Log in - Help - July 23, 2014
CHE logo The Collaborative on Health and the Environment
You are here:  Home » News and Events » Announcements/News Feed
This site WWW

CHE Partnership call: Aamijwnaang: A Culture in Shock with Ron Plain
Wed, July 30
Hosted by the CHE Alaska Working Group

Update: CHE does not host calls in August. We will resume calls in September. Watch this box and your email for updates.

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

6/18/14: MP3 recording available: Prenatal Exposure to EDCs and Obesity: Combining Toxicology and Epidemiology with Dr. Juliette Legler

6/18/14: MP3 recording available: Fukushima: A View from the Ocean with Kevin Buesseler

6/17/14: MP3 recording available: Nutrition and Toxicants in Autoimmune Disease: Implications for Prevention and Treatment

6/12/14: MP3 recording available: Using Cumulative Impacts Analysis to Protect Public Health with Dr. Peter Montague

6/10/14: MP3 recording available: Catch of the Day: Healthy Fish, Healthy Humans


CHE Partners on why they value our work

Announcements/News Feed

News and announcements related to environmental impacts on human health, collected from a multitude of sources, especially Environmental Health News. To subscribe to this feed, visit healthandenvironment.org/CHE.xml.

CHE offers this information as a service but does not endorse any of the events, articles or announcements.

Icon Key

news article
News Article
journal article
Journal Article
calendar event
Calendar Event
job opening
Job Opening
call for proposals
Call for Proposals
Opinion / Editorial


Relevant items from this news feed are sent on most business days to three of CHE's listservs:

A weekly summary of news, announcements and related items is sent to the Fertility and Reproductive Health listserv.

To subscribe to any of these listservs, current CHE partners can send a request to CHE. To become a CHE partner and join working group listservs, please see CHE's application to join.


More events are listed in a searchable calendar. The calendar now includes calls for proposals and for presentation abstracts.


Items from the previous two months or so are archived on the news feed subscription page.


Submit items for inclusion in this feed to CHE's Research and Communications Specialist.

Webinar Tuesday: The Environment and Lung Cancer: Old and New Causes.
Monday, July 21, 2014event
Jonathan Samet, director at the Institute of Global Health at the University of Southern California will be presenting this seminar.

Variability in temperature-related mortality projections under climate change.
Monday, July 21, 2014journal article
The choice of the relative risks estimate for the association between temperature and mortality may be important to reduce uncertainty in mortality projections. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Environmental health research recommendations from the Inter-Environmental Health Sciences Core Center Working Group on Unconventional Natural Gas Drilling Operations.
Monday, July 21, 2014journal article
The Inter-EHSCC Working Group concluded that a potential for water and air pollution exists which might endanger public health, and that the social fabric of communities could be impacted by the rapid emergence of drilling operations. The working group recommends research to inform how potential risks could be mitigated. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Quantification of short and long asbestos fibers to assess asbestos exposure: a review of fiber size toxicity.
Monday, July 21, 2014journal article
From this review, it is clear that the pathogenicity of short asbestos fibers cannot be completely ruled out, especially in high exposure situations. Environmental Health.

Air monitors provided to residents near Marcellus sites.
Monday, July 21, 2014news article
More than 100 people in Washington County have received an air monitor, free of cost, from a public health and research group called the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project. Washington Observer-Reporter, Pennsylvania.

Research project aims to develop cheap filter systems for clean water for border residents.
Monday, July 21, 2014news article
A university research project is aimed at helping some border residents in Texas and New Mexico get clean drinking water through filtration systems made out of supplies found at many hardware stores. Associated Press.

Virginia Tech researchers search for ways to better trace effects of coal ash spills.
Monday, July 21, 2014news article
Virginia Tech researchers hope a $25,000 National Science Foundation grant will help them find better ways to trace the long-term effects of coal ash spills like the one in February that fouled 70 miles of the Dan River from Eden, North Carolina, to Kerr Lake in Virginia. Roanoke Times, Virginia.

Poor women see one improvement: healthier newborns.
Monday, July 21, 2014news article
Something extraordinary is happening to poor pregnant women: They're giving birth to healthier babies. The changes reflect improved access to care, as well as a complex array of other factors, from pollution to nutrition to violence at home. Washington Post.

Fried-food consumption and risk of type 2 diabetes and coronary artery disease: a prospective study in 2 cohorts of US women and men.
Sunday, July 20, 2014journal article
Frequent fried-food consumption was significantly associated with risk of incident type 2 diabetes and moderately with incident coronary artery disease, and these associations were largely mediated by body weight and comorbid hypertension and hypercholesterolemia. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

New report: Report to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission by the Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel on Phthalates and Phthalate Alternatives.
Sunday, July 20, 2014announcement
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) directed the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to convene a Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel (CHAP) "to study the effects of all phthalates and phthalate alternatives as used in children's toys and child care articles."

Why children absorb more microwave radiation than adults: the consequences.
Sunday, July 20, 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.

$11 million study aims to assess Tonawanda Coke's effects.
Sunday, July 20, 2014news article
Even now, more than a year after Tonawanda Coke's criminal conviction, there remains a large and looming - and very much unanswered - question: Did the company make people sick? Buffalo News, New York.

UVA professor proposes resourceful approach to reducing emissions.
Sunday, July 20, 2014news article
In his report, coauthored by graduate student Zhiyuan Tao, Clarens outlined a carbon dioxide capture and sequestration method in which companies capture carbon dioxide from power plants and transport it back to depleted shale gas wells that have been hydraulically fractured. Charleston State Journal, West Virginia.

A call to fight malaria one mosquito at a time by altering DNA.
Saturday, July 19, 2014news article
In papers published Thursday in the journals Science and eLife, scientists and policy experts propose fighting malaria in a new way: by genetically engineering the mosquitoes themselves. New York Times.
[See the paper in eLife: Concerning RNA-guided gene drives for the alteration of wild populations]

Woodstoves may be as toxic as cigarettes.
Saturday, July 19, 2014opinion/editorial
If you protect your children (and yourself) from breathing cigarette smoke, you also may want to steer clear of wood smoke. Chemically speaking, they are very much the same. Portland Tribune, Oregon.

The end of night.
Saturday, July 19, 2014news article
Humans have always had a basic fear of the dark, but the advent of electric light in the late 19th century brought control over the night in the developed world. But the explosion of light pollution might be harming our health. Living On Earth.

Governments agree to stem cancer-causing arsenic in rice: UN.
Friday, July 18, 2014news article
Governments have agreed on the first international standards limiting cancer-causing arsenic pollution in rice, a key move to protect consumers of what is a staple food for billions, the UN said Thursday. Agence France-Presse.

When poverty makes you sick, a lawyer can be the cure.
Friday, July 18, 2014opinion/editorial
Where you work, the air you breathe, the state of your housing, what you eat, your levels of stress and your vulnerability to crime, injury and discrimination all affect your health. New York Times.

Webinar Monday: What's at Stake: Environmental Justice and the EPA's Clean Power Plan.
Thursday, July 17, 2014event
This webinar will 1) provide a general overview of the EPA's Clean Power Plan and 111(d) standard; 2) highlight some elements of the rule that might be a concern for low income, communities of color, and others impacted directly by existing power plants; and 3) increase the level of interest and engagement in the public commenting process that is forthcoming at the federal and state level.

New report: Coal Dust in Alaska: Hazards to Public Health.
Thursday, July 17, 2014announcement
Citizen volunteers in Seward, Alaska, conducted a year-long air quality monitoring project to measure how much of the dust blowing around town is coal from the stockpiles and coal loading facility, and to analyze the potential toxicity of this coal dust.

Food for thought.
Thursday, July 17, 2014opinion/editorial
Research on the different farming systems can often seem like a contest in which one practice is pitted against another and in which researchers must pick sides. Science should stay focused on the heart of the matter: the provision of more nutritious food for more people in a more sustainable way. Nature.

Plunge in smoking attributed to plain packaging.
Thursday, July 17, 2014news article
A dramatic decline in smoking rates has coincided with the introduction of plain-packaging laws. The daily smoking rate plunged from 15.1 per cent to 12.8 per cent between 2010 and 2013, according to the largest and longest-running national survey on drug statistics. Sydney Morning Herald, Australia.
[See more: National Drugs Strategy Household Surveys]

Navajo Birth Cohort Study continues gathering information and data.
Thursday, July 17, 2014news article
Officials presented an update on the progress of the Navajo Birth Cohort Study on Wednesday at the Northern Navajo Medical Center. The five-year study is a collaborative effort to provide the first Navajo Nation-wide documentation of the possible associations between uranium and other heavy metal exposures and birth outcomes and child development. Farmington Daily Times, New Mexico.
[See more: Navajo Birth Cohort Study (NBCS)]

Exposure to nitrosamines in thirdhand tobacco smoke increases cancer risk in non-smokers.
Thursday, July 17, 2014journal article
The results presented here highlight the potentially severe long-term consequences of thirdhand tobacco smoke exposure, particularly to children, and give strong evidence of its potential health risk and, therefore, they should be considered when developing future environmental and health policies. Environment International.

More children at risk from lead dust.
Thursday, July 17, 2014news article
More than half of all children living in the industrial centres of Mount Isa, Port Pirie and Broken Hill will be considered at risk under Australia's new national guidelines for lead in blood levels. The Australian, Australia.
[See a related article: Health body recommends less lead exposure]

New report: Pesticides in Your Daily Bread: A Consumer Guide to Pesticides in Bread 2014.
Thursday, July 17, 2014announcement
This report released by PAN UK, in conjunction with the Organic. Naturally Different campaign, reveals that nearly two-thirds (61.5%) of bread products tested by the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs between 2000 and 2013, were contaminated with pesticides residues.

Asthma inhaler use in children slows growth, research finds.
Thursday, July 17, 2014news article
Children who use inhalable steroids for asthma grow more slowly than their peers in the first year of taking the medication, researchers say. But doctors said the effect was so small it was easily outweighed by the clear benefits of taking the drugs, which prevent serious asthma attacks and even deaths from the breathing disorder. The Guardian.
[See the studies: Inhaled corticosteroids in children with persistent asthma: effects on growth and Inhaled corticosteroids in children with persistent asthma: dose-response effects on growth]

Webcast Friday: STAR Webinar: Where Health & Sustainability Meet.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014event
This webinar will explore how the STAR Community Rating System is helping sustainability and health professionals collaborate at the local level to advance health outcomes and community wellness.

Meeting Thursday: National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) Public Teleconference Meeting.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014event
Public comment is from 3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern time. Members of the public are encouraged to provide comments relevant to the topics of the meeting.

Associations of prenatal maternal blood mercury concentrations with early and mid-childhood blood pressure: a prospective study,
Wednesday, July 16, 2014journal article
The results of this study demonstrate an absence of association between childhood blood pressure and low-level mercury exposure typical of the general US population. Environmental Research.

Visit the Environmental Health News searchable archive or subscribe to that feed.

Visit the Daily Climate news feed.


The Collaborative on Health and the Environment
c/o Commonweal, PO Box 316, Bolinas, CA 94924
For questions or comments about the website, email: info@healthandenvironment.org