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World Environmental Health Day

9/23/2016: Every year on September 26, the International Federation of Environmental Health celebrates World Environmental Health Day. This year’s theme is ‘Tobacco control…a response to the global tobacco pandemic’. To bring awareness to this topic, CHE has showcased a blog posting from Stanton Glantz, PhD, professor and researcher with the University of California’s Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, focused on how e-cigarettes are expanding the tobacco epidemic. As Dr. Glantz makes clear, new technologies are not necessarily the answer to 6 million tobacco-related deaths that occur globally every year.

Toxipedia to Merge with CHE

9/16/2016: We are very pleased to announce that Toxipedia's wealth of resources is being integrated into CHE's greatly expanded and updated website to be launched soon. Brain child of long-time CHE partner Steve G. Gilbert, PhD, Toxipedia has tens of thousands of visitors a month seeking information on the impact of toxic chemicals on our health, the history of toxicology, practical solutions and much more. Look for more announcements about our new website in the coming weeks!

September Calls

9/2/2016: CHE welcomes you back from summer break. We have an exciting lineup of calls planned for this month. We will engage with experts on integrative cancer therapy, a new method of targeting cancer cells with less negative impacts to health; we will revisit TSCA reform with an eye towards implementation; and we will hear from the Director of the NIEHS on the accomplishments and future of endocrine disruption research. You can RSVP for our calls in the left sidebar of this page. We look forward to learning together.

A Story of Health is Filling the Gap in Environmental Health Literacy

8/1/2016: The award-winning multi-media eBook and online CE course, A Story of Health, has received further recognition in today’s publication of Environmental Health Perspectives. CHE and its partners launched the first three chapters of the eBook last year and expect to release the next chapter, focused on reproductive health, soon. In the past year, A Story of Health online CE course offered by Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has received three times more registrations than the next most popular course that ATSDR offers. 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. Click here to see the eBook.

First Alaskan Children’s Environmental Health Summit: Oct 5-6, 2016

8/1/2016: CHE Partner Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT) is organizing a Children’s Environmental Health Summit – the first of its kind in Alaska – on October 5 and 6, 2016 at Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage. The purpose of the summit is to bring together scientists, Alaska Native tribal and community leaders, health care professionals, parents, policy makers, teachers, students, and children’s advocates to discuss the latest science about the health disparities experienced by children of Alaska and the Arctic and to develop recommendations to protect the health of children at the top of the world. To find out more, see ACAT’s announcement.

EDCs and Metabolic Disease in Children

7/13/2016: CHE Core Advisory committee members Karin Russ, MS, RN, and Sarah Howard, MS, have just published “Developmental Exposure to Environmental Chemicals and Metabolic Changes in Children” in the journal, Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care. This review summarizes the epidemiological evidence linking environmental exposures during early development and metabolic outcomes in infancy and childhood. See the publication for a summary of resources available for health care providers to support patients in reducing chemical exposures and for policy recommendations to improve public health.

Europe’s Dark Cloud: Coal dust kills 23,000 per year

7/8/2016: This week, CHE partner the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) and several other organizations based in the European Union released a new report titled, ‘Europe’s Dark Cloud: How coal-burning countries are making their neighbours sick’. Read the report to learn more about the health costs associated with individual coal power plants in 28 EU countries and how coal pollution travels geographically. In addition to the report, see video presentations from leading experts in health and research on HEAL's webpage. Also see news coverage at phys.org.

A Story of Health

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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EHN News
26 Sep Too poor for proper plumbing: A reality in 500,000 US homes. The inability of many to afford a working septic tank in areas like rural Alabama where running water is not a given could create a health crisis. New York Times.

26 Sep Could ants be the solution to antibiotic crisis? Scientists have pinpointed a promising new source of antibiotics: ants. They have found that some species ? including leaf-cutter ants from the Amazon ? use bacteria to defend their nests against invading fungi and microbes. The Guardian.

26 Sep Why do obese patients get worse care? Many doctors don't see past the fat. The American health care system is ill prepared ? in its attitudes, equipment and common practices ? to treat the rising population of fat patients. New York Times.

26 Sep Hazy days: Serious levels of air pollution recorded across Hong Kong. There was something in the air in Hong Kong on Monday as parts of the city saw a return to ?serious? levels of air pollution, particularly to the west. South China Morning Post.

26 Sep Paris goes more ambitious with second car-free day. Half of Paris' streets and avenues were car-free on Sunday as part of Mayor Anne Hidalgo's fight against air pollution, allowing families and tourists to wander on the roads around landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysees. Reuters.

26 Sep $5.5 million released to study how Tonawanda Coke?s poisons affected neighbors. After more than two years of waiting, advocates of a public health study into Tonawanda Coke?s manufacturing operations got more than a simple approval last week. Buffalo News.

26 Sep Some cities are taking another look at LED lighting after AMA warning. Nearly 13 percent of area/roadway lighting is now LED. But the American Medical Association is concerned that some may disturb sleep and increase the risk of serious health conditions, including cancer and cardiovascular disease. Washington Post.

26 Sep Coast Guard outlines cleanup plan for lagoon. The U.S. Coast Guard will conduct further investigation in and around Cocos Island in the spring of 2017 to determine the sources of PCB that?s still present on the island and lagoon. Agana Pacific Daily News.

26 Sep Australia should use toxic firefighting foam research completed by US, lawyer says. The Australian government is wasting time and money by failing to acknowledge US studies into a toxic foam chemical, a U.S. lawyer who led a class action against the makers of the toxin has said. Australia ABC News.

26 Sep Doctors brace for Zika babies. This month, the first group of babies in Puerto Rico known to have been exposed to the Zika virus in their first trimester are being born. Pediatricians do not know what to expect. New York Times.

 

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