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A new study finds that stress doesn't have much effect on fertility treatment, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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What state governor said the chemical BPA could "give women little beards?" Answers and more in our Daily Briefing.

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What is air pollution doing to our kids? If you live in L.A. County, and especially if you’ve driven back to the Los Angeles basin from somewhere else, you’ve seen it. A steely brown haze hangs over us for much of the year. We live in the smoggiest region in the United States (according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District), but for those raising children here it may not be top of mind. In some parts of the county, moms claw their way onto waiting lists for the “right” preschool while they are still pregnant. Concerns about finding the right neighborhood, the right school, about keeping kids away from gangs and drugs or getting them to turn off the Xbox and do some homework tend to take center stage. The air we breathe gets plenty of media coverage, but we tend to consider it more of an inconvenience than an emergency.

Yet at every stage of children’s lives – from their time in the womb until they’re ready to leave the nest – the pollution in the air impacts their health. 2010 California Health Journalism Fellow Christina Elston reports.

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Why don't Valentine's Day hearts look like actual human hearts? Answers and more in our Daily Briefing.

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From the Jonas Brothers to Antonio Banderas, celebrities are cutting deals with Big Pharma. Plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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This may be the biggest children’s study you’ve barely heard of: a massive, $2.7 billion examination of 100,000 American children’s health and development. Did I mention it’s supposed to last 25 years?

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In a state that prides itself as one of the healthiest in the nation, the people of western Salt Lake City face geographic health disparities that are daunting to overcome, including higher pollution and asthma rates.

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A new study of nutrition labeling at one fast food chain finds Americans just don't care, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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Why are taxpayers footing the bill for a Florida man's medical marijuana? Answers and more from our Daily Briefing.

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Americans may think they eat healthfully, but rising obesity rates prove otherwise. Plus more from today's Daily Briefing.

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