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28 Mar Will the Supreme Court kill the EPA?s efforts to crack down on mercury pollution? Leading up to Wednesday?s oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court over the Environmental Protection Agency?s new rule limiting mercury emissions from power plants, a big question was how Chief Justice John Roberts would rule. Grist.

28 Mar Lead: A public health success story. Humans discovered the usefulness of lead centuries ago. Abundantly available, easily molded and extremely resistant to corrosion, lead was considered ideal for many uses, including insecticides, paint pigment, soldering for canned foods, and pipes for plumbing. Lexington Herald-Leader.

27 Mar How brain-damaging mercury puts Arctic kids at risk. Inuit children, exposed in the womb, have lower IQs because their mothers eat whale meat and other foods tainted with contaminants that drift north. National Geographic News.

27 Mar Minnesota ramps up hunt for arsenic in wells. A new project is designed to improve the way arsenic is measured in Minnesota's private wells. The state's geology has left groundwater in some areas with elevated levels of the carcinogen. Minnesota Public Radio.

26 Mar Air pollution takes a double toll on babies' brains. A common pollutant in vehicle exhaust, power plant emissions and secondhand cigarette smoke can shrink white matter in fetal brains and cause further developmental damage during the toddler years, a new study suggests. Los Angeles Times.

Learning and Developmental Disabilities Initiative Working Group (LDDI)

LDDI is an international partnership fostering collaboration among learning and developmental disability organizations, researchers, health professionals and environmental health groups to address concerns about the impact environmental pollutants may have on neurological health. LDDI currently has over 400 organizational and individual participants engaged in educational and policy efforts.

Currently the LDDI Working Group provides a listserv where CHE Partners interested in environmental contributors to neurological health can share the latest science. Depending on Partners' evolving interests, CHE may expand the scope of this group again the future. For now, however, we would welcome your participation in the listserv.

If you are interested in joining this group, please sign on as a CHE Partner, and indicate your interest in your application. If you are already a CHE Partner and would like to join the listserv for this group send an email request to LDDI's listserv.

Past Calls

January 8, 2015 --

CHE Partnership Call - The State of the Water: Linking Ocean Health to Human Health
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Call Blog
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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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Call Blog
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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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Call Blog
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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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Call Blog
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December 3, 2013 --

CHE Partnership Call - CHE Cafe call: Chemical Brain Drain: A Conversation with Philippe Grandjean
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Call Blog
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September 27, 2011 --

CHE Partnership Call - Air Pollution and Neurodevelopment: How Prenatal Exposures May Impact I.Q.
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Call Blog

 

September 29, 2009 --
LDDI Working Group Quarterly Call
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February 10, 2009 --

CHE Partnership Call - Critical Windows of Development: A Conversation with Dr. Theo Colborn and Distinguished Commentators
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Call Blog

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February 19, 2004 --

Learning and Developmental Disabilities
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