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A Story of Health Wins CDC Communications AwardA Story of Health award

2/5/16: The National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) have honored A Story of Health  multimedia eBook/continuing education course with an ”Excellence in communications” award. NCEH and ATSDR are agencies of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The award was given at the annual NCEH/ATSDR Honor Awards on February 3, 2016 to A Story of Health Team for excellence in communication for the development of a medical education product that highlights the importance of environmental health. Read the full story on CHE's blog.

Remembering Richard Levins

1/27/16: Richard Levins, John Rock Professor of Population Sciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, died January 19, 2016 at 85. He was known throughout his lengthy career for his ability to make connections between seemingly disparate topics such as biology and political theory. An ex-tropical farmer turned ecologist, biomathematician, and philosopher of science, Levins described the subject matter he focused on as “looking at the whole.” Read Dr. Levins' full obituary. Visit Dr. Levin's website.

CHE's Chemical Policy Reform webpage updated

1/11/16: After years of pressure by nonprofits and others to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)—an act that has proven highly ineffective at protecting public health since its enactment in 1976—both houses of the US Congress passed different versions of a bill intended to improve TSCA in 2015.

In an effort to adhere to CHE’s mission of providing a neutral and civil forum for discussing emerging environmental health science and its implications for potential policy decisions, we have updated our Chemical Policy Reform webpage to include news coverage as well as analyses by several groups, some of which argue in favor of the Senate and House bills and others oppose them. It is important to note that though CHE does not take a stance on specific legislation, CHE’s consensus statement makes it very clear that we support the most health-protective policies based on the best available science. In this context, we provide these different perspectives simply to encourage readers to review the links closely and draw their own conclusions about the potential efficacy and impacts of the proposed bills.

CHE quarterly Top 10 list now available

1/7/16: This is the last of CHE’s public quarterly Top 10 lists. We have selected studies and issues that we feel are significant in the field of environmental health, either because of their impact, their implications or their insight. Topics are listed in no particular order. This quarter's list includes the COP21 Paris climate agreement, a number of studies on the scope and health impacts of air pollution, the renewed attention on lead poisoning due to the water contamination in Flint, MI, and many other stories of note. Comments are welcome, as is always true with our blog posts. View the list.

A Story of Health

New multimedia eBook
receives high praise

4/23/15: Your health. The environment. What’s the story? CHE and partners have created A Story of Health multimedia eBook to investigate just that.

The eBook is usable by parents and individuals who have no formal training in science or medicine, but it also has layers of additional information and materials for physicians, nurses, and other clinicians who want to dig deeper. In fact, free continuing education credits are available for health professionals from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

A Story of Health has received high praise from health leaders across the country. Brian Linde, MD, Pediatric Hospitalist at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California, said, “This is a fantastic resource. It is compelling, educational, and engaging, and will absolutely make a difference.” Lawrence Rosen, MD, Founder of The Whole Child Center, added, “A Story of Health is the most engaging and compelling environmental health resource I’ve experienced. I recommend it for all who care our planet and the impact we have on its health—and vice versa.” Read more testimonials about the value of A Story of Health.

A Story of Health was developed by ATSDR, the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE), the University of California, San Francisco, Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (UCSF PEHSU), the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, California EPA (OEHHA), and the Science and Environmental Health Network (SEHN).

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10 Feb Video: "Insidious, invisible" impacts on baby health. A video released today draws on emerging scientific evidence that particulate matter, lead and other pollutants may play a role in the approximately 15 million babies born preterm every year around the world. Environmental Health News.

10 Feb Making a cancer cluster disappear. After a record number of brain tumors at a chemical plant, industry launched a flawed study that obscured the extent of the problem. Center for Public Integrity.

10 Feb When every drop of water could be poison: A Flint mother's story. For Flint resident Jeneyah McDonald, using bottled water for everything has become an onerous but necessary routine. Still, she worries about the effects that toxic tap water will have on her sons. All Things Considered.

10 Feb Lead flakes in Flint water like a game of Russian roulette. There are still some insanely high lead levels in some Flint, Michigan, homes. Take a look at a map of where those are, and you'll see there?s no pattern. Environment Report.

10 Feb Cuomo strikes contrasting tones at Hoosick Falls and Indian Point. It was a tale of two cautionary responses. Albany Capital.

10 Feb Plastic microbead pollution harms oysters. Oysters eat by filtering the water around them and digesting anything small enough to trap, whether that?s algae, phytoplankton - or tiny pieces of plastic floating in the ocean. Los Angeles Times.

10 Feb The environmental legacy of the Steel City. A group of photographers documenting environmental issues around air quality control in Pittsburgh hopes their images will spur others to action. New York Times.

10 Feb Rio Olympics, Zika virus present female athletes with awful dilemma. Is competing in the Olympics worth potentially risking the health of your future child? Mashable.

10 Feb Zika tied to major eye defects in babies with microcephaly, study finds. Many infants will need long-term monitoring of their vision, a Brazilian researcher says. Washington Post.

10 Feb Supreme Court halts clean power plan, with implications far beyond the US grid. The surprise decision threatens the credibility of the Paris climate change treaty that was reached by the world's nations in December. InsideClimate News.


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