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31 Oct Calls to ban toxic chemicals fall on deaf ears around the world. Endocrine disrupting chemicals are everywhere, found in cosmetics, preservatives, medicines and countless household products such as shampoos and toothpaste, which are used every day by billions of people across the world. Now, for the first time anywhere in the world, the European Union is attempting to regulate them. Newsweek.

31 Oct Study finds high levels of airborne chemicals near oil and gas sites. Dirk DeTurck had a years-old rash and his wife?s hair came out in chunks. They were certain the cause was simply breathing the air in Greenbrier, Arkansas, where they'd retireda decade ago. So DeTurck wanted to help with research that asked: What?s in the air near oil and gas production sites? Center for Public Integrity.

31 Oct South Sudanese refugees face flooding and difficult dynamics in Ethiopia. Amid fears of renewed conflict in South Sudan, ethnic rivalries are complicating efforts to move refugees from flooded camps. The Guardian.

31 Oct DfID not doing enough to protect poor from corruption, says aid watchdog. The UK?s Department for International Development (DfID) is failing to address the petty but widespread corruption that blights the daily lives of the world?s poorest people and has a particularly corrosive impact on women and girls, Britain?s aid watchdog has warned. The Guardian.

30 Oct Scientists implicate more than 100 genes in causing autism. On Tuesday, researchers at more than 50 laboratories said they had identified more than 100 genes that are mutated in children with autism, dozens more than were known before. National Public Radio.

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: OCTOBER 2014

CHE-WA Children's Environmental Health Working Group monthly meeting: Thursday October 9, 2014, 9:30 - 11:30 am
Public Health - Seattle & King County, Chinook Building, Room 126, 401 5th Ave Seattle, Wa. 98104 (downtown Seattle) (map)

The October meeting is especially important; instead of a speaker, the agenda will focus on planning the 2015 agenda, including delivering a 2015 NW Children’s Environmental Health Forum. Bring your ideas!

Phone access is available for this meeting. For more information, contact Gail Gensler at gail.gensler@kingcounty.gov.

CHE Alaska call: Toxic Chemicals in Schools: Health Hazards to Children and What You Can Do
On this call on Wednesday October 15, 2014 at 9:00 am Alaska/10:00 am Pacific/1:00 pm Eastern we will explore the known health effects and routes of exposure for some of the common sources of chemical contaminants in schools, including pesticides, toxic chemicals in cleaning products, hazardous building materials and — in schools built or renovated between 1950-1979—polychlorinated biphenyls ( PCBs). We will also discuss initiatives across the nation to make schools less toxic environments to protect the health of children, teachers and school staff.

Evaluating chemical effects on mammary gland development: a critical need in disease prevention.
Evidence suggests: (1) mammary gland (MG) development is a complex process that extends from gestation through fetal and neonatal growth, puberty, and pregnancy; (2) altered MG development can increase the risk of breast cancer and other adverse outcomes; and (3) chemical exposures during susceptible windows of development may alter the MG in ways that increase risk for later disease. Reproductive Toxicology.

Upcoming Events:

Symposium: Prenatal Environmental Exposures as a Determinant of Early Childhood and Adult Disease
The Children's Environmental Health Institute will host the 2014 Biennial Scientific Symposium, Prenatal Environmental Exposures as a Determinant of Early Childhood and Adult Disease, November 13-14, 2014. Keynote speakers Jeanne Conry, MD, PhD, and Philippe Grandjean, MD, PhD, among other distinguished speakers will provide prevention-oriented research on how toxic chemicals in the environment harm our ability to reproduce, negatively affect pregnancies, and are associated with numerous health problems and chronic disease.

The 2014 Scientific Symposium will be hosted at McKinney Roughs Education Center near Austin, Texas, and will be limited to 120 participants.  Please go to www.cehi.org for early bird registration, the agenda, speaker roster, and logistical information.

Other ICEH news is listed on the ICEH History page.


Past Calls

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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