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The Smoke Around E-Cigarettes

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I didn’t know much about e-cigarettes until I began researching an article for this blog. The more I read, the more I realize many people out there are using e-cigarettes who don’t know much about them either! And the research isn’t what one would call available in abundance. “Electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) --also known…

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Good News on the Horizon

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February 3, 2015--It’s good to see companies doing healthier things for consumers, especially where children are concerned. After all, kids are our future! The national fast-food chain, Wendy’s, announced in January 2015, it would remove soda from its “kids’ menus” in response to requests from organizations such as Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and…

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Measles Update: To Vaccinate or Not, Is this the question?

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The current measles outbreak which appears to have originated in California and has most likely been traced (according to CNN and other media reports) to an Arizona family who visited a Disney theme park, whose children apparently were not vaccinated with the MMR (Measles-Mumps-Rubella) vaccine. Family members contracted measles and subsequently may have exposed an…

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2015 Virginia Legislature Bills Related to Child Safety

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SB 781- Passing with a double yellow line: drivers allowed to pass a pedestrian, stopped vehicle, etc. SB 803- Speed limits in school zones; counties allowed to increase or decrease. SB 925- School zone speed limit photo-enforcement system. HB 1309- Local school boards; arming of school security officers. HB 1317- Speeding; reckless driving. HB 1324-…

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2015: Keeping Children Safe is Our Most Important Duty

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It’s 2015 and I wanted to write something inspiring for the first BeChildSafe piece of the year.  Then I heard some news.  A deranged parent, a father, had thrown his 5-year old daughter from a bridge in Florida yesterday.  The child’s mother who has Multiple Sclerosis was inconsolable.  Not ten minutes later, I read about…

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Help Save Kids Lives Now!

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Every day over 500 children die on the world's roads and thousands are injured. Help Save Kids Lives Now! with road safety. Visit www.savekidslives2015.org/ and sign the declaration.

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National Influenza Vaccination Week

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December 7 - 13, 2014 is National Influenza Vaccination Week. This message is from Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). For more information about influenza, please visit www.flu.gov/. As we near the end of autumn, many of us begin preparing for the holiday season, but there’s something…

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Halloween Safety and the NCMEC

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For over 30 years, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), based in Alexandria, Virginia, has worked to help bring missing children home. NCMEC distributes information on personal, school, home, playground, cyber safety as well as other safety guidelines for parents, family members, and caregivers of children. They disseminate critical information about what…

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Toddlers and Access to Guns… A Recipe for Disaster!

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We would like to think that it would be self-evident that if guns are accessible to babies in a home, that this is a recipe for disaster. We would hope that adults--if they have the sense that God gave geese--would lock away their weapons in a high place in their home or garage and spend…

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Mumps Outbreak, Growing!

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When I wrote a piece last winter on Measles, I did not think I’d be writing again so soon about what physicians used to call another common childhood ailment, the Mumps.  Measles aren’t funny… and neither are Mumps.  Both measles and mumps have become relatively less common than in the 1950s and 1960s, because, today,…

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