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GMOs Are OK, Pilots Sue Over Breast Milk, And More: Weekly Roundup

Children play in a small pocket park.
Andrea Muraskin
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Side Effects Public Media
A small pocket park in the Indianapolis neighborhood of Englewood is the only public green space in walking distance.

What we're reading and listening to this week. 

Report: GMO Crops Are Safe To Eat, But Herbicide Residue May Pose Health Problems

After a two-year study, the National Academy of Sciences released a widely publicized report on genetically-modified crops Tuesday. The 400-pager gives vindication -- in part -- to both anti- and pro-GMO sides of the debate. The Chicago Tribune sums it up
 

Pilots And ACLU Sue Airline Over Breast Milk Pumping

"To say to a woman who's breast feeding that you can't leave the cockpit to take care of her bodily needs but to allow everyone else to leave to use the bathroom is sex discrimination," says a lawyer for the four pilots who are suing Frontier Airlines. The plaintiffs have suffered breast pain and infections as a result of not being able to pump. NPR reports

Indianapolis Continues As America's Least Fit City, But There Are Hints Of Healthy Changes Coming

Since we reported on the reasons behind Indianapolis' bottom ranking in the American Fitness Index last year, the city has gotten no better on paper. But progress is afoot, including some upgrades to pedestrian infrastructure. (Get it, afoot? We crack ourselves up...) Side Effects has the story here.

Study: Persistent Asthma In Childhood Has Long-Term Effects

The research followed over 600 kids for 17 years and measured their lung function. Only 25 percent had normal lungs as young adults. St. Louis Public Radio has more
 

Fact Checking Health Journalism

After watching John Oliver's mocking critique of how health studies are discussed in the media last week, KQED checked in with Gary Schwitzer, publisher of the watchdog site Health News Review.  One pearl of wisdom: "In health care news, if your mother tells you something, you’d better check it with five sources." (Mom, that doesn't mean we love you any less.) Read the interview.