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27 Mar Reform of toxics law is contentious. Plan to rewrite 1976 law draws bipartisan support but harsh criticism. Science.

27 Mar Hogan's Maryland: Open for big business. As a small business owner in Maryland, will my company see a rise in profits thanks to Mr. Hogan playing referee on how much chicken doody can be dumped in the bay? No. In fact, I can't think of any responsible small business owner who will benefit. Can you? Baltimore Sun.

26 Mar Income inequality, social factors help determine statewide health rankings. The income status of New Jersey residents appears to be a major driving force in their health, with wealthy Hunterdon County on top and low-income Cumberland County ranking last when it came to health outcomes. Montclair NJ Spotlight.

26 Mar Finally, an antifreeze your kids can drink! Sweet, delicious, nontoxic antifreeze is just around the corner. And that's a good thing. Washington Post.

26 Mar Chemical exposure raises risk of chronic diseases. Researchers conclude they are 99 percent certain that hormone-altering chemicals are linked to attention problems, diabetes, other health problems. Lagos 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: MARCH 2015

CHE Partnership call: A Story of Asthma, A Story of Health: From Environmental Risk  Factors to Prevention Strategies
Thursday March 12, 2015 at 10:00 am Pacific/1:00 pm Eastern

This call the second in a series introducing the new A Story of Health illustrated, multimedia eBook that harnesses the power of stories to explore the multiple influences on our health across the lifespan.

Join experts who contributed to A Story of Health as we explore the life of nine-year-old Brett who lives in Southern California and is coping with asthma. Speakers will describe basics of asthma and lung development, demographic trends, environmental conditions and genetic susceptibilities that can cause or exacerbate asthma, and interventions that may prevent asthma or lessen its effects. Speakers will include A Story of Health co-author and science director of CHE and the Science and Environmental Health Network, Ted Schettler, MD, MPH; Rosalind J. Wright, MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and; Rob S. McConnell, MD, Professor of Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California and Deputy Director of the NIEHS/EPA-supported Children's Environmental Health Center at USC.

CHE Partnership call: Endocrine Disruptive Effects of Bisphenol A Substitutes with Dr. Johanna Rochester
Wednesday March 18, 2015 at 10:00 am Pacific/1:00 pm Eastern

Increasing concern by the general population has prompted the substitution of BPA for other chemicals. However, many of these other chemicals are also bisphenols, closely related to BPA. BPS and BPF are two such BPA substitutes that are being used, sometimes in products labeled “BPA-free.” Dr. Rochester will present the current literature on BPS and BPF and discuss their safety as BPA replacements.

Endocrine Society publishes series of studies on estimated costs of endocrine disrupting chemicals
A new economic analysis found exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals likely costs the European Union €157 billion ($209 billion) a year in actual health care expenses and lost earning potential, according to a new series of studies published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

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).

What are we doing to our children's brains: Environmental chemicals are wreaking havoc to last a lifetime, Elizabeth Grossman
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1.8 million more children in the U.S. were diagnosed with developmental disabilities between 2006 and 2008 than a decade earlier. During this time, the prevalence of autism climbed nearly 300 percent, while that of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder increased 33 percent. CDC figures also show that 10 to 15 percent of all babies born in the US have some type of neurobehavorial development disorder. Still more are affected by neurological disorders that don’t rise to the level of clinical diagnosis.

Breastfeeding, other factors help shape immune system early in life
Henry Ford Hospital researchers say that breastfeeding and other factors influence a baby's immune system development and susceptibility to allergies and asthma by what's in their gut. Scicasts.

Bisphenol A exposure and behavioral problems among inner city children at 7-9 years of age
These results suggest BPA exposure may affect childhood behavioral outcomes in a sex-specific manner and differently depending on timing of exposure. Environmental Research.

CHE Partnership call: EDCs, Oil and Gas Development, and Groundwater with Dr. Susan Nagel
Dr. Susan Nagel's research indicates that natural gas drilling operations may result in elevated endocrine-disrupting chemical activity in surface and ground water. MP3 recording now available.

CHE Partnership call: Placental Toxicants and Disruption to Development
Speakers on this call presented new findings on epigenetic placental research, and discuss the implications for developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD). MP3 recording now available.

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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Q&A/Comments
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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
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
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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
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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
Background Information / Resources

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
Call Transcripts
Background Informtion/Resources
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