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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.

24 Nov Home cooked meals contribute to a healthy diet. The findings also suggest that those who frequently cooked at home -- six to seven nights a week -- also consumed fewer calories on the occasions when they ate out. Environmental News Network.

24 Nov More contaminants in clothes than previously believed. Clothes contain much more toxic chemicals than previously known, according to a study by the Swedish Chemicals Agency. When manufacturing clothes, large amounts of chemicals are being used, about three kilogram for one kilogram of clothes. Many of these substances, like preservatives and substances to prevent mold, cause allergies. Epoch Times.

24 Nov Lower risk of Alzheimer's disease mortality with exercise, statin, and fruit intake. Exercise, statin, and fruit intake were associated with lower risk for AD mortality. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

24 Nov Hookah smoke increases benzene exposure, risk for leukemia. Hookah smoking -- a form of tobacco use that employs a partially filled water jar -- has come under scrutiny in a new study, which suggests hookah smokers and non-smokers exposed to the smoke have increased uptake of benzene, a substance linked to increased risk of leukemia. Medical News Today.

24 Nov The influence of direct mobile phone radiation on sperm quality. A correlation exists between mobile phone radiation exposure, DNA-fragmentation level and decreased sperm motility. Central European Journal of Urology.

24 Nov High fat diets not as dangerous as high carbohydrate plans, claim scientists. Saturated fat has long been demonised by doctors and nutritionists who claim that it increases the risk of heart problems. But decades of official advice may need to be altered, after new research suggested that it may be safe to eat up to three times the maximum amount currently recommended by the NHS. The Telegraph, United Kingdom.

24 Nov Mediterranean diet is best way to tackle obesity, say doctors. A Mediterranean diet may be a better way of tackling obesity than calorie counting, leading doctors have said. Writing in the Postgraduate Medical Journal (PMJ), the doctors said a Mediterranean diet quickly reduced the risk of heart attacks and strokes. BBC.

24 Nov Do you know how many toxic chemicals are in your shampoo, your lipstick, your toothpaste? Egyptians first started using scented oils and ointments to clean and soften skin. They were also the first to use toxic chemicals in their beauty products, with lead and arsenic being common ingredients. Globe and Mail, Ontario.

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.


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