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Dalton Delan : A toxic cellphone stew.

October 16, 2017

From the day its minerals are dug to the night children scavenge Third World dumps for used circuitry, the cellphone is a Frankenstein. Berkshire Eagle, Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Cognitive decline, mortality, and organophosphorus exposure in aging Mexican Americans.

October 14, 2017

Our study provides support for the involvement of OP pesticides in cognitive decline and mortality among older Mexican Americans, possibly through biologic pathways involving adiponectin. Environmental Research.

Hazardous waste and health impact: a systematic review of the scientific literature.

October 14, 2017

The evidence of causal relationship with hazardous waste was defined as limited for: liver, bladder, breast and testis cancers, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, asthma, congenital anomalies overall and anomalies of the neural tube, urogenital, connective and musculoskeletal systems, low birth weight and pre-term birth; evidence was defined as inadequate for the other health outcomes. Environmental Health.

The link between these everyday chemicals and breast cancer risk just got stronger.

October 14, 2017

The researchers concluded that exposure to certain chemicals in the womb, during puberty, and through pregnancy all increase the risk of developing breast cancer later on.

When shipping petroleum, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions costs more than accidents.

October 13, 2017

As referenced in the paper, the costs are high. For instance, “Air pollution and greenhouse gas costs of moving a fully loaded 100-car train of crude oil from North Dakota to the Gulf Coast are about $150,000 and from North Dakota to the East Coast are $210,000. The total estimated air pollution and greenhouse gas damages for oil shipped by rail from North Dakota in 2014 exceed $420 million.” Carnegie Mellon University Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation.

Air pollution kills half a million people in Europe, EU agency reports.

October 13, 2017

Dirty air resulted in the premature deaths of more than 500,000 people in the European Union in 2014, the European Environment Agency reports. Pollution needs to be reduced, agency heads and environmentalists agree. Deutsche Welle.

Africa tops global hunger index, driven by war and climate shocks.

October 13, 2017

Global hunger has fallen more than a quarter since 2000, but conflict and climate shocks are beginning to reverse these gains, an annual global hunger index said on Thursday. Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Urgent action needed on 'disturbing' male fertility, cancer trends.

October 13, 2017

Niels Skakkebaek, professor of pediatric endocrinology and andrology, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, notes that, when coupled with data showing that there has been an increase in the incidence of testicular cancer, the falls in sperm counts suggest that lifestyle factors may be to blame. Medscape.

Research details packaging chemicals found in food.

October 13, 2017

Chemicals from plastic and paper packaging are leaching into some foods sold in New Zealand, new research shows. Radio New Zealand, New Zealand.

The toxic air covering Northern California.

October 13, 2017

Beyond the fire zones, millions of Californians are facing a secondary, more insidious threat: polluted air, rife with tiny particles small enough to penetrate deep into the circulatory system. Those potentially deadly particles are creating unhealthy air as far as 70 miles away from fire zones. New Republic.

'Katrina brain': the invisible long-term toll of megastorms.

October 12, 2017

Public health officials say that, in the aftermath of an extreme weather event like a hurricane, the toll of long-term psychological injuries builds in the months and years that follow, outpacing more immediate injuries and swamping the health care system long after emergency workers go home and shelters shut down. Politico.

State: water crisis didn’t affect Flint birth outcomes.

October 12, 2017

A state health department analysis released Tuesday on birth outcomes in Flint found “no significant differences” before and after the city switched its water source—contrary to a study released last month by researchers in Kansas and West Virginia. Detroit News, Michigan.

New report: The First 100 Days and Counting Part 2—Pursuing a Toxic Agenda: Environmental Injustice in the Early Trump Administration

October 12, 2017

In this series, EDGI authors systematically investigate historical precedents for Trump’s attack on the EPA, consequences for toxic regulation and environmental justice, and changes to the public presentation of climate change.

Child and teen obesity soars tenfold worldwide in 40 years—WHO report.

October 11, 2017

The number of obese children and adolescents worldwide has jumped tenfold in the past 40 years and the rise is accelerating in low- and middle-income countries, especially in Asia, a major study said on Wednesday. Reuters.

Even thirdhand smoke poses health risks.

October 11, 2017

Thirdhand smoke clings to clothes, furniture, drapes, walls, bedding, carpets, dust, vehicles and other surfaces long after the smoker is gone. Children and non-smoking adults are at risk of tobacco-related health problems when they inhale, swallow or touch substances containing thirdhand smoke. Philadelphia Tribune, Pennsylvania.

Agent Orange, exposed: how US chemical warfare in Vietnam unleashed a slow-moving disaster.

October 11, 2017

Some 45 million liters of over 73 million liters of chemical agents in a poisoned spray was Agent Orange, which contains the toxic compound dioxin. It has unleashed in Vietnam a slow-onset disaster whose devastating economic, health and ecological impacts that are still being felt today. The Conversation.

New video: Preventing Cognitive Decline and Dementia: A Way Forward.

October 11, 2017

From the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Health and Medicine Division, this video features several members of the committee that produced a report earlier this year on research in preventing cognitive decline. The video highlights the report's conclusions and recommendations.

Research shows health impacts and economic costs of wildland fires.

October 11, 2017

The article estimated between 5,200 and 8,500 hospital admissions for respiratory problems per year and 1,500-2,500 hospital admissions for cardiovascular problems per year. Total deaths per year were estimated between 1,500 and 2,500 as well, with 2008 having the highest rate because of wildland fire-related PM2.5. US Environmental Protection Agency.

New book: Whitewash—The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science.

October 11, 2017

In this book, veteran journalist Carey Gillam uncovers one of the most controversial stories in the history of food and agriculture, exposing new evidence of corporate influence. 

Systematic review and meta-analysis of early-life exposure to bisphenol A and obesity-related outcomes in rodents.

October 9, 2017

Findings from our systematic review suggest that early-life exposure to BPA may increase adiposity and circulating lipid levels in rodents. Environmental Health Perspectives.

To predict how climate change will affect disease, researchers must fuse climate science and biology.

October 9, 2017

Researchers need new statistical models that incorporate both climate factors and the climate–disease relationship, accounting for uncertainties in both. Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs News.

Air pollution exposure on home-to-school walking routes reduces the growth of working memory in children.

October 9, 2017

The study, published recently in Environmental Pollution, found an association between a reduction in working memory and exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and black carbon during the walking commute to and from school. However, authors stress that walking or cycling to school, which builds physical activity into the child’s daily routine, has health benefits that far outweigh any negative impact of air pollution. Barcelona Institute for Global Health.

EPA public hearings on proposal to withdraw proposed Clean Water Act restrictions for Pebble Mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed.

October 9, 2017

The US Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to withdraw its July 2014 Clean Water Act Proposed Determination that would, if finalized, have imposed restrictions on the discharge of dredged or fill material associated with the potential “Pebble Mine” in Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed. The public comment and consultation period closes on October 17, 2017. 

Global kids study: More trees, less disease.

October 9, 2017

A University of Vermont-led study of 300,000 children in 35 nations says kids whose watersheds have greater tree cover are less likely to experience diarrheal disease, the second leading cause of death for children under the age of five. EurekAlert!

Courts thwart administration’s effort to rescind Obama-era environmental regulations.

October 9, 2017

The rapid-fire push by the Trump administration to wipe out significant chunks of the Obama environmental legacy is running into a not-so-minor complication: Judges keep ruling that the Trump team is violating federal law. New York Times.

Reconciling sex-related bias: an alternative method for data analysis.

October 9, 2017

Boys’ and girls’ different hormonal backdrops mean they may differ in their vulnerabilities to endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). The relationships between confounding factors and outcomes may themselves differ by sex, and failure to account for this may result in false estimates of effect. The authors of the study propose a new method to address this issue. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Honey tests reveal global contamination by bee-harming pesticides.

October 9, 2017

Honey from across the world is contaminated with potent pesticides known to harm bees, new research shows, clearly revealing the global exposure of vital pollinators for the first time. The Guardian, United Kingdom.

MEPs vote against exempting some pesticides.

October 9, 2017

The European Parliament on October 4 blocked a European Commission proposal that would have exempted some chemicals in pesticides from being identified as endocrine disruptors. MEPs said the Commission exceeded its mandate by proposing to exempt substances which are designed to attack an organism’s endocrine system. NewEurope.

2018 NEHA Annual Educational Conference (AEC) & Exhibitioncall for abstracts.

October 6, 2017

Conference tracks are listed on the website. The abstract submission deadline is October 31, 2017.

New report: Protecting the Health and Well-Being of Communities in a Changing Climate: Proceedings of a Workshop.

October 6, 2017

From the Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine and the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement convened a workshop intended to explore the implications of climate change for population health and the potential strategies that public health, environmental health, health care, and related stakeholders can implement to help communities and regions address and mitigate health effects.