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Depressed? Maybe it's in the air.
Thursday, July 31, 2014opinion/editorial
Recently studies have found links between air pollution and other health outcomes -- including cardiovascular disease, diabetes/obesity, cognitive function, and yes, mental illness. CHE Blog.

Evaluating uncertainty to strengthen epidemiologic data for use in human health risk assessments.
Thursday, July 31, 2014journal article
The discussions and recommendations from this workshop demonstrate that there are practical steps that the scientific community can adopt to strengthen epidemiologic data for decision making. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Call for proposals: NIMHD Basic and Applied Biomedical Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities.
Thursday, July 31, 2014call for proposals
This funding opportunity solicits innovative basic and applied research on fundamental biological mechanisms involved in disease conditions that disproportionately affect health disparity populations and therapies or interventions that can directly or demonstrably contribute to reducing or eliminating health disparities. Projects investigating disease/condition etiology, physiology, genetic risk factors, molecular pathways, gene-environment interactions, pharmacogenomics and personalized medicine in health disparity populations are particularly encouraged.

Job opening: Chestnut Hill. Massachusetts.
Thursday, July 31, 2014job opening
The Boston College Graduate School of Social Work is seeking a junior or senior faculty member whose scholarly expertise is in the area of environmental justice and social inequality. Application reviews will begin September 2014.

New report: Strategies for Scaling Effective Family-Focused Preventive Interventions to Promote Children's Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health -- Workshop Summary.
Thursday, July 31, 2014announcement
The workshop featured presentations on and discussion of successes and challenges experienced by developers and implementers of family-focused preventive interventions that have been successfully brought to scale; considerations related to the implementation of preventive programs in settings -- such as pediatric practices and schools -- that are emerging as important points of intervention; and the role of intermediary organizations in scale-up, among other topics.

Food-derived opioid peptides inhibit cysteine uptake with redox and epigenetic consequences.
Thursday, July 31, 2014journal article
Restricted antioxidant capacity, caused by wheat- and milk-derived opioid peptides, may predispose susceptible individuals to inflammation and systemic oxidation, partly explaining the benefits of gluten-free or casein-free diets.

CDC releases final National Public Health Action Plan for the Detection, Prevention and Management of Infertility.
Thursday, July 31, 2014announcement
The goals of the National Action Plan are to 1) promote healthy behaviors to maintain and preserve fertility; 2) promote prevention and early detection and treatment of medical conditions that can threaten fertility; and 3) reduce exposures to environmental, occupational, infectious and iatrogenic agents that can threaten fertility.

Eco-Healthy Child Care curriculum adopted by the National Center for Healthy Housing.
Thursday, July 31, 2014announcement
EHCC is a national program that seeks to improve the environmental health of children by partnering with child care professionals to eliminate or reduce environmental health hazards found in child care facilities.

Want to live longer? Go for a run.
Thursday, July 31, 2014news article
A new study has found that running can add years to your life, and it doesn't matter how far or how fast you go. Mother Nature Network.
[See the study: Leisure-time running reduces all-cause and cardiovascular mortality risk]

Study says early DDT exposure may set up females for obesity, diabetes.
Thursday, July 31, 2014news article
As they reached adulthood, female mice who were exposed in utero and just after birth to the pesticide DDT showed metabolic changes that put them at greater risk for obesity and type-2 diabetes, a new study says. Los Angeles Times.
[See the study: Perinatal exposure of mice to the pesticide DDT impairs energy expenditure and metabolism in adult female offspring]

New report: The Benefits of Public Protections: Ten Rules That Save Lives and Protect the Environment.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014announcement
This report examines the public health, worker safety, and environmental benefits projected from ten proposed or final rules issued between 2009 and 2014 by five federal agencies.

Asbestos revisited: a new autoimmune disease?
Wednesday, July 30, 2014news article
A group of researchers are suggesting that a further health concern should be added to the list of woes faced by the [asbestos-tainted] Libby residents: autoimmune disease, including an as-yet undescribed autoimmune condition affecting the lungs. MedPage Today.
See the review article: Autoimmunity and asbestos exposure]

EPA considering regulating more chemicals under its rule for high-hazard substances.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014news article
In response to the deadly 2013 explosion at a Texas fertilizer facility, the Environmental Protection Agency is considering adding ammonium nitrate and other substances to those covered by its regulation to prevent high-hazard chemical accidents. Chemical Regulation Reporter.

Diet affects men's and women's gut microbes differently.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014news article
The microbes living in the guts of males and females react differently to diet, even when the diets are identical, according to a study. University of Texas at Austin News.
[See the study: Individual diet has sex-dependent effects on vertebrate gut microbiota]

New report: Science Needs for Microbial Forensics: Initial International Research Priorities.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014announcement
Microbial forensics is a scientific discipline dedicated to analyzing evidence from a bioterrorism act, biocrime, or inadvertent microorganism or toxin release for attribution purposes. This emerging discipline seeks to offer investigators the tools and techniques to support efforts to identify the source of a biological threat agent and attribute a biothreat act to a particular person or group.

New report: Lessons Learned from the Fukushima Nuclear Accident for Improving Safety of U.S. Nuclear Plants.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014announcement
This report examines the causes of the crisis, the performance of safety systems at the plant, and the responses of its operators following the earthquake and tsunami. The report then considers the lessons that can be learned and their implications for U.S. safety and storage of spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste, commercial nuclear reactor safety and security regulations, and design improvements.

Generation of tanners see spike in deadly melanoma.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014news article
Stop sunbathing and using indoor tanning beds, the acting U.S. surgeon general warned in a report released Tuesday that cites an alarming 200 percent jump in deadly melanoma cases since 1973. Associated Press.
[See more: The Surgeon General's call to action to prevent skin cancer]

Webinar Wednesday: Policy Impacts of State Biomonitoring Studies.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014event
The speakers will discuss how policies have impacted their state biomonitoring programs.

Early-life bisphenol A exposure and child body mass index: a prospective cohort study.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014journal article
Prenatal and early childhood BPA exposures were not associated with increased BMI at 2-5 years, but higher early childhood BPA exposures were associated with accelerated growth during this period. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Autism brain origins -- environment and physiology really matter.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014opinion/editorial
As a result of a recent work, a broadly distributed pattern of brain tissue abnormalities was identified that had not been described on this scale before -- namely, patches of disorganization in many areas of the neocortex (the outer layer of gray matter in the brain). Autism Why and How.

Styrene reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen, new report confirms.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014news article
A new report from the National Research Council has upheld the listing of styrene as "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen" in the National Toxicology Program's 12th Report on Carcinogens (RoC). National Academies.

The effect of secondary inorganic aerosols, soot and the geographical origin of air mass on acute myocardial infarction hospitalisations in Gothenburg, Sweden during 1985-2010: a case-crossover study.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014journal article
In the cold period, locally generated particulate matter and days with limited local dispersion affected acute myocardial infarction hospitalisations, indicating importance of local emissions from e.g. traffic. Environmental Health.

The health benefits of trees.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014news article
It is becoming increasingly clear that trees help people live longer, healthier, happier lives -- to the tune of $6.8 billion in averted health costs annually in the U.S., according to research published this week. And we're only beginning to understand the nature and magnitude of their tree-benevolence. The Atlantic.
[See the study: Tree and forest effects on air quality and human health in the United States]

House passes bill to speed FDA's sunscreen approvals.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014news article
The agency hasn't added a new active sunscreen ingredient to its approved list in 15 years. Eight ingredient applications have been pending before the FDA, some for as long as a decade, for products that are widely sold across the world. Wall Street Journal.

Fracking regulators won't create rules for air pollution.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014news article
As regulators ask the public for comment on fracking rules, one set of rules won't be under consideration. Those are the rules that govern air pollution at fracking sites, which, in the case of natural gas drilling, can be both acutely hazardous and carcinogenic. North Carolina Health News, North Carolina.
[See a related briefing from Ireland: Shale gas and fracking: examining the evidence]

Babies are getting brain bleeds -- are vaccine fears to blame?
Tuesday, July 29, 2014news article
Some parents are refusing vitamin K injections for their newborns. The consequences can be devastating. Mother Jones.

Funding for health studies near drill sites loosening.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014news article
Science requires replication, and lots of it. So it's been difficult to gauge the health impacts of shale development from a few scattered studies, says Bernard Goldstein, a public health expert. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pennsylvania.

CA Healthy Housing Bill a step to reduce asthma attacks.
Monday, July 28, 2014announcement
This bill takes a significant step in reducing pest infestations, which can trigger asthma attacks. Public Health Institute.

Green spaces found to increase birth weight.
Monday, July 28, 2014news article
Overall, an increase of surrounding greenery near the home was associated with a significant increase of birth weight and decreased risk for low birth weight. ScienceDaily.
[See the study: Green spaces and adverse pregnancy outcomes]

Association between urinary cadmium levels and prediabetes in the NHANES 2005-2010 population.
Monday, July 28, 2014journal article
We conclude that there is a significant non-linear, complex relationship between urinary cadmium levels, age, smoking habits and odds of prediabetes. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health.

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