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19 Apr Parkinson's striking those under 50 in Goa. Younger people are being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, an ailment that is most common in people above the age of 70, report neurologists in Goa. Times of India.

19 Apr Emissions crackdown may be price Alberta must pay for Keystone. Alberta is quietly making progress in cleaning up its energy sector?s environmental act. But maybe too quietly, if the province wants to gain ground in the public-relations battle being waged in the U.S. against its oil and the proposed pipeline that would deliver it. Globe and Mail.

18 Apr Lowe's agrees to $500,000 fine to settle claims of lead paint rules violations. Lowe's Home Centers has agreed to pay a $500,000 federal penalty in settling claims that its contractors in at least nine states broke environmental rules for addressing lead paint dust during home renovation projects, two federal agencies announced Thursday. Associated Press.

18 Apr Why we get autism but our Neanderthal cousins didn't. It's not what you've got but how you use it. The first maps of gene expression in two of our extinct cousins flag up important differences between the activity of their genes and our own. The results suggest that brain disorders like schizophrenia and autism may be unique to us. New Scientist.

18 Apr Some Yosemite fish high in mercury. Wilderness anglers beware. Some of the fish in Mildred Lake in Yosemite National Park have high enough concentrations of mercury in their tissues to be a danger to your health. Stockton Record.

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.

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.


9/7/12: New Article on Exposures and Disability Published by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
“Protecting Brain Development: How Toxic Chemical Exposures Interact With Nutrition and Genetics to Put Children at Risk” has been published in the August issue of Perspectives on School-Based Issues, one of the journals from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The article describes recent findings of interactions of toxic exposures with nutritional factors such as high fructose corn syrup, iodine, and eating breakfast. Co-authored by Maureen Swanson of the Learning Disabilities Association of America’s Healthy Children Project and Nancy Hepp of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment, the article concludes with actions that communication sciences and disorders (CSD) professionals can take to improve health outcomes for their students and their communities.
See the article abstract.

11/22/11: New Article on Neurodevelopment and Toxicants
Nancy Hepp, CHE's Research and Communications Specialist, published "Protecting Children from Toxicants" in the ASHA Leader, a journal of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Read the article

9/13/11: CHE LDDI/ASA Workshops
Two workshops in November 2011 and one in January 2012 will feature national experts from diverse sectors highlighting the latest research on associations between environmental exposures and early neurodevelopment as well as the implications for prevention-based public health policy. Visit the workshops page

5/10/11: PAH Column Published 
A new Practice Prevention column on polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) has been published in English and Spanish. See our webpage with columns and fact sheets.

3/28/11: Practice Prevention Column Updates and Translations
With the assistance of intern Kelly Quinn, several of LDDI's Practice Prevention columns have been updated and translated into Spanish. 

2/9/11: LDAA Forum
On January 24th, the Learning Disabilities Association of America, with support from the John Merck Fund, Kaiser Family Foundation and the Ceres Foundation, convened a forum to present the state-of-the-science on toxic chemicals and health as well as related policy updates and training. Read more »

11/17/10: AAIDD Environmental Health Initiative Aging, Environmental Health, and IDD Teleconference Series 
The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)'s Environmental Health Initiative (EHI) organized a distinguished panel of guest speakers to present a groundbreaking series of webinars on aging and environmental health with a focus on disability. This series was sponsored by the John Merck Fund and organized in conjunction with the Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) of Greater Boston, and supported by LDDI and the new Healthy Aging and the Environment Initiative and of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE).

The series included five webinars that approached aging from an ecological health perspective and addressed the food, chemical, built, and psychosocial environments. An audio and visual archive of the seminars is now available. We encourage you to access these free resources on the AAIDD web site, share this information with your colleagues, and disseminate through your networks. For more information, please visit the EHI Teleconference webpage

Past Calls

September 29, 2009 --
LDDI Working Group Quarterly Call
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