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EUROPAEM EMF Guideline 2016 for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of EMF-related health problems and illnesses.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
This EMF Guideline gives an overview of the current knowledge regarding EMF-related health risks and provides recommendations for the diagnosis, treatment and accessibility measures of EHS to improve and restore individual health outcomes as well as for the development of strategies for prevention. Reviews on Environmental Health.

New report: New Insights into Microbiome Study for Environmental Health: Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Standing Committee on Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decision held its second workshop on the microbes that inhabit the human body, known as the microbiome, which highlighted what researchers have learned since 2011, and discussed elements that could help inform the research carried out in the next decade and aid in its integration into policy.

Call for proposals: Revolutionizing Innovative, Visionary Environmental health Research (RIVER).
Thursday, July 28, 2016
The RIVER program seeks to provide support for the majority of the independent research program for outstanding investigators in the environmental health sciences, giving them intellectual and administrative freedom, as well as sustained support to pursue their research in novel directions in order to achieve greater impacts. Letters of intent are due September 24, 2016.

Resveratrol appears to restore blood-brain barrier integrity in Alzheimer's disease.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Resveratrol, given to Alzheimer's patients, appears to restore the integrity of the blood-brain barrier, reducing the ability of harmful immune molecules secreted by immune cells to infiltrate from the body into brain tissues, say researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center. The reduction in neuronal inflammation slowed the cognitive decline of patients, compared to a matching group of placebo-treated patients with the disorder. ScienceDaily.

Scientific foundations of fish-consumption advice for pregnant women: epidemiological evidence, benefit-risk modeling, and an integrated approach.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
The goal of this paper is to use a model to rank seafood items by their relative benefits and risks, producing consumer seafood choice recommendations that are also consistent with epidemiological observations. Environmental Research.

Associations between microvascular function and short-term exposure to traffic-related air pollution and particulate matter oxidative potential.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Our findings suggest that short-term exposures to traffic-related air pollutants with high oxidative potential are major components contributing to microvascular dysfunction. Environmental Health.

EPA issues final rule to protect the public from exposure to formaldehyde.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
The Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products Act of 2010 established emission standards for formaldehyde from composite wood products and directed EPA to finalize a rule on implementing and enforcing a number of provisions covering composite wood products.

How the EPA ignores the dangers of pesticide cocktails.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved nearly 100 pesticide products over the past six years that contain mixtures that make them more poisonous and increase the dangers to imperiled pollinators and rare plants, according to an investigation by the Center for Biological Diversity. Eco-Watch.
[See the report: Toxic Concoctions: How the EPA Ignores the Dangers of Pesticide Cocktails]

Why India’s lack of toilets is hurting its children’s development.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Children who are stunted because of malnutrition tend to be shorter and lag behind their peers cognitively. Poor access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene cause diarrhea and expose children to other intestinal infections during the crucial first two years of life. Wall Street Journal.

Spare the Air: what can big cities do to curb air pollution?
Thursday, July 28, 2016
From carpooling, biking, and taking public transit to work, to staying home altogether and telecommuting, people are advised to limit how much smog they contribute to by embracing a greener lifestyle. Christian Science Monitor.

In Maryland, one community is taking a stand against environmental racism.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
The toxic refuse of coal- and gas-fired power plants targets black communities with alarming precision. Grist.

Study suggests new formula for physical activity: 8 hours of sitting means 1 hour of exercise.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Researcher Ulf Ekelund, a professor at the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences, suggested that the one hour of activity could be brisk walking or cycling but said that the exercise doesn’t have to be so rigorous or all at one time. That is, the hour of activity can be spread out over the entire day. Washington Post.
[See the study: Does physical activity attenuate, or even eliminate, the detrimental association of sitting time with mortality? A harmonised meta-analysis of data from more than 1 million men and women]

E-cig vapor releases two cancerous chemicals, new study says.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found propylene glycol, an eye and respiratory irritant, and glycerin, a skin, eye and respiratory irritant, among 29 other chemicals released in e-cigarette vapor. Washington Post.
[See the study: Emissions from electronic cigarettes: key parameters affecting the release of harmful chemicals]

The truth about your tampons.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Some experts are worried about the chemicals and materials used to make feminine hygiene products. Time Magazine.

Superfund: a Philadelphia suburb's asbestos nightmare.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Less than 20 miles from this week's Democratic National Convention, a tree-shrouded toxic landmark is a reminder of Ambler's past as the asbestos manufacturing capital of the world. Greenwire.

The tangled web of lies behind many restaurant menus.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
From mercury-laden "snapper" that's not really snapper to antibiotic-loaded honey, Olmsted's book details many of the common scams and counterfeits that make their way onto our dinner plates and into our grocery carts. Vice.
[See more about Olmsted's book, Real Food, Fake Food]

Welcome to Brazil, where a food revolution is changing the way people eat.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
How the country challenged the junk-food industry and became a global leader in the battle against obesity. The Nation.

Growing health concerns surrounding pesticides, including two commonly used in Iowa.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Two herbicides commonly used in Iowa — atrazine and glyphosate — have come under scrutiny for potential human health and environmental dangers and are in the midst of a contentious US EPA re-registration process. Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting.

Induced labor not linked to higher autism risk.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
The results from nearly 700,000 siblings suggest that any elevated autism risk associated with labor induction is actually due to other factors such as genetics or medical issues experienced by individual women, said lead study author Dr. Anna Sara Oberg of Harvard University in Boston. Reuters Health.
[See the study: Association of labor induction with offspring risk of autism spectrum disorders]

You are junk: why it's not your genes that make you human.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
The blueprint for building a human, or indeed any complex creature, lies not only in our genes but in other, neglected parts of our genome. This long-overlooked DNA could have shaped iconic traits such as our upright stance, opposable thumbs, big brains, capacity for language, even our tendency to form monogamous relationships. New Scientist.

EPA data shows toxic PFCs in two large Michigan water systems.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
A pair of unregulated pollutants the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency links to thyroid disorders and childhood developmental issues are being found in two large Michigan public water supplies. MLive Detroit, Michigan.

The future of cities: green building to driverless cars.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
 What will the cities of the future look like? How could they be affected by driverless cars, changing work habits, green building and the environment? Wall Street Journal.

New report: Using Linked Census, Survey, and Administrative Data to Assess Longer-Term Effects of Policy: Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
The American Opportunity Study (AOS) is envisioned to create an intergenerational panel—using existing data at the person level—to study both social and economic mobility and the effectiveness of programs and policies that affect that mobility. This report summarizes the presentations and discussions from the May 2016 workshop.

Poverty doubles mortality risk for middle-aged black men.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Living below 125% of the US federal poverty level was associated with significantly increased risk for death for black men, black women, and white women, but not for white men, according to data from a study of healthy aging published online July 18 in JAMA Internal Medicine. Medscape.
[See the study: Race and poverty status as a risk for overall mortality in community-dwelling middle-aged adults]

Ambient air pollutant exposures and hospitalization for Kawasaki disease in Taiwan: a case-crossover study (2000-2010).
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
An interquartile range increase of ozone was positively associated with Kawasaki disease (KD). There were no significant associations between KD and carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, PM10 or sulfate dioxide. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Relative contributions of agricultural drift, para-occupational, and residential use exposure pathways to house dust pesticide concentrations: meta-regression of published data.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Our quantification of the relative contributions of pesticide exposure pathways in agricultural populations could improve exposure assessments in epidemiologic studies. The meta-regression models can be updated when additional data become available. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Prenatal residential proximity to agricultural pesticide use and IQ in 7-year-old children.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
This study identified potential relationships between maternal residential proximity to agricultural use of neurotoxic pesticides and poorer neurodevelopment in children. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Why Americans waste so much food.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
A study published today in PLOS ONE is just the second peer-reviewed large-scale consumer survey about food waste and is the first in the US to identify patterns regarding how Americans form attitudes on food waste. Environmental News Network.
[See the study: Household food waste: multivariate regression and principal components analyses of awareness and attitudes among US consumers]

Scientists have created self-healing fabrics that also protect from harmful chemicals.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Protective clothing is critical to the health and safety of workers who handle hazardous chemicals. A new fabric coating promises to not only neutralize toxins, but also to heal tears and holes on its own while the clothes go through the laundry. Quartz.

Binge watching TV can actually kill you, study finds.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
The hours of inactivity that are required to watch a TV series can raise the risk of dying from a blood clot in the lungs. For every extra two hours of TV watching per day, the risk of fatal pulmonary embolism was increased by 40 per cent, the researchers found. The Independent, United Kingdom.

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