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How to wash pesticides off apples, according to science.

November 7, 2017

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst tested a few different ways to wash chemical residue off of produce: the bleach solution that farmers dunk fruit in after harvest, a liquid slurry of baking soda, and plain old tap water. The baking soda was the best at removing the chemicals. The Verge.

Pesticide-laden produce tied to poor fertility outcomes.

November 3, 2017

Compared with women who ate less than one serving per day of high-pesticide residue fruits and vegetables, those who ate two to six daily servings had an 18% lower probability of clinical pregnancy and a 26% lower probability of live birth. MedPage Today.

The sneaky breast threats around you.

November 3, 2017

Tracking the connections between public health and climate change: 2017 report of The Lancet Countdown.

November 2, 2017

The Lancet Countdown's 2017 report tracks 40 indicators across five areas, arriving at three key conclusions.

Maternal use of acetaminophen linked to ADHD in kids.

November 2, 2017

A pregnant woman's use of acetaminophen may be associated with an increase in her child's risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the authors of a large, prospective study report. Medscape.

The Lancet Commission on pollution and health.

October 30, 2017

Pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and premature death in the world today.The Lancet.

Trump’s legacy: damaged brains.

October 29, 2017

Trump has been tragically effective at dismantling environmental and health regulations — so that Trump’s most enduring legacy may be cancer, infertility and diminished I.Q.s for decades to come. New York Times.

Neurodevelopmental and neurological effects of chemicals associated with unconventional oil and natural gas operations and their potential effects on infants and children.

October 29, 2017

Here we focus on five air and water pollutants [heavy metals (arsenic and manganese), particulate matter (PM), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), BTEX and endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs)] that have been associated with potentially permanent learning and neuropsychological deficits, neurodevelopmental disorders and neurological birth defects. Reviews on Environmental Health.

The United States of toxins.

October 29, 2017

Collectively, industries in the United States released more than 3.54 billion pounds of toxins into the environment in 2016. Nearly half of all Americans live in a county with unhealthy levels of air pollution, and 46% of America's lakes are too polluted to fish or swim in. ZeroHedge.

New report: Protecting Children's Health Where They Live, Learn, and Play.

October 26, 2017

This report from the Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers, funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, provides infographics and highlights some of the progress the Children’s Centers have made toward reducing the burden of environmentally induced or exacerbated diseases placed on children.

These baby foods and formulas tested positive for arsenic, lead and BPA in new study.

October 25, 2017

After about 530 baby food products were tested, researchers found 65% of products tested positive for arsenic, 36% for lead, 58% for cadmium and 10% for acrylamide. All of these chemicals pose potential dangers to developing infants. USA Today.

DNA damage found in veterans with Gulf War illness.

October 25, 2017

Researchers say they have found the "first direct biological evidence" of damage in veterans with Gulf War illness to DNA within cellular structures that produce energy in the body. ScienceDaily.

Call for survey respondents: Lead Exposures.

October 24, 2017

The President’s Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children is developing a comprehensive Federal Lead Strategy to inform policy makers about evidence gaps and steps needed to further reduce lead exposures of children in the United States. The deadline for completing the survey is November 21, 2017.

Why has the EPA shifted on toxic chemicals? An industry insider helps call the shots.

October 23, 2017

The EPA’s abrupt new direction on legacy chemicals is part of a broad initiative by the Trump administration to change the way the federal government evaluates health and environmental risks associated with hazardous chemicals, making it more aligned with the industry’s wishes. New York Times.

The EPA’s top 10 toxic threats, and industry’s pushback.

October 23, 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency has published a list of 10 toxic threats it will evaluate first under a law passed last year intended to crack down on hazardous chemicals. As the review begins, industry and other interest groups are urging the E.P.A. to limit any restrictions. New York Times.

Electricity from shale gas vs. coal: lifetime toxic releases from coal much higher.

October 23, 2017

The lifetime toxic chemical releases associated with coal-generated electricity are 10 to 100 times greater than those from electricity generated with natural gas obtained via fracking. EurekAlert!

Health concerns remain in aftermath of California wildfires.

October 23, 2017

Health officials warn that that the process of cleaning up fire-destroyed properties and searching for salvageable personal effects will lead to new health concerns. The fires' impacts on water quality, air quality and mental health may extend for long periods. Medpage Today.

Does eating right protect you from air pollution?

October 22, 2017

A small but growing body of research suggests that Mediterranean-like fare—lots of fruits, vegetables, fish, whole grains and nuts—may protect the body against the ravages of air pollution. New York Times.

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Superfund Research Program: a model for multidisciplinary training of the next generation of environmental health scientists.

October 22, 2017

Looking to the future, the SRP will continue to evolve its training component by tracking and analyzing outcomes from its trainees by using tools such as the NIEHS CareerTrac database system, by increasing opportunities for trainees interested in research that goes beyond US boundaries, and in the areas of bioinformatics and data integration. Reviews on Environmental Health

New findings explain how UV rays trigger skin cancer.

October 20, 2017

Under normal conditions, ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun activates melanocytes to release melanin, a pigment that protects the skin from the sun’s rays. But if melanocyte stem cells have surpassed a threshold of genetic mutations, a tumor can start to grow when those skin stem cells are activated by sun exposure. Cornell Chronicle.

Scientist at work: measuring public health impacts after disasters.

October 20, 2017

Analysis: Measuring public health impacts after disasters.Epidemiologists study disease outbreaks in populations to determine who gets sick and why. In the wake of this year's hurricanes, they are assessing impacts from mold, toxic leaks and other threats. The Conversation.

Report: pollution kills 3 times more than AIDS, TB and malaria combined.

October 20, 2017

Exposure to polluted air, water and soil caused nine million premature deaths in 2015, according to a report published Thursday in The Lancet. The nine million figure adds up to 16 percent of all deaths worldwide, killing three times more people than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. National Public Radio.

Job opening: New Haven, Connecticut.

October 20, 2017

The Yale School of Public Health is seeking candidates for a faculty position in the field of climate change and health.

Job opening: Blacksburg, Virginia.

October 20, 2017

Virginia Tech is hiring a new faculty member in risk assessment, cumulative impacts and/or environmental epidemiology.

Hidden costs of climate change running hundreds of billions a year.

October 19, 2017

Extreme weather, made worse by climate change, along with the health impacts of burning fossil fuels, has cost the US economy at least $240 billion a year over the past ten years, a new report has found. National Geographic.

New report: Environmental Justice for Delaware: Mitigating Toxic Pollution in New Castle County Communities.

October 19, 2017

This his collaborative study between the Union of Concerned Scientists and other groups found that people in the seven communities along the industrial corridor in the northern portion of Delaware’s New Castle County face a substantial cumulative health risk from exposure to toxic air pollution and their proximity to polluting industrial facilities, hazardous chemical facilities, and contaminated waste sites.

Relationship between sugar and cancer is now clearer, scientists say.

October 19, 2017

Researchers found yeast with high levels of the sugar known as glucose overstimulated the same proteins often found mutated inside human tumors, making cells grow faster. USA Today.

Exposure to air pollution before birth may shorten our lives.

October 18, 2017

Each increase of 5 micrograms per cubic meter in exposure was associated with 9% shorter cord blood telomeres and 13% shorter placental telomeres, the researchers estimated. The second trimester was a particularly vulnerable period, the researchers found. CNN.

New report: Eliminating Toxics in Carpet: Lessons for the Future of Recycling.

October 18, 2017

In this report, the Healthy Building Network examined the composition of carpet waste, and innovations in carpet composition, to determine the potential health and environmental impacts of recycling and using these materials in new carpet.

Call for comments: Draft FY 2018-2022 Environmental Protection Agency Strategic Plan.

October 18, 2017

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of the Draft FY 2018-2022 EPA Strategic Plan for public review and comment. Comments must be received on or before October 31, 2017.

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