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3 Jul Healthier air at a reasonable cost. For regulators to ignore the costs of new rules ? much less whether the costs exceed the benefits ? would be irrational and unaffordable. But the EPA didn't do that. Chicago Tribune.

2 Jul California?s vaccination bill may go a bit too far. California?s move to increase vaccination rates is welcome, though it may go slightly too far. Washington Post.

1 Jul The impenetrable world of Mark Flores. Yvette Flores unknowingly worked around lead and other harmful substances while she was pregnant; a severely disabled son was the result. Center for Public Integrity.

1 Jul Poor quality makeup poses health risk for kids. An increasing number of young girls in Seoul are putting on makeup these days. The problem is many of these young girls buy low quality makeup items with no safety guarantee from stationery stores near schools. Seoul Chosun Ilbo.

1 Jul Dirty water and open defecation threaten gains in child health. A report by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children?s Fund says that one in three people in the world have no sanitation facilities. 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.

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

RECENT NEWS / HIGHLIGHTS: JULY 2015


CHE Partnership call: Tobacco: Science, Policy, and Prospects: A Talk with Stanton Glantz, PhD
Thursday July 9, 2015 at 10:00 am Pacific/1:00 pm Eastern

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. On this call CHE will talk with Dr. Glantz about his work, the current state of tobacco environmental health science, and the future of tobacco control strategies and use prevention.

CHE Partnership call: A Story of Developmental Disability, A Story of Health: The Influence of Environmental Exposures and Opportunities for Prevention
This call is the third in a series introducing the new A Story of Health illustrated, multimedia eBook that harnesses the power of stories to how our environments interact with our genes to influence health across the lifespan. The call explored many of the topics covered in Amelia’s story, including: How gene-environment interactions can influence the onset of developmental disabilities; key opportunities or concerns before and during pregnancy to help reduce the risk of developmental disabilities in a child, including such things as preconception and maternal nutrition, fetal exposure to toxic substances, and the importance of thyroid hormone; and how multiple environmental factors including stress, toxic exposures and nutrition can interact to increase adverse effects on brain development. MP3 recording available.

New CHE column: Your Health This Week
CHE initiates a 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.

Lower birth weight associated with proximity of mother's home to gas wells
Pregnant women living close to a high density of natural gas wells drilled with hydraulic fracturing were more likely to have babies with lower birth weights than women living farther from such wells, according to a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health analysis of southwestern Pennsylvania birth records. University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences.
[See the study: Perinatal outcomes and unconventional natural gas operations in southwest Pennsylvania]

Estimating magnetic fields of homes near transmission lines in the California Power Line Study
Our findings suggest that we were able to achieve high specificity in exposure assessment, which is essential for examining the association between distance to or magnetic fields from power lines and childhood leukemia risk. Environmental Research.

Breastfeeding and Childhood Leukemia Incidence: A Meta-analysis and Systematic Review
Childhood cancer is a leading cause of mortality among children and adolescents in the developed world and the incidence increases by 0.9% each year. Leukemia accounts for about 30% of all childhood cancer but its etiology is still mostly unknown.

Mercury in tuna is more dangerous than you think
Consumer Reports is sounding the alarm about mercury in tuna, following a new study showing levels of the toxic heavy metal in tuna have increased dramatically over the last 15 years. Newsmax Health.
[See the analysis: Too much tuna, too much mercury]

Maternal obesity compromises babies' immune system at time of birth
Maternal obesity is linked to several adverse health outcomes for the infant that can persist into adulthood. But when does the immune system of babies born to obese mothers get compromised? Very early in the baby's life, according to a study. The research team analyzed umbilical cord blood samples of infants born to lean, overweight and obese mothers, and found that pre-pregnancy maternal weight has a significant impact on the neonate's immune system.

New video: Pregnant? How to protect my child from endocrine disrupting chemicals
From Women in Europe for a Common Future, this short video provides information on how you can protect yourself and your child from endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs).

Infant antibiotic use linked to adult diseases
A new study led by researchers at the University of Minnesota has found a three-way link among antibiotic use in infants, changes in the gut bacteria, and disease later in life. The imbalances in gut microbes, called dysbiosis, have been tied to infectious diseases, allergies and other autoimmune disorders, and even obesity, later in life. Medical Xpress.
[See the study: Antibiotics, pediatric dysbiosis, and disease]

Climate change set to take major toll on economy and children's health, experts warn
Researchers have only scratched the surface of the complex effects climate change will have on children's health and the economy, panelists said at a climate change forum at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. ClimateWire.

Decade-long study wins Heinz Award after findings include link between air pollution, obesity
Dr. Perera's research found that in addition to causing infant mortality, low birth weight, allergies, asthma, slower brain development and respiratory illnesses, there is also a correlation between exposure to air pollutants and childhood obesity. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Association between mobile phone use and self-reported well-being in children: a questionnaire-based cross-sectional study in Chongqing, China
The present study indicated that there was a consistent significant association between mobile phone use and fatigue in children. BMJ Open.

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).

CHE Partnership call: Ambient BTEX Exposure and Hormone-related Health Conditions in Humans
Hosted by the CHE EDCs Strategies Group
Ashley Bolden presented evidence from the review suggesting that low BTEX exposure (chemicals individually or in combination) are connected to developmental, respiratory, and immune effects like reduced fetal growth, asthma, and increased susceptibility to allergy at levels considered safe by the US EPA. MP3 recording available.

CHE Partnership call: An Interview with Dr. Frederica Perera, Recipient of the Prestigious Heinz Award
Dr. Perera discussed how she came to the field of environmental, her work over the past decades, what she sees as pivotal moments in the evolution of the environmental health movement, and priority actions and opportunities to reduce chemical exposures in the future nationally and internationally. MP3 recording now available.

Other ICEH news is listed on the ICEH History page.


Past Calls

June 23, 2015 --

CHE Partnership Call - Gestational Diabetes and Environmental Chemical Exposure
Background Information / Resources

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
Background Information / Resources

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
Background Information / Resources

Q&A/Comments
Listen to the MP3 recording

February 4, 2015 --

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

Q&A/Comments
Listen to the MP3 recording

January 22, 2015 --

CHE Partnership Call - A Story of Childhood Leukemia, a Story of Health: Genetic and Environmental Risk Factors for Childhood Leukemia
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording

December 2, 2014 --

CHE Partnership Call - The First Thousand Days: Chemical Exposure in Early Life and Beyond
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording

November 12, 2014 --

CHE Partnership Call - Type 1 Diabetes and the Environment
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording

October 15, 2014 --

CHE Alaska call: Toxic Chemicals in Schools: Health Hazards to Children and What You Can Do
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording

September 9, 2014 --

CHE Partnership Call - PCBs in Schools – Still a Problem?
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording

July 10, 2014 --

CHE Partnership Call - Breathing Deep: Air Pollution, Health, and Public Health Policy
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording

June 18, 2014 --

CHE Partnership Call - Prenatal Exposure to EDCs and Obesity: Combining Toxicology and Epidemiology with Dr. Juliette Legler
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording

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
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording

March 19, 2014 --

CHE Partnership Call - Dr. Frederica Perera on the Effects of Prenatal Exposures to EDCs on Childhood Development
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording

March 13, 2014 --

CHE Partnership Call - CHE Cafe call: Dr. Phil Landrigan and Dr. Ruth Etzel on Children's Environmental Health
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording

October 11, 2012 --

CHE Partnership Call - 50 Years After "Silent Spring": Pesticides, Children's Health and the State of the Science
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog

Listen to the MP3 recording

September 20, 2012 --

CHE Partnership Call - Healthy Environments Across Generations: What We Learned and What Comes Next
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog

Listen to the MP3 recording

March 11, 2011 --

CHE Partnership Call - Healthy Aging Starts at Conception: Promoting Health Across the Lifespan
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog

Listen to the MP3 recording

September 21, 2010 --

CHE Partnership Call - Pediatric Integrative Health: Approaches to Optimizing "Whole Child" Wellness
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog

Listen to the MP3 recording

June 23, 2009 --

CHE Partnership Call - A Common Agenda for Health and the Environment: Goals for the Next Generation and Steps to Get There
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog

Listen to the MP3 Recording

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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