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A Story of Health

New multimedia eBook released

1/21/15: A Story of Health is a multimedia eBook exploring how our environments interact with our genes to influence health across the lifespan. We tell A Story of Health through the lives of fictional characters and their families - Brett, a young boy with asthma; Amelia, a teenager with developmental disabilities; and toddler Stephen, recently diagnosed with leukemia. Each fictional case features the latest scientific research about disease origin and helpful facts about disease prevention. Colorful illustrations, graphics and videos enhance each page. Links to a wide range of additional resources and hundreds of scientific papers enrich each story with information you can use today to promote health and prevent disease.

The eBook offers FREE continuing education credits through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).

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).

Visit the webpage to download the eBook and learn more.

Listen to the MP3 recording from the CHE Partnership call on childhood leukemia, featuring Stephen's story.

Listen to the MP3 recording from the CHE Partnership call on asthma, featuring Brett's story.

CHE quarterly Top 10 environmental health stories now available

1/13/15: CHE offers this selection of research, news and announcements that were of special significance during the fourth 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.

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 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.
Listen to the interview

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
1 Apr Pollution from China taking high route to Central Valley, study says. Consumer goods aren?t the only products flooding into California from China; a significant amount of the air pollution in California?s Central Valley also originates across the Pacific Ocean, a new UC Davis study concludes. Sacramento Bee.

1 Apr EPA will require weed-resistance restrictions on glyphosate herbicide. U.S. regulators will put new restrictions on the world's most widely used herbicide to help address the rapid expansion of weeds resistant to the chemical, Reuters has learned. Reuters.

1 Apr Forget the sharks. Another danger may lurk in coastal waters. Scientists in Great Britain have found a reason why summer shore-worshipers should demand cleaner coastal waters. You could be increasing your exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Newark Star-Ledger.

1 Apr Oregon Legislature targets antibiotics in factory farms. The Oregon Legislature is considering limiting the nonmedical use of antibiotics in large animal farms through two bills, with the hopes of preventing the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Salem Statesman Journal.

1 Apr Monsanto donates $4M to save butterflies. Agribusiness Monsanto Co., whose popular weed killer Roundup has been partly blamed by critics for knocking out monarch butterflies' habitat, said Tuesday it is committing $4 million to efforts to stem the worrisome decline of the black-and-orange insects. Associated Press.

1 Apr Deepwater oil spill: BP steps up PR effort to insist all is well in the Gulf. In the run-up to the five-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon spill this April, BP is ramping up its effort to convince consumers that life is returning to normal on the Gulf coast. The Guardian.

1 Apr Ohio EPA tries to block Cleveland harbor sediment from being dumped in Lake Erie. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday issued a permit that would allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge Cleveland's harbor, but not permit it to put any of the dredged material in Lake Erie. Cleveland Plain Dealer.

1 Apr Pollution from China taking high route to Central Valley, study says. Consumer goods aren?t the only products flooding into California from China; a significant amount of the air pollution in California?s Central Valley also originates across the Pacific Ocean, a new UC Davis study concludes. Sacramento Bee.

1 Apr Obama submits 'ambitious' global warming plan. The U.S. formally submitted to the United Nations a commitment to reduce its climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions by up to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. Mashable.

1 Apr Watch shipping lanes carry carbon dioxide around the globe. A new map showing the level of atmospheric carbon dioxide around the world finds that many of the world's biggest shipping routes are surprisingly polluted, given their location far from land. Washington Post.

 

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