1/3 U.S. Schools Have Serious Mold and Dust Making Kids Sick

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Schools are germy places, almost as bad as hospitals.  As a teacher, I’m suffering from my second illness this school year.

Children are in and out of class with various viruses and bacterial illnesses, but sometimes, those illnesses come from the school facilities themselves.

Astonishingly, “a third or more of U.S. schools have mold, dust and other indoor air problems serious enough to provoke respiratory issues like asthma in students and teachers.”

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Health Care Reform: Working Moms Get Private Breast Pumping Rooms

Much of the coverage on Obama’s health care reform law has focused on reducing costs, expanding coverage, and ensuring benefits for children with pre-existing medical conditions. Although the latter is very exciting for our family that includes a son born with a congenital heart defect, the law also supports breast pumping, working moms.

CNN discovered on page 1239 of law that employers with more than 50 employees are required to provide “a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from co-workers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.”  The lactation room must be provided for up to one year after the birth of a child.

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