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NIEHS virtual forum July 10th: Near Roadway Pollution and Health.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015event
In this virtual forum, we will hear from scientists who have been actively involved in understanding the relationship between exposure to near roadway pollution and human health.

A hard nut to crack: reducing chemical migration in food-contact materials.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015news article
Consumer-level food packaging serves a wide range of functions, such as providing product information, preventing spoilage, and protecting food during the journey from production to retail to pantry, fridge, or freezer. That's why food producers lavish so much time and money on it. But what happens when these valuable and painstakingly engineered containers leach chemicals and other compounds into the food and drink they're designed to protect? Environmental Health Perspectives.

New risk factor for SIDS? Peaks in cot deaths associated with heat waves.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015news article
On the hottest days, when the temperature exceeded 29°C (84.2°F), infants had 2.78 times greater odds of dying from SIDS compared with days when the temperature was 20°C (68.0°F). Environmental Health Perspectives.
[See the study: Ambient heat and sudden infant death: a case-crossover study spanning 30 years in Montreal, Canada]

Association between prenatal exposure to polybrominated diphenyl ethers and young children's neurodevelopment in China.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015journal article
Prenatal exposure to PBDEs was associated with lower developmental quotients in young children. The results contribute to the growing evidence that PBDEs could act as developmental neurotoxicants, and the findings have implications for children's environmental health in China. Environmental Research.

Assessing responses of cardiovascular mortality to particulate matter air pollution for pre-, during- and post-2008 Olympics periods.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015journal article
The results indicated that the reduction of air pollution due to air quality control measures led to a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease mortality in Beijing. Environmental Research.

Perinatal exposure to chlordecone and infant growth.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015journal article
Chlordecone in cord blood was associated with a higher BMI in boys at 3 months, due to greater weight and lower height, and in girls at 8 and 18 months, mostly due to lower height. Postnatal exposure was associated with lower height, weight and BMI at 3, 8 and 18 months, particularly in girls. Environmental Research.

Metabolomics as a tool for exposure science.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015news article
The May 28-29 event, "Metabolomics as a Tool for Characterizing the Exposome," explored contributions that the science of metabolomics, which is the study of the chemical fingerprints that cellular processes leave behind, can make to the study of human exposures over the lifetime, which is known as the exposome. NIEHS Environmental Factor.

EPA releases screening results of endocrine disruptor screening for 52 pesticide chemicals.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015announcement
The first 52 chemicals to be screened were not selected because of their potential to interact with endocrine systems but rather for their potential for human exposure.

Call for proposals: 2015 Sustainable Neighborhood Assessments.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015call for proposals
Global Green is seeking applications from local governments and tribal entities for assistance based on the LEED for Neighborhood Development standard, which provides a nationally recognized method for creating neighborhoods that are walkable, bikeable, resource-efficient, and equitable. Applications are due July 17th.

Call for proposals: Local Foods, Local Places.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015call for proposals
Communities are invited to apply for technical assistance through a new round of Local Foods, Local Places. A team of experts will help community members develop action plans that use local foods to support healthy families and communities and to drive downtown and neighborhood revitalization. The deadline is September 15, 2015.

You asked: is my air conditioner killing me?
Wednesday, July 1, 2015news article
Mendell studied the health effects of air conditioning systems while with the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He says worsening asthma problems and allergies are two health issues that can stem from contaminated AC units. He also mentions an ominous-sounding phenomenon: sick building syndrome. But Mendell is also quick to point out that AC has been firmly linked to many health benefits. Time.

California oil train risks worse in minority areas: report.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015news article
Californians most exposed to the risks of oil train derailments or fires overwhelmingly live in poorer, minority neighborhoods, two environmental groups in the state said on Tuesday. Reuters.
[See the report: Crude Injustice on the Rails -- Race and the Disparate Risk from Oil Trains in California]

New study shows kids exposed to toxic chemicals on artificial turf.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015news article
A new study shows that ground rubber found in sports fields and playgrounds often contains cancer-causing chemicals. Cleveland WKYC TV, Ohio.
[See more about the study on the Environment and Human Health website: Synthetic Turf]

FDA weighs warning labels, child-resistant packaging after surge in liquid nicotine poisonings.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015news article
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last year reported that calls to poison centers across the country involving e-cigarettes had surged. Washington Post.

Dirty water and open defecation threaten gains in child health.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015news article
A report by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund says that one in three people in the world have no sanitation facilities. New York Times.

Poor quality makeup poses health risk for kids.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015news article
An increasing number of young girls in Seoul are putting on makeup these days. The problem is many of these young girls buy low quality makeup items with no safety guarantee from stationery stores near schools. Seoul Chosun Ilbo, South Korea.

NIEHS webinar July 9th: Reducing Exposure to Mercury, Arsenic, and Asbestos.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015event
This Superfund Research Program (SRP) Progress in Research webinar highlights exciting research from two SRP Centers. Scientists at the Dartmouth College SRP Center are working to reduce exposures to arsenic and mercury and to better understand how exposure to these contaminants leads to disease. You will also hear from scientists at the University of Pennsylvania SRP Center who are conducting research on asbestos waste and how that waste affects human health.

Bisphenol A environmental exposure and the detrimental effects on human metabolic health: is it necessary to revise the risk assessment in vulnerable population?
Tuesday, June 30, 2015journal article
Based on several studies, it would be crucial to consider further actions aimed to refine risk assessment at least in vulnerable population, such as foetuses, infants and young children, to prevent metabolic diseases and obesity. Journal of Endocrinological Investigation.

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals, risk of type 2 diabetes, and diabetes-related metabolic traits: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015journal article
Persistent and non-persistent endocrine-disrupting chemicals may affect the risk of type 2 diabetes. Journal of Diabetes.

Shell, Chevron win bid to dismiss gas station employee's cancer suit.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015news article
A federal judge in New Orleans has thrown out the lawsuit of a widow who claimed her husband developed a deadly blood cancer after being exposed to benzene in gasoline as a gas station attendant in the 1950s and 1960s. New Orleans Times-Picayune, Louisiana.

Sugary drinks linked to 180,000 deaths a year, study says.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015news article
Scientists are asking people across the globe to lay off sugary drinks, linking the consumption to an estimated 184,000 adult deaths each year, including more than 25,000 Americans. Washington Post.
[See the study: Estimated global, regional, and national disease burdens related to sugar-sweetened beverage consumption in 2010]

Cycling routes save Britain's economy 1m a day.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015news article
The network of pathways has saved the economy a total of £7 billion since it was first unveiled 20 years ago. That figure includes £6bn saved for the health system by helping to reduce the negative impact of obesity. Researchers also estimated that the cyclepaths and walkways have helped save businesses £200 million by decreasing the amount of sick days taken due to poor lifestyle. The Telegraph, United Kingdom.
[See more about the National Cycle Network impact]

Korea eyes 37 percent emissions cut.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015news article
South Korea vowed Tuesday to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 37 percent from the estimated business-as-usual level by 2030, raising the aim from previous proposals, but still facing opposition from the involved sectors with lingering criticism that the target is insufficient. Korea Herald, South Korea.

Citrus consumption and skin cancer: how real is the link?
Tuesday, June 30, 2015news article
A large study published Monday that looked at the dietary patterns of more than 100,000 Americans discovered an unexpected link between high consumption of citrus -- specifically whole grapefruit and orange juice -- and risk of melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Washington Post.
[See the study: Citrus consumption and risk of cutaneous malignant melanoma]

US Chamber works globally to fight antismoking measures.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015news article
From Ukraine to Uruguay, Moldova to the Philippines, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its foreign affiliates have become the hammer for the tobacco industry, engaging in a worldwide effort to fight antismoking laws of all kinds. New York Times.

Fish poisoning more common than believed.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015news article
Illnesses from a toxin carried by barracuda and other sport fish have been underestimated in Florida, a new study suggests. New York Times.

New research suggests nature walks are good for your brain.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015news article
Individuals who took the 90-minute nature walk showed a decrease in rumination -- they actually answered the questionnaire differently, just a short period of time later. And their brain activity also showed a change consistent with this result. Washington Post.
[See the study: Nature experience reduces rumination and subgenual prefrontal cortex activation]

Nationwide study measures short-term spike in particulate matter due to Independence Day fireworks.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015news article
"These results will help improve air quality predictions, which currently don't account for fireworks as a source of air pollution. The study is also another wake up call for those who may be particularly sensitive to the effects of fine particulate matter." National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
[See the study: Effects of Independence Day fireworks on atmospheric concentrations of fine particulate matter in the United States]

CHE Cafe call July 9th: Tobacco: Science, Policy, and Prospects, A Talk with Stanton Glantz, PhD.
Monday, June 29, 2015event
On this call CHE will talk with Dr. Glantz about his work, the current state of tobacco environmental health science, and the future of tobacco control strategies and use prevention.

Associations between ambient air pollutant mixtures and pediatric asthma emergency department visits in three cities: a classification and regression tree approach.
Monday, June 29, 2015journal article
The use of classification and regression trees to identify joint effects may lead to different conclusions than multipollutant models with continuous joint effects and may serve as a complementary approach for understanding health effects of multipollutant mixtures. Environmental Health.

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