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31 Aug Colombia to end coca farm glyphosate sprayings. After nearly 20 years of international and local pressure, Colombia may finally stop spraying suspected carcinogens on its own population. Newsweek.

31 Aug Gen(e)ocide in India. Saima Bhat visits the darkest tunnel that Kashmir?s situation and the food habits have created impacting the gene pool, and forcing thousands of women, including teenagers, to fight for the motherhood., Saima Bhat visits the darkest tunnel that Kashmir?s situation and the food habits have created impacting the gene pool, and forcing thousands of women, including teenagers, to fight for their ability to have children. Kashmir Life.

31 Aug "Higher than expected' blood lead levels in remote Australia Indigenous children. The Northern Territory Health Department has found "higher than expected" lead levels in children in two remote communities. Australia ABC News.

31 Aug Historic climate-change bills in California Legislature go down to the wire. With the deadline for lawmakers to finish their work less than two weeks away, Gov. Jerry Brown and state Senate leader Kevin de Len are working feverishly to pass what they call the year's most important legislation. San Jose Mercury News.

31 Aug Putting health impacts of substandard housing on the national agenda, and in Cleveland. We believe the late U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes should be recognized as a national leader who clearly understood the connection between substandard housing and health. Cleveland Plain Dealer.

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.

CHE Partners subscribed to the CHE ICEH listserv can access the listserv archive to view messages previously distributed.

RECENT NEWS / HIGHLIGHTS: AUGUST 2015

CHE quarterly Top 10 environmental health stories now available
CHE offers this selection of research, news and announcements that were of special significance during the second quarter of 2015. Items include research that made a noteworthy contribution to the field, news and announcements that took a conversation to a new level, and/or new audience and some welcome action. This quarter's selections include the Pope's contribution to the climate change discussion, a study relating DDT exposure in pregnancy to breast cancer rates in daughters, the US House's efforts to pass TSCA reform, and others. Visit the CHE blog to see this quarter's list. We invite comment and feedback.

New report: Costs of Environmental Health Conditions in California Children
This report, released by the Public Health Institute's California Environmental Health Tracking Program (CEHTP), estimates the cost of four childhood conditions related to the environment in California: asthma, cancer, lead exposures, and neurobehavioral disorders.

New report: Reducing Environmental Exposures in Child Care Facilities: A Review of State Policies
A new report by the Environmental Law Institute and CEHN examines state policy addressing environmental health in child care facilities.  The report focuses on several key indoor environmental exposures, providing an overview of state laws and regulations and highlighting examples of notable policies and programs.  The report includes chapters on: radon, carbon monoxide alarms, pesticides, and several other key indoor environmental exposures.

Impacts of Climate Change on Children's Health, Symposium
The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), Office of Environmental Health Assessment, along with the UCSF Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit*, and the UC Berkeley Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Leukemia and the Environment, sponsored a symposium on “Impacts of Climate Change on Children’s Health.” This is part of our continuing series of children’s health symposia conducted as part of the Children’s Environmental Health Program. The conference took place March 4 and 5, 2015 at the CalEPA headquarters. Videos of the symposium are now available.

Some antidepressants may pose increased risk of birth defects
Some antidepressants may increase the risk of birth defects if taken early in pregnancy, while others don't seem to pose the same risks, a study finds. Morning Edition, NPR. [See the study: Specific SSRIs and birth defects: bayesian analysis to interpret new data in the context of previous reports]

Is your child coloring with asbestos?
Some children's crayons--marketed with colorful characters such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers and Mickey Mouse--and play crime lab kits contain cancer-causing, lung damaging asbestos fibers, according to a report released today. Environmental Health News. [See the report: Tests Find Asbestos in Kids' Crayons, Crime Scene Kits]

Screen addiction is taking a toll on children
Excessive use of computer games among young people in China appears to be taking an alarming turn and may have particular relevance for American parents whose children spend many hours a day focused on electronic screens. New York Times.

Senators pass bill that will track toxic chemicals in children's toys
Oregon senators took steps to regulate toxic chemicals in children's products and toys when they approved legislation Wednesday requiring a state agency to build a list of chemicals, such as arsenic, mercury and formaldehyde, found in items made for kids under the age of 12. Associated Press.

Report: federal PFC levels not protective enough
Phillipe Grandjean, an adjunct professor of environmental health at Harvard's School of Public Health, stated Friday that the EPA's drinking water limits for both PFOS and PFOA are "at least 100-fold too high to protect against adverse effects on the immune system in children." Seacostonline.com. [See the study: Perfluorinated alkyl substances: emerging insights into health risks]

CHE Partnership call: Tobacco: Science, Policy, and Prospects: A Talk with Stanton Glantz, PhD
Stanton Glantz, PhD, is Professor of Medicine and the American Legacy Foundation Distinguished Professor of Tobacco Control at the University of California, San Francisco. He has also been called the #1 enemy of the tobacco industry. CHE talked with Dr. Glantz about his work, the current state of tobacco environmental health science, and the future of tobacco control strategies and use prevention. MP3 recording now available.

An Environmental Perspective of the American Diabetes Association's 75th Scientific Sessions
Over 18,000 people from around the globe gathered in Boston June 5-9, 2015, for the American Diabetes Association’s premier annual scientific conference. Sarah Howard, CHE's National Coordinator of CHE's Diabetes-Obesity Spectrum Working Group, was able to attend, and in a CHE blog post summarizes information she found on the development of diabetes—including environmental factors (especially chemicals), developmental origins, and the natural history of the disease.

CHE blog column: Your Health This Week
CHE offers this weekly column on the CHE Blog highlighting studies and resources that you might find useful in safeguarding or improving your own health or that of your family.

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

July 9, 2015 --

CHE Partnership Call - CHE Cafe call: Tobacco: Science, Policy, and Prospects, A Talk with Stanton Glantz, PhD
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Q&A/Comments
Listen to the MP3 recording

June 23, 2015 --

CHE Partnership Call - Gestational Diabetes and Environmental Chemical Exposure
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Q&A/Comments
Listen to the MP3 recording

June 11, 2015 --

CHE Partnership Call - A Story of Developmental Disability, A Story of Health: The Influence of Environmental Exposures and Opportunities for Prevention
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Q&A/Comments
Listen to the MP3 recording

May 28, 2015 --

CHE Partnership Call - CHE Cafe call: An Interview with Dr. Frederica Perera, Recipient of the Prestigious Heinz Award
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Q&A/Comments
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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
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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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Listen to the audio recording of this call (MP3 Format)

 

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