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Browned toast and potatoes are 'potential cancer risk', say food scientists.

January 23, 2017

Bread, chips and potatoes should be cooked to a golden yellow colour, rather than brown, to reduce our intake of a chemical [acrylamide] which could cause cancer, government food scientists are warning. However, Cancer Research UK said the link was not proven in humans. BBC.

Many household products contain antimicrobial chemicals banned from soaps by the FDA.

January 23, 2017

This year marks 20 years since Hasbro was fined for false advertising, claiming their Playskool toys laden with the antimicrobial chemical triclosan would keep kids healthier. It is also the year when soap manufacturers will finally have to remove the chemical from their products. The Conversation.

Polish pollution akin to smoking 4,000 cigarettes a year.

January 21, 2017

Living in Warsaw is equivalent to smoking about 1,000 cigarettes per year, while for Kraków it is 4,000. Both compare poorly with New York, where the estimate is 275 cigarettes per year. EurActiv, Belgium.

On an Apache reservation in Arizona, a toxic legacy and a mysterious history of chemical spraying.

January 21, 2017

The compound, known as Silvex, was deployed as part of a little-known test effort from 1961 to 1972 to wipe out water-hungry vegetation on the San Carlos Apache Reservation, part of a larger effort by the federal government to protect scarce groundwater in the newly booming city of Phoenix. Los Angeles Times.

Warming climate may limit Lyme disease's spread in parts of the US.

January 21, 2017

A new study suggests that a warming world may help tamp down the disease at the southern edge of the Northeastern coastal region where it is most prevalent. InsideClimate News.
[See the study: Environmental factors affecting survival of immature Ixodes scapularis and implications for geographical distribution of Lyme disease: the climate/behavior hypothesis]

New genetic engineering technique could help design, study biological systems.

January 21, 2017

A new technique will help biologists tinker with genes, whether the goal is to turn cells into tiny factories churning out medicines, modify crops to grow with limited water or study the effects of a gene on human health. Phys.org.
[See the study: Rapid generation of hypomorphic mutations]

In Mumbai 35.3% premature deaths were results of stroke because of air pollution.

January 21, 2017

The three-member IITB team attributed 35.3% premature deaths to cerebrovascular disease – arteries supplying blood to the brain is affected – as a result of being exposed to high levels of particulate matter of size less than 2.5 microns in diameter (PM2.5) between 1991 and 2015. Additionally, premature deaths due to ischemic heart disease (it falls under the group of cardiovascular diseases) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) stood at 33.3% and 22.9% during the same period. New Delhi Hindustan Times, India.

Diabetes, obesity-linked disorders double in kids.

January 21, 2017

The number of children and adolescents diagnosed with type 2 diabetes more than doubled in recent years, and the increase appears to be coincident with a rise in obesity rates and other obesity-related conditions, according to an analysis of private insurance claims data. Medscape.
[See the study: Obesity and type 2 diabetes as documented in private claims data]

Asthma tied to childhood obesity.

January 21, 2017

Researchers at USC's Keck School of Medicine have found that kindergarten and first-grade children with asthma face a 51 percent chance of becoming obese during the next 10 years of their lives. Riverside Press Enterprise, California.
[See the study: Effects of childhood asthma on the development of obesity among school-aged children]

Environmental factors associated with autism spectrum disorder: a scoping review for the years 2003-2013.

January 21, 2017

Despite a vast literature and many heterogeneous studies, several risk factors emerged consistently: chemical factors such as traffic-related air pollutants; physiological factors including advanced parental age, preterm birth, low birth weight, hyperbilirubinemia and clustering of pregnancy complications; and maternal immigrant status. Despite extensive research on vaccines, findings overwhelmingly demonstrate no support for an association with ASD. Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada: Research, Policy and Practice.

Brain tumors are increasing in Denmark.

January 21, 2017

The number of people diagnosed with tumors of the central nervous system (CNS, including brain tumors) in Denmark has more than doubled since 1990 according to new statistics, and the largest increase has been in the last 10 years until 2015. Among young people aged 0-39 years, tumors in the CNS are the type of cancer that has increased the most. Swedish Radiation Protection Foundation.

American Geophysical Union seeks editors.

January 19, 2017

AGU is launching GeoHealth under Founding Editor Rita R. Colwell. We are seeking applications for two dynamic, well-organized scientists with high editorial standards and strong leadership skills to serve 4-year terms as the editors in chief (EICs) to lead this journal starting in 2017 and beyond. AGU also seeks editors of Geophysical Research Letters.

Significant association of urinary toxic metals and autism-related symptoms-a nonlinear statistical analysis with cross validation.

January 19, 2017

Average excretion levels of several toxic metals (lead, tin, thallium, antimony) were significantly higher in the ASD group. Similarly, nonlinear methods determined a significantly stronger association between the behavioral measures and toxic metal excretion. PLoS One.

New video: Your DNA, the Environment, and Epigenetics.

January 19, 2017

This video introduces the concept of epigenetics by demonstrating the outcome of an environmentally induced epigenetic change through animation. This video was produced by the Center for Epigenetics, Environment and Health and the Center for Genomics and Healthcare Equality at the University of Washington with funding provided by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Human Genome Research Institute.

The threshold vs LNT showdown: dose rate findings exposed flaws in the LNT model part 1. The Russell-Muller debate.

January 19, 2017

This paper assesses the discovery of the dose-rate effect in radiation genetics and how it challenged fundamental tenets of the linear non-threshold (LNT) dose response model, including the assumptions that all mutational damage is cumulative and irreversible and that the dose-response is linear at low doses. Environmental Research.

New resource: Climate Change and Human Health Literature Portal.

January 19, 2017

From the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, this is a knowledge management tool for locating the most relevant scientific literature on the health implications of climate change.

New report: Children at Risk: Gaps in State Lead Screening Policies.

January 19, 2017

This report from Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families takes a detailed look at each state’s blood lead testing policies. After comparing state programs by the percentage of children tested in recent years, the report discusses why some policies have been ineffective and focuses on key reasons for higher testing rates reported in other states.

EPA water rule revived by US appeals court in NYC case.

January 19, 2017

A divided US appeals court on Wednesday revived an Environmental Protection Agency rule permitting government agencies to transfer water between different bodies, such as rivers and lakes, without needing to safeguard for pollution. Reuters.

Targeting environmental neurodevelopmental risks to protect children.

January 19, 2017

Specific information is given on how health care providers can respond to the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act legislation and advocate for safe policies that protect children. Additional information is also provided on advice providers can give to families regarding avoidance of toxic chemicals. Pediatrics.

Truckers' poor health: an accident waiting to happen?

January 19, 2017

Truck drivers spend long hours behind the wheel and often eat less-than-healthy food at roadside stops. These behaviors can raise their risk of multiple health conditions, which boost their chances of getting into a crash, a new study suggests. HealthDay.
[See the study: Multiple conditions increase preventable crash risks among truck drivers in a cohort study]

EPA faults NC over health of minority communities near hog farms.

January 19, 2017

Two years into an investigation of the health problems affecting minority communities near large-scale hog operations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's civil rights office has written a stern "letter of concern" to state regulators. Raleigh News & Observer, North Carolina.

Monsanto, EPA seek to keep talks about glyphosate cancer review a secret.

January 19, 2017

Monsanto Co. and officials within the Environmental Protection Agency are fighting legal efforts aimed at exploring Monsanto's influence over regulatory assessments of the key chemical in the company's Roundup herbicide, new federal court filings show. Huffington Post.

Nanoparticles detected in infant formula brands.

January 19, 2017

Nanoparticles were found in major baby formula brands including Gerber, Enfamil, and Well Beginnings, according to a report by Friends of the Earth based on a peer-reviewed study conducted by the Arizona State University School of Engineering Lab. DairyReporter.com.
[See the study: Nanoparticles in baby formula]

Urine levels of phthalate metabolites and bisphenol A in relation to main metabolic syndrome components: dyslipidemia, hypertension and type 2 diabetes. A pilot study.

January 19, 2017

Urine levels of four phthalate metabolites were significantly higher in type 2 diabetics independently on specified predictors. Phthalate levels can be in relation to beta cell dysfunction in type 2 diabetic patients but this study is not able to show if the relation is causal. Central European Journal of Public Health.

Urinary bisphenol A concentration and risk of central obesity in Chinese adults: a prospective study.

January 19, 2017

Our results indicate that higher urinary BPA concentrations might associate with greater risk of incident central obesity in Chinese adults. Journal of Diabetes.

Exposure to bisphenols and phthalates and association with oxidant stress, insulin resistance, and endothelial dysfunction in children.

January 19, 2017

Exposure to bisphenols and phthalates, including a BPA replacement, is associated with increased oxidant stress, insulin resistance and albuminuria, as well as disturbances in vascular function in healthy children. Pediatric Research.

Job opening: Ann Arbor, Michigan.

January 19, 2017

The Ecology Center seeks an innovative Science and Health Senior Organizer to direct environmental health campaigns at the Ecology Center, including the consumer product testing project, HealthyStuff.org, and the Health Leaders Fellowship program. Please apply by January 23, 2017.

First infant formula type and risk of islet autoimmunity in The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young (TEDDY) study.

January 18, 2017

These results add to the existing evidence that islet autoimmunity risk is not reduced, and may be increased, by using hydrolyzed compared with nonhydrolyzed cow's milk-based infant formula as the first formula in infants at increased genetic risk for type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Care.

Hope— and healing — go into massive redevelopment effort.

January 18, 2017

The health center and the peer health leaders are part of a $3 billion, 20-year effort to redevelop some of San Francisco's oldest public housing complexes and the neighborhoods that surround them. The effort, called HOPE SF, is about much more than rebuilding dilapidated buildings. Crosswalk Magazine.

Association of prenatal and childhood PBDE exposure with timing of puberty in boys and girls.

January 18, 2017

We found that prenatal PBDE exposure was associated with later menarche in girls but earlier pubarche in boys, suggesting opposite pubertal effects in girls and boys. Environment International.