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CHE call: Healthy Urban Gardens: Your Soil Health and You, April 24th.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014event
Learn best practices for locally grown food initiatives, including measuring soil health, how to replace contaminated soils, how to compost safely, which plants take up what toxicants, and alternative growing methods.

Systematic review and evidence integration for literature-based environmental health science assessments.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014journal article
The principles of systematic review can be successfully applied to environmental health questions to provide greater objectivity and transparency to the process of developing conclusions. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Association between source-specific particulate matter air pollution and hs-CRP: local traffic and industrial emissions.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014journal article
Long-term exposure to local traffic-specific particulate matter air pollution (PM2.5, PM10) was more strongly associated with systemic inflammation than total PM. Associations of local industry-specific PM were slightly stronger, but not significantly different from, associations with total PM. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Behavioral sexual dimorphism in school-age children and early developmental exposure to dioxins and PCBs: a follow-up study of the Duisburg cohort.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014journal article
There is sufficient evidence that these EDCs modify behavioral sexual dimorphism in children, presumably by interacting with the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis. Environmental Health Perspectives.
[This article has been selected by the Children's Environmental Health Network (CEHN) for its April 2014 Article of the Month summary. These summaries discuss the potential policy implications of current children's environmental health research.]

Associations between serum phthalates and biomarkers of reproductive function in 589 adult men.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014journal article
We observed significant inverse associations between serum levels of the metabolites, the proxies and serum testosterone. Negative associations were also discovered between some metabolites and sex hormone-binding globulin, semen volume and total sperm count. Environment International.

S.D. group urges uranium mine cleanup on Earth Day.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014news article
A South Dakota group says old uranium mines across the state and U.S. are contaminating water and the air with radioactive chemicals. The group, Defenders of the Black Hills, is helping to lead an effort to educate people and clean up old uranium mines across the country with an Earth Day event Tuesday. Associated Press.

An apple a day, and other myths.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014news article
A trip to almost any bookstore or a cruise around the Internet might leave the impression that avoiding cancer is mostly a matter of watching what you eat. But there is a yawning divide between this nutritional folklore and science. New York Times.

Top court declines Exxon's appeal in water pollution case.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014news article
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a ruling against Exxon Mobil Corp that ordered the company to pay $105 million in damages for polluting New York City's groundwater with a toxic gasoline additive. Reuters.

Call to modify guidelines on light drinking in pregnancy.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014news article
The research found that children of women who had engaged in light drinking -- defined as one to two drinks per week or per occasion -- were not at increased risk of behavioural difficulties or cognitive deficits compared with children of mothers who did not drink during pregnancy. Sydney Morning Herald, Australia.

Why do allergies wax and wane as we age?
Tuesday, April 22, 2014news article
One of the biggest mysteries is why allergies come and go, and then come and go again. Slate.

Lead-poisoning nightmare in Nigeria may be easing.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014news article
Children in northwestern Nigeria are no longer dying by the hundreds from lead poisoning, according to officials. National Public Radio.
[See the report: Assessment of blood lead levels among children aged <=5 years -- Zamfara State, Nigeria, June-July 2012]

People of color are already getting hit the hardest by climate change.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014news article
The drivers of climate change, whether roadway pollution or traffic vehicles or polluted facilities like coal plants, are disproportionately affecting communities of color and low-income communities. Nation.

Plastic garbage in the Great Lakes.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014news article
Scientists are discovering that plastic debris in the world's oceans, and in large bodies of water such as the Great Lakes, could be a far more serious environmental problem than previously realized. Kitchener Record, Ontario.

New issue: Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology.
Monday, April 21, 2014announcement
Several articles in this issue relate to children's health, while others look at air quality, both indoors and out.

High inequality results in more US deaths than tobacco, car crashes and guns combined.
Monday, April 21, 2014news article
Here in the United States, our high level of income inequality corresponds with 883, 914 unnecessary deaths each year. Moyers & Company.
[See more about the book: Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality]

New report: Strategies for Reducing Health Disparities -- Selected CDC-Sponsored Interventions, United States, 2014.
Monday, April 21, 2014announcement
This supplement is a companion to the two earlier health disparity reports. It highlights health interventions included in those reports that are proven effective or show promise in reducing health disparities.

National Take-Back Initiative, April 26th.
Monday, April 21, 2014announcement
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

More light, less heat over endocrine disruptors.
Monday, April 21, 2014opinion/editorial
Over the past year, scientists have engaged in a vigorous dispute over Europe's potential regulations for endocrine-disrupting chemicals. This controversy over these chemicals, which are used in a wide array of consumer products, provides a valuable opportunity to reflect on an important topic: How can scientists inform policy without sacrificing objectivity? Environmental Health News.

Building expertise in environmental health.
Monday, April 21, 2014news article
Ontario is supporting new fellowships in environmental health that will help primary care providers deliver better patient care. Ontario Newsroom.

California drought: food banks drying up, too.
Monday, April 21, 2014news article
The effects of California's drought could soon hit the state's food banks, which serve 2 million of its poorest residents. San Francisco Chronicle, California.

Skin cancer rates 'surge since 1970s.'
Monday, April 21, 2014news article
The incidence of the most serious skin cancer in Great Britain is now five times higher than it was in the 1970s, figures show. BBC.

Poll: Big Bang a big question for most Americans.
Monday, April 21, 2014news article
Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But as we get farther from our own bodies and the present, a new poll shows Americans have much more doubts about concepts that scientists say are basic truth: global warming, evolution, and the Big Bang that created the universe. Associated Press.
[See the poll results: The AP-GfK Poll, March, 2014]

DDT's pesky proponents.
Monday, April 21, 2014news article
Given potential environmental and health impacts, concerned environmental and civil society groups say that countries should use DDT as a last resort, but that some are too quick to use the insecticide rather than looking for alternatives. Al Jazeera.

State ends asbestos cleanup by prisoners.
Monday, April 21, 2014news article
The Washington State Department of Corrections says it has shut down a 23-year-old program that deployed inmate work crews to remove asbestos-containing material. Bellingham Herald, Washington.

Did removing lead from petrol spark a decline in crime?
Monday, April 21, 2014news article
Working away in his laboratory in 1921, Thomas Midgley created tetraethyl lead -- a compound that made car engines more efficient. But did the lead that we added to our petrol do something so much worse? Was it the cause of a crime wave that is only now abating as the poisonous element is removed from our environment? BBC.

Flower Mound cancer study may expand.
Monday, April 21, 2014news article
Texas health officials will take a new look at cancer cases in Flower Mound in the coming months. The new investigation comes in response to a study by a University of Texas lecturer who challenged the agency's conclusion that there was no cancer cluster in the community. The agency studied cancer cases in the town four years ago after tests found cancer-causing benzene in the air around some gas drilling sites. Dallas Morning News, Texas.

U.S. tribe looks to International Court for justice.
Sunday, April 20, 2014news article
An indigenous community in the United States has filed a petition against the federal government, alleging that officials have repeatedly broken treaties and that the court system has failed to offer remedy. Inter Press Service.

Flavored cigars appeal to youth: study.
Sunday, April 20, 2014news article
Young people are smoking fewer cigarettes these days, but their cigar use is rising, which may partly be due to the popularity of flavored cigars, according to a new study. Reuters Health.
[See the study; Preference for flavoured cigar brands among youth, young adults and adults in the USA]

Bill on toxic chemicals clears committee.
Sunday, April 20, 2014news article
A Vermont House panel Friday passed legislation to regulate toxic chemicals found in children's products despite strong opposition from industry representatives who say it will impose unnecessary costs on manufacturers and provide only minor public health benefits. VTDigger, Vermont.

Asthma, acid rain: life in one of India's most polluted cities.
Sunday, April 20, 2014news article
Welcome to one of the most polluted cities in India. The air pollution is so bad that up to 70 per cent of children in Chandrapur are suffering from asthma or some other kind of respiratory disease. Sydney Morning Herald, Australia.

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