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30 Jan Girls who drink more sugary drinks start their periods earlier, study suggests. Obesity, height, genetics: These are all factors that have been linked to girls starting their periods young. Now, Harvard University researchers say that frequent consumption of beverages with added sugar may be associated with earlier periods, too. Washington Post.

30 Jan California labels e-cigarettes a public health threat. The California Department of Public Health on Wednesday issued a warning about the dangers of e-cigarettes, as states across the country consider new regulations for the booming industry. Washington Post.

30 Jan New air pollution rules: Health vs. higher costs. When it comes to air quality, Greater Cincinnati is like a school kid who does just well enough to pass the class. It's a struggle, but the region usually gets by. That soon could change, because the grading scale is about to get tougher. Cincinnati Enquirer.

30 Jan Child obesity rates 'levelling off' among under-10s. The rise in childhood obesity, which has left one in three UK children overweight, may be beginning to level off in the under-10s, a study suggests. There was a steady rise in the proportion of overweight children between 1994 and 2003, but in the past decade it has remained at about 30%. BBC.

30 Jan Are vitamin drinks a bad idea? Companies are increasingly adding vitamins and minerals to juices, sports drinks and bottled water. Even though the amounts of added nutrients in these drinks are typically small, some scientists are concerned that through their overall diets, many people may be ingesting levels that are potentially harmful. New York 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: JANUARY 2015

CHE Partnership call: A Story of Childhood Leukemia, A Story of Health: Genetic and Environmental Risk Factors for Childhood Leukemia
Thursday January 22, 2014 at 10:00am Pacific/1:00pm Eastern

This call  will introduce 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.

Childhood leukemia is a rare cancer but it has been increasing in incidence each year - 55% in the 35 years between 1975 and 2010. Why? Join experts from the University of California, Berkeley CIRCLE center (Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Cancer) as we examine the genetic and environmental risk factors for childhood leukemia through the life of Stephen, a three-year-old boy whose parents have just been told that he has leukemia. Leukemia can be an overwhelming diagnosis for a family, even though survival rates have increased dramatically during the past 50 years. Stephen’s story delves into the complex variables that may contribute to the onset of leukemia, and also looks at protective factors and actions families and society can undertake to reduce risks. CIRCLE scientists contributed significantly to Stephen’s story, including via 10 original videos on topics including residential exposures to pesticides and the risk of leukemia, exposure to infections and leukemia, flame retardant and PCB exposures from house dust, and the importance of the timing of environmental exposures, including both pre-and post-natal. Several of these topics will be discussed more in-depth during this discussion.

CHE Partnership call: Only One Chance: How Contaminants in Our Environment Impair Brain Development
Wednesday February 5, 2015 at 9:00 am Alaska/10:00 am Pacific/1:00 pm Eastern
Hosted by the CHE Alaska Working Group

Philippe Grandjean, MD, PhD has been examining the adverse neurodevelopmental effects of environmental chemicals on children for decades. Grandjean will present the latest evidence of which environmental chemicals are considered to be harmful to children and discuss how we must protect future generations from exposure. Philippe Grandjean is an adjunct professor of environmental health at the Harvard School of Public Health and head of the Environmental Medicine Research Unit at the University of Southern Denmark.

Children's Environmental Health Network: 2015 Pediatric Research Conference, February 4-6, 2015 in Austin, Texas
The focus of this event will be on how the interaction between food and environmental factors affect children’s health. The program will organize around specified health and developmental mediated microbiome effects as well as macro-level influences such as contaminants rising from modern food production practices. This exciting conference will highlight cutting edge science in these areas of study while offering the translation of findings to public health practice and policy, where possible.

CHE quarterly Top 10 list features children's environmental health related stories
CHE offers this selection of research, news and announcements that were of special significance during the fourth quarter of 2014. 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. Visit the CHE blog to see this quarter's list. We invite comment and feedback.

Call for comments: Prohibition of children's toys and child care articles containing specified phthalates
A proposed rule by the Consumer Product Safety Commission was mandated by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 and is open for public comment until March 16th.

Early-life exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals and later-lfe health outcomes: An epigentic bridge?
Some evidence suggest that prenatal and/or early postnatal environmental exposures can increase the risk of developing chronic diseases later in life, including diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, infertility, and several psychiatric and behavioral impairments such as schizophrenia and mood disorders. The purpose of this review is to provide a summary of recent research findings which indicate that exposure to EDCs during fetal and/or early postnatal development can cause long-term health outcomes via mechanisms of epigenetic memory.

FDA issues warning on prenatal ultrasound
According to this FDA statement, the long-term effects of tissue heating and cavitation are not known. Therefore, ultrasound scans should be done only when there is a medical need, based on a prescription, and performed by appropriately-trained operators.

Other ICEH news is listed on the ICEH History page.


Past Calls

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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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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October 15, 2014 --

CHE Alaska call: Toxic Chemicals in Schools: Health Hazards to Children and What You Can Do
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September 9, 2014 --

CHE Partnership Call - PCBs in Schools – Still a Problem?
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July 10, 2014 --

CHE Partnership Call - Breathing Deep: Air Pollution, Health, and Public Health Policy
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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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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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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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September 20, 2012 --

CHE Partnership Call - Healthy Environments Across Generations: What We Learned and What Comes Next
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March 11, 2011 --

CHE Partnership Call - Healthy Aging Starts at Conception: Promoting Health Across the Lifespan
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September 21, 2010 --

CHE Partnership Call - Pediatric Integrative Health: Approaches to Optimizing "Whole Child" Wellness
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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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March 16, 2006 --

CHE Partnership Call: The Future of the National Children's Study: Science, Priorities, and Politics
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