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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.

IN SPANISH

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)

PBDEs

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)

HAPs (PAHs)

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Practice Prevention Columns

Topic

File Size

Updated

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

55 KB

January 2007

Arsenic

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

Lead

69 KB

December 2007

Lindane

45 KB

January 2007

Mercury

186 KB

December 2008

Mold

63 KB

April 2011

Obesogens

50 KB

September 2011

PAHs

71 KB

May 2011

PBDEs

182 KB

July 2006

PCBs

189 KB

October 2006

Perchlorate

41 KB

February 2007

Pesticides

187 KB

January 2010

PFCs

87 KB

April 2010

Plastics

73 KB

September 2007

Solvents

12 KB

January 2004

Television

12 KB

July 2004

Thyroid

40 KB

May 2005

Fact Sheets

ICEH MEDICAL ADVISOR

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.

Topic

File Size

Updated

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

2003

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.


12 Jun Setting the record straight on NTP cell phone cancer study. In an eight-point rebuttal, Melnick corrected what he called ?numerous and misleading statements? in a May 31st New York Times article titled "Why It's Not Time to Panic About Cell Phones and Cancer." Microwave News.

12 Jun Cancer and sugar: study suggests a link. People who reported daily consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks had a higher incidence of biliary tract cancer and gallbladder cancer, according to a new study. Medpage Today.

12 Jun Mercury diminishes the cardiovascular protective effect of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in the modern diet of Inuit in Canada. In the Inuit diet, the beneficial effect on myocardial infarction (MI) of EPA and DHA is diminished by the adverse effect of methyl mercury (MeHg). Promoting the increase consumption of fish species with high EPA+DHA and low MeHg may help to prevent MI among Inuit. Environmental Research.

12 Jun Urinary concentrations of parabens and other antimicrobial chemicals and their association with couples' fecundity. Overall we found limited evidence for an association between exposures to ambient PM10, PM2.5, or NO2 and PD risk. The suggestive evidence that exposures to PM2.5 and PM10 may increase PD risk among female never smokers warrants further investigations. Environmental Health Perspectives.

12 Jun US companies replace Teflon toxic with chemical cousin. Is it safe? Although companies have stopped using C8 because of health worries, a new replacement compound may be toxic, too. New England Public Radio, New England.
[See one of many recent articles about water contamination by C8, also known as PFOA: PFOA found in groundwater near former Salem landfill]


9 Jun Anesthesia is safe in the young, study finds. A single exposure to general anesthesia poses no cognitive risk to healthy children under age 3, a critical time in brain development, according to a multicenter study led by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. EurekAlert!

9 Jun Low-level prenatal lead exposure and infant sensory function. Auditory and visual systems maturation appears delayed in infants with higher prenatal lead exposure during late-pregnancy, even at relatively low levels. Environmental Health.

7 Jun The antioxidant effect of exercise: a systematic review and meta-analysis. The pooled analysis revealed that regardless of intensity, volume, type of exercise, and studied population, the antioxidant indicators tended to increase and pro-oxidant indicators tended to decrease after training. Sports Medicine.

5 Jun Educate your immune system. Findings are very preliminary, but they support a decades-old (and unfortunately named) idea called the hygiene hypothesis. In order to develop properly, the hypothesis holds -- to avoid the hyper-reactive tendencies that underlie autoimmune and allergic disease -- the immune system needs a certain type of stimulation early in life. It needs an education. New York Times.

3 Jun Effect of vitamin D supplementation, directly or via breast milk for term infants, on serum 25 hydroxyvitamin D and related biochemistry, and propensity to infection: a randomised placebo-controlled trial. We conclude that monthly maternal or daily infant supplementation with vitamin D along with sun exposure is superior to sun exposure alone in maintaining normal infant 25(OH)D at 3ยท5 months, and provide protection from elevated alkaline phosphatase and infectious morbidity. British Journal of Nutrition.

3 Jun Can industrial chemical exposure cause hearing loss? There are industrial chemicals in common use that are ototoxic (poisonous to the ears), meaning that they can damage hearing just as easily as industrial noise. However, simultaneous exposure to noise and ototoxic chemicals is particularly insidious because of their synergistic effect. Occupational Health & Safety.

3 Jun Your office air is killing you. Right now, there's essentially no way of knowing how many schools and homes and offices are being filled with pollutants from diesel generators on rooftops, highway overpasses down the block or some other source spitting out invisible killers in your face all year long. Newsweek.

 

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