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25 May Did Flint's water crisis lead to more miscarriages? Studies suggest even low levels of lead exposure can hurt a fetus' development in the womb. And for months now, the state health department has been looking into whether the Flint water crisis caused problems with pregnancies. Environment Report.

24 May Vitamin D status relates to reproductive outcome in women with polycystic ovary syndrome: secondary analysis of a multicenter randomized controlled trial. In women with polycystic ovary syndrome, serum 25OHD was an independent predictor of measures of reproductive success following ovulation induction. Our data identify reproductive thresholds for serum 25OHD that are higher than recommended for the non-pregnant population. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

15 May Urinary concentrations of bisphenol A and phthalate metabolites measured during pregnancy and risk of preeclampsia. Urinary concentrations of BPA and several phthalate metabolites were significantly associated with increased risk of preeclampsia. If validated, these results indicate an environmental contribution of endocrine disrupting chemicals to preeclampsia and poise a modifiable means to reduce the mortality and morbidity associated with this condition. Environmental Health Perspectives.

13 May Marijuana use in pregnancy is major risk for pre-term birth. The results, published online ahead of print in the journal Reproductive Toxicology, show that once all other major risk factors have been accounted for, continued marijuana use through to 20 weeks' gestation is independently associated with a five-fold increase in the risk of pre-term birth. ScienceDaily.
[See the study: Maternal marijuana use has independent effects on risk for spontaneous preterm birth but not other common late pregnancy complications]


12 May Maternal serum perfluoroalkyl substances during pregnancy and duration of breastfeeding. Maternal serum PFOA concentrations were inversely related to duration of any breastfeeding in this cohort, even after controlling for prior breastfeeding. These findings suggest that PFOA exposure may adversely affect breastfeeding duration and highlight the need to consider the potential adverse effects of maternal environmental chemical exposure on breastfeeding. Environmental Research.

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...

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

WHAT'S NEW

CHE PARTNERSHIP NEWS OF INTEREST: MAY 2016 

CHE Partnership call: Signaling Mechanisms by which Xenoestrogen Pollutants Disrupt Normal Estrogenic Signaling
Wednesday, 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
Tuesday, 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. 

CHE Partnership call: Exploring multifactorial contributors to disease outcomes: The possible role of Acetaminophen in asthma and autism
Tuesday, June 7
Join CHE as three leading researchers will discuss the most recent studies on acetaminophen’s potential impacts on human health. Using acetaminophen as a case study, they will also explore how multifactorial mechanisms can create vulnerabilities to disease as well as what this new research might suggest about a broader spectrum of environmental contributors to different health endpoints.

CHE Partnership call recording available. Glyphosate: The Increasing Use of GBHs Worldwide and Implications for Human Health
On this call, speakers discussed 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 recording available. Increasing Trends in Male Reproductive Disorders, Environmental Exposures, and Implications for Human Health
On this call, Dr. Skakkebaek presented his concerns about increasing trends in male reproductive disorders, including the significant global increase in the incidence of germ cell tumors. 

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Past Calls

May 24, 2016 --

CHE Partnership Call - The Human Microbiome and Health Effects of Prenatal Microbiome Exposures
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Q&A/Comments
MP3 recording

May 18, 2016 --

CHE Partnership Call - Signaling Mechanisms by Which Xenoestrogen Pollutants Disrupt Normal Estrogenic Signaling
Background Information/Resources

Q&A/Comments
Listen to the MP3 Recording

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
Listen to the MP3 recording

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
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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
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Q&A/Comments
Listen to the MP3 recording

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
Listen to the MP3 recording

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
Listen to the MP3 recording

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

Listen to the MP3 recording

 

March 19, 2012 --

CHE Fertility call: Environmental Contributors to Preterm Birth
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Call Blog

Listen to the MP3 recording

November 18, 2011 --
CHE Fertility call: Integrating Environmental Health Into Clinical Practice
Background Information / Resources
Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording
May 26, 2011 --
CHE Fertility call: Finding Your Voice: Advocacy for Healthcare Professionals
Background Information / Resources
Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording
March 17, 2011 --

CHE Fertility call: Effects of BPA on In Vitro Fertilization
Background Information / Resources
Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording

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
Listen to the MP3 recording
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
Listen to the MP3 Recording

 

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