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24 May Thalidomide survivors cheer Ottawa?s new annual pension program. The Canadian government will provide thalidomide survivors with pensions of up to $100,000 a year for the remainder of their lives, a major breakthrough for the nearly 100 Canadians who have been fighting an emotional and hard-fought battle for compensation. Globe and Mail.

24 May Vaccine skeptics put our children at risk. A quirk of modern culture is the way that science has become a matter of belief. People say they don?t ?believe? in climate change or say that evolution by natural selection is ?just a theory.? Portland Press Herald.

23 May School bus pollution is dangerous, and efforts to control it are still uneven. The federal government says diesel exhaust likely causeslung cancer, asthma attacks, chronic bronchitisand heart disease. Yet millions of children ride school buses powered by diesel fuel ? and stand in lines next to idling buses nearly every day for months. Living On Earth.

23 May EU dropped pesticide laws due to US pressure over TTIP, documents reveal. EU moves to regulate hormone-damaging chemicals linked to cancer and male infertility were shelved following pressure from US trade officials over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) free trade deal. The Guardian.

22 May EU dropped pesticide laws due to US pressure over TTIP, documents reveal. US trade officials pushed the EU to shelve action on endocrine-disrupting chemicals linked to cancer and male infertility to facilitate the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership free trade deal. The Guardian.

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: MAY 2015

CHE Partnership call: Ambient BTEX Exposure and Hormone-related Health Conditions in Humans
Wednesday, May 20, 2014 at 10:00 am Pacific/1:00 pm Eastern
Hosted by the CHE EDCs Strategies Group

A recently published review of the effects of low level human exposure to four chemicals known together as BTEX – benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene will be presented on this call. BTEX are most well known as products of combustion exhaust, and more recently as pollutants from unconventional oil and gas operations (drilling and hydraulic fracturing). Typically, concentrations found indoors are higher than outdoors due to off-gassing from products like household cleaners, fabric treatments, building materials, furniture and automotive products. However, recent studies measuring the compounds at residences near oil and gas development have found concentrations hundreds of times greater than those in this review. Ashley Bolden will present evidence from the review suggesting that low BTEX exposure (chemicals individually or in combination) are connected to developmental, respiratory, and immune effects like reduced fetal growth, asthma, and increased susceptibility to allergy at levels considered safe by the US EPA.

CHE Partnership call: An Interview with Dr. Frederica Perera, Recipient of the Prestigious Heinz Award
Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 10:00 am Pacific/1:00 pm Eastern

Frederica Perera, DrPH, PhD, is the founder and director of the Columbia (University) Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH) at the Mailman School of Public Health. In late April she was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for the Environment for her pioneering work in the field of molecular epidemiology and for her decades-long research to illuminate the health consequences children suffer from prenatal and childhood exposures to hazardous chemicals. The Heinz Award is made in the memory of the late US Senator John Heinz by recognizing those who have made outstanding contributions in one of five critically important categories: Arts and Humanities; Environment; Human Condition; Public Policy; and Technology, the Economy and Employment. On this call join CHE for a conversation with Dr. Perera and Elise Miller, CHE’s director. Dr. Perera will discuss how she came to this field, her work over the past decades, what she sees as pivotal moments in the evolution of the environmental health movement, and priority actions and opportunities to reduce chemical exposures in the future nationally and internationally.

CHE Partnership call: A Story of Developmental Disability, A Story of Health: The Influence of Environmental Exposures and Opportunities for Prevention
Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 10:00 am Pacific/1:00 pm Eastern

This call is the third in a series introducing the new A Story of Health illustrated, multimedia eBook that harnesses the power of stories to how our environments interact with our genes to influence health across the lifespan. 

When people develop a disability, they often ask their health care providers, “How did this happen?” The answer could be clear and obvious but many times it is more complicated. This call will focus on the life of Amelia, a teenager who lives in Louisiana with her family, and is featured in A Story of Health. Although her story is fictional, she represents the one of six young people in the US with a developmental disability. This call will explore many of the topics covered in Amelia’s story, including: How gene-environment interactions can influence the onset of developmental disabilities; key opportunities or concerns before and during pregnancy to help reduce the risk of developmental disabilities in a child, including such things as preconception and maternal nutrition, fetal exposure to toxic substances, and the importance of thyroid hormone; and how multiple environmental factors including stress, toxic exposures and nutrition can interact to increase adverse effects on brain development. Opportunities and actions for prevention will also be addressed, such as the beneficial effects of an enriched social environment.

Kids of severely obese moms have higher risk of ADHD
Six-year-olds whose mothers were severely obese before pregnancy are more likely to have developmental or emotional problems than kids of healthy-weight moms, according to a new study. Reuters.
[See the study: Maternal prepregnancy body mass index and child psychosocial development at 6 years of age]

'Tale of two cities' widens worldwide for children, study shows
A widening gap between rich and poor in cities worldwide has contributed to deepening disparities in urban maternal health and child survival rates, the global charity Save the Children said Monday in an annual report. New York Times.
[See the report: State of the World's Mothers]

Toxic combination of air pollution and poverty lowers child IQ
Children born to mothers experiencing economic hardship, who were also exposed during pregnancy to high levels of PAH (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), scored significantly lower on IQ tests at age 5 compared with children born to mothers with greater economic security and less exposure to the pollutants.

Association of prenatal exposure to persistent organic pollutants with obesity and cardiometabolic traits in early childhood: the Rhea Mother-Child Cohort (Crete, Greece)
Prenatal exposure to DDE and hexachlorobenzene was associated with excess adiposity and higher blood pressure levels in early childhood. Environmental Health Perspectives.

US government recommends lower level of fluoride in water
For the first time in more than 50 years, the federal government has recommended lowering the level of fluoride in drinking water. Newsweek.
[See the recommendation: U.S. Public Health Service Recommendation for Fluoride Concentration in Drinking Water for the Prevention of Dental Caries]

A Story of Health: new multimedia eBook
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.

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).

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
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January 22, 2015 --

CHE Partnership Call - A Story of Childhood Leukemia, a Story of Health: Genetic and Environmental Risk Factors for Childhood Leukemia
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Call Blog
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December 2, 2014 --

CHE Partnership Call - The First Thousand Days: Chemical Exposure in Early Life and Beyond
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Call Blog
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November 12, 2014 --

CHE Partnership Call - Type 1 Diabetes and the Environment
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Call Blog
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October 15, 2014 --

CHE Alaska call: Toxic Chemicals in Schools: Health Hazards to Children and What You Can Do
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Call Blog
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September 9, 2014 --

CHE Partnership Call - PCBs in Schools – Still a Problem?
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Call Blog
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July 10, 2014 --

CHE Partnership Call - Breathing Deep: Air Pollution, Health, and Public Health Policy
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Call Blog
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June 18, 2014 --

CHE Partnership Call - Prenatal Exposure to EDCs and Obesity: Combining Toxicology and Epidemiology with Dr. Juliette Legler
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Call Blog
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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
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Call Blog
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March 19, 2014 --

CHE Partnership Call - Dr. Frederica Perera on the Effects of Prenatal Exposures to EDCs on Childhood Development
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Call Blog
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March 13, 2014 --

CHE Partnership Call - CHE Cafe call: Dr. Phil Landrigan and Dr. Ruth Etzel on Children's Environmental Health
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Call Blog
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October 11, 2012 --

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

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September 20, 2012 --

CHE Partnership Call - Healthy Environments Across Generations: What We Learned and What Comes Next
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Call Blog

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March 11, 2011 --

CHE Partnership Call - Healthy Aging Starts at Conception: Promoting Health Across the Lifespan
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Call Blog

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September 21, 2010 --

CHE Partnership Call - Pediatric Integrative Health: Approaches to Optimizing "Whole Child" Wellness
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Call Blog

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June 23, 2009 --

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

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March 16, 2006 --

CHE Partnership Call: The Future of the National Children's Study: Science, Priorities, and Politics
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