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GHHI webinar Thursday: A Strategic Plan to End Childhood Lead Poisoning: A Five Year Blueprint for Action.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Join the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative's President and CEO Ruth Ann Norton during National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week for a discussion on how this entirely preventable disease can be stopped.

PHI webinar Thursday: Examining the Public Debate on School Food Nutrition Guidelines: Findings and Lessons Learned from an Analysis of News Coverage and Legislative Debates.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Berkeley Media Studies Group and the Public Health Advocacy Institute have been examining news coverage and legislative documents from ten states around the country. This Web Forum will include a summary of our findings, as well as a discussion of how they might inform future communications efforts around healthy school food environments at the state and local level. From the Public Health Institute.

Nutritional supplement could prevent thousands of early preterm births.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Sophisticated analyses of two clinical trials — one in the U.S. and the other in the Australia — suggest that thousands of early preterm births — those at or before 34 weeks’ gestation — could be prevented if pregnant women took daily docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) supplements. NewsWise.
[See the study: Predicting the effect of maternal docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) supplementation to reduce early preterm birth in Australia and the United States using results of within country randomized controlled trials]

Air pollution linked to blood vessel damage in healthy young adults.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
"These findings suggest that living in a polluted environment could promote the development of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke more pervasively and at an earlier stage than previously thought," said Aruni Bhatnagar, PhD. NewsWise.
[See the study: Exposure to fine particulate air pollution is associated with endothelial injury and systemic inflammation]

New report: Toxic by Design: Eliminating harmful flame retardant chemicals from our bodies, homes, & communities.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
From the Endocrine Disruptors Action Group, this report summarizes the state of scientific
research on the toxicity of common flame retardants, including proposed alternatives, as well as their efficacy for fire safety. It also makes policy recommendations that take account of complex scientific, legal, economic and social factors.

Wrong antibiotic prescribed half the time, report finds.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
"Overall, only 52 percent of patients treated with antibiotics for sinus infections, middle ear infections and pharyngitis (sore throat) received the first-line treatments recommended by prescribing guidelines." NBC News.
[See the study: Frequency of first-line antibiotic selection among US ambulatory care visits for otitis media, sinusitis, and pharyngitis]

Heading a soccer ball causes instant changes to the brain.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Researchers from the University of Stirling have explored the true impact of heading a soccer ball, identifying small but significant changes in brain function immediately after routine heading practice. ScienceDaily.
[See the study: Evidence for acute electrophysiological and cognitive changes following routine soccer heading]

How sweet it is: artificial sweeteners in blood.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Compared to adults, children had double the concentrations of plasma sucralose after ingestion of a single twelve ounce can diet soda. The same research team previously found that these artificial sweeteners were also present in breast milk when mothers ingested foods, drinks, medicines or other products that contained artificial sweeteners. AlphaGalileo.
[See the study: Plasma concentrations of sucralose in children and adults]

Fragranced products: risks for people and profits?
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
A University of Melbourne researcher has found that over one-third of Americans report health problems--from asthma attacks to migraine headaches--when exposed to common fragranced consumer products such as air fresheners, cleaning supplies, laundry products, scented candles, cologne, and personal care products. EurekAlert!
[See the study: Fragranced consumer products: exposures and effects from emissions]

Neu5Gc in red meat and organs may pose a significant health hazard.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Neu5Gc, a non-human sialic acid sugar molecule common in red meat that increases the risk of tumor formation in humans, is also prevalent in pig organs, with concentrations increasing as the organs are cooked. EurekAlert!
[See the study: Developmental changes in the level of free and conjugated sialic acids, Neu5Ac, Neu5Gc and KDN in different organs of pig: a LC-MS/MS quantitative analyses]

Metabolism disrupting chemicals and metabolic disorders.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
We propose that there are environmental chemicals that increase the susceptibility to metabolic diseases via actions on adipose tissue, pancreas, liver, GI tract, muscle and brain homeostatic and hedonic pathways and that these chemicals should be called metabolism disrupting chemicals (MDC) or metabolism disruptors. Reproductive Toxicology.

New report: Community Violence as a Population Health Issue: Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Individual participants discussed the effects of trauma and violence on communities and explored approaches that community members and multisector partners are using to build safe, resilient, and healthy communities.

EPA and NIEHS providing $6 million to Johns Hopkins to study ways to improve the health of at-risk Baltimore children.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
The funds will be used to investigate asthma susceptibility factors among children in Baltimore, and identify appropriate interventions to improve the health of those at greatest risk.

Air pollution can affect blood pressure, says study.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Long-term exposure to urban air pollution incrementally increases the risk of high blood pressure, according to a study released Tuesday of more than 41,000 European city-dwellers. Constant noise pollution – especially traffic – also boosts the likelihood of hypertension, researchers reported in the European Heart Journal. Sun Daily, Malaysia.
[See the study: Long-term exposure to ambient air pollution and traffic noise and incident hypertension in seven cohorts of the European study of cohorts for air pollution effects (ESCAPE)]

More coal plants will deepen - not cut - poverty, researchers warn.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Building just a third of planned new coal-fired power plants around the world would push hundreds of millions of people into poverty as it accelerates climate change past an agreed limit of 2 degrees Celsius of warming, development experts warn. Reuters.
[See the report: Beyond coal: scaling up clean energy to fight global poverty]

The Kolkata dump that's permanently on fire: 'most people die by 50.'
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Living and working on the landfill comes with serious health hazards that successive state and central governments continue to ignore. Inextinguishable fires burn all day and night, which pollute the air. The Guardian, United Kingdom.

Climate change is shifting areas of skin disease concern.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Climate change is bringing certain skin diseases and other illnesses to regions where they were rarely seen before, according to a recent research review. Reuters.
[See the study: The effect of climate change on skin disease in North America]

Toxic legacy: "Teflon" chemical sticks around in water supplies.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Communities along the Ohio River — and around the U.S. — are still grappling with the environmental fallout of contamination from C8 and similar chemicals. Ohio Valley ReSource.

Burden of cancer deaths from smoking heaviest in US South.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
With up to 40 percent of cancer deaths attributable to smoking in some areas and just 8 percent in others, the disparities may come down largely to how aggressively states pursue tobacco control, researchers write in JAMA Internal Medicine. Reuters Health.
[See the study: State-level cancer mortality attributable to cigarette smoking in the United States and the commentary: The case for a concerted push to reduce place-based disparities in smoking-related cancers]

Think China's pollution is bad? Try Northern California.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Air pollution in San Jose was worse than in Shanghai on 32 out of the 61 days in June and July. OZY.

How Flint is using good food to combat lead poisoning.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Foods low in fat and high in vitamin C and iron combat lead poisoning by decreasing the metal’s absorption by the body. Calcium also decreases lead’s negative impacts by helping prevent it from leaving the bones. With that in mind, members of Flints food community doubled their efforts to get healthy food into the homes of Flint residents. Civil Eats.

Pope Francis's edict on climate change has fallen on closed ears, study finds.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
A study by researchers in the US has found that right-leaning Catholics who had heard of the pope’s message were less concerned about climate change and its effects on the poor than those who had not, and had a dimmer view of the pope’s credibility. The Guardian.
[See the study: Cross-pressuring conservative Catholics? Effects of Pope Francis' encyclical on the U.S. public opinion on climate change]

CMV is a greater threat to infants than Zika, but far less often discussed.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Every year in the U.S., 20,000 to 40,000 infants are born with cytomegalovirus. Yet most doctors don't talk with pregnant women about how to prevent it. New York Times.

New report says funding carbon-free transportation could slash Missouri's carbon emissions.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
The report includes multiple policy recommendations to reduce transportation's impact on the environment, including incentives for consumers to purchase electric cars and creating more paths for pedestrians and bikers. St. Louis Public Radio.
[See the report: 50 Steps Toward Carbon-Free Transportation: Rethinking U.S. Transportation Policy to Fight Global Warming]

Solving humanity's grand challenges requires a healthy ocean.
Sunday, October 23, 2016
A healthy ocean can reduce poverty and hunger, support human health and economic growth, mitigate the impacts of climate change, and reduce international conflicts. National Geographic News.

What can we learn from one of the world's most toxic accidents?
Sunday, October 23, 2016
 Filmmaker Holly Morris talks about her time with the "Babuschkas of Chernobyl" — the elderly women who decided to stay in Chernobyl, Ukraine, after the worst nuclear accident in history. TED Radio Hour.

Markers of lipid oxidative damage among office workers exposed intermittently to air pollutants including nanoTiO2 particles.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
The approach presented here seems to be very sensitive and useful for non-invasive monitoring of employees exposed to air pollutants, including gases, organic aerosols, and nanoscale titanium dioxide, and may prove useful for routine biomonitoring purposes. Reviews on Environmental Health.

Deleterious effects in reproduction and developmental immunity elicited by pulmonary iron oxide nanoparticles.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
The no-observed-adverse-effect-level (NOAEL) for reproductive and developmental toxicity of iron oxide nanoparticles (FeNPs) may be lower than 2 mg/kg, and female mice may show more sensitive response to FeNPs exposure than male mice. Furthermore, we suggest that further studies are necessary to identify causes of both the alteration in sex ratio of offspring mice and different immune response in male and female offspring mice. Environmental Research.

Occupation, industry, and the risk of prostate cancer: a case-control study in Montréal, Canada.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Occupations where elevated risk of high grade prostate cancer was found included gasoline station attendants and textile processing occupations. Aside from logging, industries with elevated prostate cancer risk included provincial government and financial institutions. Occupations with reduced risk included farmers and aircraft maintenance workers. Environmental Health.

Factory farms get bigger, pollution grows, but regulators don't even know where they are.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Thousands of industrial farms across the country release contaminants into the nation's water and airways, but in many states like North Carolina, the public has limited access to information about them. Inside Climate News.

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