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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
27 Jul How environmental injustice connects to police violence. It's a dangerous combo: Petrochemicals from factories along ?Cancer Alley? created a deadly living environment for Alton Sterling long before he lost his life to an officer?s bullet. Toxic lead levels in Baltimore echo the violence Freddie Gray experienced at the hands of police. CityLab.

27 Jul Pesticides threaten golf courses, homes, businesses in NY. A mysterious green residue started coating golfers? shoes last spring at Rye Golf Club. Players joked about wiping the gunk off, but angry questions mounted as the lush course transformed into a field of dustbowls. Lower Hudson Valley Journal News.

27 Jul Growing health concerns surrounding pesticides, including two commonly used in Iowa. Two herbicides commonly used in Iowa ? atrazine and glyphosate ? have come under scrutiny for potential human health and environmental dangers and are in the midst of a contentious U.S. EPA re-registration process. Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting.

27 Jul Probe finds EPA 'turning blind eye' to toxic chemical cocktails. Despite the EPA's claims, information on dangerous synergistic effects is publicly available. In fact, the agro-giants collected it themselves. Common Dreams.

27 Jul Summer reading: Annie Proulx's 'Barkskins.' A tale of long-term, shortsighted greed whose subject could not be more important: the destruction of the world?s forests. New York Times.

27 Jul Common pesticide appears to reduce live bee sperm. A new study finds that a commonly used insecticide kills much of the sperm created by male drone honey bees, one reason why the bees are dwindling. Associated Press.

27 Jul VIDEO: Air quality test show toxic conditions near algae blooms. Algae blooms have created toxic conditions in some parts of the St. Lucie River, and test results show they are also contributing to toxic conditions in the air. Palm Beach WPTV.

27 Jul Advocates gain some ground in Peabody self-bonding fight. A partial victory last week in a campaign to make sure Peabody Energy cleans up its coal mines. Midwest Energy News.

27 Jul Citizen science takes on Japan's nuclear establishment. As other Tokyo office workers poured into restaurants and bars at quitting time one recent evening, Kohei Matsushita went to the eighth floor of a high-rise for an unusual after-hours activity: learning how to assemble his own Geiger counter from a kit. Los Angeles Times.

27 Jul EPA finding clears way for limit on aircraft emissions. The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday declared that jet engine exhaust endangers public health by contributing to climate change, a key milestone as it works to develop regulations that will cut carbon emissions from commercial aircraft. Climate Central.

 

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