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CHE Partnership call: NIEHS and Environmental Health Disparities in Alaska
Wed, Oct 1
Hosted by the CHE Alaska Working Group

CHE Partnership call: Home Invaders: Are Flame Retardants Fattening Us Up and Harming Our Bones?
Thurs, Oct 9

CHE Partnership call: Cold Feet: Perinatal DDT Exposure Increases Risk of Insulin Resistance
Wed, Oct 15

CHE Partnership call: Toxic Chemicals in Schools: Health Hazards to Children and What You Can Do
Wed, Oct 15
Hosted by the CHE Alaska Working Group

CHE Partnership call: Four Years After the President's Cancer Panel Report: Recommendations and Next Steps
Mon, Oct 20

9/30/14: MP3 recording available: Prenatal Exposures: What Do Providers Know?

9/18/14: MP3 recording available: Climate Change and Health - What's New and What To Do?

9/17/14: MP3 recording available: Maternal Bisphenol A Programs Offspring Metabolic Syndrome

9/9/14: MP3 recording available: PCBs in Schools - Still a Problem?


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CHE call Wednesday: NIEHS and Environmental Disparities in Alaska.
Monday, September 29, 2014event
Join Dr. Linda Birnbaum, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and National Toxicology Program (NTP) for an update on NIEHS priorities, challenges, and current initiatives and to hear her reflections on her recent visit to Alaska communities.

Switch to natural gas won't reduce carbon emissions much, study finds.
Monday, September 29, 2014news article
Switching from coal to natural gas for power generation won't do much to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and might even raise them slightly, in part because it will discourage the use of carbon-free renewable energy, according to a study released Wednesday. National Geographic.
[See the study: The effect of natural gas supply on US renewable energy and CO2 emissions]

Call for proposals: Community Grant Program.
Monday, September 29, 2014call for proposals
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have identified four core areas of giving: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Women's Economic Empowerment or Career Opportunity. The deadline to apply for 2014 funding is December 31, 2014.

No sign of health or nutrition problems from GMO livestock feed, study finds.
Monday, September 29, 2014news article
A new review study finds there is no evidence in earlier scientific studies indicating that genetically engineered feed crops harmed the health or productivity of livestock and poultry, and that food products from animals consuming such feeds were nutritionally the same as products from animals that ate non-GMO feeds. ScienceDaily.
[See the review: Prevalence and impacts of genetically engineered feedstuffs on livestock populations]

Association between chlorinated pesticides in the serum of prepubertal Russian boys and longitudinal biomarkers of metabolic function.
Monday, September 29, 2014journal article
These results suggest that childhood organochlorine pesticides may be associated with insulin resistance and lower leptin. American Journal of Epidemiology.

Formulations of hormone therapy and risk of Parkinson's disease.
Monday, September 29, 2014journal article
The findings from this study suggest an increase in Parkinson's disease risk associated with esterified estrogen use combined with progestin, and no risk associated with conjugated estrogen with progestin. Movement Disorders.

Benefit or burden? Environmental justice and community-scale biomass energy systems in Vermont.
Monday, September 29, 2014journal article
This study reveals the importance of decentralizing energy systems -- not only in terms of energy technologies, but also of technological decision-making processes. We argue that distributing power in this way may be the most effective way to ensure a more just arrangement of benefits and burdens associated with green energy technologies. Environmental Justice.

Environmental justice in the college and university curriculum: a survey of the literature.
Monday, September 29, 2014journal article
This article reports the findings of an extensive literature review looking at if and how topics of environmental justice are being included in the curriculum and classrooms of higher education. Environmental Justice.

700,000 women face 'hidden risk' of breast cancer.
Monday, September 29, 2014news article
More than 700,000 women in the UK are at a higher than average risk of breast cancer. Mammogram scans may be unable to detect "hidden" tumours due to high breast density present in thousands of UK women of breast screening age. The high-density tissue itself is also a cancer-risk Edinburgh Scotsman, United Kingdom.
[See the study: Digital mammographic density and breast cancer risk: a case-control study of six alternative density assessment methods]

Lead in Chinese cold remedy poisons toddler; possible counterfeit?
Monday, September 29, 2014news article
An herbal cold remedy called Bo Ying Compound has been associated with the lead intoxication of an 18-month-old toddler in New York City and consumers and caregivers are warned not to use the product. Forbes.

Taking paracetamol [acetaminophen] during pregnancy puts babies at risk of ADHD: study.
Monday, September 29, 2014news article
Babies born to mothers who took paracetamol when they were pregnant appear to have a higher chance of emotional and behavioural difficulties including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to New Zealand researchers. Ninemsn, Australia.
[See the study: Associations between acetaminophen use during pregnancy and ADHD symptoms measured at ages 7 and 11 years]

New mosquito-borne virus spreads in Latin America.
Sunday, September 28, 2014news article
An excruciating mosquito-borne illness that arrived less than a year ago in the Americas is raging across the region, leaping from the Caribbean to the Central and South American mainland, and infecting more than 1 million people. Some cases have already emerged in the United States. Associated Press.

Port of Los Angeles fire cleanup: effects of toxic chemicals releases studied.
Sunday, September 28, 2014news article
Port of Los Angeles authorities are beginning an extensive harbor cleanup in the aftermath of a fire this week that burned through much of a wharf and released high levels of toxic gases and smoke into surrounding communities. Los Angeles Times.

Brain repair 'may be boosted by curry spice.'
Sunday, September 28, 2014news article
A spice commonly found in curries may boost the brain's ability to heal itself, according to a report in the journal Stem Cell Research and Therapy. The German study suggests a compound found in turmeric could encourage the growth of nerve cells thought to be part of the brain's repair kit. BBC.
[See the study: Aromatic-turmerone induces neural stem cell proliferation in vitro and in vivo]

Onslaught of autism: a mom's crusade could help unravel scientific mystery.
Sunday, September 28, 2014news article
Millions and millions of women who are now grandmothers took heavy doses of drugs during their pregnancies in the '50s and '60s. Escher wondered: Could the fertility, nausea and miscarriage drugs heavily prescribed in the past decades alter the fetus and lead to lasting, transgenerational abnormalities such as autism? Environmental Health News.

Who's afraid of bromine?
Sunday, September 28, 2014news article
Bromine looks sinister -- like something you might find on Dr Frankenstein's workbench. But are people sometimes too hard on compounds made from element 35 of the periodic table? BBC.

Report: EPA asbestos experiment threatened public health.
Sunday, September 28, 2014news article
The federal agency in charge of protecting human health and the environment caused a threat in both of those areas while experimenting with a relatively new method for asbestos control, according to a watchdog report released Thursday. Washington Post.
[See the report: EPA's Alternative Asbestos Control Method Experiments Lacked Effective Oversight and Threatened Human Health]

Online event Tuesday through Thursday: Business Education Jam: Envisioning the Future.
Friday, September 26, 2014event
This jam session is designed to build a more innovative future for business schools and businesses alike. Persons not affiliated with this event encourage all who are concerned with environmental issues to raise concerns during the convention so that these issues will be included.

Obesity and diabetes: from genetics to epigenetics.
Friday, September 26, 2014journal article
Taken into account the already existing data on the effects of obesogens, and the multiple potential targets with which they might interfere daily, it seems likely that the exposure to obesogens can have an important role in the obesity and diabetes pandemic. Molecular Biology Reports.

New report: Characterizing and Communicating Uncertainty in the Assessment of Benefits and Risks of Pharmaceutical Products: Workshop Summary.
Friday, September 26, 2014announcement
In February and May 2014, the Institute of Medicine's Forum on Drug Discovery, Development, and Translation held public workshops to advance the development of more systematic and structured approaches to characterize and communicate the sources of uncertainty in the assessment of benefits and risks, and to consider their implications for pharmaceutical regulatory decisions.

A rising tide of contaminants.
Friday, September 26, 2014news article
The number of chemicals contaminating our environment is growing at exponential rate, scientists say. A team of researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey tracks them in American waterways, sediments, landfills and municipal sewage sludge, which is often converted into agricultural fertilizer. New York Times.

World Environmental Health Day is celebrated today.
Friday, September 26, 2014news article
The theme for the 2014 World Environmental Health Day is Addressing Environmental Health Inequalities. Panorama.am.

Mining for sand for fracking holds risks for communities, study says.
Friday, September 26, 2014news article
As a domestic energy boom driven by hydraulic fracturing spreads, so could strip-mining for sand needed for the controversial production process, introducing risks to water, air, public health and property values, according to a report issued Thursday. Los Angeles Times.
[See the report: Communities at Risk: Frac Sand Mining in the Upper Midwest and a related article: Wisconsin's sand mining industry poised for growth]

Pesticides in Salinas, California, air exceed certain levels.
Friday, September 26, 2014news article
Of primary concern is a pair of fumigants injected into soils often prior to planting strawberries called chloropicrin and 1,3-D that is sold under the Dow Chemical brand name of Telone. Both are known carcinogens and both were found at levels in Salinas that concern regulators. Salinas Californian, California.

Bottle vs. tap: what type of water is best?
Friday, September 26, 2014news article
Recent reports of drugs in our drinking water might have some people heading for the bottled water aisle of their nearest grocery store, but in most parts of Canada, choosing bottled water over tap is a matter of taste or convenience, not health. CBC Canada.

Change needed to build a food system fit for the future.
Friday, September 26, 2014news article
With the world's population predicted to reach nine billion by 2050, we collectively face a dual challenge: ensuring that everyone will have access to affordable, nutritious food without decimating the earth's natural resources in the process. The Guardian.

France to introduce plain cigarette packaging.
Friday, September 26, 2014news article
The French government has unveiled controversial new measures to cut the number of its smokers, including introducing plain cigarette packaging. The proposals are specifically aimed at reducing the high rates of teenage smokers in France. BBC.

Slowly, surely, the St. Clair River overcomes its impairments.
Friday, September 26, 2014news article
Nearly 30 years after it was found to be seriously impaired, the St. Clair River is still listed as an "area of concern" by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Slowly, but surely, however, the river is improving. New Baltimore Journal Register, Michigan.

Outbreak of a respiratory illness mystifies scientists.
Friday, September 26, 2014news article
An outbreak of respiratory illness first observed in the Midwest has spread to 38 states, sending children to hospitals and baffling scientists. As of Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had confirmed 226 cases of infection with enterovirus 68. New York Times.

New rules for Detroit demolitions designed to protect public health.
Friday, September 26, 2014news article
Many of the homes being razed in Detroit are in neighborhoods where people still live. So Detroit officials sat down before the blitz to come up with some new regulations designed to keep people safe from dust, and from hazardous materials that could be in that dust -- like lead, or asbestos. Environment Report.

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