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CHE call July 12th: A Consensus on the Environmental Chemicals Contributing to Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Project TENDR.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Join CHE as three leading researchers discuss the TENDR (Targeting Environmental Neuro-Developmental Risks) consensus statement.

A call for action on toxic chemicals.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
While the link between early chemical exposure and neurodevelopment disorders in children remains a matter of scientific debate, a unique coalition of top doctors, scientists and health advocates is calling for more aggressive regulation. New York Times.
[See the consensus statement: Project TENDR: Targeting Environmental Neuro-Developmental Risks. The TENDR Consensus Statement]

Two huge new studies further undermine the "obesity paradox."
Thursday, June 30, 2016
The "obesity paradox" is the observation that people with higher fat mass sometimes have better health outcomes than lean people, including a lower overall risk of death. Evidence has been steadily mounting that this finding may be a misleading artifact of the methods used to observe it. Two massive new studies add to this evidence. Whole Health Source.
[See the studies: BMI and all cause mortality: systematic review and non-linear dose-response meta-analysis of 230 cohort studies with 3.74 million deaths among 30.3 million participants and Body-mass index in 2.3 million adolescents and cardiovascular death in adulthood]

Scientific controversy? Systematic review can help.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Despite accounting for the most highly cited papers in medicine, systematic review is not yet widely used in chemical risk assessment. We have put together the first ever dedicated special issue on systematic review methods in chemical risk assessment. Elsevier.
[See the special issue of Environment International: Systematic Review Methods for Advancing Chemical Risk Assessment]

Call for proposals: Brownfields Area-wide Planning Grant.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
This request for proposals from the US Environmental Protection Agency solicits proposals from eligible entities to conduct research and/or technical assistance activities that culminate in an area-wide plan for brownfields assessment, cleanup and subsequent reuse. Grant-funded activities must be directed to one or more catalyst, high priority brownfield site(s) located within a specific project area, such as a neighborhood, downtown, business or arts district, a local commercial or industrial corridor, a community waterfront, one or more city blocks, etc. The closing date is August 10, 2016.

What’s all the fuss about pollution-fighting skin care?
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Doctors say that a routine of antioxidants, cleansing and barrier repair is the best defense against air pollution. New York Times.

China’s smog knocks 2 years off life expectancy: International Energy Agency.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Every year, about one million premature deaths in the country could be linked to outdoor air pollution, according to the agency’s first study on air pollution. It estimates 97 per cent of Chinese people are exposed to ­concentrations of PM2.5 – the tiny particles most hazardous to health – that are above World Health Organisation guidelines. South China Morning Post.
[See the report: World Energy Outlook Special Report 2016: Energy and Air Pollution, which was shared in this news feed previously]

Survey of 15,000 women and men reveals scale of infertility.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
One in eight women and one in ten men have experienced infertility, yet nearly half of them have not sought medical help, according to a study of more than 15,000 women and men in Britain published in Human Reproduction. Medical Xpress.
[See the study: Prevalence of infertility and help seeking among 15 000 women and men]

The true cost of environmental gentrification.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
The trouble for environmental groups looking to correct both institutional problems and historical events that have put minorities in neighborhoods more exposed to pollution is that they're often singularly focused on solving pollution problems at the invitation of the affected community. Whether that community has a more robust housing policy plan to ensure rents don't rise too quickly after remediation is usually outside their scope. Fusion.
[See the unpublished study: The cost of air pollution: evidence from house prices and migration]

Lumber Liquidators: agreement reached on formaldehyde emissions.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
US flooring retailer Lumber Liquidators has reached a 'recall to test' agreement with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). This follows concerns over formaldehyde emissions from the company's laminate flooring sourced from China. Chemical Watch.

Climate change driving bacteria growth in lakes.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
State and federal health and environmental authorities are concerned that climate change and runoff from agriculture and lawn fertilizer are driving an increase in the frequency and severity of harmful algae blooms, putting people, pets and livestock at greater risk. Bend Bulletin, Oregon.

Zika infection being found in newborns without microcephaly.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
The Zika virus can cause devastating brain defects in newborns with microcephaly, but also in babies with normal-sized heads and those born to women infected in the third trimester of pregnancy, Brazilian doctors say. CBC Canada.
[See the study: Congenital Zika virus syndrome in Brazil: a case series of the first 1501 livebirths with complete investigation]

Scientists put $177 billion price tag on cost of poor child growth.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Children born in developing countries this year will lose more than $177 billion in potential life-time earnings because of stunting and other delays in physical development, scientists said on Wednesday. Reuters.
[See the report: Schooling and wage income losses due to early-childhood growth faltering in developing countries: national, regional, and global estimates]

The case for eating butter just got stronger.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
The creamy condiment is a "middle-of-the-road" food, nutritionally speaking—better than sugar, worse than olive oil—according to a new report, which adds to a growing body of research showing that the low-fat-diet trend was misguided. Time Magazine.
[See the study: Is butter back? A systematic review and meta-analysis of butter consumption and risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and total mortality]

New report: The Role of Business in Multisector Obesity Solutions: Working Together for Positive Change—Workshop in Brief.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
The goal of the National Academies Roundtable on Obesity Solutions workshop was threefold: (1) explore why companies should be involved in obesity solutions and how to encourage them to do so; (2) identify reasons why businesses might be interested in being involved in obesity solutions; (3) identify ways in which business can be engaged in obesity solutions.

New report: Getting Personal with Chemicals: A Consumer Guide to 10 Common Personal Care Products Containing Chemicals of Concern.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
US Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) looked into common ingredients in popular personal care products and found that when we use these products, like shampoo, baby wipes, deodorant, shaving gel, or perfume, we are often dosing our bodies with chemicals that can disrupt our hormones, cause developmental problems, cause cancer, and more.

107 Nobel laureates sign letter blasting Greenpeace over GMOs.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
"We urge Greenpeace and its supporters to re-examine the experience of farmers and consumers worldwide with crops and foods improved through biotechnology, recognize the findings of authoritative scientific bodies and regulatory agencies, and abandon their campaign against 'GMOs' in general and Golden Rice in particular," the letter states. Washington Post.
[See a related article with a different perspective: Financial conflicts at National Academy Advisory Panel on the Future of GMO Regulation]

Could environmental chemicals shape our exercise habits?
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
A disquieting new study finds that mice exposed prenatally to a common chemical found in many cosmetics and personal care products are less likely than other mice to exercise as adults, adding a new wrinkle to the mystery of exercise motivation. New York Times.
[See the study: Environmental endocrine disruptor affects voluntary physical activity in mice]

Canned foods linked to BPA risk in new study.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
A study published in the journal Environmental Research on Wednesday not only reveals that consuming canned foods can expose our bodies to BPA, it pinpoints the worst offenders. Gant News.
[See the study: The consumption of canned food and beverages and urinary bisphenol A concentrations in NHANES 2003–2008]

The ethical dilemma of industry-funded research.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Boehnke warns other researches of "selling out" to funding opportunities. In particular when companies or government agencies hand over money, design the studies, and then decide whether or not to publish the findings. Michigan Radio.

Millions exposed to dangerous lead levels in US drinking water, report finds.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
More than 18 million Americans are served drinking water by providers that have violated federal laws concerning lead in water, with only a tiny proportion of offenses resulting in any penalty, a new report has found. The Guardian, United Kingdom.
[See more from NRDC, including an interactive map and link to the report: What's in your water? Flint and beyond]

Peril on wings: 6 of America's most dangerous mosquitoes.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Among the planet's 3,000 mosquito species, here are a few offenders in the United States that can transmit diseases to humans, such as the Zika virus. New York Times.

CHE call June 29th: Using Science to Set Regulatory Criteria: Identifying Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in the European Union.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
A team of seven independent researchers from research institutions and universities in the EU and the United States have published a commentary that contributes to the science public policy dialogue on EDCs. Dr. Rémy Slama, an author of this commentary, will discuss new research and recommendations on the criteria to identify endocrine disruptors for European legislation.

Prenatal exposure to perfluoroalkyl substances and adiposity in early and mid childhood.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
In this cohort, prenatal exposure to PFASs was associated with small increases in adiposity measurements in mid-childhood, but only among girls. Environmental Health Perspectives.

The case for environment in all policies: lessons from the health in all policies approach in public health.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
The paper covers the theoretical foundations of HiAP which is based on an understanding that health is strongly socially determined. The paper then highlights how lessons learned from HiAP’s implementation in Finland, California and South Australia might be applied to EiAP. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Mediation of the relationship between maternal phthalate exposure and preterm birth by oxidative stress with repeated measurements across pregnancy.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
This demonstrates mediation of the phthalate-preterm relationship by oxidative stress, and the utility of complex regression models in capturing mediated associations when repeated measures of exposure and mediator are available and an exposure-mediator interaction may exist. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Exercise releases brain-healthy protein.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Researchers have assembled a growing body of evidence that suggests skeletal muscle cells secrete proteins and other factors into the blood during exercise that have a regenerative effect on the brain. NIH Director's Blog.
[See the preliminary publication of the study: Running-Induced systemic cathepsin B secretion is associated with memory function]

Forum: synthetic turf industry now pushing new rubber material as safer — is it?
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Both EPDM rubber, as well as waste tire crumb rubber, contain chemicals and heavy metals that pose a health threat to children and students who play on them. New Haven Register, Connecticut.

In California, study finds drilling and fracking into freshwater formations.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
The overlap of oil and gas development and water sources underscores the vulnerability of California's groundwater, and the need for monitoring, the authors said. InsideClimate News.
[See the study: Salinity of deep groundwater in California: water quantity, quality, and protection]

Rains or not, India faces drinking water crisis.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
From toxic pollution of rivers and lakes to contamination of groundwater supplies, together with chronic shortages in drought-hit districts, India's water challenges are acute. Agence France-Presse.

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