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CHE Partner Receives SOT 2016 Public Communications Award

4/6/2016: CHE Partner Dr. Steve Gilbert was honored at the Society of Toxicology's 2016 Annual Conference with the SOT Public Com- munications Award. Dr. Gilbert, director and founder of the Institute for Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders as well as Toxipedia, has published a robust collection of resources, including a free online toxicology encyclopedia, a book “A Small Dose of Toxicology”, and an interactive poster “Milestones of Toxicology”, which has been translated into 14 languages.

When asked to comment, Dr. Gilbert said, “I was thrilled to receive this recognition because I believe that one of the most important things that toxicologists and public health professionals can do is to share their knowledge and scientific information about the health effects of chemicals as widely as possible. We have an ethical responsibility to ensure that our children have an environment free of harmful chemicals that allow them to reach and maintain their full potential.”

CHE is also very pleased that Dr. Gilbert has agreed to have Toxipedia merge with CHE later this year. Keep a look out for information on this exciting new partnership in the coming months!

New CHE Listserv: CHE Technology and Environmental Health

4/5/16: Technologies, new and not so new, are continuously changing our bodies, our sense of self, and the conditions for life on earth. CHE Technology and Environmental Health addresses the need for a dedicated CHE space to track and dialogue about these changes. CHE Technology is co-coordinated by Michael Lerner, President of Commonweal, and CHE partner Jackie Lombardo, member of the Board of Directors at SafeMinds and the Sierra Club's National Toxics Committee.

To read more or join the listserv, please visit the CHE Technology webpage.

CHE Partners Among Four Leading Researchers Awarded by the ENDO Society

4/4/2016: Dr. Pete Myers, CEO and Chief Scientist of Environmental Health Science and co-founder of CHE, is one of four recipients of the Endocrine Society’s Outstanding Public Service Laureate Award announced last month. Other awardees include CHE Partner Dr. Andrea Gore, and Drs. Tom Zoeller and Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, all of whom are also engaged with CHE in various ways. The four researchers were recognized for their leadership over the last 20 years bringing the science on endocrine disrupting chemicals to international attention. Read the entire story in Endocrine News.

Buyer Beware: Toxic BPA & Regrettable Substitutes

3/31/2016: Two of three tested cans still contain BPA. Developed through collaboration between CHE partners the Breast Cancer Fund and Ecology Center, plus Campaign for Healthier Solutions, Clean Production Action, and Safer Chemicals Healthy Families’ Mind the Store Campaign, this report assesses how common BPA is in the cans of national retailers with special attention to BPA-free substitutions. See the full report. Buyer Beware.

New Report: Antimicrobials in Hospital Furnishings: Do They Help Reduce Healthcare-Associated Infections?

3/31/2016: In Health Care Without Harm’s new report, Dr. Ted Schettler (CHE’s Science Director) explores the benefits, risks, tradeoffs, and cost implications of adding antimicrobials to hospital furnishings. Read the full report. Antimicrobials.

A Story of Health Wins CDC Communications Award

A Story of Health award

3/30/16: 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.

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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2 May Pipe dreams: Tapping into the health information in our sewers. Most of us have an attitude of ?flush it and forget it,? but to scientists like Rolf Halden, our waste is a bonanza of valuable information on population-level chemical exposures. Environmental Health Perspectives.

2 May Pipe dreams: Tapping into the health information in our sewers. Most of us have an attitude of ?flush it and forget it,? but to scientists like Rolf Halden, our waste is a bonanza of valuable information on population-level chemical exposures. Environmental Health Perspectives.

2 May The fight to revive Senegal?s Hann Bay. The calm shores of Hann Bay were once home to miles of pristine white sand beaches. But the free-flowing emissions from all the industries and homes have combined to transform the area from an idyllic paradise to one of the most polluted waterways in Senegal. Environmental Health Perspectives.

2 May Cancer-causing pollutant detected in well in Wayne. A cancer-causing pollutant in the groundwater beneath a Pompton Lakes neighborhood was also detected in a nearby residential well in Wayne, raising the possibility that the contamination could be migrating under Pompton Lake to the other side. Bergen County Record.

2 May Human waste pollutes some Wisconsin drinking water. Experts say Wisconsin needs tougher laws to protect resource from contamination by sewage and septic waste; state says it is reviewing landspreading rules. WisconsinWatch.

2 May How Ebola destroyed maternal health gains in Sierra Leone. What few gains had been made in maternal health in Sierra Leone have been undone by a health care system decimated by the Ebola outbreak. New York Times.

2 May Armed guards at India's dams as drought grips country. The Indian Government says 330 million people are suffering from water shortages after the annual monsoons failed. Agence France-Presse.

2 May Zika virus birth defects may be 'tip of the iceberg', experts say. The explosion of cases of birth defects caused by Zika virus may be the "tip of the iceberg," experts said Sunday. NBC News.

2 May Prenatal air pollution and reduced birth weight: Decline in placental mitochondria as a potential mechanism. A new study finds evidence that the association between prenatal air pollution exposure and reduced birth weight may be mediated in part by a decline in the mitochondrial content of the placenta. Environmental Health Perspectives.

2 May Landmark heart disease study marks 30 years of research. CARDIA examines how socio-economics, living habits, environment and several other factors affect wellness and aging. Now in its 30th year, the study has yielded hundreds of research papers cited thousands of times in other medical publications. Chicago Tribune.

 

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