Study: Cocktail of Contaminants Found In Newborn Babies

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There have been lots of studies by agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control that have looked at what is in our blood, but the Environmental Working Group has just completed an interesting (and disturbing) new one. They looked at minority populations, which often are exposed to higher levels of environmental pollution, and they got their samples from umbilical cords, so that it represents what is in the blood at birth- this stuff all came from mom. And it is quite a cocktail, including lead, perchlorates from rocket fuel, mercury, stain repellents and teflon. It is also the first time that Bisphenol A has been detected in newborns.

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Colorado Biologists Discover Litter Of Lynx Kittens

Colorado Biologists Discover Litter Of Lynx Kittens

 First litter of Lynx kittens found since 2006

Spring brought a surprise delivery from the stork: A litter of 10 lynx kittens-the first newborns documented in Colorado since 2006, gladdening the hearts of biologists leading the charge to restore the mountain feline, as well as drawing waves of squeals from computer monitors everywhere.  (Pics)

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Incubators Made Out Of Car Parts To Curb Infant Mortality In Developing Countries

Incubators Made Out Of Car Parts To Curb Infant Mortality In Developing Countries 

The heat source is a pair of headlights. A car door alarm signals emergencies. An auto air filter and fan provide climate control. But this contraption has nothing to do with transportation. It is a sturdy, low-cost incubator, designed to keep vulnerable newborns warm during the first fragile days of life.

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More Mothers Breast-Feeding

More Mothers Breast-Feeding

Breastfeeding has become a popular sport among newborns

About 77 percent of new mothers breast-feed their infants at least briefly, the highest rate seen in the United States in more than a decade, according to a government survey released on Wednesday. In 1993 and 1994, just 60 percent of new mothers breast-fed their babies, but rates have been gradually rising ever since, according to regular surveys by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Pics)

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