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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.

2 Sep Colorado researchers probe Parkinson's disease causes, treatments. Evidence is growing that farmers and others who live or work around pesticides are at greater risk for neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's disease. A new examination of the incidence of Parkinson's disease in Colorado shows a strong correlation between levels of a common pesticide, atrazine, in groundwater and the number of Parkinson's cases here. Denver Post, Colorado.

2 Sep The secret to happiness can be found by digging in the dirt. By now, many of us are familiar with the "hygiene hypothesis" -- the idea that an environment that's too clean may actually increase our risk of disease. This hypothesis usually gets discussed in terms of ailments like allergies or autoimmune disorders, but some research shows that dirt might be good for our mental health, too. New York Times.

2 Sep Rickets returns as poor families find healthy diets unaffordable. Poverty is forcing people to have dangerously poor diets and is leading to the return of rickets and gout ---diseases of the Victorian age that affect bones and joints -- according the UK Faculty of Public Health. London Observer, United Kingdom.

2 Sep Fat children have up to six times more high blood pressure risk: figures lead to doctors calling for taskforce to tackle child obesity. Young obese girls have the biggest problem, with a 5.9-fold chance of developing it compared with those of healthy weight, while the risk is four times greater for obese boys. London Daily Mail, United Kingdom.

2 Sep Indoor mold poses health risk to asthma sufferers. By critically reviewing the findings from 17 studies in eight different countries, the research has found that the presence of several types of mold can lead to breathing problems in asthma sufferers, as well as increasing the likelihood of developing the condition. EurekAlert!

2 Sep Sunbeds 'increase skin cancer risk.' Using sunbeds can significantly increase the risk of a potentially serious skin cancer that is more common than melanoma, a study suggests. Researchers said warnings about sunbeds often focus on melanoma, the least common type of skin cancer, which is linked to sunburn. Press Association.

2 Sep Alarming find. An 11-member team of UTA scientists found that 30 percent of wells within 1.8 miles of active natural gas drilling showed an increase in heavy metals, including arsenic. Denton Record-Chronicle, Texas.

2 Sep In plastics and cans, a threat to women. Scientists have discovered adverse effects by bisphenol A across an increasingly broad range of mammals. The accumulating research fuels concern among scientists that childhood exposure to BPA may contribute to female infertility, and that adult exposure may result in a shorter reproductive life span. New York Times.

2 Sep The dangers of e-cigarettes: toxic metals exposed. A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Southern California has found that while second-hand exposure to e-cigarettes is less harmful than traditional ones, there are some harmful metals that can be found at significantly higher levels in this product. Science World Report.

2 Sep Reducing environmental risks for kids in schools. The environmental conditions in aging or deteriorating school facilities can harm kids' health and compromise their ability to learn. This is partly because children may be exposed to a variety of environmental hazards -- such as lead, asbestos, molds, radon and volatile organic compounds -- as well as toxic chemicals and pesticides at school. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

2 Sep Tomatoes 'important in prostate cancer prevention.' Eating tomatoes may lower the risk of prostate cancer, research suggests. Men who consume more than 10 portions of tomatoes each week reduce their risk by about 20%, according to a UK study. BBC.

2 Sep Study: trash burning causes serious health problems. More than 40 percent of trash produced around the world today is burned without regulation or oversight in a process that damages public health and contributes to climate change, according to a new study from the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Time Magazine.


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