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Webinar Wednesday:Toxics in the US and the Next 40 Years: What Will It Take to Protect Public Health?
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Presenters Sarah Doll and Andy Igrejas will describe how strategic consumer, citizen and state actions are winning safer food packaging, furniture, home construction and baby products. They will also describe how citizens and advocacy groups can ensure that we achieve the greatest benefits in homes, schools, and workplaces from the new TSCA.

Webinar Wednesday: Smart Ideas to Implement Smart Snacks in Schools.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
On this webinar from Action for Healthy Kids, learn about the Final Rule about Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School (Smart Snacks) and putting these new requirements in action. Results from an AFHK:AASA school leader survey on smart snacks will be shared to provide insight in getting school leader support.

Kids are not just substituting e-cigs for cigs; e-cigs are expanding the tobacco epidemic.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
September 26th is World Environmental Health Day. The theme this year is " Tobacco Control... a response to the global tobacco pandemic", and so we offer this commentary Stanton Glantz, PhD, regarding recent evidence that e-cigarettes are extending and expanding the tobacco epidemic. CHE Blog.

The trouble with Tylenol and pregnancy.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Evidence has accumulated that, when taken during pregnancy, acetaminophen may increase the risk that children will develop asthma or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The elevated risk in most studies is small, and whether the drug itself is really to blame is debatable. But considering that more than 65 percent of pregnant women in the United States use acetaminophen at some point during their pregnancy, the number of children with problems stemming from it could be substantial. New York Times.

“Teflon Chemical” (PFOA) warrants global action.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
A UN expert committee has determined that PFOA, commonly known as the "Teflon chemical," warrants global action under the Stockholm Convention, an international treaty that bans the world's most hazardous chemical pollutants. The committee also made recommendations on decaBDE, short-chained chlorinated paraffins and dicofol.

Call for abstracts: EH2O Recreational Waters Virtual Conference.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
The EH2O Conference, to be held January 18-19, 2017, is designed to enhance the knowledge of environmental health professionals to help them better prepare to respond to environmental events of public health concern as well as to bring professionals together in a unique virtual environment to exchange information and discover new solutions to issues in recreational water and public health.

Call for comments: Registration Review; Draft Malathion Human Health Risk Assessment.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
As part of the registration review process, the EPA has completed a comprehensive draft human health risk assessment for malathion. The comment period is open until November 21, 2016.

Hazard identification of exhausts from gasoline-ethanol fuel blends using a multi-cellular human lung model.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
The tested exhausts from a flex-fuel gasoline vehicle using different ethanol-gasoline blends did not induce adverse cell responses in this acute exposure. Environmental Research.

Food waste could be used to pull lead, mercury from water.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
A group of researchers has designed a foam made from coffee grounds and silicone that can remove lead and mercury from water. Both metals are contaminants considered toxic and harmful to human health. CNBC.
[See the study: Spent coffee bioelastomeric composite foams for the removal of Pb2+ and Hg2+ from water]

Report finds a new pollutant — tiny bits of plastics and fiber — building up in the Mississippi.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
The vast majority of the microplastics were fibers from clothing and other synthetic materials, said Trevor Russell, program director of Friends of the Mississippi, which compiled the report along with the Mississippi River National Park and Recreation Area. Minneapolis StarTribune, Minnesota.
[See the report: State of the River Report 2016]

River pollution puts 323m at risk from life-threatening diseases, says UN.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
A week before Russia's Daldykan river was turned red by a leak from a metals plant, the UN issued a warning as chilling as it was overlooked: 323 million people are at risk from life-threatening diseases caused by the pollution of rivers and lakes. The Guardian, United Kingdom.

Report slams EPA civil rights compliance.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
The nation's top environmental regulator has failed to meet its civil-rights obligations, forcing communities to endure extreme delays or inaction when seeking respite from polluters, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights found. Center for Public Integrity.
[See the report: Environmental Justice: Examining the Environmental Protection Agency's Compliance and Enforcement of Title VI and Executive Order 12,898]

Don't forsake poor people in climate change fight.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
 Environmental justice advocates have raised concerns that a cap and trade system will forgo local reductions in co-pollutants, such as particulates and other toxics that more directly impact disadvantaged communities. Sacramento Bee, California.

How the FDA manipulates the media.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
The US Food and Drug Administration has been arm-twisting journalists into relinquishing their reportorial independence, our investigation reveals. Other institutions are following suit. Scientific American.

It's in the water: the debate over fluoridation lives on.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
The debate started well before 1945 when Grand Rapids, Mich., became the first U.S. city to add fluoride to its water supply. In the decades since, opposition usually stems from studies linking fluoride intake by children with lower IQs, higher rates of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and potential toxicity. Kaiser Health News.

Climate change could cross key threshold in a decade: scientists.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
The planet could pass a key target on world temperature rise in about a decade, prompting accelerating loss of glaciers, steep declines in water availability, worsening land conflicts and deepening poverty, scientists said this week. Reuters.

Tutoring the textile industry on risky flame retardants.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Stapleton has focused much of her research on a flame-retardant mixture called PentaBDE (PBDE), manufacture of which was phased out in the United States in 2004 but remains in many home products, including those containing polyurethane foam. She is also interested in the chemicals developed to replace PBDE since the phase-out, the make-up of which have not always been disclosed for "proprietary" reasons. North Carolina Health News, North Carolina.

Our economy is booming, so why are kids still going to bed hungry?
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Food security has improved in the years following the Great Recession, but antihunger groups say too many kids are still at risk. TakePart.
[See the Food Research & Action report: New Analysis of State and Metropolitan Statistical Area Data Shows Food Hardship Almost Invariably Higher in Households with Children]

Two chemicals together may knock out zika-carrying mosquitoes.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Aerial spraying of the insecticide naled, followed by a product that targets mosquitoes when they are in the larval stage, may be responsible for a sharp drop in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in a part of Miami where local transmission of the Zika virus was first found, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday. StatNews.

Workshop Tuesday: Driving Action and Progress on Obesity Prevention and Treatment.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
This workshop, convened by the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions, will explore how far we’ve come since the Call to Action, highlight key steps that can drive further progress, and identify crucial gaps in the field. Attend in Washington, DC, or virtually.

Webinar Monday: Access to Green Spaces.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Recent studies have shown that higher levels of green vegetation are associated with decreased mortality and that neighborhood greenery decreases aggressive behavior in adolescents. This webinar features discussion about this latest research and what it means for environmental public health. From the National Institutes of Health.

Environmental risk factors for pancreatic cancer: an update.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
We analyzed the most recently published case-control association studies, meta-analyses, and cohort studies with the aim to summarize the main environmental factors that could have a role in pancreatic cancer. Archives of Toxicology.

Genetically modified enzymes used in household products seen as "potent allergens."
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Genetically modified enzymes—used increasingly to create flavors and fragrances and to enhance the strength of detergents and medications—appear to be "potent allergens" for the industrial workers exposed to them, according to a pilot study in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Journal Watch.
[See the study: Sensitising effects of genetically modified enzymes used in flavour, fragrance, detergence and pharmaceutical production: cross-sectional study]

Chemical exposure linked to lower vitamin D levels.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
The study found people who were exposed to larger amounts of phthalates were more likely to have low levels of vitamin D in the bloodstream than the participants who were exposed to smaller amounts of the EDCs. The link was strongest in women. There also was an association between exposure to higher levels of BPA and reduced vitamin D levels in women, although the relationship was not statistically significant in men. ScienceDaily.
[See the study: Relationships between urinary phthalate metabolite and bisphenol A concentrations and vitamin D levels in US adults: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 2005–2010]

Association between ambient air pollution and proliferation of umbilical cord blood cells.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
The levels of cell proliferation of umbilical cord blood cells appear to be associated with the ambient air pollution. Environmental Research.

EPA releases national assessment of strategies to reduce air pollution at ports.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
An EPA report finds that air pollution at the nation’s ports can be reduced significantly at all port types and sizes through a variety of strategies and cleaner technologies. Implementing these approaches, the report finds, would reduce greenhouse gas and other harmful emissions from diesel-powered ships, trucks and other port equipment.
[See the National Port Strategy Assessment: Reducing Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases at U.S. Ports]

What is it about this soil that protects plants from devastating disease?
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Some scientists have turned their attention to a special type of soil known as "disease-suppressive soil." The plants that live in it seem to magically remain relatively free of disease, even if disease-causing parasites are present. Ensia.

50% off Island Press books through September 30th.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
For thirty years, Island Press has published works on environmental health and conservation, from solutions-oriented books for working professionals to books on ideas that inform and inspire.

Nicotine from smoke enters body through the skin.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Breathing isn't the only way that chemicals in cigarette smoke can enter the body. A new study shows that nicotine, a toxic chemical, can pass through skin and into the blood from the air or from smoky clothes. Science News for Students.
[See the study: Measurements of dermal uptake of nicotine directly from air and clothing]

America is not the greatest country on earth. It's no. 28.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Violence, alcoholism, and obesity pose the biggest risks in the US. But the rest of the world isn't doing much better. Bloomberg News.
[See the report: Measuring the health-related Sustainable Development Goals in 188 countries: a baseline analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015] and another article about the same report: Maternal mortality in the US is on the rise—here's why]

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