Your Health

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These "Your Health" selections from our news feed are chosen because they may be useful to your health or the health of others you care about. These news items and research reports provide information that you can use in making choices about food, consumer products and daily activities.

Also see CHE's fact sheets for brief summaries of specific topics, including steps you can take to protect yourself and your children from environmental hazards.

News Concerning Your Health

5 potentially harmful chemicals now banned from kids’ products.

October 18, 2017

Almost a decade after the Consumer Product Safety Commission was ordered to study the potential health affects of phthalates—chemicals often used in plastic products for children—and make recommendations on what further steps should be taken, the agency has voted to approve a final rule that prohibits manufacturers from selling items that have more than a minimal level of five of these chemicals. Consumer Reports.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A New Chapter in A Story of Health.

October 4, 2017

Follow Reiko and Toshio as they explore what may be contributing to their infertility and their options for interventions. Their story is the newest chapter in A Story of Health multimedia eBook, available at no cost. CHE Blog.

Can your home make you healthier—if it’s designed right?

October 3, 2017

The latest strategy is called behavioral, or active, design, in which architects use the CDC’s research to create workspaces and low-income housing that promote healthier diets and lifestyle. OZY.

Long-term exposure to road traffic noise and nitrogen dioxide and risk of heart failure: a cohort study.

October 2, 2017

Long-term exposure to nitrogen dioxide and road traffic noise was associated with higher risk of heart failure, mainly among men, in both single- and two-pollutant models. High exposure to both pollutants was associated with highest risk. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Associations of fats and carbohydrate intake with cardiovascular disease and mortality in 18 countries from five continents (PURE): a prospective cohort study.

October 1, 2017

Higher carbohydrate intake was associated with an increased risk of total mortality but not with the risk of cardiovascular disease or cardiovascular disease mortality. Intake of total fat and each type of fat was associated with lower risk of total mortality. Higher saturated fat intake was associated with lower risk of stroke. Total fat and saturated and unsaturated fats were not significantly associated with risk of myocardial infarction or cardiovascular disease mortality. Lancet.

New report: Mold in the Home and School: Guidance for Parents, Families and School Personnel.

September 28, 2017

This fact sheet from the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units outlines guidance for managing mold and exposures to mold.

CDC: Mosquitoes carrying Zika, other deadly viruses could breed in 75 percent of the US.

September 25, 2017

Researchers found that the dengue, chikungunya and Zika viruses in particular represented a “growing public health threat in parts of the United States where they are established,” according to the journal’s report. Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia.

Breathing dirty air may increase kidney disease risk.

September 24, 2017

Exposure to fine particulate air pollution appeared to be associated with an increased risk for chronic kidney disease (CKD) and progression to end-stage renal disease (ESRD), according to a newly published epidemiologic study involving close to 2.5 million U.S. veterans followed for approximately 8 years. Medpage Today.

Blood lead and preeclampsia: a meta-analysis and review of implications.

September 21, 2017

Blood lead concentrations in pregnant women are a major risk factor for preeclampsia, with an increase of 1 μg/dL associated with a 1.6% increase in likelihood of preeclampsia, which appears to be the strongest risk factor for preeclampsia yet reported. Environmental Research.

Nicotine in e-cigs: addictive, increases your risk of heart disease.

September 21, 2017

Even after puffing on just one electronic cigarette with nicotine, healthy non-smokers were found to have a biological marker known to increase the risk of heart disease in tobacco users, according to a new study. The Verge.

New report: TV Reality: Toxic Flame Retardants in TVs.

September 20, 2017

Clean Production Action found flame retardants were present in 11 of the 12 TVs tested, at concentrations of up to 33%, or one-third by weight, in the plastic enclosures.

Noisy, but that’s not all.

September 19, 2017

Despite improvements, leaf blowers still emit toxic contaminants such as carcinogenic benzene as well as surprisingly large amounts of other smog-forming chemicals. FairWarning.

UMass research tells dads-to-be to avoid plastic wrap, mac & cheese, cologne.

September 14, 2017

We've all been told that expectant mothers should avoid alcohol and smoking during, and preferably before, pregnancy. Well, what about expectant fathers? New England Public Radio.

NIOSH releases skin-hazard profiles on nine chemicals.

September 13, 2017

NIOSH has published nine new skin notation profiles to “alert workers and employers to the health risks of skin exposures to chemicals in the workplace.” The chemicals are arsenic and inorganic arsenic-containing compounds, disulfoton, heptachlor, 1-bromopropane, 2-hydroxypropyl acrylate, dimethyl sulfate, tetraethyl lead, tetramethyl lead and trichloroethylene. Safety + Health.

Patterns of sedentary behavior and mortality in US middle-aged and older adults: a national cohort study.

September 12, 2017

Both the total volume of sedentary time and its accrual in prolonged, uninterrupted bouts are associated with all-cause mortality, suggestive that physical activity guidelines should target reducing and interrupting sedentary time to reduce risk for death. Annals of Internal Medicine.

Eating meat linked to higher risk of diabetes.

September 11, 2017

The Singapore Chinese Health Study reveals increased risk of diabetes with higher intake of red meat and poultry, partially attributed to the dietary iron content in these meats. Duke NUS Medical School.