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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.

23 Oct Risk factors for breast cancer in Iranian women: a hospital-based case-control study in Tabriz, Iran. The study revealed that the risk factors for breast cancer among women in the Tabriz area of Iran are related to the lifestyle [educational level, menopausal status, a high-fat diet, abortion, passive smoking, oral contraceptive use, stress, and migration]. Breastfeeding and a diet containing sufficient fruit and vegetables had protective roles against breast cancer. Journal of Breast Cancer.

23 Oct Controversial chemical may leach into skin from cash receipts. Touching cash register receipts can dramatically increase your body's absorption of a potentially dangerous chemical, bisphenol A (BPA), researchers report. HealthDay.

23 Oct How household plastics could ruin your sex life. Phthalates are found in numerous items around the home, and even in food packaging. So it's a little worrying that they're being linked to, among other things, a decrease in libido in women. The Guardian.

23 Oct Recalled, drug-tainted supplements still available for purchase. Long after the Food and Drug Administration issued recalls for dietary supplements tainted with banned drugs, more than half of the tainted supplements were still available for purchase, a new study found. Reuters Health.

23 Oct Beyond BPAs: other food packaging chemicals to look out for. There's a false sense of safety that comes with knowing just a little bit of information. For instance, if you've kept yourself somewhat informed, you know that BPA-laced food packaging is to be avoided. But while "BPA-Free" is certainly worth paying attention to, that's not all that needs to be watched out for. Los Angeles KCET TV, California.

21 Oct Blood pressure in relation to contamination by polychlorobiphenyls and organochlorine pesticides: results from a population-based study in the Canary Islands (Spain). Although it has been postulated that background POPs exposure may play a relevant role on elevated BP, we did not observed increased hypertension risk in relation to serum POPs in this cross-sectional study. Environmental Research.

21 Oct Drinking water odors, chemicals above health standards caused by 'green building' plumbing. Several types of plastic pipes in eco-friendly green buildings in the United States have been found to leach chemicals into drinking water that can cause odors and sometimes exist at levels that may exceed health standards. Phys.org.

21 Oct Exposure to organochlorine pollutants and type 2 diabetes: a systematic review and meta-analysis. This meta-analysis provides quantitative evidence supporting the conclusion that exposure to organochlorine pollutants is associated with an increased risk of incidence of type 2 diabetes. PLOS One.

21 Oct Experts: why wearable tech could pose health risks. Internet-connected glasses, smart watches and health monitoring gadgets put wireless technology right on the body, increasing exposure to radio waves among consumers who are already carrying wireless smartphones, tablets and laptops. Fox News.

21 Oct Fatty fish consumption and risk of latent autoimmune diabetes in adults. Our findings suggest that fatty fish consumption may reduce the risk of latent autoimmune diabetes in adults, possibly through effects of marine-originated omega-3 fatty acids. Nutrition & Diabetes.

21 Oct Vaccines do not increase risk of multiple sclerosis, study says. Scientists looked at about 4,700 people who received vaccines against hepatitis B (Hep B) and the human papillomavirus (HPV), and found no long-term risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) or similar nervous-system diseases. Fox News.

21 Oct Salt could make your immune system go haywire. Could a high-salt diet cause the immune system to malfunction, and trigger conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and type 1 diabetes? That's the thinking behind a new U.S. trial looking at the effect of salt on immune cells. Daily Mail, United Kingdom.


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