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BPA, hand sanitizer, and thermal paper receipts

10/24/14: A new study in PLOS One, authored by endocrinologist Frederick vom Saal, reports that touching thermal paper after using hand sanitizer can increase the amount of BPA absorbed by the skin 100-fold. Dr. vom Saal spoke on NPR's Science Friday about the paper. He will also speak on a CHE call on November 19, 2014 (details available soon).

CHE launches new listserv on healthy aging and the environment

10/20/14: CHE invites all Partners to sign up for the new Healthy Aging and the Environment listserv. This listserv combines the former Neurodegenerative Diseases and the Environment listserv with CHE's Healthy Aging Initiative work to create one listserv focused on emerging research and relevant articles on environmental contributors to neurological challenges and other disease endpoints in the later stages of life. To see a full list of CHE's current listservs and working groups, please visit our Initiatives page. To join the Healthy Aging and the Environment listserv, please email your request to join to info@healthandenvironment.org. You must be a CHE Partner to join a working group or listserv. You can join CHE here.

CHE's new quarterly Top 10 environmental health stories now available

10/2/14: CHE offers this selection of research, news and announcements that were of special significance during the first quarter of 2014. 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. Visit the CHE blog to see this quarter's list. We invite comment and feedback.

Biomonitoring and environmental exposures

9/8/14: Sharyle Patton, CHE Director of Special Projects and Director of the Commonweal Biomonitoring Resource Center, contributed to this new paper: Reporting individual results for biomonitoring and environmental exposures: lessons learned from environmental communication case studies. From the conclusion: "Researchers and IRBs have often speculated that reporting to people on their own chemical exposures might be harmful, because results could generate excessive worry when the health effects and remedies are unclear. However, study participants generally want their results, and studies that have reported individual results along with comparative benchmarks and interpretive context find that participants benefited by learning a great deal about environmental health."

CHE participates in Reach the Decision Makers Team

5/12/14: Sarah Howard (2nd from left), National Coordinator of the CHE Diabetes-Obesity Spectrum Working Group, and Karin Russ (3rd from left), National Coordinator of the CHE Fertility and Reproductive Health Working Group, were a part of the Reach the Decision Makers team (sponsored by UCSF's Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment), that met with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to discuss how they evaluate thyroid hormone disrupting chemicals in the Endocrine Disrupter Screening Program. The Reach the Decision Makers Fellowship trains scientists, community members, clinicians and public health professionals to effectively promote science and health-based policies at the US EPA.

CHE Director interviewed on NYC-based public radio on health and the exposome

3/15/14: During this interview on WBAI-New York, Elise Miller, CHE's director, discusses how the success in mapping the human genome has fostered interest in mapping the “exposome", a term coined to describe everything a person is exposed to starting at conception and includes lifestyle choices and well as chemical exposures. Elise further explains to health journalist, Liz Seegret, how the genome and the exposome, as well as the interactions between them, affect our health across the lifespan. This interview was based on Elise's "pioneer pitch" to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation last October in New York City.
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Read more about RWJF's Pioneer Pitch

Ecology of Breast Cancer

12/1/13: The Ecology of Breast Cancer: The Promise of Prevention and the Hope for Healing is a new book by Ted Schettler, MD, MPH that makes the case that breast cancer is a disease arising from diverse societal conditions. Although well-recognized risk factors and a person’s life style are important, they simply do not explain why many people develop the disease. Nor do they fully explain breast cancer patterns in populations.
Download the book (complete version or chapter-by-chapter)
Listen to the CHE call featuring Dr. Schettler
Listen to the New School conversation featuring Dr. Schettler


 
PARTNER SPOTLIGHT

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
31 Oct Calls to ban toxic chemicals fall on deaf ears around the world. Endocrine disrupting chemicals are everywhere, found in cosmetics, preservatives, medicines and countless household products such as shampoos and toothpaste, which are used every day by billions of people across the world. Now, for the first time anywhere in the world, the European Union is attempting to regulate them. Newsweek.

31 Oct Heart risk in drinking water. Ana Navas-Acien can?t quite recall the moment she began to worry about arsenic in drinking water and its potential role in heart disease. Perhaps it was when she read a study suggesting a link among people in Bangladesh. And a similar study in Taiwan. And in Chile. She decided to see if similar links could be found in the U.S. New York Times.

31 Oct Vatican admits Sistine Chapel frescoes 'whitened.' The Vatican revealed a closely kept secret Thursday: The Sistine Chapel's precious frescoes were starting to turn white from the air pollution caused by so many visitors passing through each day to marvel at Michelangelo's masterpiece. Associated Press.

31 Oct Environmentalists sue over nuclear reactor's impact on Columbia River. Three environmental groups sued a Washington state agency Thursday over the effects of the Northwest?s only commercial nuclear power plant on the water quality of the Columbia River. Associated Press.

31 Oct Richard Berman energy industry talk secretly taped. If the oil and gas industry wants to prevent its opponents from slowing its efforts to drill in more places, it must be prepared to employ tactics like digging up embarrassing tidbits about environmentalists and liberal celebrities, a veteran Washington political consultant told a room full of industry executives in a speech that was secretly recorded. New York Times.

31 Oct Why Republicans keep telling everyone they?re not scientists. "I?m not a scientist," or a close variation, has become the go-to talking point for Republicans questioned about climate change in the 2014 campaigns. In the past, many Republican candidates questioned or denied the science of climate change, but polls show that a majority of Americans accept it, making the Republican position increasingly challenging. New York Times.

31 Oct In war on smog, struggling China steel mills adapt to survive. Chinese steel mills, among the biggest in the world, are altering their production schedules to offset disruption from forced plant closures aimed at curbing choking air pollution during a summit of world leaders in Beijing next month. Reuters.

31 Oct Olympics bid fuels drive for clean air. The severe air pollution in Beijing, especially in autumn and winter, has been a headache for outdoor exercisers and sporting event operators in recent years. However, Beijing's joint bid with Zhangjiakou, Hebei province, for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games has offered a chance to reduce the pollution through cooperative efforts. China Daily.

31 Oct Leaked Sellafield photos reveal 'massive radioactive release' threat. Dilapidated nuclear waste storage ponds abandoned 40 years ago containing hundreds of tonnes of fuel rods pose an immediate danger to public safety, photographs sent to The Ecologist reveal. Ecologist.

31 Oct Michigan sites no longer environmental areas of concern. Two Michigan sites, tainted by major environmental contamination for decades, have officially been removed from the U.S. and Canada's official list of Areas of Concern. Detroit News.

 

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