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Webinar Thursday: Nanotechnology Update and Outlook into 2015.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014event
Lynn L. Bergeson of internationally renowned Washington, DC, law firm Bergeson & Campbell PC will present a roundup of the latest nano-related news from Europe and the US, and will outline how the regulatory landscape is set to develop as we move into 2015.

Genistein disrupts glucocorticoid receptor signaling in human uterine endometrial Ishikawa cells.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014journal article
Using Ishikawa cells, we observed that exposure to genistein results in distinct changes in gene expression and unique differences in the glucocorticoid receptor transcriptome. Environmental Health Perspectives.

BPA, phthalates linked with teen obesity, insulin resistance.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014news article
The chemicals bisphenol A and phthalates are linked to obesity and insulin resistance in adolescents in two new studies, but the findings cannot yet answer whether the hotly debated hormone-like compounds are causing the negative health effects they are linked with, experts say. Huffington Post.
[See the studies: Urinary phthalates and increased insulin resistance in adolescents and Bisphenol A and chronic disease risk factors in US children]

New issue brief: How State Health Agencies Can Support Healthy Aging.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014announcement
This Road Map outlines how state and local public health agencies and their partners can promote cognitive functioning, address cognitive impairment for individuals living in their communities, and help meet care partners' needs.

What's inside your foam packaging?
Tuesday, August 19, 2014opinion/editorial
This is a perplexing position: a substance used to produce numerous products that is suspected to be possibly harmful to humans, that has been linked to health problems, and that threatens our environment remains widely used in products in everyday life. Fox News.

The cost of cancer: why health impacts belong on company balance sheets.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014opinion/editorial
It's not always so good when the GDP goes up. When bad health makes money, it's time to change the equation The Guardian.

Cancer chemical 4 times national standard found in swimwear.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014news article
One quarter of swimming garments tested in a random inspection failed to meet quality standards, the Shanghai Quality and Technical Supervision Bureau said yesterday. Problems identified included levels of carcinogenic formaldehyde and color fading that can cause skin conditions. Shanghai Daily, China.

Heinz recalls some infant cereal in China after excessive lead is found.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014news article
H.J. Heinz Co. recalled some infant food in China after regulators found excessive levels of lead affecting more than 1,400 boxes. The recall is the latest food scare in China, where both foreign and domestic companies have grappled with quality and contamination issues. Wall Street Journal.

Fracking could threaten air quality, workers' health, latest report says.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014news article
Maryland's latest report on the impact of proposed natural gas exploration in the western part of the state said drilling could pose a threat to air quality and workers in a region that is ecologically pristine. Washington Post.
[See the report, which is open for public comment: Final Report: Potential Public Health Impacts of Natural Gas Development and Production in the Marcellus Shale in Western Maryland]

August 28th: EPA Design for the Environment Webinar.
Monday, August 18, 2014event
Learn how the US EPA's Design for the Environment Program helps consumers and businesses find products containing the safest available chemical ingredients, how your products can earn the Design for the Environment label, and how the program works with industry to identify safer chemicals.

Mitochondria, energetics, epigenetics, and cellular responses to stress.
Monday, August 18, 2014journal article
Understanding mitochondrial-cell signaling will provide insight into individual responses to environmental hazards, improving prediction of hazard and susceptibility to environmental stressors. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Incense use and cardiovascular mortality among Chinese in Singapore: the Singapore Chinese Health study.
Monday, August 18, 2014journal article
Long-term exposure to incense burning in the home environment was associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular mortality in the study population. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Perfluorochemicals and human semen quality: the LIFE study.
Monday, August 18, 2014journal article
Select perfluorinated chemicals were associated with certain semen endpoints, with the most significant associations observed for perfluorooctane sulfonamide (PFOSA) though with results in varying directions. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Why children absorb more microwave radiation than adults: the consequences.
Monday, August 18, 2014journal article
Here we discuss: how the amount of microwave radiation (MWR) can be calculated, children's greater absorption of MWR compared to adults' adsorption, MWR's listing as a Class 2B (possible) carcinogen, the existing legal limits for human exposure to MWR, and that the existing legal limits do not incorporate the greater exposure to children. Journal of Microscopy and Ultrastructure.

Mobile phone use and health symptoms in children.
Monday, August 18, 2014journal article
Although the cross-sectional design precludes the causal inference for the observed association, our study tended to suggest a need for more cautious use of MPs in children, because children are expected to experience a longer lifetime exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) from MPs. Journal of the Formosan Medical Association.

Age and sex-specific relationships between phthalate exposures and obesity in Chinese children at puberty.
Monday, August 18, 2014journal article
Associations were positive for monobutyl phthalate and sum of low molecular-weight phthalate metabolites (∑LMP) with both BMI z-score and fat distribution in boys >10 years of age, and negative for ∑MEHP with fat distribution in girls <10 years of age. PLOS One.

CDC issues precautionary health warnings about cell phone radiation.
Monday, August 18, 2014news article
CDC now asserts that "Along with many organizations worldwide, we recommend caution in cell phone use." PR Log.
[See the CDC website: Frequently asked questions about cell phones and your health]

Reduced testosterone tied to endocrine-disrupting chemical exposure.
Monday, August 18, 2014news article
Men, women and children exposed to high levels of phthalates -- endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in plastics and some personal care products -- tended to have reduced levels of testosterone in their blood compared to those with lower chemical exposure, according to a new study. ScienceDaily.
[See the study: Urinary phthalate metabolites are associated with decreased serum testosterone in men, women, and children from NHANES 2011-2012]

Parenting from before conception: babies' health doesn't 'start from scratch.'
Monday, August 18, 2014news article
There's now overwhelming evidence that a child's future health is influenced by more than just their parents' genetic material, and that children born of unhealthy parents will already be pre-programmed for greater risk of poor health, according to University of Adelaide researchers. ScienceDaily.
[See the study: Parenting from before conception]

Germ-killing chemicals common in pregnant women, newborns.
Monday, August 18, 2014news article
Half of newborns in a Brooklyn-based study were exposed in the womb to triclosan, a germ-killing chemical widely used in consumer products, researchers reported at an annual meeting of chemists. Environmental Health News.
[See the study: Human fetal exposure to triclosan and triclocarban in an urban population from Brooklyn, New York]

'Green buildings' have potential to improve health of low-income housing residents.
Monday, August 18, 2014news article
Published in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology, the study found that certain health problems of public housing residents who moved into green buildings noticeably improved. Science 2.0.
[See the study: Indoor air quality in green vs conventional multifamily low-income housing]

'Use of cell phones increases cancer risk.'
Monday, August 18, 2014news article
Dr. Dariusz Leszczynski of the University of Helsinki reveals how leading cell phone operators and manufacturers are withdrawing funding for research, leading to closing down of laboratories studying effects of radio-frequency electromagnetic fields as emitted by cellphones and cell towers. Mumbai Daily News and Analysis, India.

The verdict on a troublesome carcinogen: formaldehyde and cancer.
Monday, August 18, 2014opinion/editorial
Formaldehyde, a substance widely used in consumer products and industrial processes, has been authoritatively judged a carcinogen despite the best efforts of the chemical industry to confuse the issue. New York Times.

The evolution of diet.
Monday, August 18, 2014news article
As we look to 2050, when we'll need to feed two billion more people, the question of which diet is best has taken on new urgency. The foods we choose to eat in the coming decades will have dramatic ramifications for the planet. National Geographic Magazine.

Environmentalists drawing a bead on microplastics.
Monday, August 18, 2014news article
Researchers say tiny balls of plastic typically used in personal care and hygiene products are rapidly building up in Canadian lakes and rivers. They have the potential, some researchers contend, to absorb toxic chemicals and work their way up the food chain through wildlife. Ottawa Citizen, Ontario.

Food additives on the rise as FDA scrutiny wanes.
Monday, August 18, 2014news article
The explosion of new food additives coupled with an easing of oversight requirements is allowing manufacturers to avoid the scrutiny of the Food and Drug Administration, which is responsible for ensuring the safety of chemicals streaming into the food supply. Washington Post.

Genes point to immune role in Alzheimer's disease.
Monday, August 18, 2014news article
The discovery of a link between Alzheimer's disease and changes in several genes associated with inflammation opens a new frontier for investigation into the cause of the disease. Two independent studies, published today in Nature Neuroscience, support an emerging theory that inflammation may play a key role in Alzheimer's disease. Australia ABC News, Australia.
[See the studies: Methylomic profiling implicates cortical deregulation of ANK1 in Alzheimer's disease and Alzheimer's disease: early alterations in brain DNA methylation at ANK1, BIN1, RHBDF2 and other loci]

Disabilities in kids rise; not physical problems.
Monday, August 18, 2014news article
Disabilities among U.S. children have increased slightly, with a bigger rise in mental and developmental problems in those from wealthier families, a 10-year analysis found. Disadvantaged kids still bear a disproportionate burden. Associated Press.
[See the study: Changing trends of childhood disability, 2001-2011]

Beyond asbestos: autoimmunity, pollution, and particles.
Monday, August 18, 2014opinion/editorial
He told me that the dangers of particle exposure extend far beyond asbestos, and suggested that I look into the effects of both air pollution and the emerging scientific discipline of nanoparticles, in which ultrafine particles are engineered for specific mechanical and biochemical properties. MedPage Today.

Drexel study sheds light on foodborne ills that plague poor.
Sunday, August 17, 2014news article
For the poor, food is not only scarce, it's often rotten and germ-ridden. Philadelphia Inquirer, Pennsylvania.
[See the study: Retail food safety risks for populations of different races, ethnicities, and income levels]

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