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2 May Acute impact of hourly ambient air pollution on preterm birth. Acute increases in ambient air pollution concentrations above certain levels before onset of labour may stimulate preterm birth. Environmental Health Perspectives.

29 Apr TEDX webinar May 5th: Perinatal Outcomes and Unconventional Natural Gas Development in Southwest Pennsylvania. This presentation is the second in a three-part series of teleconference calls on how chemicals associated with unconventional oil and gas development may be affecting endocrine function, reproduction and prenatal development.

27 Apr Sunscreen may hurt male fertility, study warns. As summer approaches, new evidence suggests men should be aware of what they're using to protect their skin -- particularly if they're planning on starting a family. Huffington Post.
[See the study press release: Some sunscreen ingredients may disrupt sperm cell function]


22 Apr Bisphenol A in low doses can affect the reproductive system, behavior. If rats are exposed to bisphenol A in low doses during early development it can lead to reduced sperm count, obesity and changes to breast development and behavior. ScienceDaily.
[See the studies: Low-dose effects of bisphenol A on mammary gland development in rats and Low-dose effect of developmental bisphenol A exposure on sperm count and behaviour in rats]


20 Apr Europe bans two endocrine-disrupting weedkillers. The European commission has ordered a ground-breaking moratorium on two endocrine-disrupting weedkillers [Amitrole and Isoproturon] that have been linked to thyroid cancer, infertility, reproductive problems and foetal malformations. The Guardian.

Fertility/Reproductive Health
Working Group

CHE's Fertility & Reproductive Health Working Group convenes over 450 diverse members around environmental impacts on fertility and reproductive health. The goal of this dynamic conversation is to discern what the science is telling us, where the research gaps are, and how we can effectively support and promote science-based education and action. Read more...

If you would like to join and are already a CHE Partner, send us an email request. Or become a CHE Partner and indicate your interest in your application.

For more information, please contact Karin Russ at karin@healthandenvironment.org.

WHAT'S NEW

Highlights, April 2016

CHE Partnership call: Glyphosate: The Increasing Use of GBHs Worldwide and Implications for Human Health
Thurs, April 28
9:00am Pacific/Noon Eastern
On this call, speakers will discuss the state of the current research on glyphosate and human health impacts, considerations for revised risk assessment protocols, and policy implications in the EU and other countries.

CHE Partnership call: Signaling Mechanisms by which Xenoestrogen Pollutants Disrupt Normal Estrogenic Signaling
Wed, May 18
Hosted by the CHE EDCs Strategies Group
Dr. Cheryl Watson will discuss the cellular mechanisms through which xenoestrogen pollutants (estrogen-like chemicals) act to disrupt normal estrogen signaling in the body. 

CHE Partnership call: The Human Microbiome and Health Effects on Prenatal Microbiome Exposures
Tues, May 24

On this call, Dr. Lita Proctor, Program Director of the Human Microbiome Project, will provide an overview of the HMP and the research findings to date. Dr. Michelle Wright, currently based at Yale University, will then discuss her findings from an integrative review of human research studies focused on the prenatal (antenatal) microbiome and the importance of the vaginal microbiome during birth. 

New CHE Listserv: CHE Technology
Technologies, new and not so new, are continuously changing our bodies, our sense of self, and the conditions for life on earth. CHE Technology and Environmental Health addresses the need for a dedicated CHE space to track and dialogue about these changes.CHE Technology is co-coordinated by Michael Lerner, President of Commonweal, and CHE partner Jackie Lombardo, member of the Board of Directors at SafeMinds and the Sierra Club's National Toxics Committee.

New publications of interest:

Preterm births linked to air pollution cost billions in the US
Researchers behind the study found that preterm births associated with particulate matter -- a type of pollutant -- led to more than $4 billion in economic costs in 2010 due to medical care and lost productivity that results from disability. And, like many other public health issues, affected populations tend to be concentrated in low-income areas home to large numbers of minorities. Time Magazine. [See the study: Particulate matter exposure and preterm birth: estimates of US attributable burden and economic costs]

Cell phone use is a reproductive health risk: A new cohort study
Our results showed that certain aspects of cell phone use may negatively affect sperm quality in men by decreasing the semen volume, sperm concentration, or sperm count, thus impairing male fertility. Science Direct.

Zika is linked to microcephaly, health agencies confirm
The World Health Organization says there is now scientific consensus that the Zika virus is connected with microcephaly -- a condition in which babies are born with very small heads and brain damage. National Public Radio.

Birth defect risk 1-in-100 for Zika-infected pregnant women: study.
A woman infected by the Zika virus during the first three months of pregnancy faces a one-in-100 chance her child will suffer severe brain damage, according to a study released Wednesday. Agence France-Presse. [See the study: Association between Zika virus and microcephaly in French Polynesia, 2013-15: a retrospective study]

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Past Calls

April 20, 2016 --

CHE Partnership Call - Increasing Trends in Male Reproductive Disorders, Environmental Exposures, and Implications for Human Health
Background Information/Resources

Q&A/Comments
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April 5, 2016 --

CHE Partnership Call - Looking Toward Green Chemistry: A Conversation with a Pioneer in the Field, Dr. Terrence Collins
Background Information / Resources

Q&A/Comments
Listen to the MP3 recording

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
Background Information/Resources

Q&A/Comments
Listen to the MP3 recording

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
Background Information / Resources

Q&A Comments
Listen to the MP3 recording

June 30, 2015 --

CHE Fertility Working Group call: News from the US EPA Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program
Background Information / Resources

Q&A/Comments
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February 25, 2015 --

CHE Fertility Working Group call: Placental Toxicants and Disruption to Development
Background Information / Resources

Q&A/Comments
Listen to the MP3 recording

September 30, 2014 --

CHE Partnership Call - CHE Fertility Working Group call: Prenatal Exposures: What Do Providers Know?
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording

 

November 21, 2013 --

CHE Fertility and Reproductive Health Working Group call: Presidents on Prevention
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog
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November 8, 2013 --

CHE Fertility and Reproductive Health Working Group call: Endocrine Disruptors and Reproductive Health Across the Lifespan
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording

October 3, 2013 --

CHE Fertility and Reproductive Health Working Group call: Preconception Risk Reduction
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog
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September 18, 2013 --

CHE Alaska call: Asking the Right Questions: Are Women of Childbearing Age at Risk of Exposure to Multiple Pollutants
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog

Listen to the MP3 recording

June 6, 2013 --

CHE Fertility and Reproductive Health call: Stress as an Endocrine Disruptor: Maternal Psychosocial Stress During Pregnancy and Fetal Development
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording

February 7, 2013 --

CHE Fertility and Reproductive Health call: Superfund Contaminants and Reproduction
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog

Listen to the MP3 recording

September 20, 2012 --

CHE Fertility call: The Male Factor: Environment, Development and Fertility

Background Information / Resources
Call Blog

Listen to the MP3 recording

May 21, 2012 --

CHE Fertility and Reproductive Health and CHE EMF working groups call: EMF and Reproductive Health Risks
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog

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March 19, 2012 --

CHE Fertility call: Environmental Contributors to Preterm Birth
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog

Listen to the MP3 recording

November 18, 2011 --
CHE Fertility call: Integrating Environmental Health Into Clinical Practice
Background Information / Resources
Call Blog
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May 26, 2011 --
CHE Fertility call: Finding Your Voice: Advocacy for Healthcare Professionals
Background Information / Resources
Call Blog
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March 17, 2011 --

CHE Fertility call: Effects of BPA on In Vitro Fertilization
Background Information / Resources
Call Blog
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November 16, 2010 --

CHE Fertility call: Environmental Exposures and Early Onset of Puberty
Background Information / Resources
Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording

May 25, 2010 --
CHE-Fertility call: Elevating the Issue: the Emerging CDC National Action Plan on Infertility
Background Information / Resources
Call Blog
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April 15, 2010 --
CHE-Fertility Call: Flame Retardants: Emerging Science and Policy Considerations
Background Information / Resources
Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording
February 10, 2010 --

Chemicals and Reproductive Health: The Male Predicament
(11 AM PT / 2 PM ET)

January 14, 2010 --
CHE-Fertility Call: Disinfectants Overkill: Antimicrobials and Reproductive Health
Background Information / Resources
Call Blog
October 28, 2009 --

CHE Fertility Call: What Does the Environment Have to Do With Medicine? Reporting Back From a Premier Reproductive Society Conference
Background Information / Resources
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