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Webinar December 2nd: BUILD Health Challenge Q&A.
Monday, November 24, 2014event
The Challenge aims to identify and share the most promising innovations and best practices with the rest of the country. This web conference will address questions for potential participants about the BUILD Health Challenge.

Exposure to free and conjugated forms of bisphenol A and triclosan among pregnant women in the MIREC Cohort.
Monday, November 24, 2014journal article
The results from this study represent the largest national-level data on urinary concentrations of free and conjugated forms of BPA and triclosan in pregnant women and suggest maternal characteristics predicting elevated urinary concentrations of these phenols largely act in opposite directions. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Associations of plasma concentrations of dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene and polychlorinated biphenyls with prostate cancer: a case-control study in Guadeloupe (French West Indies).
Monday, November 24, 2014journal article
Associations of prostate cancer with DDE and PCB153 were in opposite directions. This may reflect differences in the mechanisms of action of these EDCs, and although our findings need to be replicated in other populations, they are consistent with complex effects of EDCs on human health. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Evaluation of contaminated drinking water and preterm birth, small for gestational age, and birth weight at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina: a cross-sectional study.
Monday, November 24, 2014journal article
Findings suggested associations between in utero exposures to trichloroethylene and small for gestational age, term low birth weight and reduced mean birth weight deficit; benzene and term low birth weight; and PCE and preterm birth. Environmental Health.

Home cooked meals contribute to a healthy diet.
Monday, November 24, 2014news article
The findings also suggest that those who frequently cooked at home -- six to seven nights a week -- also consumed fewer calories on the occasions when they ate out. Environmental News Network.
[See the study: Is cooking at home associated with better diet quality or weight-loss intention?]

A systematic review of the physical health impacts from non-occupational exposure to wildfire smoke.
Monday, November 24, 2014journal article
The majority of studies found that wildfire smoke was associated with increased risk of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. Children, the elderly and those with underlying chronic diseases appear to be susceptible. Environmental Research.

Effects of blood lead levels on airflow limitations in Korean adults: findings from the 5th KNHNES 2011.
Monday, November 24, 2014journal article
These findings imply that environmental exposure to lead might be an important factor that may cause airflow limitations in Korean adults. Environmental Research.

Maternal blood metal levels and fetal markers of metabolic function.
Monday, November 24, 2014journal article
This study supports the proposition that maternal levels of cadmium influence cord blood adipokine levels in a sex-dependent manner. Environmental Research.

Anti-smoking legislation and its effects on urinary cotinine and cadmium levels.
Monday, November 24, 2014journal article
The biochemical/toxicological benefits detected herein support the stricter application of anti-smoking legislation and emphasize the need to raise the awareness of the population as regards exposure at home. Environmental Research.

A longitudinal study of mercury exposure associated with consumption of freshwater fish from a reservoir in rural south central USA.
Monday, November 24, 2014journal article
Our results suggest that future studies of anglers should consider seasonality in fish consumption and methylmercury exposure and include household members who share their catch. Efforts to evaluate benefits of reducing mercury emissions should consider dietary patterns among consumers of fish from local freshwater bodies. Environmental Research.

Rising UV radiation prompts skin cancer fears in Chile.
Monday, November 24, 2014news article
Cancer experts in Chile are warning people to limit their exposure to the sun as dangerously high levels of ultraviolet radiation are expected over the next few months. A recent report indicates the a hole in the ozone layer, which is normally situated over Antarctica, is moving towards the South American country. Reuters.

More contaminants in clothes than previously believed.
Monday, November 24, 2014news article
Clothes contain much more toxic chemicals than previously known, according to a study by the Swedish Chemicals Agency. When manufacturing clothes, large amounts of chemicals are being used, about three kilogram for one kilogram of clothes. Many of these substances, like preservatives and substances to prevent mold, cause allergies. Epoch Times.
[See more from the Swedish Chemicals Agency: We have listed hazardous substances that may be found in textiles]

Can we overcome our disgust long enough to eat bugs?
Monday, November 24, 2014news article
Studies have shown that bugs are high in protein, calcium, zinc, iron and vitamin A. They are also easier to farm than livestock, use less water and emit fewer greenhouse gases. Getting insects on Westerners' plates, though, is no easy task. Newsweek.

Washington poison experts want e-cigarette rules.
Monday, November 24, 2014news article
State health officials say too many children in Washington are being poisoned by contact with the liquid nicotine used in electronic cigarettes. Now, the state's poison center wants the Legislature to adopt standards for making liquid nicotine packages child-resistant, as well as subject to consistent labeling rules. Tacoma News Tribune, Washington.

UN wants safe cooking for 10 million people by 2020.
Monday, November 24, 2014news article
The United Nations has urged governments around the world to accelerate moves towards adoption of clean cooking solutions, saying household air pollution from cooking kills over four million people and sickens millions more. Lahore Nation, Pakistan.
[See more about the UN Program: Safe Access to Fuel and Energy (SAFE) Initiative]

Mapped data offers insights about water quality and birth defects.
Monday, November 24, 2014news article
Aggregated data about metals in North Carolina's well water indicate some disturbing connections between birth defects and well water in some parts of the state. North Carolina Health News, North Carolina.
[See the study: Association between arsenic, cadmium, manganese, and lead levels in private wells and birth defects prevalence in North Carolina: a semi-ecologic study]

Lower risk of Alzheimer's disease mortality with exercise, statin, and fruit intake.
Sunday, November 23, 2014journal article
Exercise, statin, and fruit intake were associated with lower risk for AD mortality. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

Hookah smoke increases benzene exposure, risk for leukemia.
Sunday, November 23, 2014news article
Hookah smoking -- a form of tobacco use that employs a partially filled water jar -- has come under scrutiny in a new study, which suggests hookah smokers and non-smokers exposed to the smoke have increased uptake of benzene, a substance linked to increased risk of leukemia. Medical News Today.
[See the study: Benzene uptake in hookah smokers and non-smokers attending hookah social events: regulatory implications]

The influence of direct mobile phone radiation on sperm quality.
Sunday, November 23, 2014journal article
A correlation exists between mobile phone radiation exposure, DNA-fragmentation level and decreased sperm motility. Central European Journal of Urology.

High fat diets not as dangerous as high carbohydrate plans, claim scientists.
Sunday, November 23, 2014news article
Saturated fat has long been demonised by doctors and nutritionists who claim that it increases the risk of heart problems. But decades of official advice may need to be altered, after new research suggested that it may be safe to eat up to three times the maximum amount currently recommended by the NHS. The Telegraph, United Kingdom.
[See the study: Effects of step-wise increases in dietary carbohydrate on circulating saturated fatty acids and palmitoleic acid in adults with metabolic syndrome]

Mediterranean diet is best way to tackle obesity, say doctors.
Sunday, November 23, 2014news article
A Mediterranean diet may be a better way of tackling obesity than calorie counting, leading doctors have said. Writing in the Postgraduate Medical Journal (PMJ), the doctors said a Mediterranean diet quickly reduced the risk of heart attacks and strokes. BBC.
[See the journal article: Healthy eating: an NHS priority -- a sure way to improve health outcomes for NHS staff and the public]

Do you know how many toxic chemicals are in your shampoo, your lipstick, your toothpaste?
Sunday, November 23, 2014news article
Egyptians first started using scented oils and ointments to clean and soften skin. They were also the first to use toxic chemicals in their beauty products, with lead and arsenic being common ingredients. Globe and Mail, Ontario.

Common toxins make big difference in brain development.
Sunday, November 23, 2014opinion/editorial
A conversation has started in Canada that could mean a brighter future for our children. And not just by investing in education. This new conversation is about focusing our collective attention on a serious threat to tiny developing brains: toxic exposures. Toronto Star, Ontario.

EPA sued for failing to track lead.
Sunday, November 23, 2014news article
Two environmental and public-health groups have sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for what they say is a failure to track reductions in lead pollution in Ohio and five other states. Columbus Dispatch, Ohio.

Nitrates, fecal coliform from dairies linked to tainted shellfish, tap water.
Sunday, November 23, 2014news article
Shellfish, swimming beaches, and the tap water for thousands of people in certain areas of Washington state are being contaminated by pollutants running off farms, and critics say dairy cows are the chief culprit, according to a KOMO investigation. Seattle KOMO, Washington.

Department of Health warned of 'another thalidomide.'
Sunday, November 23, 2014news article
Patient groups have urged the Department of Health to avoid "another thalidomide" by imposing stricter warnings on a drug, valproate, commonly used to treat epilepsy, bipolar disorder and migraines. Dublin Irish Times, Ireland.

Stores to probe reports of unsafe levels of chemicals in children's toys.
Friday, November 21, 2014news article
Two chain stores at which children's toys were found in tests by not-for-profit groups to contain unsafe levels of chemicals and heavy metals vowed to investigate and, if necessary, pull such toys from their shelves. Albany Times Union, New York.

Fact to fiction.
Friday, November 21, 2014news article
It started with an unclear press release from the University of Colorado with a title that declared "Major class of fracking chemicals no more toxic than common household substances." That choice seems to have bred confusion. Boulder Weekly, Colorado.

In battle against food waste, rethinking 'use by' labels.
Friday, November 21, 2014news article
Food waste is a growing global concern, with 1.3 billion tons of food going to waste each year, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. Aside from the morality of such loss, the economic and environmental implications are staggering. National Geographic News.

Half Yemen's children malnourished as hunger worsens strife.
Friday, November 21, 2014news article
Nearly half the children in Yemen are suffering from malnutrition, the agriculture minister has said, as insurgencies, water scarcity and climate change exacerbate sectarian strife in the Arabian Peninsula's poorest state. Reuters.

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