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Adult and child urinary 2,4-D in cities with and without cosmetic pesticide bylaws: a population-based cross-sectional pilot study.

August 21, 2017

Lack of a significant association between pesticide bylaws and urinary 2,4-D might reflect small sample size, lack of recent acute exposure, or that 2,4-D exposure is primarily influenced by sources of exposure not addressed through bylaws. Food might be a route of exposure to 2,4-D, consistent with other studies. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology.

Lead exposure, IgE, and the risk of asthma in children.

August 21, 2017

Lead exposure is associated with both blood IgE and asthma in boys. Moreover, the effect of Pb exposure on asthma may be mediated by immunoglobulin E levels. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology.

Social determinant factors can negatively impact an individual's health.

August 20, 2017

Social determinants, including where an individual is born, lives, works, and ages, can negatively influence a person's health, and minimizing the negative aspects of these factors can greatly benefit individuals by improving access and outcomes while lowering costs, as a new report from America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) explains. AJCM.

Military bases' contamination will affect water for generations.

August 20, 2017

George is among at least 400 active and closed military installations nationwide where the use of toxic chemicals has contaminated or is suspected of contaminating water on bases and nearby communities with chemicals ranging from cleaning solvents and paints to explosives and firefighting foam, according to a News21 investigation.

Mobile phone (1800MHz) radiation impairs female reproduction in mice, Mus musculus, through stress induced inhibition of ovarian and uterine activity.

August 20, 2017

These findings suggest that mobile phone radiation induces oxidative and nitrosative stress, which affects the reproductive performance of female mice. Reproductive Toxicology.

Cancer occurrences in laboratory rats from exposure to RF and microwave radiation.

August 20, 2017

The question of whether RF exposure from wireless and mobile devices and systems poses a health risk would likely remain equivocal and controversial for some time to come. IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology.

Multiple sclerosis and environmental risk factors: a case-control study in Iran.

August 20, 2017

Our findings demonstrated that prematurity, history of measles and mumps, breast feeding, head trauma in childhood, vaccination in adulthood, migraine, family history of MS, IBD, migraine, and collagen vascular diseases, stressful events, and microwave exposure were more in the MS group. Sun exposure, dairy and calcium consumption, diabetes mellitus, and complete vaccination during childhood appeared to decrease MS risk. Neurological Sciences.

Study finds Israeli power plants' efforts reduce number of deaths from air pollution.

August 19, 2017

The Environmental Protection Ministry reports that a change to a cleaner type of fuel led to the reduction in mortalities Haaretz, Israel.

Air getting cleaner at Los Angeles, Long Beach ports, reports show.

August 19, 2017

The annual pollution scorecard shows the ports continue to make steady progress in clearing up the air around the nation's busiest seaport and largest stationary polluter in the region, but it's proving harder to make significant cuts in some areas. Long Beach Press Telegram, California.

Australia emits mercury at double the global average.

August 19, 2017

A report released this week by advocacy group Environmental Justice Australia presents a confronting analysis of toxic emissions from Australia's coal-fired power plants. The Conversation, Australia.

Big tobacco fuels nicotine replacement addiction, UCSF study shows.

August 19, 2017

Nicotine replacement therapy products, which have been sold over the counter at drugstores since 1996, are effective only when paired with counseling, according to a UCSF study released Thursday. Without that, relying on such products can actually make it harder to kick tobacco, the study found. San Francisco Chronicle, California.

What should you say to a climate change skeptic?

August 19, 2017

We asked climate scientists and communicators how to have constructive discussions about climate change. Los Angeles Times.

Why women of color are being exposed to harmful chemicals in beauty products.

August 19, 2017

 New research published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology confirms that women of color are being exposed to higher levels of beauty-product-derived chemicals like mercury, steroids and hormone-disruptors than white women, most likely because of racist beauty ideals. Elle.

Exposure to artificial lighting ups risk for breast cancer.

August 19, 2017

The link between artificial light exposure and breast cancer risks was evident in some women more than others, particularly among premenopausal women with a history of smoking. Tech Times.

Cumulative effects of prenatal exposure to exogenous chemicals and psychosocial stress on fetal growth: systematic-review of the human and animal evidence.

August 19, 2017

We found that despite concern for the combined effects of environmental chemicals and stress, this is still an under-studied topic, though limited available human studies indicate chemical exposures exert stronger effects than stress, and this effect is generally larger in the presence of stress. PLoS One.

Call for nominations: Advisory Committee for the Climate Communications Initiative.

August 17, 2017

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is currently seeking individuals to serve on the Advisory Committee for the Climate Communications Initiative (CCI). The deadline for nominations is September 15, 2017.

Request for information: Inviting Comments on the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO)-wide Cohort Data Collection Protocol

August 17, 2017

Through this RFI, the NIH seeks input from stakeholders throughout the scientific community and general public on the ECHO-wide Cohort data collection protocol. ECHO defines "early" as conception to age 5 years. Responses will be accepted until August 30, 2017.

Genetic risk factors for disease can be affected by environment.

August 16, 2017

We are still in early stages of understanding the interplay of genetics and environment, but our results indicate that this is a key component of human biology and disease. UPI.

The Rising Storm: new book details connection between climate disasters, migration.

August 16, 2017

In Todd Miller’s prescient new book, Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security, the Tucson journalist and author travels the globe to document how climate disasters are uprooting people from their homes. Texas Observer, Texas.

New report: Microbiomes of the Built Environment: A Research Agenda for Indoor Microbiology, Human Health, and Buildings.

August 16, 2017

This report from the National Academies reviews what is known about the intersection of the disciplines of microbial biology and ecology, chemistry, building science, and human physiology, as well as how new tools may facilitate advances in understanding the ecosystem of built environments, indoor microbiomes, and effects on human health and well-being.

Associations of built environment and children’s physical activity: a narrative review.

August 16, 2017

The purpose of this review was to shed light on some of the less-studied areas of the existing literature related to the relationship between the built environment and physical activity of children aged between 3 and 12 years. Reviews on Environmental Health.

Apolipoprotein E4, gender, body mass index, inflammation, insulin resistance, and air pollution interactions: recipe for Alzheimer's disease development in Mexico City young females.

August 16, 2017

The Apolipoprotein E (APOE) 4 allele, the most prevalent genetic risk for AD, plays a key role in the response to air pollution in young girls. APOE 4 heterozygous females with >75% to <94% BMI percentiles are at the highest risk of severe cognitive deficits (1.5-2 SD from average IQ). Journal of Alzheimers Disease.

Combustion-derived nanoparticles, the neuroenteric system, cervical vagus, hyperphosphorylated alpha synuclein and tau in young Mexico City residents

August 16, 2017

This work highlights the potential role of combustion-derived nanoparticles in the neuroenteric hyperphosphorylated ɑ-Syn and tau pathology as seen in Parkinson and Alzheimer's diseases. Environmental Research.

EPA rule on nanotechnology reporting is good news.

August 16, 2017

EPA issued a Working Guidance for its Final Nanotechnology Reporting and Record-keeping Requirements Rule, which become effective this week. This important rule establishes one-time reporting and record-keeping requirements for certain chemical substances when they are manufactured or processed at the nanoscale. NRDC Expert Blog.

New rodent population models may inform human health risk assessment and identification of genetic susceptibility to environmental exposures.

August 15, 2017

These new resources offer substantial advances to classical toxicity testing paradigms by including genetically sensitive individuals that may inform toxicity risks for sensitive subpopulations. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Elemental sulfur use and associations with pediatric lung function and respiratory symptoms in an agricultural community (California, USA).

August 15, 2017

This study suggests that elemental sulfur use, allowed in both organic and conventional farming, in close proximity to residential areas, may adversely affect children’s respiratory health. Environmental Health Perspectves.

Heat wave and mortality: a multicountry, multicommunity study.

August 15, 2017

Results indicate that high temperatures create a substantial health burden, and effects of high temperatures over consecutive days are similar to what would be experienced if high temperature days occurred independently. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Air pollution ups stress hormones, alters metabolism.

August 15, 2017

Breathing dirty air causes stress hormones to spike, new research suggests, which could help explain why long-term exposure to pollution is associated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and a shorter life span.
[See the study: Particulate matter exposure and stress hormone levels: a randomized, double-blind, crossover trial of air purification]

Cheese powder and other hobgoblins: a double standard in risk reporting.

August 15, 2017

Why do journalists raise concern about the reliability of science when it’s financed by corporations and industry, but not when the funders are environmental or public health advocates—who of course are also trying to advance their cause, honorable as it may be? Undark.

Troubled water: farming activity contaminates water despite best practices.

August 15, 2017

Farming communities had thousands of violations of nitrate contamination over the last 10 years. Farmers are trying to contain the issue, but a lack of regulation hinders progress. News21.