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CHE Partnership call: Exploring Multifactorial Contributors to Disease Outcomes: The Possible Role of Acetaminophen in Asthma and Autism
Tues, June 7


CHE Partnership call: Precautionary Control Measures for Occupational ELF Magnetic Fields
Wed, June 22
Hosted by the EMF Working Group


CHE Partnership call: Interactive Effects of Multiple Pesticides on Human Health – A 2016 California Report
Thurs, July 7

CHE Partnership call: Autism Pathways Analysis: A Functional Framework and Clues for Further Investigation
Thurs, July 21


5/24/16: MP3 recording available: The Human Microbiome and Health Effects on Prenatal Microbiome Exposure

5/18/16: MP3 recording available: Signaling Mechanisms by Which Xenoestrogen Pollutants Disrupt Normal Estrogenic Signaling

5/11/16: MP3 recording available: From Appalachia to Alaska: Coal Development and the Environmental Justice Movement

4/28/16: MP3 recording available: Glyphosate: The Increasing Use of GBHs Worldwide and Implications for Human Health

4/27/16: MP3 recording available: The Ecology of Breast Cancer: Opportunities for Prevention

4/20/16: MP3 recording available: Increasing Trends in Male Reproductive Disorders, Environmental Exposures, and Implications for Human Health

4/6/16: MP3 recording available: Toxic Safety: Flame Retardants, Chemical Controversies, and Environmental Health

4/5/16: MP3 recording available: Looking Toward Green Chemistry: A Conversation with a Pioneer in the Field, Dr. Terrence Collins


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Public Health Institute webinar June 1st: Building Health and Well-Being: Lessons Learned from Transformative Partnerships in Community Development and Health.
Thursday, May 26, 2016event
During this webinar we will discuss lessons learned from communities taking action to leverage community development efforts through diverse partnerships to improve population health and equity.

The role of socioeconomic position as an effect-modifier of the association between outdoor air pollution and children's asthma exacerbations: an equity-focused systematic review.
Thursday, May 26, 2016news article
While stronger negative effects on asthma-related hospitalizations occur for children living in a lower SEP, the sample size of some of the original studies limited the statistical assessment of the modification effect. Reviews on Environmental Health.

Effects of high di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) exposure due to tainted food intake on pre-pubertal growth characteristics in a Taiwanese population.
Thursday, May 26, 2016journal article
Our results suggest that high levels of DEHP exposure due to the consumption of tainted food products are negatively associated with body weight, height, bone age, and IGF-1 levels in children. The likelihood of delayed puberty among the affected children is therefore a reasonable concern, and further follow-up is required. Environmental Research.

Heavy metals, cardiovascular disease, and the unexpected benefits of chelation therapy.
Thursday, May 26, 2016journal article
This review summarizes evidence from 2 lines of research previously thought to be unrelated: the unexpectedly positive results of TACT (Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy), and a body of epidemiological data showing that accumulation of biologically active metals, such as lead and cadmium, is an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Prenatal fruit consumption boosts babies' cognitive development.
Thursday, May 26, 2016news article
A new study, using data from nearly 700 Edmonton children, demonstrates that infants do significantly better on developmental tests when their mothers consume more fruit during pregnancy. ScienceDaily.
[See the study: Cognitive enhancement in infants associated with increased maternal fruit intake during pregnancy: results from a birth cohort study with validation in an animal model]

Gender-specific effects of organophosphate diazinon on the gut microbiome and its metabolic functions.
Thursday, May 26, 2016journal article
Diazinon exposure perturbed the gut microbiome community structure, functional metagenome, and associated metabolic profiles in a gender-specific manner. These changes were more pronounced for male mice than females. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Total effective xenoestrogen burden in serum samples and risk for breast cancer in a population-based multicase-control study in Spain.
Thursday, May 26, 2016journal article
This is the first study to show a strong positive association between serum total xenoestrogen burden and breast cancer risk, thus highlighting the importance of evaluating xenoestrogen mixtures, rather than single compounds, when studying hormone-related cancers. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Associations of peripubertal serum dioxin and polychlorinated biphenyl concentrations with pubertal timing among Russian boys.
Thursday, May 26, 2016journal article
Our results suggest that toxic equivalents may delay, while nondioxin-like-PCBs advance, the timing of male puberty. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Nano-scale particulate matter from urban traffic rapidly induces oxidative stress and inflammation in olfactory epithelium with concomitant effects on brain.
Thursday, May 26, 2016journal article
These findings show the differential time course of oxidative stress and inflammatory responses to ultrafine particulate matter between the olfactory neuroepithelium and the brain. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Life without plastic: a family experiment and biomonitoring study.
Thursday, May 26, 2016journal article
The aim of the study was to evaluate the difference in urinary concentrations of BPA and phthalate metabolites following an exposure reduction intervention among an Austrian family of five. Environmental Research.

Air pollution modelling for birth cohorts: a time-space regression model.
Thursday, May 26, 2016journal article
We developed a time-space exposure model for ambient NO2 concentrations in Bern, Switzerland. This approach is suitable for air pollution exposure prediction in epidemiologic research with time-vulnerable health effects such as those occurring during pregnancy or in the first weeks of life. Environmental Health.

Indonesian children face hazards on tobacco farms, report says.
Thursday, May 26, 2016news article
Children as young as 8 working on tobacco farms are exposed to harmful nicotine and pesticides, according to Human Rights Watch researchers. New York Times.
[See the report: The Harvest Is in My Blood]

Diet that mimics fasting may also reduce multiple sclerosis symptoms.
Thursday, May 26, 2016news article
"During the fasting-mimicking diet, cortisone is produced and that initiates a killing of autoimmune cells," said Valter Longo, the study's lead author and professor who directs the USC Longevity Institute at the Davis School of Gerontology. "This process also leads to the production of new healthy cells." University of Southern California News.
[See the study: A diet mimicking fasting promotes regeneration and reduces autoimmunity and multiple sclerosis symptoms and another article about autoimmunity and MS: Parasites could hold the key to halting MS]

Why does childhood obesity have a greater impact on low-income, urban kids?
Thursday, May 26, 2016news article
In addition to a five-year, $1.5 million grant to USC, the National Institutes of Health and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are funding four other new research centers, including ones at the Harvard University School of Public Health and Johns Hopkins University. The goal is to improve health in communities overburdened by pollution and other environmental factors. University of Southern California News.

For Zika-infected pregnancies, microcephaly risk may be as high as 13 percent.
Thursday, May 26, 2016news article
This is the first study to quantify microcephaly risk during pregnancy in the current Zika outbreak. Washington Post.
[See the study: Zika and the risk of microcephaly]

Could Alzheimer's stem from infections? It makes sense, experts say.
Thursday, May 26, 2016news article
It is still early days, but Alzheimer's experts not associated with the work are captivated by the idea that infections, including ones that are too mild to elicit symptoms, may produce a fierce reaction that leaves debris in the brain, causing Alzheimer's. New York Times.
[See the study: Amyloid-β peptide protects against microbial infection in mouse and worm models of Alzheimer's disease]

Intake of dietary fat in adolescence associated with breast density.
Thursday, May 26, 2016news article
Consuming high amounts of saturated fat or low amounts of mono- and polyunsaturated fats as an adolescent was associated with higher breast density in young adulthood, investigators have found. Breast density is a risk factor for breast cancer. ScienceDaily.
[See the study: Dietary fat intake during adolescence and breast density among young women]

Study: Paris climate agreement cannot be met without cutting emissions from farming.
Thursday, May 26, 2016news article
The new analysis estimates that, world-wide, agriculture must reduce non-carbon-dioxide emissions -- like nitrous oxide and methane -- by one gigaton per year in 2030. University of Vermont.
[See the study: Reducing emissions from agriculture to meet the 2°C target]

Oil sands operations as a large source of secondary organic aerosols.
Thursday, May 26, 2016journal article
Our findings suggest that the production of the more viscous crude oils could be a large source of secondary organic aerosols in many production and refining regions worldwide, and that such production should be considered when assessing the environmental impacts of current and planned bitumen and heavy oil extraction projects globally. Nature.

'Suggestive evidence' for link between air pollution, heightened stillbirth risk.
Thursday, May 26, 2016news article
A 4 µg/m3 increase in exposure to small particulate matter of less than 2.5 in diameter (PM2.5) was associated with a 2% increased risk of stillbirth, while exposure to nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, PM10 and ozone were also linked to a heightened risk. ScienceDaily.
[See the review: Prenatal ambient air pollution exposure and the risk of stillbirth: systematic review and meta-analysis of the empirical evidence and a related study: Air pollution modelling for birth cohorts: a time-space regression model]

Environmental pollutants and child health -- a review of recent concerns.
Thursday, May 26, 2016journal article
Since most of the recent literature evaluates common exposures in the general population, and not particularly high exposure situations, this accumulating body of evidence suggests that the unborn and young child require more protection than is currently provided. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health.

Call for proposals: Environmental Exposures and Health: Exploration of Non-Traditional Settings.
Thursday, May 26, 2016call for proposals
This NIH funding encourages interdisciplinary research aimed at promoting health, preventing and limiting symptoms and disease, and reducing health disparities across the lifespan for those living or spending time in non-traditional settings (i.e. playgrounds and nursing homes). The closing date for applications is September 7, 2019.

FDA targets sugar in new labeling rules.
Thursday, May 26, 2016news article
Currently, companies are required to provide details on the total amount of sugar in a product. Under the modified guidelines, they will have to break down details on the amount of added sugar such as corn syrup and white and brown sugar. Scientific American.
[See the FDA announcement: FDA modernizes Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods]

Cell phone radiation boosts cancer rates in animals; $25 million NTP study finds brain tumors.
Thursday, May 26, 2016news article
The National Toxicology Program findings show that as the intensity of the radiation increased, so did the incidence of cancer among the rats. Microwave News.
[See more about the NTP study: Cell Phones]

Vitamin D: study finds impaired fertility.
Thursday, May 26, 2016news article
In women with low vitamin D planning a pregnancy, high-dose supplements reduced birth complications but also lowered the chances of conceiving, according to a small clinical trial. Medpage Today.

Webinar June 1st: Indoor Air Quality and Toxins in the Workplace.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016event
The Expert Series from Massachusetts Working on Wellness will introduce participants to the many aspects of worksite wellness and safety. This webinar will be led by Polly Hoppin, ScD, Molly Jacobs, MPH, and Elise Pechter, MPH, CIH.

UCSF presentation reveals glyphosate contamination in people across America.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016news article
In a unique public testing project carried out by a laboratory at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), glyphosate was discovered in 93% of urine samples during the early phase of the testing in 2015. The Detox Project.
[See the UCSF presentation: Biomonitoring of glyphosate across the United States in urine and tap water using high-fidelity LC-MS/MS method]

Endocrine disruptors: Why is hazard-based regulation of chemicals such a concern to industry?
Wednesday, May 25, 2016news article
As a hazard-based approach to regulation, there is not much opportunity for a manufacturer or user of a chemical to demonstrate that their particular proposed application poses small enough risk that use of the chemical can be permitted. Health & Environment Blog.

Protecting European consumers: toys and clothing top the list of dangerous products detected in 2015.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016news article
The European Commission published new figures today showing that, in 2015, more than 2,000 dangerous products triggered EU-wide alerts. A key challenge is the increasing share of products bought online from outside the EU. European Commission.

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