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10 reasons to skip a new tattoo

With 40 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 having at least one tattoo, long gone are the days when adorning the skin with indelible ink was an act of edgy rebellion. But that doesn’t mean it…

What you need to know about chlorpyrifos

Chlorpyrifos is an organophosphate insecticide. It has been almost entirely banned for residential use since 2000 because of the heath risks it presents for children. But the pesticide’s residue is still persistent in the environment. In addition, it is still…

Safety standards aren't protecting kids from detergent pods

Several years ago, MNN blogger Matt Hickman wrote about the rising incidents of children being poisoned by an emerging product, detergent pods. Young children can mistake the colorful pods for candy, ingesting them or ripping open the plastic coatings and…

The surprising signs of drowning

We all know what it looks like when someone is drowning, right? Profuse flailing, spewing water, waving arms and yelling for help … And we all have it wrong. Of the approximately 750 children who will drown next year, some…

Tornado safety: Before, during and after the storm

The savage violence of a tornado is heart-stopping; the death and destruction it can leave behind is heartbreaking. And while the arrival of a hurricane is preceded by days of warning, tornadoes strike suddenly. Those in the path of a…

Two-thirds of sunscreens offer inferior protection, says EWG

In their 2019 Guide to Sunscreens, researchers from Environmental Working Group (EWG) rated the safety and efficacy of 1,300 products with SPF, including 750 currently available sunscreens, including moisturizers and lip balms that have SPF values. Since the first EWG…

When should a person be considered an adult?

When is a kid not a kid anymore? If you asked my 12-year-old daughter, the magical age would be 13 — the age when you’re officially a teenager and can no longer be considered a “child.” If you asked my…

Could your child survive alone in the woods?

For any parent, the idea of your children wondering lost and alone in the wilderness is a terrifying one. A family in California had their worst fears come true on March 1, 2019. Two sisters, ages 8 and 5, miraculously…