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27 Nov Kenyan women pay the price for slum water 'mafias.' Rising before dawn, the women emerged from their ramshackle shacks and squelched through the mud to stand in line for water in Kibera, Nairobi's biggest slum. Reuters.

27 Nov Toxic shockers: Key chemicals to look out for. Take a bite out of a fresh apple: there's nothing as healthy or natural. The problem is that science tells us otherwise: sensitive tests reveal that pretty much everything in the modern world ? fresh fruit included ? comes with a cocktail of chemical extras. New Scientist.

27 Nov Experts say paracetamol link to asthma risk 'has been overstated.' Previous studies have claimed that exposure to paracetamol in the womb or during early months of life leads to a greater chance of developing asthma. But new research suggests the evidence is not strong enough to warrant warnings restricting use of the drug by pregnant women or infants. London Daily Mail.

27 Nov Supreme Court to hear challenge to EPA emission limits. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear a challenge to new rules by the Environmental Protection Agency that would limit the emissions of mercury and other air-polluting material from coal- and oil-powered utility plants. Topeka Capital-Journal.

27 Nov EPA air-quality proposal stirs controversy. Scott County's current ozone level would fail to meet the lower end of a new standard proposed Wednesday by the Obama administration. But the Environmental Protection Agency predicted it would be in compliance under existing and pending rules by 2025. Davenport Quad-City Times.

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: NOVEMBER 2014

CHE-WA Children's Environmental Health Working Group monthly meeting: Thursday November 13, 2014, 9:30 - 11:30 am
UW Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU)/4225 Roosevelt Way NE, Suite 100, Seattle, WA.

Topic/Speaker:  Nancy Beaudet, Industrial Hygienist and Program Manager, UW Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, will talk about the PEHSU’s work on noise pollution on Whidbey Island.

For more information, contact Gail Gensler at gail.gensler@kingcounty.gov.

CHE Partnership call: The First Thousand Days: Chemical Exposure in Early Life and Beyond
On Tuesday December 2, 2014 at 10:00 am Pacific/1:00 pm Eastern join a distinguished multidisciplinary roster of contributors to a new CHE-themed San Francisco Medical Journal issue on environmental health, published by the San Francisco Medical Society--where CHE itself was born. The authors will summarize their pieces on early life exposures, reproductive health issues, cancer and chemical mixtures, climate change and health, agriculture and the microbiome, and more. The brief presentations will be followed by discussion amongst authors and, time permitting, Q&A with call participants.

San Francisco Medical Society journal focuses on environmental health
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 Schetter, 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.

In a mother's milk, nutrients, and a message, too
A new study of monkeys, published in the journal Behavioral Ecology, demonstrates that a hormone present in milk, cortisol, can have profound effects on how babies develop. New York Times.
[See the study: Cortisol in mother's milk across lactation reflects maternal life history and predicts infant temperament]

Early-life exposure to organophosphate pesticides and pediatric respiratory symptoms in the CHAMACOS cohort
Early-life exposure to organophosphate pesticides was associated with respiratory symptoms consistent with possible asthma in childhood. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Study on childhood toxic stress points to problems later in life
One in six California adults experienced significant childhood stress, in the form of abuse, neglect or family dysfunction, that significantly increases their odds of having dementia or Alzheimer's, kidney disease and other health problems, a pioneering study released Wednesday concludes. San Francisco Chronicle, California.
[See the report: A Hidden Crisis: Findings on Adverse Childhood Experiences in California]

Children's health and climate change
Linda Birnbaum of NIEHS describes current work at the institute on the impact of climate change on children's health.

This is your teenager's brain on soda
Researchers at the University of Southern California recently published a study showing a connection between sugar consumption and memory problems. Mother Jones. [See the study: Effects of sucrose and high fructose corn syrup consumption on spatial memory function and hippocampal neuroinflammation in adolescent rats]

Call for proposals: Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers
This funding will support a transdisciplinary program of basic and applied research to examine the effects of environmental factors on children's health and well-being. Research conducted through the Centers should include substantive areas of science in children's health while incorporating innovative technologies and approaches and links to the environment. This program encourages strong links between disciplines in the basic, applied, clinical, and public health sciences to prevent disease and promote health of all children. Letters of intent are due November 22nd.

Other ICEH news is listed on the ICEH History page.


Past Calls

November 12, 2014 --

CHE Partnership Call - Type 1 Diabetes and the Environment
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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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March 19, 2014 --

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