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4 Mar Looted and leaking, South Sudan's oil wells become war-torn nation's new nightmare. Local water wells have shown high levels of unpalatable salt and poisonous lead. Agence France-Presse.

3 Mar Detroit fleets get makeovers through federal program with an uncertain future. Detroit has reduced diesel emissions by about 45,000 tons over the past five years through engine upgrades and replacements spurred by a federal program in its last year of authorization. Environmental Health News.

3 Mar California to try again to add styrene to proposition 65 list of carcinogens. The notice of intent follows two earlier efforts, one of which a state appeals court blocked after deciding the agency lacked sufficient evidence that styrene is ?known? to cause cancer. Bloomberg BNA.

3 Mar Bill would regulate toxics in children's products. Industry groups are fighting an Oregon bill that would protect children from toxic chemicals, saying such regulation should be done at the federal level. Salem Statesman Journal.

3 Mar Pakistan arrests parents for refusing children's polio vaccinations. Community opposition and Taliban threats are blocking efforts to eradicate the crippling disease in one of its last strongholds. Reuters.

Initiative on
Children's Environmental Health

The Initiative on Children's Environmental Health–formerly the Institute for Children's Environmental Health–became an active working group of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment in 2009. ICEH is devoted to the promotion of children's health and the prevention of environmental exposures and other factors that may undermine healthy development.

Currently the Initiative provides a listserv where CHE Partners can share the latest science on environmental contributors to children's health. Depending on Partners' evolving interest, CHE may expand activites of this group again in the future.

If you are already a CHE Partner and would like to joint this working group, please contact info@healthandenvironment.org. If you are not currently a CHE Partner, please first complete the Partner form, indicating which of CHE's working groups you would like to participate in, including ICEH.

RECENT NEWS / HIGHLIGHTS: MARCH 2015

A Story of Health: new multimedia eBook
A Story of Health is a multimedia eBook explores 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).

CHE Partnership call: EDCs, Oil and Gas Development, and Groundwater with Dr. Susan Nagel
Wednesday February 18, 2015 at 10:00 am Pacific/1:00 pm Eastern
Hosted by the CHE EDCs Strategies Working Group

Dr. Susan Nagel's research indicates that natural gas drilling operations may result in elevated endocrine-disrupting chemical activity in surface and ground water. Her presentation will include 1) EDC activity in surface and ground water, 2) EDC activity of chemicals, and 3) review of the scientific literature providing evidence that adult and early life exposure to chemicals associated with oil and gas operations can result in adverse reproductive health and developmental effects in humans. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) [including benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene, and xylene (BTEX) and formaldehyde] and heavy metals (including arsenic, cadmium and lead) are just a few of the known contributors to reduced water quality that pose a threat to human developmental and reproductive health.

CHE Partnership call: Placental Toxicants and Disruption to Development
Wednesday February 25, 2015 at 10:00 am Pacific/1:00 pm Eastern
Hosted by the CHE Fertility and Reproductive Health Working Group

The placenta has been called the ‘twin’ of the developing fetus, subject to the same maternal environment as the child. As such, substances that the mother is exposed to may alter the makeup and function of the placenta as well as the development of the offspring. Recent research has focused on epigenetic changes in placental tissue in response to nutritional alterations and exposures to chemicals and metals, with an analysis of the consequences for fetal development. Speakers on this call will present new findings on epigenetic placental research, and discuss the implications for developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD).

BPA alternative disrupts normal brain-cell growth, is tied to hyperactivity, study says
In a groundbreaking study, researchers have shown why a chemical once thought to be a safe alternative to bisphenol A, which was abandoned by manufacturers of baby bottles and sippy cups after a public outcry, might itself be more harmful than BPA. Washington Post, District of Columbia.
[See the study: Low-dose exposure to bisphenol A and replacement bisphenol S induces precocious hypothalamic neurogenesis in embryonic zebrafish]

Common pesticide may increase risk of ADHD
A commonly used pesticide [deltamethrin] may alter the development of the brain's dopamine system -- responsible for emotional expression and cognitive function -- and increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children, according to a new Rutgers study. Rutgers Today.
[See the study: Developmental pesticide exposure reproduces features of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder]

Distinguished lecture examines prenatal exposures in child development
As a molecular epidemiologist and environmental health scientist at Columbia University in New York City, Perera focuses on preventing childhood neurodevelopmental impairment, asthma, obesity, and cancer through early identification of environmental risk factors. NIEHS and National Toxicology Program (NTP) Director Linda Birnbaum, PhD, invited Perera to the Distinguished Lecture Seminar Series, to talk about her research. NIEHS Environmental Factor.

EPA/NIEHS webinar: The Role of Environmental Exposure in Childhood Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome and Neurobehavioral Abnormalities in Adolescence
Investigators from the Children's Environmental Health Centers will present new results on associations of ambient air pollutants, metals and endocrine disrupting chemicals with obesity and metabolic disease, and will describe potential biological pathways explaining these effects.

Developmental origins of health and disease: a paradigm for understanding disease cause and prevention
The evidence in support of the developmental origins of the health and disease paradigm is sufficiently robust and repeatable across species, including humans, to suggest a need for greater emphasis in the clinical area. As a result of these data, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular morbidity, and neuropsychiatric diseases can all be considered pediatric diseases. Current Opinion in Pediatrics.

MP3 recording available: CHE Partnership call: A Story of Childhood Leukemia, A Story of Health: Genetic and Environmental Risk Factors for Childhood Leukemia

MP3 recording available: CHE Partnership call: Only One Chance: How Contaminants in Our Environment Impair Brain Development
Hosted by the CHE Alaska Working Group

Other ICEH news is listed on the ICEH History page.


Past Calls

February 4, 2015 --

CHE Partnership Call - CHE Alaska call: Only One Chance: How Contaminants in our Environment Impair Brain Development
Background Information / Resources

Q&A/Comments
Listen to the MP3 recording

January 22, 2015 --

CHE Partnership Call - A Story of Childhood Leukemia, a Story of Health: Genetic and Environmental Risk Factors for Childhood Leukemia
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording

December 2, 2014 --

CHE Partnership Call - The First Thousand Days: Chemical Exposure in Early Life and Beyond
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording

November 12, 2014 --

CHE Partnership Call - Type 1 Diabetes and the Environment
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording

October 15, 2014 --

CHE Alaska call: Toxic Chemicals in Schools: Health Hazards to Children and What You Can Do
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording

September 9, 2014 --

CHE Partnership Call - PCBs in Schools – Still a Problem?
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording

July 10, 2014 --

CHE Partnership Call - Breathing Deep: Air Pollution, Health, and Public Health Policy
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording

June 18, 2014 --

CHE Partnership Call - Prenatal Exposure to EDCs and Obesity: Combining Toxicology and Epidemiology with Dr. Juliette Legler
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording

April 16, 2014 --

CHE Partnership Call - Dr. Philippe Grandjean on Chemical Brain Drain: How the Next Generation's Brain Functions are Endangered by EDCs and Other Environmental Chemicals
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording

March 19, 2014 --

CHE Partnership Call - Dr. Frederica Perera on the Effects of Prenatal Exposures to EDCs on Childhood Development
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording

March 13, 2014 --

CHE Partnership Call - CHE Cafe call: Dr. Phil Landrigan and Dr. Ruth Etzel on Children's Environmental Health
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording

October 11, 2012 --

CHE Partnership Call - 50 Years After "Silent Spring": Pesticides, Children's Health and the State of the Science
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog

Listen to the MP3 recording

September 20, 2012 --

CHE Partnership Call - Healthy Environments Across Generations: What We Learned and What Comes Next
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog

Listen to the MP3 recording

March 11, 2011 --

CHE Partnership Call - Healthy Aging Starts at Conception: Promoting Health Across the Lifespan
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog

Listen to the MP3 recording

September 21, 2010 --

CHE Partnership Call - Pediatric Integrative Health: Approaches to Optimizing "Whole Child" Wellness
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog

Listen to the MP3 recording

June 23, 2009 --

CHE Partnership Call - A Common Agenda for Health and the Environment: Goals for the Next Generation and Steps to Get There
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog

Listen to the MP3 Recording

March 16, 2006 --

CHE Partnership Call: The Future of the National Children's Study: Science, Priorities, and Politics
Call Transcripts
Background Informtion/Resources
Listen to the audio recording of this call (MP3 Format)

 

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