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Feb 23
2017

What’s new
A Story of Health Surpassed 6,000 Registrations

By CHE

SOHmediumcoverSince its launch, the online CE course for A Story of Health offered by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has surpassed 6,000 registrations and is the most popular environmental health course on the CDC’s website. The eBook is usable by parents and individuals who have no formal training in science or medicine, but it also has layers of additional information and materials for physicians, nurses, and other clinicians who want to dig deeper. Our fourth chapter, Toshio and Reiko’s story, on environmental influences on infertility/reproductive health, is nearing completion. Stay tuned for the release date! Click here to see our eBook.  . . .

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Feb 16
2017

Newsletter essay
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We Are All Biologically Embedded

By Elise Miller, MEd
Director

Given the grave concerns about scientific research and health-protective regulations being sidelined for political reasons in the US right now, I'm finding it hard to see the forest for the trees. Instead I feel I'm racing through a massive forest trying to protect one tree before it's cut down, only to find that the next 100 trees have already been decimated. I know I'm not alone in this.  . . .

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Feb 15
2017

Guest commentary
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A Case Study: Tapping the Bioinitiative Website

By Cindy Sage, MA
Owner of Sage Associates, Full Member of the Bioelectromagnetics Society, Co-author of the Bioinitiative Report and CHE Partner

This post will introduce our readers to the BioInitiative website, which makes publications on electromagnetic fields (EMF) and radiofrequency radiation (RF) on health topics accessible. The information is set up to allow users to integrate the EMF and RF information on health into their own practices. I hope other CHE groups will begin to consider how EMF and RF studies, along with other important environmental contaminants, can shape our views on the etiologies of breast cancer, brain cancers, heart disease, neurological diseases, cognitive and neurodevelopmental problems like autism and ADHD, and the fundamental mechanisms involved.

Bioinitiative logoThe Bioinitiative provides broad information the science and public health consequences of EMF and wireless technologies. This website offers an opportunity for CHE members to access many hundreds of scientific abstracts on EMF and RF. The Research Summaries can be downloaded and word-searched by topic or keyword ("hippocampus", for example). The ability to quickly access scientific publications reporting effects (or no effects) is a vital part of research and education. This collection offers rapid access to decision-makers and the public on the state of the evidence for EMF and RF effects on human health. It can help researchers identify common pathways, mechanisms and biomarkers that may overlap with chemical and ionizing radiation, and studies of various disease endpoints (cancers, neurological diseases, neurodevelopmental problems and more).

A CHE ScienceServ that I follow recently included a post regarding a new study of hippocampal activation, increased amyloid accumulation and cognitive decline.Leal SL et al. Hippocampal activation is associated with longitudinal amyloid accumulation and cognitive decline. eLife. 2017. I was able to search the Bioinitiative website for studies on effects of radiofrequency and microwave radiation on the hippocampus and found 44 studies reporting effects on the hippocampus from exposure to radiofrequency radiation, primarily in the cell phone and Wi-Fi frequency ranges. RF/microwave exposures are clearly biologically active in the hippocampus at exposure levels below current safety limits. Such exposures are reported to cause changes in development, structure and function of the hippocampus.

The studies I located provide readers a sense of the scope of information available on the Bioinitiative website:

Jan 30
2017

What’s new
Keeping the Focus on Science in State Policy

As the position of science in policy becomes unclear at the national level, some state officials are taking a stance to ensure policy is informed by solid scientific facts. Listen to Ira Flatow speak with science reporters and California Governor Jerry Brown on how states are taking the lead on issues such as energy policies and climate change on Science Friday. Listen here.

Jan 20
2017

Our Website Survey is Closing Soon

By CHE

If you have already completed our anonymous survey, we thank you for your feedback! 

CHE wants to hear from you! Please complete this brief survey regarding our new website by January 23rd. Your feedback helps us better serve your work and our mission.

Take our brief survey here.

 

Jan 19
2017

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Epigenetics and Environmental Health: A Short Educational Video

By CHE

EpigeneticVideoScreenShotOperating through epigenetic mechanisms, environmental exposures can get under our skin and affect our health. As new research comes forward shedding light on how the environment affects our epigenome, translating these findings to the broader public has been challenging. The University of Washington EDGE Center created a short animated video teaching the concept of epigenetics and how everyday exposures can alter gene expression and thus affect our health. View the video today.  . . .

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Jan 13
2017

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CHE Wants to Hear from You!

By CHE

SurveyImageCreativeCommonsWe invite your feedback on our new website through a brief survey. This information will help us better serve your work and our mission. Please take our survey before January 23, 2017. 

Jan 11
2017

Newsletter essay
What’s new
Pluralism in a Polarized World

By Elise Miller, MEd
Director

Polarization is a term that seems to be applied to almost every realm of society these days—from politics to socioeconomic status. In this state of affairs, only the opposite ends of the spectrum of possibilities are expressed while everything in the middle seems to vanish. And what we know about polarization is it only perpetuates polarization. The ends never meet. It is always either/or.  . . .

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Jan 10
2017

What’s new
New webpage: Lead

By CHE

Drawing heavily from Toxipedia, but updated and expanded, our new webpage on lead's health impacts includes an overview of exposures, trends, prevention and regulation in the US, with some world data.

screen shot of the webpage

Jan 3
2017

What’s new
Trump Administration and Environmental Health: CHE Launches New Partnership “Fireside Chat” Call Series

By CHE

TrumpWhat do you think the 2016 US Presidential election results mean for environmental health over the coming four years? What might be the impact on research funding and priorities? Chemical regulation? Children’s health? Community health?

Join us over the next three months as we explore these questions with leading environmental health science and policy experts during our new Fireside Chat call series. Our focus will be a conversation between CHE leaders, environmental health science and policy experts and call participants. Join us on January 24 at 2:00pm Eastern for our first in this series Fireside Chat:  EWG's Ken Cook on Environment and Health in the Trump Administration. RSVP today!