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  • Catherine Karr, professor of pediatrics in the UW School of Medicine and of environmental and occupational health sciences in the UW School of Public Health, was among the 102 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, announced by the White House during President Obama's final days in office.

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    UW Today | January 26, 2017
  • Sophie the Giraffe, a teething toy designed for children 18 months and under, is the latest item geared toward babies that is under fire by parents who discovered mold inside the toy’s cavity. Experts talk to Healthline about these reports and what parents can do to keep their kids healthy. Sheela Sathyanarayana is quoted.

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    Healthline | January 25, 2017
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it recently postponed a gathering it had planned to hold next month on the effects of climate change on health. The Climate Change and Health Summit was organized to bring scientists and public-health practitioners together to discuss implementing climate-related health initiatives. Howard Frumkin, former director of the CDC Center for Environmental Health, was quoted. In the News
    The Wall Street Journal | January 24, 2017