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CHE Partnership call: Why the US Leaves Deadly Chemicals on the Market: A Conversation with Journalist Elizabeth Grossman
Wed, Dec 9

CHE Partnership call: Environmental Health and Complexity: Exploring the Ecological Model of Health
Fri, Dec 11

CHE Partnership call: Is a Health Study the Answer for Your Community? A Guide for Making Informed Decisions
Tues Jan 26

11/18/15: MP3 recording available: Brain Sex Differences During Gestation: The Role of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

11/12/15: MP3 recording available: Predicting Toxicity: Silent Spring Institute's High Throughput Screens for Chemicals Related to Breast Cancer

11/10/15: MP3 recording available: Community-Based Participatory Research in the Arctic: Sources of Environmental Contaminants on St. Lawrence Island

11/5/15: MP3 recording available: Bringing Public Health to the International Negotiating Table: Environmental Health and the Paris Climate Summit in December 2015

10/30/15: MP3 recording available: Reducing the Burden: International Reproductive Health Leaders Call for Greater Efforts to Prevent Toxic Chemical Exposure, New Opinion from FIGO

10/21/15: MP3 recording available: The Endocrine Society's Second Scientific Statement on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

10/20/15: MP3 recording available: Responding to Communities: Communicating the Science of TCE and PCE

10/19/15: MP3 recording available: Climate Change and the Release of Contaminants in the Arctic: Current Research and Potential Health Effects

10/13/15: MP3 recording available: Theories of Carcinogenesis: Mutations and Cancer

10/8/15: MP3 recording available: The Price of Pollution: Costs of Environmental Health Conditions in Children


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EPA/NIEHS Children's Centers 2015 Webinar Series December 9th.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015event
The topic of this webinar is Food and Children's Evironmental Health. Speakers will be Asa Bradman of UC Berkeley, Annnie Hoen of Dartmouth College, and Karen Peterson of the University of Michigan.

Key characteristics of carcinogens as a basis for organizing data on mechanisms of carcinogenesis.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015journal article
We describe the use of the 10 key characteristics to conduct a systematic literature search focused on relevant endpoints and construct a graphical representation of the identified mechanistic information. Next, we use benzene and polychlorinated biphenyls as examples to illustrate how this approach may work in practice. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Call for proposals: The National Collaboration to Promote Health, Wellness, and Academic Success of School-Age Children.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015call for proposals
This CDC funding opportunity announcement is focused on promoting and implementing evidence-based school nutrition, physical activity, out-of-school time, and school health services policies, practices, and programs. National nongovernment organizations will support states, school districts, and schools to achieve the short-, intermediate-, and long-term outcomes. The application deadline is January 19, 2016.

New report: Availability of Healthy Food Products at Check-out Nationwide, 2010-2012.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015announcement
Healthier foods and beverages were less available at check-out than unhealthy foods and beverages, but the type of store determines what is available at check-out. From Bridging the Gap Program, Health Policy Center, Institute for Health Research and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Nevada says national nuclear dump could harm farm community.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015news article
Radioactive well-water contamination could threaten some 1,400 people in a rural farming community if federal regulators allow the nation's deadliest nuclear waste to be buried in the Nevada desert. Associated Press.

Trouble in Toyland.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015news article
The ABC7 I-Team has an exclusive report on the potentially dangerous levels of chemicals found in your children's toys just before the holiday shopping season. Chicago WLS TV, Illinois.

DC court considers how to screen out 'bad science' in local trials.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015news article
Government lawyers want the court to keep out expert testimony that is "unreliable or unhelpful." The case before the appellate court involves the question of whether cellphones can cause brain cancer. Washington Post.

Get some exercise, doctors tell pregnant women.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015news article
"In fact, it is an ideal time for lifestyle modification. That is because more than any other time in her life, a pregnant woman has the most available access to medical care and supervision." NBC News.

Monday, November 23, 2015news article
Tasers are increasingly being used by UK police yet recent studies suggest the health risks are greater than previously thought. The BMJ.

American hunger-related healthcare costs exceeded $160 billion in 2014, according to new study.
Monday, November 23, 2015news article
A team of researchers led by Boston University School of Medicine associate professor of pediatrics John Cook, estimated these health care costs by looking at the costs of treating diseases and health conditions associated with household food insecurity plus earnings lost when people took time off work because of these illnesses or to care for family members with illnesses related to food insecurity. In These Times.

Plan for stricter guidelines on pesticide use is welcomed by some but irks farmers
Monday, November 23, 2015news article
The Quebec government's plan to impose stricter guidelines on the use of pesticides that are considered the most hazardous to the environment and human health was both welcomed and criticized after it was unveiled on Sunday. Montreal Gazette, Quebec.

National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) Public Teleconference December 2nd.
Sunday, November 22, 2015event
The primary topic of discussion will be US Housing and Urban Development Final Rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing and Assessment Tool. Pre-registration is required: Registration closes at noon Eastern time on Wednesday November 25, 2015. The deadline for public comment period sign-up is also noon Eastern time on Wednesday November 25, 2015.

Diet may determine your risk for rheumatoid arthritis.
Sunday, November 22, 2015news article
Two studies, presented earlier this month at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting in San Francisco, show a person's diet can significantly affect his or her chance of developing rheumatoid arthritis. Newswise.

Director of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry: who is Patrick Breysse?
Sunday, November 22, 2015news article
Patrick Breysse, an expert in the field of environmental health, took over as the Centers for Disease Control's director of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry on Dec. 28, 2014. AllGov.com.

The looming battle for clean data.
Sunday, November 22, 2015news article
With the science increasingly certain and environmental rules tightening, the 21st-century contest for a better environment and a stable climate is shaping up to be a battle over clean data. Boston Globe, Massachusetts.

Aflatoxins: poisoning health and trade in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Sunday, November 22, 2015news article
Aflatoxin contamination is a growing threat to trade, food and health security in sub-Saharan Africa, where smallholder farmers are challenged by food production and now climate change, researchers said. Inter Press Service.

Arsenic and environmental health: state of the science and future research opportunities.
Saturday, November 21, 2015journal article
More information about aggregate exposure to arsenic is needed, including the amount and forms of arsenic found in foods. New strategies for mitigating arsenic exposures and related health effects range from engineered filtering systems to phytogenetics and nutritional interventions. Furthermore, integration of 'omics data with mechanistic and epidemiological data is a key step towards the goal of linking biomarkers of exposure and susceptibility to disease mechanisms and outcomes. Environmental Health Perspectives.

FDA takes issue with the term 'non-GMO.'
Saturday, November 21, 2015news article
The agency would prefer labels that say something like "Not bioengineered" or "This oil is made from soybeans that were not genetically engineered." New York Times.

Lethal prostate cancer can be prevented by exercise.
Saturday, November 21, 2015news article
A study that tracked tens of thousands of midlife and older men for more than 20 years has found that vigorous exercise and other healthy lifestyle habits [not currently smoking or quit 10 or more years ago, body mass index under 30kg/m2, high intake of tomatoes and fatty fish, and low intake of processed meat] may cut their chances of developing a lethal type of prostate cancer by up to 68 percent. Health, Medical, and Science Updates.
[See the study: Development and application of a lifestyle score for prevention of lethal prostate cancer]

In advance of Paris climate talks, Washington court recognizes constitutional and public trust rights and announces agency's legal duty to protect atmosphere for present and future generations.
Saturday, November 21, 2015news article
The court confirmed what the Washington youths and youths across the nation have been arguing in courts of law, that "[t]he state has a constitutional obligation to protect the public's interest in natural resources held in trust for the common benefit of the people." Western Environmental Law Center.

New report: Review of WIC Food Packages: Proposed Framework for Revisions: Interim Report.
Saturday, November 21, 2015announcement
The US Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service requested that the Institute of Medicine undertake a review of the WIC food packages to align the program with dietary guidance in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In response, the IOM convened the Committee to Review WIC Food Packages to address this task.

Lumber Liquidators will stop selling vinyl flooring made with reprocessed plastic.
Saturday, November 21, 2015news article
This week Lumber Liquidators became the first major flooring retailer to announce that it will end the use of reprocessed plastic over the next year and also limit lead content in the vinyl flooring it sells. Consumer Reports.

Teflon component tied to kids' weight gain.
Saturday, November 21, 2015news article
One of the main chemicals used to make Teflon -- perfluorooctanoic acid or PFOA -- has been linked to increased body fat and faster weight gain in children whose mothers were exposed to high levels during pregnancy, according to new research from Brown University. Discovery Channel.
[See the study: Prenatal perfluoroalkyl substance exposure and child adiposity at 8 years of age: The HOME study]

Canadian regulator halts TransCanada pipeline construction following spills.
Saturday, November 21, 2015news article
Canada's national energy regulator has halted construction on a new TransCanada Corp natural gas pipeline after reviewing evidence that it may have spilled a toxic drilling fluid into a major Western Canadian river, a spokesman said on Friday. Reuters.

Long-term exposure to electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones and Wi-Fi devices decreases plasma prolactin, progesterone, and estrogen levels but increases uterine oxidative stress in pregnant rats and their offspring.
Thursday, November 19, 2015journal article
Although EMR exposure decreased the prolactin, estrogen, and progesterone levels in the plasma of maternal rats and their offspring, EMR-induced oxidative stress in the uteri of maternal rats increased during the development of offspring. Endocrine.

Association of exposure to radio-frequency electromagnetic field radiation (RF-EMFR) generated by mobile phone base stations with glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) and risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Thursday, November 19, 2015journal article
Exposure to high RF-EMFR generated by mobile phone base stations is associated with elevated levels of HbA1c and risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Symptoms and cognitive functions in adolescents in relation to mobile phone use during night.
Thursday, November 19, 2015journal article
Overall, being awakened during night by mobile phone was associated with an increase in health symptom reports such as tiredness, rapid exhaustibility, headache and physical ill-being, but not with memory and concentration capacity. PLoS One.
[See a related article: Memory performance, wireless communication and exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields: A prospective cohort study in adolescents]

OSHA seeks input to modernize health and safety guidelines.
Thursday, November 19, 2015news article
The voluntary guidelines were first published in 1989 to help employers establish health and safety management plans at their workplaces, but the agency proposed updating the guidelines on Monday to reflect modern technology and practices. Public comments are due Feb. 15. Business Insurance.
[See the open docket for comments]

Landmark study demonstrates link between pupils' breakfast quality and educational attainment.
Thursday, November 19, 2015news article
The study -- thought to be the largest to date looking at longitudinal effects on standardised school performance -- found that children who ate breakfast, and who ate a better quality breakfast, achieved higher academic outcomes. News Medical.
[See the study: Association between breakfast consumption and educational outcomes in 9-11-year-old children]

Genotoxicity induced by foetal and infant exposure to magnetic fields and modulation of ionising radiation effects.
Thursday, November 19, 2015journal article
ELF-MF exposure had no teratogenic effect and did not affect survival, growth and development. The micronucleus test indicated that ELF-MF induced a slight genotoxic damage only after the maximum exposure time and that this effect faded away in the months following the end of exposure. ELF-MF had no effects on ionizing radiation (IR)-induced genotoxicity in erythrocytes. Differently, ELF-MF appeared to modulate the response of male germ cells to X-rays with an impact on proliferation/differentiation processes. PLoS One.

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