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In memory of Dr. Louis Guillette

8/10/15: Dr. Louis Guillette, Director of Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences Center and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Medical University of South Carolina, died late last week. Dr. Guillete's work focused on the mechanisms by which environmental factors influence the evolution, development and functioning of the reproduction system in vertebrates. He was a close colleague, mentor and friend of many CHE Partners, including Dr. Theo Colborn who died last year. Dr. Guilllete's work helped to bring scientific credibilty to endocrine disruption as a public health issue. CHE is grateful for Dr. Guillete's service to the field of environmental health.

Read more about Dr. Guillete and his work:

CHE blog: Farewell to Lou Guillette, by J. Peterson Myers, PhD, Founder and Chief Scientist, Environmental Health Sciences, and CHE Advisor

The Gainseville Sun: Former UF Biologist Dies

From the CHE blog: Your Health: Perfluorinated Chemicals

In the most recent post, we look at recent items highlighting new reports and research addressing perfluorinated chemicals. CHE is publishing this regular series that summarizes and highlights recent Your Health items and trends. Readers can follow CHE’s Your Health news feed or subscribe via RSS.

CHE quarterly Top 10 environmental health stories now available

7/6/15: CHE offers this selection of research, news and announcements that were of special significance during the second quarter of 2015. Items include research that made a noteworthy contribution to the field, news and announcements that took a conversation to a new level, and/or new audience and some welcome action. This quarter's selections include the Pope's contribution to the climate change discussion, a study relating DDT exposure in pregnancy to breast cancer rates in daughters, the US House's efforts to pass TSCA reform, and others. Visit the CHE blog to see this quarter's list. We invite comment and feedback.

Special offer for CHE Partners: CHE Partners can now purchase the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Toms River, from Island Press at a 20% discount

7/13/15: The true story of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution, Toms River won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize and has been hailed by The New York Times as "a new classic of science reporting." Now available in paperback with a new afterword by acclaimed author Dan Fagin, the book masterfully blends hard-hitting investigative journalism, scientific discovery, and unforgettable characters. Enter code 4CHE when ordering.

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. How do different aspects of our environment interact with our genes to influence our health across the lifespan? Through the lives of fictional characters, the first three stories explore multiple factors that can contribute to childhood leukemia, asthma, and learning and developmental disabilities. You can download the entire book or individual chapters featuring research about disease origin and helpful facts about disease prevention. Stories on additional health endpoints are forthcoming. 

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. For example, 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.

If you have not yet taken a look at A Story of Health we encourage you to do so now. Read it with your family, and share it with your friends and colleagues. It’s free, it’s easy to use, and it draws from the latest research available. You can also listen to the CHE Partnership calls featuring Stephen's story/childhood leukemia and Brett's story/asthma.

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).

San Francisco Medical Society journal focuses on environmental health

11/10/14: San Francisco Medicine (SFM), which has been in continuous publication since 1927, is the official journal of the San Francisco Medical Society. Each issue of SFM focuses on a specific topic that affects physicians and their practices, including public health, social, political, economic, and lifestyle issues.The most recent edition of the journal focuses on environmental health and features an article titled The First 1000 Days: A Healthy Return on Investment co-authored by Elise Miller, MEd, CHE's Director, and Ted Schettler, MD, MPH, Science Director at SEHN and at CHE, as well as many other articles that will be of interest to CHE Partners. Visit the San Francisco Medical's Society website to read the full edition.


CHE regularly highlights the work of our Partners here in our Partner Spotlight.

Vi Waghiyi is a St. Lawrence Island Yupik mother and grandmother, Native Village of Savoonga Tribal Member, and Environmental Health and Justice Program Director, Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT), which is also the organizational host of CHE's Alaska Working Group. In this CHE Partner Spotlight, Vi discusses her work addressing environmental contamination and its impact on human health in Alaska.

What inspired you to begin working in the field of environmental health, and in your current work in particular?

I am a Yupik mother of four boys and a grandmother from Savoonga on St. Lawrence Island, located in the northern Bering Sea. Our people have maintained a traditional culture of reliance on traditional foods from the land and sea that provide physical, cultural, and spiritual sustenance.

I learned about the high levels of PCBs in our people in a news article in the Anchorage Daily News when I was a stay-at-home mom. This touched me personally because so many family members and friends from my community, including my parents, have suffered and died of cancer. I have had three miscarriages. I am inspired by this awareness and what I have come to learn about the contamination from military and distant sources and making the connection with the illnesses suffered by my people. I was brought up in a culture of caring where people work together. We were wronged by the US military and corporations that have contaminated my people without our consent. We are the victims of environmental violence. This goes against my culture and upbringing. I am inspired to hold the military and other polluters accountable and to achieve justice. I am inspired to work for the health and well-being of my people and our future generations.

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EHN News
3 Sep Thousands of farmers stopped growing tobacco after deregulation payouts. Farmers in North Carolina, Kentucky got the biggest boost from the federal program that forced tobacco manufacturers to compensate farmers for the deregulation of the tobacco growing industry. USA Today.

3 Sep Iran's fragile ecosystems under pressure. Iran has many hot spots where the needs of a burgeoning population are taking a toll on the fragile ecosystems of this vast, water-poor land. Science.

3 Sep CVS says its cigarette move affected other stores? retail sales as well. In data being released Thursday, CVS said its action resulted in a 1 percent drop in total cigarette sales in 13 states where the pharmacy chain had a sizable market share. Washington Post.

3 Sep Why college students are now smoking more pot than cigarettes. "Unfortunately," researchers wrote, "the appreciable declines in cigarette smoking have been accompanied by some increases in the use of other forms of tobacco or nicotine." Washington Post.

3 Sep Coal ash contains radioactive contaminants: US study. High levels of radioactive contaminants have been found in coal ash in major coal-producing regions of the United States, raising concern about the dangers of this unregulated waste, researchers said Wednesday. Agence France-Presse.

3 Sep In Texas, an unconventional approach to escaping ?toxic soup? life by oil refinery. The encroachment of oil refineries has made life unbearable for many residents in the small, coastal Dona Park neighborhood of Corpus Christi, Texas. Fusion.

3 Sep Federal judge orders mercury cleanup plan of Penobscot River. The ruling is a step toward requiring the company to pay to clean up pollution from the former HoltraChem site ? a cost estimated at $130 million. Portland Press Herald.

3 Sep Earth's trees number 'three trillion.' There are just over three trillion trees on Earth, according to a new assessment. The figure is eight times as big as the previous best estimate, which counted perhaps 400 billion at most. BBC.

3 Sep Washington sues feds over safety of nuclear waste tanks. Washington state is suing the federal government again over cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation ? this time over the danger posed to workers by vapor releases from underground waste-storage tanks. Associated Press.

3 Sep How microorganisms found in the mud of the Meadowlands indicate the health of an ecosystem. A new study that goes deep into the mud of the Meadowlands will give scientists an overview of the health of the complex ecosystem of area wetlands. Bergen South Bergenite.


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