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Children's Health

From: Chemical Heritage Foundation
Series: Distillations - Stories of Science & Culture
Length: 12:00

This episode focuses on the ways that we are exposing children to chemical agents, sometimes intentionally, sometimes not.

Chf_distillations_art_small Nothing is more important to parents than the health of their children, and advances in chemistry and pharmaceuticals have made it possible for children to receive the best care that science has to offer. However, chemical hazards in everyday life still pose hidden risks to children. On this week's show, we'll take a look at a common drug that may have latent side effects for children. Next, CHF's Jody Roberts talks with ecologist and author Sandra Steingraber about the potential chemical hazards in our environment that can affect children's health. And finally, Sarah Reisert will explain the danger that could be lurking in the plastic of your baby's bottle in Chemistry in your Cupboard. Element of the Week: Lithium.

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Piece Description

Nothing is more important to parents than the health of their children, and advances in chemistry and pharmaceuticals have made it possible for children to receive the best care that science has to offer. However, chemical hazards in everyday life still pose hidden risks to children. On this week's show, we'll take a look at a common drug that may have latent side effects for children. Next, CHF's Jody Roberts talks with ecologist and author Sandra Steingraber about the potential chemical hazards in our environment that can affect children's health. And finally, Sarah Reisert will explain the danger that could be lurking in the plastic of your baby's bottle in Chemistry in your Cupboard. Element of the Week: Lithium.

Broadcast History

Distributed as podcast 11/21/08.

Transcript

DISTILLATIONS EPISODE 50: Children?s Health

0:00 UP THEME MUSIC

Hello, and welcome to Distillations ? weekly extracts from the past, present and future of chemistry. I?m Meir Rinde. On today?s show we examine the health of our children. We?ll talk with an ecologist about the effects of environmental chemicals on reproductive health. And we?ll examine the recent anxiety over BPA in baby bottles.

That?s all coming up on today?s episode of Distillations.

MONOLOGUE

There is nothing more heart-breaking than a child in pain. For parents of children with bipolar and mood disorders, pharmaceuticals can seem like a godsend. We?re all familiar with the recent explosion in prescription drugs designed to help us cope with the anxiety or depression that can rear its ugly head during a particularly difficult period. But these medications are not always appropriate for children. So wh...
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Timing and Cues

00:00 Opening Credits
00:33 Introduction
00:58 Element of the Week: Lithium
02:49 A Conversation with Sandra Steingraber
08:38 Chemistry in Your Cupboard: Bisphenol A
11:18 Closing Credits

Related Website

http://distillations.chemheritage.org