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From the CHE blog: Your Health the Week of June 22nd

This week's post includes stories about artificial light and sleep, as well as stories related to promoting brain health. CHE is publishing this regular series that summarizes and highlights recent Your Health items and trends. Readers can follow CHE’s Your Health news feed or subscribe via RSS. 

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. How do different aspects of our environment interact with our genes to influence our health across the lifespan? Through the lives of fictional characters, the first three stories explore multiple factors that can contribute to childhood leukemia, asthma, and learning and developmental disabilities. You can download the entire book or individual chapters featuring research about disease origin and helpful facts about disease prevention. Stories on additional health endpoints are forthcoming. 

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. For example, 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.

If you have not yet taken a look at A Story of Health we encourage you to do so now. Read it with your family, and share it with your friends and colleagues. It’s free, it’s easy to use, and it draws from the latest research available. You can also listen to the CHE Partnership calls featuring Stephen's story/childhood leukemia and Brett's story/asthma.

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).

CHE quarterly Top 10 environmental health stories now available

4/6/1515: CHE offers this selection of research, news and announcements that were of special significance during the first quarter of 2015. 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. This quarter's selections include a discussion of the role of bad luck in cancer, the continuing saga of federal chemical policy reform, the costs of hormone-disrupting chemicals, a couple of success stories, and plenty of research on the impacts of several common toxics on health. 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.


 
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 Jul Chemicals may alter placenta genes, threaten fetuses. Women exposed to widely used chemicals while pregnant are more likely to have altered gene function in their placentas, according to a new study. Environmental Health News.

1 Jul The impenetrable world of Mark Flores. Yvette Flores unknowingly worked around lead and other harmful substances while she was pregnant; a severely disabled son was the result. Center for Public Integrity.

1 Jul Study: Fireworks cause a toxic brew of unhealthy air. The thousands of Fourth of July firework celebrations across the nation bring a toxic brew of air pollution to our atmosphere, according to a recent study from federal scientists. USA Today.

1 Jul Phase-in lead ban starts for hunting. A lead-free movement that started with saving endangered condors in California by banning the use of lead ammunition where the big prehistoric-looking birds flew now will impact hunters throughout the state and cause more erosion to the state?s number of hunters. San Diego Union-Tribune.

1 Jul Why New York banned polystyrene foam. New York City is joining a growing group of cities in banning Expandable Polystyrene Foam. Adam Harris explains what makes this material so worrisome to environmentalists?and appealing to businesses. BBC.

1 Jul Poor quality makeup poses health risk for kids. An increasing number of young girls in Seoul are putting on makeup these days. The problem is many of these young girls buy low quality makeup items with no safety guarantee from stationery stores near schools. Seoul Chosun Ilbo.

1 Jul In St. Louis, an urban farmer uses a rooftop and food to spur renewal. A two-story concrete building on the edge of downtown St. Louis is bearing its heaviest load 88 years after construction. It's an effort to bring creative farming into the middle of a city. New York Times.

1 Jul Connecticut bill passed bans sale, manufacture of plastic microbeads in personal care products. The budget has passed and one of the bills included a provision to ban the sale and manufacture of plastic microbeads in personal care products. Hartford WFSB.

1 Jul North Carolina officials meet with coal ash neighbors about tainted wells. State health and environment officials met Tuesday night with the people hardest hit by contaminated wells near Duke Energy?s ash ponds. Charlotte Observer.

1 Jul DENR opposes bill that would overhaul North Carolina environmental regulations. North Carolina?s environmental regulators urged lawmakers Tuesday not to support sweeping environmental reforms in the legislature that one activist has dubbed a bill ?to protect polluters.? Charlotte Observer.

 

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