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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

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.

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
18 Apr Opinion - White, Wealthy, and Whiney: An environmental movement in need of a makeover. Now that I?ve gotten your attention with an over-the-top headline, understand that I don?t really buy it. Not completely, anyway. But millions of Americans do, and because of that, pushback against environmental initiatives is both strong and often devoid of reason. Environmental Health News.

18 Apr Opinion - White, Wealthy, and Whiney: An environmental movement in need of a makeover. Now that I?ve gotten your attention with an over-the-top headline, understand that I don?t really buy it. Not completely, anyway. But millions of Americans do, and because of that, pushback against environmental initiatives is both strong and often devoid of reason. Environmental Health News.

18 Apr Obama to visit Florida Everglades on Earth Day ? to talk about climate change. In the President?s weekly Saturday morning address, he declared that he?s headed to the Florida Everglades Wednesday ? Earth Day ? to ?talk about the way that climate change threatens our economy.? Washington Post.

18 Apr Louisiana five years after BP oil spill: 'It's not going back to normal no time soon'.' To hear BP tell it, the environmental disaster that struck the Gulf of Mexico five years ago is nearly over ? the beaches have been cleared of oil, and the water in the Gulf is as clear as it ever was. But how do you spot a continued disaster if its main indicator is the absence of something? The Guardian.

18 Apr Polar bears hit by twin threats of pollution and climate change. Greenland?s polar bears have a thyroid problem. Their endocrine systems, too, are being disrupted. In both cases the culprit agency is environmental pollution by a range of long-lived industrial chemicals and pesticides. Climate News Network.

18 Apr Depleting green cover major concern. One of the major factors for depleting air quality could be sinking green cover in Mysuru. Times of India.

18 Apr Feds order speed limits for oil trains. The Obama administration is requiring freight rail companies to impose a 40 mile per hour speed limit on oil trains that run near major cities that have large populations. The Hill.

18 Apr On TV, ecological themes for a small planet. Earth Day, which this year falls on Wednesday, is an occasion for celebrators, castigators and celebratory castigators. And for television that does all three of those things. New York Times.

18 Apr Intrusive legacy. Five years have passed since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster spilled more than 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Houston Chronicle.

18 Apr Finish the Hudson River PCB dredging job. After a billion-dollar, six-year project to remove millions of cubic yards of PCB-laden sludge from the Hudson River, General Electric plans to shut down its dredging and mud processing operations. But there's still more work to be done. Albany Times Union.

 

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