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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.

CHE Partnership Calls on Break

8/1/2016: During the month of August, we will not host any new partnership calls nor publish our monthly e-newsletter. We will post our fall call lineup closer to the end of August. To listen to any of our previous calls, covering the latest environmental science, please visit our call archives. In the last 5 years, our calls have been downloaded over 300,000+ times!

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.

Gas Production, Air Quality, and Community Health

7/6/2016: “When the Wind Blows: Tracking Toxic Chemicals in Gas Fields and Impacted Communities,” a community-based research report, was just published. For two years, residents in a town in Wyoming collaborated with researchers, environmental experts, and health experts to test their air quality and the burden of chemicals circulating in their bodies with the suspicion that local oil and gas production activities were polluting their air. The study develops new methods for combined air and biomonitoring, assesses health hazards of the chemicals found, and provides policy recommendations for protection of workers and their communities.

New Scientific Consensus Statement Released on Neurotoxic Chemicals

7/1/2016: An unprecedented alliance of leading scientists, medical experts, and children’s health advocates agree for the first time that the latest scientific evidence supports a link between exposures to toxic chemicals in food and everyday products and children’s risks for neurodevelopmental disorders. The alliance, known as Project TENDR, released a Consensus Statement today calling for immediate action to significantly reduce exposures to toxic chemicals to protect brain development for current and future generations. CHE and many partner organizations have been involved in TENDR since its inception in 2014. See full press release, consensus statement, and background materials on the project’s website. Also of note, CHE will be holding a partnership call on Project TENDR and the Consensus Statement on July 12. To join the call, RSVP here.

New Features on EPA’s EJSCREEN: A focus on vulnerable populations

6/16/2016: The EPA released the latest version of EJSCREEN, a screening and mapping tool focused on issues of environmental justice. This tool highlights locations that have disproportionate burdens of environmental pollution and populations that are more vulnerable to exposures. New features include environmental indicators for cancer risk and respiratory disease, scalable maps, map side-by-side comparison, and the addition of Puerto Rico. If you want to learn more about this tool, its design, and how to use it, register for a free informational webinar. CHE will be listening too!

TSCA Reform Bill Signed into Law

6/23/2016: Many CHE partners have been working for years to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 in order to strengthen public health protection from harmful toxic chemical exposures. On June 22 the Frank R Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act was signed into law. Though CHE doesn’t work directly on legislation, the emerging environmental health science that we continuously highlight through our conference calls, listservs, social media, etc. has served as the basis for pressing for the overhaul of TSCA. For more information about the implications of the Act, here are two different analyses: Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and the Environmental Defense Fund. See our call page to learn more about our upcoming Partnership call!

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
29 Aug VIDEO: Pete Myers, in the round, on the circular economy. I went to London's famed Abbey Road Studios to talk plastics. But first I had to deal with drummers banging polycarbonate bottles, a circular stage, and a violinist playing 'Yesterday.' Environmental Health News.

29 Aug Another reason to lose weight: Obesity-cancer link reaffirmed. An expert panel confirms that excess body fat increases the risk of many cancers. Kaiser Health News.

29 Aug Exotic ticks appear to be establishing themselves in Alaska. While Alaskans have long endured dense mosquitoes and frigid air, we've always had the absence of venomous snakes and dog ticks. But the latter may be establishing themselves here. Alaska Dispatch News.

29 Aug The uneven world of chemical accident investigation. Regulatory enforcement investigations and special onetime panels both have strengths?and both have problems. However, efforts to move to a third, global, way have met with difficulties, leaving the US Chemical Safety Board as perhaps the current best model for how to investigate chemically related accidents. Chemical & Engineering News.

29 Aug What we flush could come back to haunt us when we drink water. Caffeine and a drug used to regulate blood sugar levels for people with Type 2 diabetes wash down the drain every day to become some of the most common unregulated contaminants in Iowa's public drinking water. Burlington Hawk Eye.

29 Aug Miami?s Zika struggle reveals US is unprepared for virus. In Miami, it?s mosquito season, and every Aedes aegypti on Chalmers Vasquez had the potential to carry the disease. Center for Investigative Reporting.

29 Aug Do not eat: Researchers seek clues on mercury in St. Louis River estuary fish. If a little kid catches a big walleye on Lake Winnibigoshish, the state of Minnesota says she can safely eat that fish once a week. But if that fish comes from the St. Louis River estuary, the state warns her not to eat it. Ever. Duluth News Tribune.

29 Aug Massachusetts presses other states in region to cut emissions. Massachusetts is pressing its counterparts in a regional environmental program to require that power plantscut carbon emissions twice as fast as they do now. Boston Globe.

29 Aug Environment drives childhood obesity. The increase in the number of fast-food restaurants and food stalls, lack of recreation areas, as well as unsafe environments have led to overweight problems among the younger generation, say nutritionists. Kuala Lumpur New Straits Times.

29 Aug Breath-testing kids to fight obesity. In a world-first, Kiwi school students will help scientists find out how fructose affects the development of obesity, particularly for M?ori and Pacific Islanders. Radio New Zealand.

 

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