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Practice Prevention Columns and Fact Sheets

These publications summarize recent scientific research for a nonscientific audience on various topics. Please feel free to link to these articles or include them in your own newsletters or other publications. We appreciate knowing if our materials are having an impact; please let us know if you use our materials.


En español: La práctica de la prevención

Las 10 acciones más importantes que puede hacer para "practicar la prevención" (Top 10 Things You Can Do To "Practice Prevention")

La salud medioambiental de los niños (Children's Environmental Health)

El mercurio (Mercury)

Los plaguicidas (Pesticides)

La televisión (Television)


El plomo (Lead)

La tiroides (Thyroid)

La hormona tiroidea hoja de hechos (Thyroid Hormone Fact Sheet)

El perclorato (Perchlorate)

Productos de cuidado del bebé (Baby Care Products)

El lindano (Lindane)

El moho (Mold and Dampness)


CHE would be thrilled to offer these columns in all the languages that our visitors need. If you are available to translate columns and fact sheets, or if you can offer funding toward translations, please contact us.

Practice Prevention Columns


File Size


Children's Environmental Health
Overview of neurotoxicants
and children's greater

55 KB

January 2007


42 KB

February 2007

Baby Care Products

109 KB

January 2007

Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs)

86 KB

November 2011

Endocrine-disrupting Chemicals

73 KB

September 2009


69 KB

December 2007


45 KB

January 2007


186 KB

December 2008


63 KB

April 2011


50 KB

September 2011


71 KB

May 2011


182 KB

July 2006


189 KB

October 2006


41 KB

February 2007


187 KB

January 2010


87 KB

April 2010


73 KB

September 2007


12 KB

January 2004


12 KB

July 2004


40 KB

May 2005

Fact Sheets


Larry B. Silver, MD, serves as ICEH's medical advisor on our Practice Prevention columns. Dr. Silver is a child and adolescent psychiatrist in private practice in the Washington, DC, area. He is clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center. For more than 30 years his primary areas of research, clinical and teaching interest have focused on the psychological, social and family impact of a group of related, neurologically-based disorders – learning disabilities, language disabilities, sensory integration dysfunction and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Dr. Silver has more than 150 publications, including the popular book The Misunderstood Child: A Guide for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities.


File Size


Children's Environmental Health Basics

101 KB

August 2005

Children's Environmental Health Fact Sheet

313 KB

August 2005

Developmental Disabilities – Impairment of Children's Brain Development and Function: The Role of Environmental Factors

102 KB

February 2003

Learning Disabilities, Behavioral/Emotional Disorders, and Other Brain Disorders: What We Know

71 KB


Mental Health and Environmental Exposures

148 KB

November 2008

Top 10 Things You Can Do To "Practice Prevention"

102 KB

January 2005

Thyroid Fact Sheet

1364 KB

November 2005

News You Can Use

Because the science relating to exposures and health is continually evolving, CHE offers this feed of recent news and journal articles. Individuals may want to browse for “news you can use”—articles that suggest ways to safeguard your health and well-being. CHE does not endorse or recommend any of these items; we simply share them as part of our service to bring attention to the emerging science. Since new studies offer only a portion of the whole picture, readers need to be discerning about articles. We encourage you to consult your health care professional if you have any questions. To subscribe to this feed or see older articles, visit healthandenvironment.org/NewsToUse.xml.

22 May Acetaminophen in pregnancy may lower testosterone in unborn boys. Prolonged paracetamol use (also known as acetaminophen, or under the brand name Tylenol) by pregnant women may reduce testosterone production in unborn baby boys, research has found. ScienceDaily.

22 May Mercury in tuna is more dangerous than you think. Consumer Reports is sounding the alarm about mercury in tuna, following a new study showing levels of the toxic heavy metal in tuna have increased dramatically over the last 15 years. Newsmax Health.

21 May Relationships between socioeconomic and lifestyle factors and indoor air quality in French dwellings. Households with lower income were more likely to have higher indoor concentrations of formaldehyde, but lower perchloroethylene indoor concentrations. Formaldehyde indoor concentrations were also associated with newly built buildings. Smoking was associated with increasing acetaldehyde and PM2.5 levels and the risk of a positive fungal contamination index. BTEX levels were also associated with occupant density and having an attached garage. The major predictors for fungal contamination were dampness and absolute humidity. Environmental Research.

20 May Fine particulate matter and the risk of autism spectrum disorder. Our data indicate that both prenatal and postnatal exposures to PM2.5 are associated with increased risk of ASD. Environmental Research.

20 May New infographic: NASA Guide to Air-filtering Houseplants. Back in 1989, NASA conducted a Clean Air Study in association with Associated Landscape Contractors of America, in an effort to find the most effective common indoor plants for filtering harmful toxins and pollutants from the air. Their results have stood the test of time. From Environmental News Network.

20 May COPD, asthma and the environment. "There's very strong evidence that if you're exposed to vapors, dust, gas and fumes at the workplace, then you have increased risk of COPD -- independent of smoking," says Dr. John Balmes, a professor with the University of California-San Francisco medical school and at the UC-Berkeley School of Public Health. US News & World Report.

20 May Time to toss your nonstick pans? Maybe not. More than 200 scientists from 38 countries say we should avoid a family of chemical compounds that is found in nonstick cookware. So does that mean we should toss all those slippery skillets? The answer is more complicated than you might think. Los Angeles Times.

20 May Concussion in former NFL players related to brain changes later in life. The hippocampus, a part of the brain involved in memory, was found to be smaller in 28 former NFL players as compared with a control group of men of similar age and education. ScienceDaily.

20 May Maternal obesity compromises babies' immune system at time of birth. The research team analyzed umbilical cord blood samples of infants born to lean, overweight and obese mothers, and found that pre-pregnancy maternal weight has a significant impact on the neonate's immune system. ScienceDaily.

20 May USDA develops new government label for GMO-free products. The certification is the first of its kind and would be voluntary -- and companies would have to pay for it. If approved, the foods could carry a "USDA Process Verified" label along with a claim that they are free of GMOs. Washington Post, District of Columbia.

20 May Study highlights risk of norovirus from swimming. The norovirus outbreak in July 2014 linked to a lake near Portland, Oregon sickened 70 people. Those who swam in the lake were 2.3 times more likely to develop vomiting or diarrhea than those who visited the park but didn't go in the water. CDC Newsroom.

20 May Is Wi-Fi making your child ill? As well as founding the Physicians' Health Initiative for Radiation and Environment (PHIRE) to inform doctors of the issues and advise on best health practice, Mallery-Blythe gives talks to teachers around the country, in which she presents scientific studies that reveal both short and long-term effects of EMF exposure. The Telegraph, United Kingdom.


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