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APHA webinar April 7th: Framing with Values: Cuing Up Productive Conversations about Environmental Health Work.
Monday, March 30, 2015event
We will explore how choosing the wrong values frame can lead communications astray; the key findings of this APHA-sponsored research; and which value to use to engage people more deeply in your issues.

Association of Parkinson's disease and its subtypes with agricultural pesticide exposures in men: a case-control study in France.
Monday, March 30, 2015journal article
This study helps to better characterize different aspects of pesticide exposure associated with PD, and shows a significant association of pesticides with tremor dominant PD in men, the most typical PD presentation. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Air pollution from road traffic and systemic inflammation in adults: a cross-sectional analysis in the European ESCAPE project.
Monday, March 30, 2015journal article
Living close to busy traffic was associated with increased CRP concentrations, a known risk factor for cardiovascular diseases. However, it remains unclear which specific air pollutants are responsible for the association. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Association between arsenic exposure from drinking water and longitudinal change in blood pressure among HEALS cohort participants.
Monday, March 30, 2015journal article
Our findings suggest that long-term arsenic exposure may accelerate age-related increases in blood pressure. These findings may help explain associations between arsenic exposure and cardiovascular disease. Environmental Health Perspectives.

In utero fine particle air pollution and placental expression of genes in the brain-derived neurotrophic factor signaling pathway: an ENVIRONAGE birth cohort study.
Monday, March 30, 2015journal article
Placental expression of BDNF and SYN1, two genes implicated in normal neurodevelopmental trajectories, decreased with increasing in utero exposure to PM2.5. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Long-term ambient residential traffic-related exposures and measurement error-adjusted risk of incident lung cancer in the Netherlands Cohort Study on Diet and Cancer.
Monday, March 30, 2015journal article
These findings add support to a growing body of literature on the effects of air pollution on lung cancer. In addition, they highlight variation in measurement error by pollutant and support the implementation of measurement error corrections when possible. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Urinary bisphenol A levels during pregnancy and risk of preterm birth.
Monday, March 30, 2015journal article
These results provide little evidence of a relationship between BPA and prematurity. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Mercury and psychosocial stress exposure interact to predict maternal diurnal cortisol during pregnancy.
Monday, March 30, 2015journal article
Social and physical environmental factors interact to alter aspects of maternal diurnal cortisol during pregnancy. Research focusing solely on either domain may miss synergistic influences with potentially important consequences to the offspring. Environmental Health.

Associations between self-reported pest treatments and pesticide concentrations in carpet dust.
Monday, March 30, 2015journal article
Consistency between self-reported pest treatments, concentrations in dust, and pesticides in products lends credibility to the exposure assessment methods and suggests that differential recall by case-control status is minimal. Environmental Health.

Family income, parental education related to brain structure in children, adolescents.
Monday, March 30, 2015news article
Characterizing associations between socioeconomic factors and children's brain development, a team including investigators from nine universities across the country reports correlative links between family income and brain structure. ScienceDaily.
[See the study: Family income, parental education and brain structure in children and adolescents]

Effects of chronic exposure to 2G and 3G cell phone radiation on mice testis -- a randomized controlled trial.
Monday, March 30, 2015journal article
Chronic exposure to ultra-high frequency radiation emitted from 2G and 3G cell phone could cause microscopic changes in the seminiferous epithelium, reduction of serum testosterone level, reduction in the number of Sertoli cells and Leydig cells. International Journal of Current Research and Review.

Methane in drinking water unrelated to fracking, study suggests.
Monday, March 30, 2015news article
The new study of 11,309 drinking water wells in northeastern Pennsylvania concludes that background levels of methane in the water are unrelated to the location of hundreds of oil and gas wells that tap hydraulically fractured, or fracked, rock formations. Science Insider.
[See the study: Methane concentrations in water wells unrelated to proximity to existing oil and gas wells in northeastern Pennsylvania]

New report: Examining a Developmental Approach to Childhood Obesity: The Fetal and Early Childhood Years -- Workshop in Brief.
Monday, March 30, 2015announcement
On February 26-27, 2015, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Food and Nutrition Board and the IOM and the National Research Council Board on Children, Youth, and Families convened a workshop in Washington, DC, to explore the body of evolving science that examines the nexus of biology, interaction between biology and environment, and developmental stage on risk for childhood obesity. The workshop focused on the prenatal period, infancy, and early childhood and evidence from animal and human studies.

Does living near a Superfund site increase cancer risks?
Monday, March 30, 2015news article
The Ken Burns documentary "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies" debuts on Georgia Public Broadcasting Monday, March 30 at 9 p.m. In conjunction with the airing of the three part documentary series, this story examines the threat of cancer in Brunswick, Ga. near a Superfund site. GPB News.

Pesticides result in lower sperm counts.
Monday, March 30, 2015news article
Men who ate fruits and vegetables with higher levels of pesticide residues -- such as strawberries, spinach, and peppers -- had lower sperm counts and lower percentages of normal sperm than those who ate produce with lower residue levels, according to a new study. Harvard Gazette.
[See the study: Fruit and vegetable intake and their pesticide residues in relation to semen quality among men from a fertility clinic]

Webinar Tuesday: 2015 State of the Plate, an Overview of Fruit & Vegetable Consumption Trends.
Monday, March 30, 2015event
This webinar shares insights into American's eating habits and discusses trends in fruit and vegetable consumption including the shifting demographics of the fruit and vegetable consumer.

Webinar Tuesday: Incorporating Health into Housing Decisions -- Health Impact Assessment as a Tool.
Monday, March 30, 2015event
In this webinar you will learn about health impact assessments (HIAs) and how they can add value to housing decisions. Learn about promising opportunities to apply HIA to housing decisions that target low-income households and how to get started using HIA as a tool in your work.

Di-(2-ethylhexyl)-phthalate induces oxidative stress in human endometrial stromal cells in vitro.
Sunday, March 29, 2015journal article
This study shows the need for future mechanistic studies of oxidative stress, MAPK/NF-KB signaling, and ER-α as molecular mediators of DEHP-associated endometrial stromal cell alterations, which may be associated with the development of endocrine-related disease such as endometriosis. Mollecular and Cellular Endocrinology.

Type 2 diabetes is a delayed late effect of whole-body irradiation in nonhuman primates.
Sunday, March 29, 2015journal article
Our study demonstrates that diabetogenesis postirradiation is not a consequence of disrupted adipose accumulation (generalized or in ectopic depots), nor generalized pancreatic failure, but suggests that peripheral tissues such as the musculature are impaired in their response to insulin exposure. Radiation Research.

Effects of electromagnetic fields exposure on plasma hormonal and inflammatory pathway biomarkers in male workers of a power plant.
Sunday, March 29, 2015journal article
The findings showed that chronic exposure to EMF could decrease male plasma testosterone and T/E2 ratio, and it might possibly affect reproductive functions in males. No significant associations of EMF exposure with inflammatory pathway biomarkers were found. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health.

Bisphenol A and phthalate endocrine disruption of parental and social behaviors.
Sunday, March 29, 2015journal article
Social behaviors, such as communication, mate choice, pair bonding, social inquisitiveness and recognition, play behavior, social grooming, copulation, and aggression, are compromised in animal models exposed to BPA, phthalates, and other EDCs. Early contact to these chemicals is also correlated with maladaptive social behaviors in children. Frontiers in Neuroscience.

Bisphenol A exposure disrupts metabolic health across multiple generations in the mouse.
Sunday, March 29, 2015journal article
We conclude that early life BPA exposure at representative human exposure levels can perturb metabolic health across multiple generations in the mouse through stable inheritance of DNA methylation changes at the Igf2 locus. Endocrinology.

Study of oil and gas activity in B.C. 'suggests' health risks low.
Sunday, March 29, 2015news article
A long-awaited provincial government-commissioned study on the health effects of oil and gas activity in northeast B.C. "suggests" health risks are low. Vancouver Sun, British Columbia.

Arsenic in California wines: should drinkers be concerned?
Sunday, March 29, 2015news article
There's been a lot of buzz around the story that some inexpensive California wines, including a Charles Shaw (aka two-buck Chuck) white Zinfandel sold at Trader Joe's, have been found to contain traces of arsenic. National Public Radio.

Occupational exposure to chemicals may up lymphoma risk for men.
Sunday, March 29, 2015news article
Men who work with hormone-mimicking chemicals for at least 30 years have a higher risk of cancers of the lymph tissue than others, according to a long-term observational study in several European countries. Reuters Health.
[See the study: Occupational exposure to endocrine disruptors and lymphoma risk in a multi-centric European study]

Weed killer, long cleared, is doubted.
Sunday, March 29, 2015news article
Thirty years ago, an Environmental Protection Agency committee determined that the popular weed killer Roundup might cause cancer. Six years later, in 1991, the agency reversed itself after re-evaluating the mouse study that had been the basis for the original conclusion. New York Times.
[See related articles: Scientist defends WHO group report linking herbicide to cancer and Agricultural chemical group disputes weed killer cancer claim]

Minnesota ramps up hunt for arsenic in wells.
Sunday, March 29, 2015news article
A new project is designed to improve the way arsenic is measured in Minnesota's private wells. The state's geology has left groundwater in some areas with elevated levels of the carcinogen. Minnesota Public Radio, Minnesota.

How brain-damaging mercury puts Arctic kids at risk.
Sunday, March 29, 2015news article
Inuit children, exposed in the womb, have lower IQs because their mothers eat whale meat and other foods tainted with contaminants that drift north. National Geographic News.

Lead: a public health success story.
Sunday, March 29, 2015news article
Humans discovered the usefulness of lead centuries ago. Abundantly available, easily molded and extremely resistant to corrosion, lead was considered ideal for many uses, including insecticides, paint pigment, soldering for canned foods, and pipes for plumbing. Lexington Herald-Leader, Kentucky.

Air pollution takes a double toll on babies' brains.
Thursday, March 26, 2015news article
A common pollutant in vehicle exhaust, power plant emissions and secondhand cigarette smoke [polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons] can shrink white matter in fetal brains and cause further developmental damage during the toddler years, a new study suggests. Los Angeles Times.
[See the study: Effects of prenatal exposure to air pollutants (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) on the development of brain white matter, cognition, and behavior in later childhood]

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