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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 and A Story of Health at PPTox 2014

11/1/14: CHE has been collaborating on an innovative new multi-media eBook A Story of Health. The first three chapters of this eBook – fictional stories of people with asthma, developmental disabilities, and childhood leukemia – are due to be released in early 2015. A poster on the eBook was recently presented at the PPTox IV conference “Environmental Stressors in Disease and Implications for Human Health” organized by the Endocrine Society. Narrative approaches and storytelling are emerging as powerful health promotion tools that can help increase understanding of determinants of health and translate complex science. A Story of Health capitalizes on this approach by using fictional stories to help convey how multiple environmental factors affect health across the lifespan. See the poster on the CHE website.

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.

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


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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23 Nov The downside of the boom. Though the oil industry now disposes of oil field brine primarily by injecting it deep underground, it still needs to be transported to disposal wells and remains a stubborn pollution problem. For every barrel of oil, about 1.4 barrels of brine is produced, state officials say, and far more of it spills than does oil. New York Times.

23 Nov Deadly DuPont leak exposes safety, response failures. Investigations are ongoing, but already it's clear that the response to last Saturday's DuPont emergency was inadequate and slow, and that DuPont failed to reveal to first responders how much was at risk. One of the chemicals in the building was the same one that caused the Bhopal tragedy in 1984, killing more than 2,200 people. Houston Chronicle.

23 Nov Colorado weighs taking "waste" out of wastewater to fix shortfall. Colorado water providers facing a shortfall of 163 billion gallons are turning to a long-ignored resource: wastewater. They're calculating that, if even the worst sewage could be cleaned to the point it is safe to drink ? filtered through super-fine membranes or constructed wetlands, treated with chemicals, zapped with ultraviolet rays ? then the state's dwindling aquifers and rivers could be saved. Denver Post.

23 Nov Asbestos in Australian schools needs urgent removal demands WorkSafe. Teachers and principals have made an election-eve plea for asbestos to be fully removed from all Victorian schools after a secret state government audit found some are so plagued with the material that buildings need to be cordoned off or cleaned up immediately. Melbourne Age.

23 Nov Bad chemistry took over in California Central Valley?s terrible air siege. An early November pollution siege left people coughing, sneezing, rubbing their eyes and scratching at rashes. It kicked off the Valley?s most dangerous air pollution season - November through the end of February - when fireplace soot, diesel specks and chemical debris can hang in the air for weeks at a time. Fresno Bee.

23 Nov 14bn plan to share Scots water with England. A bold proposal to tackle water shortages in Britain?s southern counties by building a vast ?super canal? between the two countries is being considered by both the UK and Scottish governments. Edinburgh Scotsman.

23 Nov Do you know how many toxic chemicals are in your shampoo, your lipstick, your toothpaste? Egyptians first started using scented oils and ointments to clean and soften skin. They were also the first to use toxic chemicals in their beauty products, with lead and arsenic being common ingredients. Globe and Mail.

23 Nov Chemicals in sunscreen 'may impair male fertility.' A study reports that chemicals commonly found in sunscreen, which filter out UV rays, can impair male fertility. Experts warned when these chemicals are absorbed by the skin, they can interfere with the body's hormones. London Daily Mail.

23 Nov Winter weather weirdness may be just beginning. Brace yourself. November?s white nightmare could become a recurring bad dream of varying intensity. While last week?s winter blast appears to be the freak offspring of a typhoon-blasted jet stream and a warm Lake Erie, it?s also part of a long-term pattern that shows no sign of changing. Buffalo News.

23 Nov Climate change threatens to strip the identity of Glacier National Park. What will they call this place once the glaciers are gone? A century ago, this sweep of mountains on the Canadian border boasted some 150 ice sheets. Now a warming climate is melting Glacier?s glaciers. In 30 years, there may be none. New York Times.


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