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13 Feb Flint water switch approved despite DEQ health warnings a year earlier. State officials warned of potential health problems if Flint were to switch to the Flint River as its drinking water source, but the move went ahead with the state's blessing despite the concerns, according to emails released by the Michigan's governor's office Friday morning. Flint Journal.

13 Feb East of Flint, one company defiantly continues to produce lead pigments. If you are outraged by the lead poisoning of children in Flint, Michigan, take a look at what?s happening just 250 miles to the east, nearToronto, where a Canadian company continues to produce lead compounds and distribute them worldwide for use in paints and plastics. Pharos Project.

13 Feb More funding needed for icebreakers to protect U.S. Arctic interests. President Obama?s final budget includes money for design of a new Coast Guard icebreaker. A bit of thawing after years of delay. Seattle Times.

13 Feb Air pollution's damage starts hitting Utah children before birth. Perhaps you've recently heard these comments: "I'm using my inhaler constantly." "My kids are all sick." "Why doesn't the Legislature care?" "The deer in my backyard are so disgusted even they're moving out of state." Salt Lake Tribune.

12 Feb VIDEO: UN readies nuclear solution to destroy the Zika virus. The UN?s International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna uses radiation to sterilize male larvae so that when they mate, their progeny never hatch. Bloomberg Business.

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: FEBRUARY 2016

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CHE Partnership call: Wireless Technology and Public Health: Health and Environmental Hazards in a Wireless World
Tuesday February 16, 2016
10:00 am Pacific/1:00 pm Eastern

On this call, Dr. Joel Moskowitz, Director of the Center for Family and Community Health at UC Berkeley School of Public Health, will discuss new research related to wireless technology, public health and the implications for policy. As wireless technologies, particularly cellphones, become ever more ubiquitious in our culture and communication systems, researchers have been asking the question: what, if any, impact is there from this technology on our health? Research has been conducted concerning wireless technology and cancer, reproductive health, fetal developmentment, children's health and electromagnetic sensitivities, to name a few areas of concern.
 

CHE Partnership call: Toxic Chemicals in Our Homes: Sources, Health Effects, and How You Can Support Safer Chemicals Policy
Wednesday February 24, 2016
9:00 am Alaska/10:00 am Pacific/1:00 pm Eastern

Alaskans are particularly vulnerable to exposure to chemicals in products found in our homes, schools and offices because our cold climate causes us to spend more time indoors. Join us for a discussion of how toxic chemicals in everyday products pollute our indoor environments and end up in our bodies.

CHE Partnership call: Lead’s Long Shadow: What the Story of Flint, Michigan, Means for All of Us
Tuesday March 8, 2016
10:00 am Pacific/1:00 pm Eastern

This call will feature two of the remarkable people who helped bring the dire situation in Flint to national attention: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician in Michigan, and Dr. Marc Edwards, a nationally renowned expert on municipal water quality and an engineering professor at Virginia Tech. In addition Dr. Bruce Lanphear, a professor at Simon Fraser University and expert on the health impacts of lead exposure on children, will provide an overview of the science on lead and why it continues to be a major public health threat. Finally, Tracy Swinburn, MSc, will speak to the economic impacts of lead exposure.

CHE Partnership call: Little Things Matter: Children's Health and the Impact of Low-level Exposures to Toxins on the Developing Brain
Wednesday March 9
9:00 am Alaska/10:00 am Pacific/1:00 pm Eastern

This call's speaker, Dr. Bruce Lanphear MD, MPH, has studied children's environmental health for nearly two decades and is currently principal investigator for the HOME Study, a 400-person birth cohort study, designed to examine the impact of low-level exposures to toxins on learning and behavioral problems in children.

CHE Partnership call: Environmental Health Disparities in Children: Breaking the Cycle and Building Resilience for Better Health
MP3 recording now available. On this call, Drs. Leslie Rubin and Dario Longhi discussed the impact of health disparities on children.

Zika virus: WHO declares global public health emergency, says causal link to brain defects 'strongly suspected.'
The World Health Organization designated the Zika virus and its suspected complications in newborns as a public health emergency of international concern Monday. The action, which the international body has taken only three times before, paves the way for the mobilization of more funding and manpower to fight the mosquito-born pathogen spreading "explosively" through the Americas. Washington Post.

New report: Living in the Shadow of Danger
People of color and people living in poverty, especially poor children of color, are significantly more likely to live near dangerous chemical facilities than whites and people with incomes above the poverty line. From the Center for Effective Government.

Flint children never had a fair shot, even before lead poisoning
On one level, the Flint lead poisoning scandal is about a state mismanaging a city under financial duress. But on another level, it's also about something deeper: the vulnerabilities kids face when they grow up in poverty. Vox.
[See related articles: Commentary: the deeper meaning of Flint and State civil rights panel plans to hold Flint hearings]

New policy report: Environmental Health at School -- Ignored Too Long.
From Healthy Schools Network and partners, this report investigates the need to address risks to children and advance healthier educational facilities.

New video: Little Things Matter: The Impact of Toxins on Preterm Birth
Babies who are born preterm -- which is 3 or more weeks before their due date -- are more likely to die in the first year of life or develop heart disease, diabetes or have trouble learning.  Every year, about 15 million babies are born too soon. Preterm birth, which is a key barometer for the health of a population, can be due to infection, poor nutrition, or having twins or triplets, but these only account for about one-third of babies born preterm. This video is about how widespread exposure of pregnant women to toxic chemicals can “tip the scales” and increase the number of babies born too soon.

Your Health: lead at home
Concerns about lead levels in drinking water are well founded. This post summarizes where lead may lurk in your home and steps you can take to reduce exposures. CHE Blog.

Teens who try e-cigarettes more likely to start smoking
Among adolescents who had never smoked at the start of the study, those who had used e-cigarettes at that point in time were about 2.9 times more likely to report smoking traditional cigarettes in the second survey. Reuters Health. [See the study: Longitudinal study of e-cigarette use and onset of cigarette smoking among high school students in Hawaii]

Dietary Fiber Intake in Young Adults and Breast Cancer Risk
A study recently published in the journal Pediatrics concludes that eating lots of fiber-rich foods during high school years may significantly reduce a woman's risk of developing breast cancer. The findings are based on a long-term study of 44,000 women who were surveyed about their eating habits in high school. The women also completed detailed questionnaires about their dietary habits every four years. NPR.

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.

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Past Calls

February 5, 2016 --

CHE Partnership Call - Environmental Health Disparities in Children: Breaking the Cycle and Building Resilience for Better Health
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November 18, 2015 --

CHE Partnership Call - Brain Sex Differences During Gestation: The Role of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
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October 30, 2015 --

CHE Partnership Call - Reducing the Burden: International Reproductive Health Leaders Call for Greater Efforts to Prevent Toxic Chemical Exposure, New Opinion from FIGO
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October 21, 2015 --

CHE Partnership Call - The Endocrine Society's Second Scientific Statement on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
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October 8, 2015 --

CHE Partnership Call - The Price of Pollution: Costs of Environmental Health Conditions in Children
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September 29, 2015 --

CHE Partnership Call - One Pediatrician’s Journey Pioneering the Field of Children’s Environmental Health: A Conversation with Dr. Philip Landrigan
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September 22, 2015 --

CHE Partnership Call - CHE Fertility Working Group call: A Good Start Lasts a Lifetime: Developmental Origins of Health and Disease Textbook Release
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July 9, 2015 --

CHE Partnership Call - CHE Cafe call: Tobacco: Science, Policy, and Prospects, A Talk with Stanton Glantz, PhD
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June 23, 2015 --

CHE Partnership Call - Gestational Diabetes and Environmental Chemical Exposure
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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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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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February 4, 2015 --

CHE Partnership Call - CHE Alaska call: Only One Chance: How Contaminants in our Environment Impair Brain Development
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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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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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