Nine or More Infected with Measles at Disneyland

Disneyland goers left with a surprise souvenir over the holiday. Approximately nine people that visited Disneyland of Disney California Adventure between December 15 and December 20 last year have been confirmed to have measles. Three additional cases are pending, bringing the potential total number to twelve. Measles is a respiratory disease carried by a virus and spread through the air. Historically, it is a very serious and contagious disease due to its nature. To put it into perspective, for every person that has measles, 12 to 18 are infected. For Ebola, the transmission ratio is 1.5 to 2.5. Thankfully, measles …


Communities, Health Advocates Rally for End of Toxic Tire Playgrounds and Turf Fields

Brian Nettles, Esq. In today’s world, recycling is without a doubt important to protecting the planet and the lives of our children. But is recycling always the best idea? For certain products, the answer is no. Roughly 25 years ago, landfills were piled high with old tires. Needless to say, this was toxic and dangerous, posing risk of fire, air pollution, stagnate water, and breeding grounds for mosquitoes. In response this issue, today more than 90 percent of the 230 million used tires in the United States are recycled. They’re burned as fuel, used for asphalt roads, and used for …


Minority Children Underrepresented in Autism Diagnosis, Reveals Bigger Problems

The number of children diagnosed with autism increased in every state from 2000 to 2007, but researchers are concerned that minority children are underrepresented in those statistics. The diagnosis rate of black and Hispanic children with autism has increased significantly less than the majority of children and at lower rates than predicted by the Center for Disease Control (“CDC”). Approximately 1 in 68 children have autism today–so is the minority rate good news or bad news? While we’d like to believe minority children are less at risk for autism, the truth is that they are more at risk for being …


Big Coal Goliath Murray Energy Sues Advocacy Group for Spreading Truth

Brian Nettles, Esq. Even though it’s 2014 (and not the industrial revolution), the harmful coal industry still lives on. And it continues the harm that it inflicts on our environment and our families. Murray Energy is one of the largest coal mining companies in the country. Last year, it purchased five coal mines for $3.5 billion. After donating $2.8 million in the 2012 election to conservative candidates, Murray laid off 143 workers because the company couldn’t “bleed cash.” That’s an interesting choice of words considering that Murray Energy works hard to block protections for coal miners and air quality (Public …


Are You Suffering From Sun Poisoning?

Recently, a colleague of mine had to leave work early. He looked rough, and we assumed he had a bad case of food poisoning. However, during the summer time or when traveling in warm locations, it is important to know that nausea and exhaustion are not only caused by the stomach flu or food poisoning. They can be related to overexposure to UV light, aka sunlight. After a weekend in the sun, and a bad sunburn to boot, my good friend had sun poisoning. “Sun poisoning” does not mean you have been poisoned, but is a more serious side effect …


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