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CHE call Tuesday: Fracking's Wide Health Impact: From the Ozone to Ground Water and All Those Living in between, a Science Update.
Friday, October 31, 2014event
Three experts who look at these issues from different angles will describe the state of the science on the health implications of fracking.

Nutrient pollution: a persistent threat to waterways.
Friday, October 31, 2014news article
Although nitrogen pollution overall has gone down in U.S. streams and rivers since 2004, it remains a serious problem in many waterways, and phosphorus pollution has gone up significantly. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Beyond malnutrition: the role of sanitation in stunted growth.
Friday, October 31, 2014news article
More than merely a matter of appearance, stunting is a marker for an array of developmental problems, explains Reynaldo Martorell, a professor of international nutrition at Emory University. "The more stunted the child," Martorell says, "the more likely it is that the brain, kidneys, and other organ systems will be affected." Environmental Health Perspectives.

Focusing on the AhR: a potential mechanism for immune effects of prenatal exposures.
Friday, October 31, 2014news article
Researchers report an altered immune response to influenza virus infection in adult mice that had been exposed prenatally to 2,3,7,8-tetrachlordibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD), revealing a novel cellular target of developmental exposures. Environmental Health Perspectives.
[See the study: Effects of developmental activation of the AhR on CD4+ T-cell responses to influenza virus infection in adult mice]

Urinary metals and heart rate variability: a cross-sectional study of urban adults in Wuhan, China.
Friday, October 31, 2014journal article
Urine concentrations of several metals were associated with heart rate variability parameters in our cross-sectional study population. Environmental Health Perspectives.

EPA releases climate plans on fifth anniversary of President Obama's Sustainability Initiative.
Friday, October 31, 2014announcement
As part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, EPA today released plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change impacts such as flooding, sea level rise, severe weather and temperature extremes.

Cell and cordless phone risk for glioma -- analysis of pooled case-control studies in Sweden, 1997-2003 and 2007-2009.
Friday, October 31, 2014journal article
The highest risk was found for glioma in the temporal lobe. First use of mobile or cordless phone before the age of 20 gave higher odds ratio for glioma than in later age groups. Pathophysiology.

Vitamin D, asthma prevalence and asthma exacerbations: a large adult population-based study.
Friday, October 31, 2014journal article
While there was no significant association between vitamin D status and physician-diagnosed asthma, there was a strong association with asthma exacerbations. Allergy.

Job opening: San Francisco, California.
Friday, October 31, 2014job opening
The Breast Cancer Fund seeks an outreach and organizing manager to assume a senior leadership role within the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and Cans Not Cancer Campaign teams.

New resource: EWG's Food Scores.
Friday, October 31, 2014announcement
Three scoring factors -- nutrition concerns, ingredient concerns, and processing concerns -- are combined to produce a food score.

Visionary leaders across sectors issue a renewed vision for protecting children's environmental health.
Friday, October 31, 2014news article
A diverse group of leaders drafted a dynamic vision statement calling for transformative change through renewed and collective action to provide all children with the protections from harm that they deserve. PRWeb.

Green Seal proposes environmental innovation standard.
Friday, October 31, 2014news article
Green Seal, which certifies sustainable products and services, is accepting public comment on its proposed standard for environmental innovation. Environmental Leader.
[See the call for comments: Call for public comments on proposed Green Seal standard for environmental innovation: products, services, processes, and technologies]

New study on frac sand mining.
Friday, October 31, 2014news article
The study showed particulate levels between five to fifty micrograms per cubic meter around frac sand facilities. The EPA says levels at or below twelve micrograms per cubic meter are safe. WXOW, Wisconsin.

Rising waters, rising threat.
Friday, October 31, 2014news article
As climate change strains aging sewer systems around the country through increasingly severe weather and sea-level rise, the resilience of wastewater infrastructure is becoming a critical public and environmental health issue for communities and municipal and state governments. Center for American Progress.

Family planning could help the environment, but not in our lifetimes, researchers say.
Friday, October 31, 2014news article
This week, a group of researchers promoted a different kind of global approach to addressing climate change: voluntary family planning. ClimateWire.
[See the study: Human population reduction is not a quick fix for environmental problems]

IPCC preparing 'most important' document on climate change.
Friday, October 31, 2014news article
Scientists and officials are meeting in Denmark to edit what's been termed the "most important document" on climate change. The IPCC Synthesis Report will summarise the causes and impacts of -- and solutions to -- rising temperatures. It will be the bedrock of talks on a new global climate deal. BBC.
[See a related website: National Climate Assessment]

Kolkata most polluted metro; India has highest PAH level: study.
Friday, October 31, 2014news article
Kolkata is the most polluted metropolis in the country with its pollution levels recorded highest among eight tropical Asian countries, according to study. Zee News, India.

Campuses play host to tanning beds, despite skin cancer risk.
Friday, October 31, 2014news article
Half of the top 125 U.S. colleges and universities listed in US News and World Report have indoor tanning facilities either on campus or in nearby student-focused housing, according to a study published Tuesday in JAMA Dermatology, a journal of the American Medical Association. Los Angeles KPCC Radio, California.
[See the study: Availability of tanning beds on US college campuses]

Adaptive response in mice exposed to 900 mhz radiofrequency fields: bleomycin-induced DNA and oxidative damage/repair.
Friday, October 31, 2014journal article
The overall data suggested that RF exposure was capable of inducing adaptive response and mitigated bleomycin-induced DNA and oxidative damages by activating certain cellular processes. International Journal of Radiation Biology.
[See a related study: Short- and long-term exposure to alternating magnetic field (50 Hz, 0.5 mT) affects rat pituitary ACTH cells: stereological study]

Calls to ban toxic chemicals fall on deaf ears around the world.
Friday, October 31, 2014news article
Endocrine disrupting chemicals are everywhere, found in cosmetics, preservatives, medicines and countless household products such as shampoos and toothpaste, which are used every day by billions of people across the world. Now, for the first time anywhere in the world, the European Union is attempting to regulate them. Newsweek.

Call for nominations: Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee.
Thursday, October 30, 2014announcement
The Office of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services is seeking nominations of individuals to serve as non-federal public members. Those eligible for nomination include leaders or representatives of major ASD research, advocacy and service organizations, parents or guardians of individuals with ASD, individuals on the autism spectrum, healthcare and service providers, educators, researchers and other individuals with professional or personal experience with ASD. Nominations are due by Friday, November 14, 2014.

Job opening: Corvallis, Oregon.
Thursday, October 30, 2014job opening
Oregon State University College of Public Health and Human Sciences seeks an assistant professor of environmental & occupational health in a full-time, 9-month tenure-track appointment. For full consideration apply by January 15, 2015.

Do you have gluten sensitivity or an autoimmune disease?
Thursday, October 30, 2014news article
Throughout Nov. 7-14, Dr. Amy Myers will be hosting the first free Web summit on this topic: Helping you Reverse and Prevent Autoimmune Disease. Forty leading experts on autoimmune disease will be speaking. Huffington Post.

Should we add arsenic to tap water to cut breast cancer deaths? Study links 'toxic' chemical to 50% drop in mortality.
Thursday, October 30, 2014news article
The study focused on a region in the South American country where residents had been inadvertently exposed to high levels of arsenic -- a naturally occurring element found in many minerals. Instead of noting a rise in death rates, researchers found breast cancer deaths were cut in half during the period coinciding with high arsenic exposure. Daily Mail, United Kingdom.
[See the study: Rapid reduction in breast cancer mortality with inorganic arsenic in drinking water]

Does milk do a body good? Maybe not, a new study suggests.
Thursday, October 30, 2014news article
Got milk? If you're drinking it to prevent bone fractures or to boost your overall health, you might want to go back to the fridge and opt for a yogurt or a slice of cheese instead. A new study in the journal BMJ casts doubt on the widely held view that milk can help adults ward off hip fractures and broken bones. Los Angeles Times.
[See the study: Milk intake and risk of mortality and fractures in women and men: cohort studies]

Engineered plants, microbes mop up toxic waste, oil spills.
Thursday, October 30, 2014news article
Using genes from waste-munching microbes, plants may help clean up harmful chemicals in contaminated areas such as farm lands in the oil rich Delta Region of Nigeria. Scientists say engineered greenery may one day clean up the chemical fallout of oil spills and air pollution. Lagos Guardian, Nigeria.

Toxic chemicals, carcinogens skyrocket near fracking sites.
Thursday, October 30, 2014news article
Oil and gas wells across the U.S. are spewing "dangerous" cancer-causing chemicals into the air, according to a new study that further corroborates reports of health problems around hydraulic fracturing sites. US News & World Report.
[See the study: Air concentrations of volatile compounds near oil and gas production: a community-based exploratory study]

Can pesticides ever really be "organic"?
Thursday, October 30, 2014news article
Organic does not mean pesticide-free. The majority of shoppers say they choose organic produce to avoid pesticides. But all "organic" really means is that the pesticides come from naturally occurring substances. Center for Investigative Reporting.

Webinar Thursday: Designing and Planning for Healthy Cities -- A Conversation with Richard Jackson, Tim Beatley and Georges Benjamin.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014event
This is a rare opportunity to listen in on a conversation between two of the thought leaders in public health and urban planning and design.

Association between lifetime exposure to inorganic arsenic in drinking water and coronary heart disease in Colorado residents.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014journal article
Lifetime exposure to low-level inorganic arsenic in drinking water was associated with increased risk for coronary heart disease in this population. Environmental Health Perspectives.

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