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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.

20 Nov More than Ebola, other tropical diseases pose growing threat to US. Ebola isn't the tropical disease that's most likely to cause health problems in the United States -- not by a long shot. A handful of other tropical diseases pose much more realistic threats. And they're spread by insects, which can't be quarantined. National Geographic News.

20 Nov Secondhand marijuana smoke 'just as dangerous as passive cigarette smoke,' scientists warn. Breathing secondhand marijuana smoke could damage the heart and blood vessels as much as secondhand cigarette smoke, according to a new study. London Daily Mail, United Kingdom.

20 Nov Scared you'll gain weight if you quit smoking? Cigarettes are more deadly than carrying extra pounds, doctors say. The fear of piling on the pounds stops many people from quitting smoking. But now scientists have found a silver lining: Even if a person does become a little heavier after kicking the habit, the extra weight won't decrease their life expectancy, a study found. London Daily Mail, United Kingdom.

20 Nov Skin cancer fears blinding people to health benefits of sunlight, say scientists. Skin cancer prevention campaigns may be steering people away from healthy doses of sunlight, which is now thought to protect against high blood pressure, heart disease and possibly stroke, a group of British scientists say. Sydney Morning Herald, Australia.

20 Nov Heart infection rates rise after antibiotic use cut. Rates of a deadly heart infection have increased after guidelines advised against giving antibiotics to prevent it in patients at risk, research shows. BBC.

20 Nov Childhood cancer treatments can result in host of chronic illnesses. The Children's Cancer Institute of Australia has found that one in 900 people between the ages of 16 and 45 is a cancer survivor, with up to 70 per cent of long-term survivors experiencing a host of chronic illnesses related to their original cancer treatment. Brisbane Times, Australia.

19 Nov Maternal residential proximity to chlorinated solvent emissions and birth defects in offspring: a case-control study. These findings suggest that maternal residential proximity to industrial emissions of chlorinated solvents might be associated with selected birth defects [neural tube defects, oral cleft, limb deficiency, and congenital heart defects] in offspring, especially among older mothers. Environmental Health.

19 Nov New video: Little Things Matter: The Impact of Toxins on the Developing Brain. This 7-minute video featuring Dr. Bruce Lanphear and sponsored by Simon Fraser University Engagement Fund and Artemis Fund summarizes what's known about extremely low levels of toxins and brain development.

19 Nov Weight linked to advanced prostate cancer for first time. Today, World Cancer Research Fund International has launched a new report which has found strong evidence that being overweight or obese increases the risk of advanced prostate cancer.

19 Nov How much arsenic is in your rice? Recent testing and analysis provides new information on the risk of arsenic exposure in infants and children through rice cereal and other rice products. Consumer Reports.

18 Nov Artificial sweeteners pollute streams. After they are consumed, the artificial sugars are flushed out of the body and down the toilet. From there they flow to a sewage treatment plant. The purpose of these plants is to remove pollutants before the water is released into the environment once more. But water-treatment plants don't remove all fake sugars from sewage equally well, the new data show. Student Science.

18 Nov Taking antibiotics during pregnancy increases risk for child becoming obese. A study just released by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health found that children who were exposed to antibiotics in the second or third trimester of pregnancy had a higher risk of childhood obesity at age 7. The research also showed that for mothers who delivered their babies by a Caesarean section, whether elective or non-elective, there was a higher risk for obesity in their offspring. EurekAlert!


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