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CHE Partnership call: NIEHS and Environmental Health Disparities in Alaska
Wed, Oct 1
Hosted by the CHE Alaska Working Group

CHE Partnership call: Home Invaders: Are Flame Retardants Fattening Us Up and Harming Our Bones?
Thurs, Oct 9

CHE Partnership call: Cold Feet: Perinatal DDT Exposure Increases Risk of Insulin Resistance
Wed, Oct 15

CHE Partnership call: Toxic Chemicals in Schools: Health Hazards to Children and What You Can Do
Wed, Oct 15
Hosted by the CHE Alaska Working Group
 

CHE Partnership call: Four Years After the President's Cancer Panel Report: Recommendations and Next Steps
Mon, Oct 20

9/30/14: MP3 recording available: Prenatal Exposures: What Do Providers Know?

9/18/14: MP3 recording available: Climate Change and Health - What's New and What To Do?

9/17/14: MP3 recording available: Maternal Bisphenol A Programs Offspring Metabolic Syndrome

9/9/14: MP3 recording available: PCBs in Schools - Still a Problem?

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WHAT'S NEW

CHE announces new newsfeed: Your Health

9/15/14: CHE’s core mission is to bring attention to emerging science that is relevant to environmental impacts on human health and that of other species. In addition to this primary service, we have decided to occasionally post  “Your Health” selections (also referred to as “News You Can Use”) which you may find are directly useful to your health or the health of others you care about.
See the archive or subscribe to this news feed

WHO Health and Climate Summit

9/10/14: High level researchers, health ministers and intergovernmental congratulated the WHO on their vision and leadership in convening the first ever Health and Climate Summit in Geneva from August 27-29th, an historic event which brought together over 300 policy makers, health professionals, academics, and civil society representatives from around the world. 

Biomonitoring and environmental exposures

9/8/14: Sharyle Patton, CHE Director of Special Projects and Director of the Commonweal Biomonitoring Resource Center, contributed to this new paper: Reporting individual results for biomonitoring and environmental exposures: lessons learned from environmental communication case studies. From the conclusion: "Researchers and IRBs have often speculated that reporting to people on their own chemical exposures might be harmful, because results could generate excessive worry when the health effects and remedies are unclear. However, study participants generally want their results, and studies that have reported individual results along with comparative benchmarks and interpretive context find that participants benefited by learning a great deal about environmental health."

CHE participates in Reach the Decision Makers Team

5/12/14: Sarah Howard (2nd from left), National Coordinator of the CHE Diabetes-Obesity Spectrum Working Group, and Karin Russ (3rd from left), National Coordinator of the CHE Fertility and Reproductive Health Working Group, were a part of the Reach the Decision Makers team (sponsored by UCSF's Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment), that met with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to discuss how they evaluate thyroid hormone disrupting chemicals in the Endocrine Disrupter Screening Program. The Reach the Decision Makers Fellowship trains scientists, community members, clinicians and public health professionals to effectively promote science and health-based policies at the US EPA.

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 Oct Essay: Heed the nightingale's warning. Many birders enjoy playing an imaginary game with one another: "Blindfold me and place me anywhere in the world ? I bet I can identify where I am, as long as you let me hear the birds." Our changes to the planet are narrowing those bands ? a warning sign for our times. Concluding essay of EHN.org's "Winged Warnings" series. Environmental Health News.

1 Oct Lakota values soar with the eagles. Winged Warnings Part 16. College student Tristan Picotte, born and raised on a Lakota reservation in South Dakota, describes how the feathers of bald eagles have inspired and motivated generations of Native Americans. ?Eagle feathers pushed our culture forward to better the people, not just the individual,? he writes. ?Oyate kin yanipi kte lo. So that we will live: Not just our people, but the winged creatures that have embodied our best values.? Environmental Health News.

1 Oct Report shows schools vulnerable to toxic exposure. Dozens of facilities across the Chicago area store or use toxic chemicals which - if released in an accidental leak or explosion - could directly affect hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren throughout the city and suburbs. Chicago NBC5 TV.

1 Oct California becomes first state to ban plastic bags. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Tuesday that makes California the first state in the nation to ban single-use plastic bags. "This bill is a step in the right direction ? it reduces the torrent of plastic polluting our beaches, parks and even the vast ocean itself," Brown said. San Francisco Chronicle.

1 Oct Mexican farmers stung twice by toxic spill, hurricane. The combination of Mexico?s largest mining spill and heavy rains swelling the chemical-tainted Sonora River are causing losses to almost all cattle ranchers and crop damage in an area the government says accounts for nearly 20 percent of the state economy. Bloomberg News.

1 Oct China launches media campaign to back genetically modified crops. China's government has kicked off a media campaign in support of genetically modified crops, as it battles a wave of negative publicity over a technology it hopes will play a major role in boosting its food security. Reuters.

1 Oct Neonicotinoid ban hit UK farmers hard. Peter Kendall surveys his crop of oilseed rape. At this time of year, he should usually be looking at healthy green shoots, but the leaves are full of holes. The driest September on record has meant a plague of flea beetle. The pest is normally controlled by coating the seeds in a systemic pesticide called neonicotinoid. The Guardian.

1 Oct Cement factories cast pall over village in northern Vietnam. Thousands of people from Ha Nam Province have sought relief from the thick factory smoke and omnipresent cement dust that's plagued their community for years, but authorities have failed to act. Thanhnien News.

1 Oct China?s ?strictest? air pollution laws introduced in city. Shanghai introduces ?China?s strictest air protection law,? with maximum fines of US$81,244 ? five times the current level. And this fine itself will be hiked on a daily basis if polluters don?t take action. Shanghai Daily.

1 Oct EPA wins another round on Spruce Mine veto. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday won another round in the long legal saga involving one of the largest mountaintop removal mining permits in West Virginia history. Charleston Gazette.

 

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