Michigan DEQ department head calls for lead-testing in ALL Michigan public schools

Is this just a way for the Snyder administration to distract the public and investigative journalists from digging deeper into the Flint water fiasco? I don’t know. Not for certain anyway. However the state takeover, the appointment of an emergency manager superseding the authority of the elected city council and mayor and the behind-the-scenes decisions being made by a political appointee instead of by locally-elected officials which we now know will have short-term and long-lasting detrimental negative effects on the health of men, women (pregnant and not) and most-importantly, vulnerable children and students is very troubling if not downright scary.

State to urge all schools to test for lead

in wake of Flint results

The state plans to urge all schools to test for lead in the drinking water, after elevated lead levels showed up in the water in several schools in Flint. Flint’s situation is unique, in that the city switched to using more corrosive water from the Flint River last year. http://michiganradio.org/post/state-urge-all-schools-test-lead-wake-flint-results…http://michiganradio.org/post/state-urge-all-schools-test-lead-wake-flint-results

Extra family income lowers behavioral, emotional disorders; boosts two key personality traits

​​Remarkable things happen to kids when their parents get more money

By Roberto A. Ferdman
The Washington Post

Twenty years ago, a group of researchers began tracking the personalities of 1,420 low-income children in North Carolina. At the time, the goal was simple: to observe the mental conditions of kids living in rural America. But then a serendipitous thing happened.

Four years into The Great Smoky Mountains Study of Youth, the families of roughly a quarter of the children saw a dramatic and unexpected increase in annual income. They were members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and a casino had just been built on the reservation. From that point on, every tribal citizen earned a share of the profits, meaning about an extra $4,000 a year per capita.

For these families, the extra padding was a blessing, enough to boost household incomes by almost 20 percent on average.

But for the fields of psychology, sociology and economics, it has been a gold mine, too.

The sudden change in fortunes has offered a rare glimpse into the subtle but important ways in which money can alter a child’s life.

The dataset is so rich that researchers continue to study it to this day.

PLEASE take a few minutes to read the rest of this remarkable study and its findings here: http://www.santafenewmexican.com/life/family/the-remarkable-thing-that-happens-to-kids-when-their-parents/article_9a18e8b5-2bde-5299-b984-d4c304245d64.html