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11 Feb 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. 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.

11 Feb Health effects of electromagnetic fields on reproductive-age female operators of plastic welding machines in Fuzhou, China. EMFs exposure was associated with adverse health effects, including neurovegetative symptoms, menstrual disorder, and low level of P4. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

10 Feb Brazilian studies aim to unravel Zika's link to birth defects. At Roberto Santos General Hospital in Salvador, Brazil, Dr. Antonio Almeida and a team of specialists are closely following two groups of women: Those who deliver babies with abnormally small heads and those who deliver apparently normal babies. Reuters.
[See a related article: Zika's long, strange trip into the limelight]


10 Feb Spatial variability of the effect of air pollution on term birth weight: evaluating influential factors using Bayesian hierarchical models. Our Bayesian models effectively combined a priori knowledge with training data to infer the posterior association of air pollution with term birth weight and to evaluate the influence of the tract-level factors on spatial variability of such association. Environmental Health.

10 Feb Prenatal arsenic exposure and birth outcomes among a population residing near a mining-related Superfund site. In a population with environmental exposure levels similar to the U.S. general population, maternal blood arsenic was negatively associated with fetal growth. Given the potential for relatively common fetal and early childhood arsenic exposures, our finding that prenatal arsenic can adversely impact birth outcomes is of considerable public health importance. Environmental Health Perspectives.

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

Highlights, January 2016

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New publications of interest:

Resource: The Lancet Zika Virus Resource Centre brings together the best evidence from across The Lancet family of journals—offered with free access—to assist researchers, policy makers, and health workers, in understanding the effects of the outbreak and how best to respond. Lancet.

Commentary: El Niño and climate change-contributing factors in the dispersal of Zika virus in the Americas?
The unique climatic conditions created during this severe El Niño event should be considered contributing factors in the dispersal of Zika virus in the Americas and should also be considered as the virus continues to spread. Lancet.

Zika Reviving Decades-Old DDT Debate, but Here's Why It's Unfounded
The fear of the crippling birth defect understandably makes an “all of the above” approach to eliminating the mosquito attractive, but Jonathan Chevrier, a professor of epidemiology at McGill University, says using DDT in these communities might ensure health problems for decades to come. “We’re talking about exposing generations of people for a one-time emergency.” Newsweek.

Zika Virus Spreads to New Areas - Region of the Americas, May 2015-January 2016
In May 2015, the World Health Organization reported the first local transmission of Zika virus in the Region of the Americas (Americas), with autochthonous cases identified in Brazil (4). In December, the Ministry of Health estimated that 440,000-1,300,000 suspected cases of Zika virus disease had occurred in Brazil in 2015 (5). By January 20, 2016, locally-transmitted cases had been reported to the Pan American Health Organization from Puerto Rico and 19 other countries or territories in the Americas. MMWR Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Possible Association Between Zika Virus Infection and Microcephaly - Brazil, 2015
Further studies are needed to confirm the association of microcephaly with Zika virus infection during pregnancy and to understand any other adverse pregnancy outcomes associated withZika virus infection. Pregnant women in Zika virus-affected areas should protect themselves from mosquito bites by using air conditioning, screens, or nets when indoors, wearing long sleeves and pants, using permethrin-treated clothing and gear, and using insect repellents when outdoors. MMWR Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Interim Guidelines for Pregnant Women During a Zika Virus Outbreak - United States, 2016
In pregnant women with laboratory evidence of Zika virus infection, serial ultrasound examination should be considered to monitor fetal growth and anatomy and referral to a maternal-fetal medicine or infectious disease specialist with expertise in pregnancy management is recommended. There is no specific antiviral treatment for Zika virus; supportive care is recommended. MMWR Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Past Calls

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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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
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June 30, 2015 --

CHE Fertility Working Group call: News from the US EPA Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program
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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
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September 30, 2014 --

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

Call Blog
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November 21, 2013 --

CHE Fertility and Reproductive Health Working Group call: Presidents on Prevention
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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
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Call Blog
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October 3, 2013 --

CHE Fertility and Reproductive Health Working Group call: Preconception Risk Reduction
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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
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Call Blog

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June 6, 2013 --

CHE Fertility and Reproductive Health call: Stress as an Endocrine Disruptor: Maternal Psychosocial Stress During Pregnancy and Fetal Development
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February 7, 2013 --

CHE Fertility and Reproductive Health call: Superfund Contaminants and Reproduction
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Call Blog

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September 20, 2012 --

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

Background Information / Resources
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May 21, 2012 --

CHE Fertility and Reproductive Health and CHE EMF working groups call: EMF and Reproductive Health Risks
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Call Blog

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March 19, 2012 --

CHE Fertility call: Environmental Contributors to Preterm Birth
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Call Blog

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

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

CHE Fertility call: Environmental Exposures and Early Onset of Puberty
Background Information / Resources
Call Blog
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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
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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
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