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CHE Partnership call: Only One Chance: How Contaminants in our Environment Impair Brain Development
Wed, Feb 4
Hosted by the CHE Alaska Working Group

CHE Partnership call: Placental Toxicants and Disruption to Development
Wed, Feb 25
Hosted by the CHE Fertility and Reproductive Health Working Group

CHE Partnership call: Environmental Influences on the Thyroid System
Thurs, Feb 26

CHE Partnership call: Flame Retardants and Public Health: Fire Safety Without Harm
Wed, March 4
Hosted by the CHE Alaska Working Group

1/22/15: MP3 recording available: A Story of Childhood Leukemia, A Story of Health: Genetic and Environmental Risk Factors for Childhood Leukemia

1/21/15: MP3 recording available: Environmental Exposures and Immune Function with Dr. Paige Lawrence

1/8/15: MP3 recording available: The State of the Water: Linking Ocean Health to Human Health
 

12/10/14: MP3 recording available: Health Effects of Perinatal Exposures to BPA and Other Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs): State of the Science and Policy Update

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CHE Alaska call: Toxic Chemicals in Everyday Products: Health Effects of Flame Retardants (PBDEs) and State Policies to Prevent Exposures

Mar 21, 2012

Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Description: a discussion with researcher Ami Zota, ScD and nationally-recognized environmental health leader Kathy Curtis on the adverse health effects of exposure to PBDEs and what we can do to prevent exposures. More than twelve states have already banned these toxic flame retardant chemicals. Find out what's happening in Alaska and how you can support Alaska House Bill 63 which follows the lead of other states and would ban the importation of consumer products containing PBDEs. PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers) are toxic flame retardant chemicals found in some electronics, furniture foams, fabrics, and kitchen appliances. They are not permanently bound to products and are released into our homes, workplaces and the outdoor environment. PBDEs are persistent, bioaccumulative environmental contaminants and are largely unregulated in the United States. People are exposed in multiple ways, including contaminated air, household dust, and foods. PBDEs interfere with thyroid function, cause problems with brain development, and disrupt learning, memory and behavior. Babies are exposed in their mother’s womb and through breast milk.

Presenters:
Ami Zota, ScD, postdoctoral fellow, University of California San Francisco Program on Reproductive Health & Environment. Dr. Zotauses her expertise in epidemiology, exposure assessment, and environmental justice to investigate the cumulative impacts of environmental and social factors on reproductive health. Her current work focuses on effects of environmental chemicals exposure (such as PBDE flame retardants, PCBs, and PFOAs) on thyroid function, cardiovascular function, and birth outcomes in an ethnically and socioeconomically diverse population of pregnant women.

Kathleen A. Curtis, Executive Director, Clean and Healthy New York. Kathy Curtis has more than two decades of experience in NY's environmental health movement, and is a widely recognized national leader. She is on the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families steering committee, participates in the Business-NGO Working Group for Safer Chemicals & Sustainable Materials and the steering committee of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, for which she coordinates the policy and advocacy workgroup. She co-coordinates the JustGreen Partnership, is the coordinator of the Hazardous Flame Retardant Campaign and is a long-time leader of the Coming Clean Collaborative's Policy Workgroup, through which she co-founded the SAFER campaign.

 

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