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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.

4 Feb Dallas reports case of Zika spread through sex; CDC urges condom use. This represents the first case of someone being infected while in the United States during this outbreak, the CDC said Tuesday. Washington Post.

3 Feb EU agency launches 'plain English' guide to toxic chemicals. The online tool, which went live on Wednesday (20 January), seeks to close the knowledge gap about chemicals by offering simple information on up to 120,000 substances currently used in everyday products ranging from cosmetics to cookware. EurActiv.
[See the tool: Information on Chemicals]

2 Feb A diet high in fiber may help protect against breast cancer. A study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics concludes that eating lots of fiber-rich foods during high school years may significantly reduce a woman's risk of developing breast cancer. NPR.

2 Feb 3D printers may emit styrene, a pollutant from plastics that could be harmful to health. Published in Environmental Science & Technology, the study looked at a variety of different 3D printers available to buy right now to find if the materials emitted during the printing process could be harmful. They did this by testing the air before, during, and after 3D printing a product. Medical Daily.

2 Feb Water fluoridation: good or bad? For the purpose of increasing oral health in communities where people don't have equal access to dental work, the fluoridation of water (or adding fluoride to the public water supply) is a common practice. Newton Kansan, Kansas.

1 Feb E-cigarette vapor boosts superbugs and dampens immune system. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System report data suggesting that e-cigarettes are toxic to human airway cells, suppress immune defenses and alter inflammation, while at the same time boosting bacterial virulence. Health, Medical, and Science Updates.

1 Feb Natural food additive may prevent skin cancer. A compound in the natural food additive annatto was found to prevent skin cancer cells from forming in mice exposed to UV radiation in a recent study at the University of Arizona. United Press International.

1 Feb Association of early life exposure to bisphenol A with obesity and cardiometabolic traits in childhood. Prenatal BPA exposure was not consistently associated with offspring growth and adiposity measures but higher early childhood BPA was associated with excess child adiposity. Environmental Research.

1 Feb Toxic pollutants found in fish across the world's oceans. A new global analysis of seafood found that fish populations throughout the world's oceans are contaminated with industrial and agricultural pollutants, collectively known as persistent organic pollutants (POPs). The study also uncovered some good news: concentrations of these pollutants have been consistently dropping over the last 30 years. ScienceDaily.

1 Feb Maternal obesity, diabetes tied to increased autism risk in kids. Mothers who are obese during pregnancy have almost twice the odds of having a child with autism as women who weigh less, a US study suggests. When women are both obese and have diabetes, the autism risk for their child is at least quadrupled, researchers report in the journal Pediatrics. Reuters.

29 Jan Teens who try e-cigarettes more likely to start smoking. Among adolescents who had never smoked at the start of the study, those who had used e-cigarettes at that point in time were about 2.9 times more likely to report smoking traditional cigarettes in the second survey. Reuters Health.

29 Jan Prenatal exposure to flame retardants linked to poorer behavioral function in children. Prenatal exposure to flame retardants and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) commonly found in the environment may have a lasting effect on a child's cognitive and behavioral development, known as executive function. University of Cincinnati News.


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