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20 Dec Lawmakers press Obama to rescind climate rule. A group of bipartisan lawmakers is urging President Obama to withdraw the administration's climate regulation on carbon pollution from existing power plants. The Hill.

19 Dec Could New York's fracking ban have domino effect? New York's decision to ban fracking for health reasons could reverberate beyond the state, bolstering other efforts to limit the controversial method of drilling for oil and natural gas. National Geographic News.

19 Dec Consumer group: Potentially dangerous Christmas decorations sold at six major retailers. An environmental advocacy group is calling on several major retailers to evaluate potential hazards in holiday decorations after a study raised questions about chemicals in light strings, garland and other items. Cleveland News Channel 5.

19 Dec Survey reveals extent of asthma problem among Meriden children. As revealed by a recent survey, the high number of children with asthma living in the downtown area, although alarming, was not totally surprising, city health officials said Thursday. Meriden Record-Journal.

19 Dec L.A.'s freeway-adjacent residents need more protection from pollution. Given what we now know about the tremendous risks of living with concentrated air pollution, it's simply irresponsible to put homes near freeways without demanding significant protections for future residents. Los Angeles 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: DECEMBER 2014

New report: Exposure During Pregnancy to Common Household Chemicals Associated with Substantial Drop in Child IQ
Children exposed during pregnancy to elevated levels of two common chemicals found in the home-di-n-butyl phthalate (DnBP) and di-isobutyl phthalate (DiBP)-had an IQ score, on average, more than six points lower than children exposed at lower levels, according to researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.

CHE Partnership call: The First Thousand Days: Chemical Exposure in Early Life and Beyond
Authors from the recent CHE-themed San Francisco Medical Journal issue on environmental health, published by the San Francisco Medical Society, summarized their pieces on early life exposures, reproductive health issues, cancer and chemical mixtures, climate change and health, agriculture and the microbiome, and more. The MP3 recording of the call is available.

EPA takes action to protect consumers from harmful chemicals that can cause reproductive and developmental harm
The final rule will allow EPA to review any proposed new uses of these chemicals [seven ethylene glycol ethers or glymes chemicals] to ensure that human health and the environment are protected. EPA believes that new uses of these chemicals should not be allowed without an opportunity for review and, if necessary, place restrictions on these chemicals, as warranted.

NIH ends longitudinal children's study
The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has cancelled its plan for an ambitious, multi-decade study of environmental influences on children's health, agency director Francis Collins announced on 12 December. The National Children's Study (NCS), commissioned by the US Congress in 2000, was to assess how physical, chemical, biological and psychosocial factors affected 100,000 children from birth to age 21.

New video: Little Things Matter: The Impact of Toxins on the Developing Brain
This 7-minute video featuring Dr. Bruce Lanphear and sponsored by Simon Fraser University Engagement Fund and Artemis Fund summarizes what's known about extremely low levels of toxins and brain development.

New video: Dr. Erica Mallery-Blythe, Electromagnetic Radiation, Health, and Children
Dr Erica Mallery-Blythe presented recently on electromagnetic fields and their possible effects at a meeting of the Physicians' Health Initiative for Radiation and Environment (PHIRE) which she founded. In this talk she discussed the difficulty of assessing exposure accurately, the various known mechanistic effects of electromagnetic fields, and the varied susceptibility of human beings to different exposures of various kind.

Study: fracking chemicals pose potential health threat to children and mothers
Research published in the peer-reviewed journal Reviews on Environmental Health today finds fracking operations use and create chemicals linked to birth defects, infertility, miscarriage, impaired foetal growth, low birth weight, preterm birth, and premature or delayed sexual development, among other health problems. BusinessGreen, United Kingdom.
[See the study: Developmental and reproductive effects of chemicals associated with unconventional oil and natural gas operations and related studies from the same journal: Ethical concerns surrounding unconventional oil and gas development and vulnerable populations; Understanding exposure from natural gas drilling puts current air standards to the test and Unconventional natural gas development and public health: toward a community-informed research agenda]

Call for proposals: Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) Program
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT), in cooperation with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announce a funding opportunity to establish regional Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSUs) in US Federal regions 1-10.

CEHN Research Conference- Children: Food and Environment
Children's Environmental Health Network; February 4-6, 2015; Austin, Texas. This exciting conference will highlight cutting edge science and offer the translation of findings to public health practice and policy. The conference program will organize around specified health and developmental outcomes or affected organ/body systems, and include presentations on micro-level influences such as nutrient mediated microbiome effects as well as macro-level influences such as contaminants rising from modern food production practices. Co-sponsored by Environmental Health Perspectives and the International Society for Children’s Health and the Environment.

Other ICEH news is listed on the ICEH History page.


Past Calls

December 2, 2014 --

CHE Partnership Call - The First Thousand Days: Chemical Exposure in Early Life and Beyond
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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
Call Transcripts
Background Informtion/Resources
Listen to the audio recording of this call (MP3 Format)

 

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