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CHE Partnership call: Climate Change and Health - What's New and What To Do?
Thurs, Sept 18

CHE Partnership call: Prenatal Exposures: What Do Providers Know?
Tues, Sept 30
Hosted by the CHE Fertility and Reproducitve Health Working Group

CHE Partnership call: NIEHS and Environmental Health Disparities in Alaska
Wed, Oct 1
Hosted by the CHE Alaska Working Group

CHE Partnership call: Home Invaders: Are Flame Retardants Fattening Us Up and Harming Our Bones?
Thurs, Oct 9

9/17/14: MP3 recording available: Maternal Bisphenol A Programs Offspring Metabolic Syndrome

9/9/14: MP3 recording available: PCBs in Schools - Still a Problem?

7/10/14: MP3 recording available: Breathing Deep: Air Pollution, Health, and Public Health Policy


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Webinar September 23rd: Culture Is Health -- Sovereignty and Food Systems.
Thursday, September 18, 2014event
Chronic disease prevention in native or immigrant communities is inseparable from food sovereignty, in the eyes of many.

New report: Retreat Is Not an Option: Healthier School Meals Protect Our Children and Our Country.
Thursday, September 18, 2014announcement
While the Nation's obesity epidemic makes daily headlines, its effect on the U.S. military has largely been unreported: a 61 percent rise in obesity since 2002 among active duty forces; more than $1.5 billion in annual obesity-related health care spending and costs to replace unfit personnel; significant recruiting challenges with nearly one in four young adults too heavy to serve; and newly released data in this report showing overall ineligibility above 70 percent in most states.

Dentists discover microbeads in toothpaste.
Thursday, September 18, 2014news article
In a statement the Crest manufacturer says: "while the ingredient in question is completely safe, we understand there is a growing preference for us to remove the ingredient. So we will." NBC12.

New report: World Alzheimer Report 2014: Dementia and Risk Reduction.
Thursday, September 18, 2014announcement
The report makes recommendations to drive public health campaigns and disease prevention strategies. It focuses on sets of potential modifiable risk factors in four key domains: developmental, psychological and psychosocial, lifestyle and cardiovascular conditions.

Interaction between dietary sodium and smoking increases the risk for rheumatoid arthritis: results from a nested case-control study.
Thursday, September 18, 2014journal article
No significant association was found between sodium intake and the development of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) when all of the individuals were included. In analyses stratified for smoking status at the time of the examination, sodium intake more than doubled the risk for RA among smokers. Rheumatology.

Are there environmental causes for type 1?
Thursday, September 18, 2014news article
Type 1 researchers generally agree that the increasing incidence in Type 1 diabetes must be due to environmental factors. What those factors are, however, remains an area of active debate and research. Insulin Nation.

Job opening: Itta Bena, Mississippi.
Thursday, September 18, 2014job opening
Mississippi Valley State University seeks an assistant, associate, or professor of environmental health or related science.

Lung cancer risk of particulate matter exposure.
Thursday, September 18, 2014news article
In 2013 the International Agency for Research on Cancer reviewed more than 1,000 research articles and formally designated outdoor air pollution in general and PM in particular as human carcinogens. A new meta-analysis estimates the lung cancer risk associated with PM exposure. Environmental Health Perspectives.
[See the study: The carcinogenicity of outdoor air pollution]

Hydroxymethylation and metals: a potential epigenetic marker for effects of toxic exposures.
Thursday, September 18, 2014news article
Investigators now report a novel association between metals exposure and DNA hydroxymethylation, an epigenetic modification that has only recently entered the research spotlight. Environmental Health Perspectives.
[See the study: Association of global DNA methylation and global DNA hydroxymethylation with metals and other exposures in human blood DNA samples]

Vaping and health: what do we know about e-cigarettes?
Thursday, September 18, 2014news article
The existing literature about the safety of the devices consists of small studies on e-liquids and e-cigarette emissions. It remains unknown exactly how e-cigarettes and their related secondhand smoke compare with conventional cigarettes. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Europeans have little appetite for US apples.
Thursday, September 18, 2014news article
In Washington state, growers boast that their apples are the best in the world. But that view is far from unanimous: Fearing possible ill health effects from DPA, used to prevent scald that would make the fruit turn brown or black, Europeans want nothing to do with them. McClatchy Newspapers.

Study links flame retardants in the Columbia to household laundry.
Thursday, September 18, 2014news article
Their study, published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, concludes that flame retardants are sloughing off household products such as couches and TVs and collecting on people's clothing, washing out in the laundry and passing through wastewater treatment plants into local waterways. EarthFix.
[See the study: Flame retardant transfers from U.S. households (dust and laundry wastewater) to the aquatic environment]

Environmental influences on the aging brain.
Thursday, September 18, 2014journal article
At this point, there may be more research questions than answers, but evidence thus far strongly suggests environmental factors can play an instrumental role in influencing neurological function in older adults. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Poor women are fatter than poor men.
Thursday, September 18, 2014news article
Does being poor make women fat, or vice versa? Most likely, it's both. A paper recently published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior examines how these two factors work together and how they split along gender lines. The Atlantic.
[See the study: Gender and reinforcing associations between socioeconomic disadvantage and body mass over the life course]

Webinar Thursday: The Role of Parks and Recreation in Planning for Health.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014event
Representatives from urban park systems in Los Angeles and Miami will discuss innovations they are making in planning parks for health, and how their approach can lead to successes in your community.

Call for comments: Final 2012 and Preliminary 2014 Effluent Guidelines Program Plans and 2012 and 2013 Annual Effluent Guidelines Review Reports.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014announcement
This notice solicits public comment and input on the Preliminary 2014 Plan and the 2012 and 2013 Annual Review Reports. Submit comments on or before November 17, 2014.

Simultaneous exposure to MRI-related static and low-frequency movement-induced time-varying magnetic fields affects neurocognitive performance: A double-blind randomized crossover study.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014journal article
Neurocognitive effects were only observed when simultaneously exposed to static magnetic stray fields and time-varying magnetic fields (TVMF) from a 7 T MRI scanner. Therefore, exposure to TVMF seems essential in eliciting the neurocognitive effects in our present study and, presumably, previous experiments. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.

Artificial sweeteners linked to abnormal glucose metabolism.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014news article
Artificial sweeteners, promoted as aids to weight loss and diabetes prevention, could actually hasten the development of glucose intolerance and metabolic disease; and they do it in a surprising way: by changing the composition and function of the gut microbiota -- the substantial population of bacteria residing in our intestines. Medical Xpress.
[See the study: Artificial sweeteners induce glucose intolerance by altering the gut microbiota]

Tools for addressing cumulative impacts on human health and the environment.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014journal article
Some communities, planners, and regulators are finding ways to supplement traditional risk-based approaches, using innovative new tools for assessment and decision-making in the face of cumulative impacts, including indexes, mapping, and screening. These efforts both inform policy and serve as exemplary models. Environmental Justice.

Adolescent meat intake and breast cancer risk.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014journal article
Higher consumption of red meat during adolescence was associated with premenopausal breast cancer. Substituting other dietary protein sources for red meat in adolescent diet may decrease premenopausal breast cancer risk. International Journal of Cancer.

New report: Implications of Health Literacy for Public Health: Workshop Summary.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014announcement
This report is the summary of a workshop convened by the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy in November 2013 that focused on the implications of health literacy for the mission and essential services of public health.

Job opening: Davis, California.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014job opening
The La Merrill Lab at the University of California Davis has an open post-doctoral position in toxicology and risk assessment. Review of applications will begin October 13, 2014.

New report: Better Growth, Better Climate.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014announcement
Countries at all income levels have the opportunity to build lasting economic growth and at the same time reduce the immense risk of climate change. But action is needed now.

Bay Area start-up creates filtration system for arsenic-concentrated water.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014news article
As the drought focuses new attention on California's well water, a Bay Area start-up has come up with a way to make that water safer to drink, especially for small communities that don't have an alternative. San Francisco KGO TV, California.

Waistlines 'grow an inch in a decade' in US.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014news article
US waistlines are continuing to expand, despite obesity appearing to be reaching a plateau, data suggests. Research suggests the average adult waist size in the US increased by more than 1in (2.5cm) between 1999 and 2012. BBC.
[See the study: Trends in mean waist circumference and abdominal obesity among US adults, 1999-2012]

Mine spill devastates Mexican farmers.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014news article
Growers, cattle ranchers and dairy farmers in Mexico are bearing the brunt of a man-made ecological disaster after 40,000 cubic metres of acid-laced copper sulfate and heavy metals spilled into the Sonora River from a mine on August 6. Al Jazeera.

Almost half of child deaths occur in first month of life, UN estimates.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014news article
More than six million children under five died last year, mostly from preventable causes and almost half in the first month of life, according to the latest UN estimates. The Guardian.
[See the report: Levels and trends in child mortality: estimates developed by the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (IGME) -- report 2014 (English)]

Kids exposed in the womb to plasticizers more likely to have asthma.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014news article
New York City children exposed in the womb to moderate levels of two plasticizers had a 72 to 78 percent higher chance of developing asthma, according to a new study published today. Environmental Health News.
[See the study: Asthma in inner-city children at 5-11 years of age and prenatal exposure to phthalates: the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health cohort]

CHE call Thursday: Climate Change and Health: What's New and What To Do?
Tuesday, September 16, 2014event
Three experts will speak to the latest science on climate change and current efforts that some agencies and organizations are taking to address the mounting health impacts from different perspectives internationally and nationally.

Webinar Wednesday: Getting Equitable Development into the Plan.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014event
Equitable development encourages fairness in planning and development practice to ensure everyone has a safe and healthy environment in which to live, work, and play.

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