requires government agencies to use plain writing in all documents, was passed in 2010—but the push to make writing clearer had been ongoing for decades. In this three-part blog series, Plain Language Past and Present, we highlight some of the interesting early efforts and events from the U.S. government website dedicated to clear writing (https://www.plainlanguage.gov/about/history/). Part I took a deep dive into John O’Hayre’s very witty 1966 book Gobbledygook Has Gotta Go. This installment will examine an intriguing bit of legal history. PlainLanguage.gov sums it up thusly: “Walters v. Reno, 145 F.3d 1032 (9th Cir.

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JAMA Current Issue

  • Fighting Epilepsy Stigma

    Posted on 8/20/2019 at 12:00 AM

    Greater efforts are needed worldwide to combat stigma and discrimination against patients with epilepsy, according to a World Health Organization report.

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  • Viruses Drive Children’s Pneumonia

    Posted on 8/20/2019 at 12:00 AM

    Respiratory syncytial virus and other viruses have replaced bacteria as the leading cause of severe childhood pneumonia in low- and middle-income countries, according to a study in The Lancet that examined childhood pneumonia in 7 Asian and African countries.

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