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CHE Partnership call: Using Science to Set Regulatory Criteria: Identifying Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in the European Union
Wed, June 29
Hosted by the EDCs Working Group

CHE Partnership call: Interactive Effects of Multiple Pesticides on Human Health – A 2016 California Report
Thurs, July 7

CHE Partnership call: A Consensus on the Environmental Chemicals Contributing to Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Project TENDR
Tues, July 12

CHE Partnership call: TSCA Reform: Understanding the Science, Implementation, and Implications of the New Chemical Safety Act
Wed, July 13

CHE Partnership call: Autism Pathways Analysis: A Functional Framework and Clues for Further Investigation
Thurs, July 21

CHE Partnership call: Fatty Bones Make Bad Skeletons: Influence of Bone-disrupting Chemicals across the Lifespan
Tues, July 26

6/22/16: Clarifying EMF and Cancer: Precautionary Occupational Strategies and Results of the NTP Cell Phone Studies
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6/15/16: MP3 recording available: Mercury in the North: Sources of Contamination and International Policies to Protect Health & Human Rights


6/7/16: MP3 recording available: Exploring Multifactorial Contributors to Disease Outcomes: The Possible Role of Acetaminophen in Asthma and Autism

5/24/16: MP3 recording available: The Human Microbiome and Health Effects on Prenatal Microbiome Exposure


5/18/16: MP3 recording available: Signaling Mechanisms by Which Xenoestrogen Pollutants Disrupt Normal Estrogenic Signaling


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New Features on EPA’s EJSCREEN: A focus on vulnerable populations

6/16/2016: The EPA released the latest version of EJSCREEN, a screening and mapping tool focused on issues of environmental justice. This tool highlights locations that have disproportionate burdens of environmental pollution and populations that are more vulnerable to exposures. New features include environmental indicators for cancer risk and respiratory disease, scalable maps, map side-by-side comparison, and the addition of Puerto Rico. If you want to learn more about this tool, its design, and how to use it, register for a free informational webinar. CHE will be listening too!

TSCA Reform Bill Signed into Law

6/23/2016: Many CHE partners have been working for years to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 in order to strengthen public health protection from harmful toxic chemical exposures. On June 22 the Frank R Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act was signed into law. Though CHE doesn’t work directly on legislation, the emerging environmental health science that we continuously highlight through our conference calls, listservs, social media, etc. has served as the basis for pressing for the overhaul of TSCA. For more information about the implications of the Act, here are two different analyses: Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and the Environmental Defense Fund. See our call page to learn more about our upcoming Partnership call!

First Annual National Healthy Homes Month - June 2016!

6/13/2016: June has now been dubbed "National Healthy Homes Month”. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development is celebrating healthy homes through a new awareness campaign focused at property owners, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. With the goal of empowering families to protect themselves from environmental hazards in the home, this campaign is focused on lead, asthma, smoke, and radon education among other household exposures and related diseases. Each week in June has a particular focus. Go to HUD’s site to learn more.

NTP Publishes Major Study on Cell Phones and Cancer Risk

6/2/2016: CHE Partners concerned with the health impacts of exposures to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) have been involved in a lively discussion in response to the National Toxicology Program’s publication of the results of the largest-ever animal study on cell phone radiation and cancer last week.  The results confirm that cell phone radiation exposure levels within the currently allowable safety limits are the “likely cause” of brain and heart cancers in these animals. See the report and related NIEHS work. Join CHE’s EMF working group if you would like to learn more about or participate in the discussion of these issues.

New Resource: A Global Bibliographic Perspective of Toxicology

5/17/16: CHE partner Toxipedia is hosting a new website devoted to the history of toxicology and the allied sciences. Based on articles published in the International Journal of Toxicology, the bibliography contains over 2,500 searchable references compiled by Dale A. Stirling, an environmental and public health historian. You can access this resources on the Toxipedia.

EWG is Rethinking Cancer

5/9/2016: CHE Partner Environmental Working Group (EWG) has launched a new cancer prevention website with some of its leading resources, blogs, and cancer research. The initial focus is EWG's original research on "Rethinking Carcinogens", a comprehensive literature review of biomonitoring studies of carcinogens. Equally important is its external research analysis "Hallmarks of Cancer." This project summarizes the work of the Halifax Project on how low-dose combinations of chemicals may collectively meet the criteria for carcinogenesis. You may be interested in CHE’s Partnership Call on the Halifax Project. You can see a full list of Cancer-related calls on our website. CHE will continue to follow the emerging research on the partial carcinogen hypothesis as well as the significance of known body burdens of complete carcinogens for cancer causation.

A Story of Health is making waves

5/3/2016: Our multimedia eBook A Story of Health continues to be a success with over 4000 total downloads and 3300 continuing education course registrations since its release! In April alone we saw over 400 downloads and 350 continuing education registrations. This course is offered by ATSDR/CDC and has received three times more registrations than the next most popular course that ATSDR offers! Learn more on our website.


A Story of Health

New multimedia eBook
receives high praise

4/23/15: Your health. The environment. What’s the story? CHE and partners have created A Story of Health multimedia eBook to investigate just that.

The eBook is usable by parents and individuals who have no formal training in science or medicine, but it also has layers of additional information and materials for physicians, nurses, and other clinicians who want to dig deeper. In fact, free continuing education credits are available for health professionals from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

A Story of Health has received high praise from health leaders across the country. Brian Linde, MD, Pediatric Hospitalist at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California, said, “This is a fantastic resource. It is compelling, educational, and engaging, and will absolutely make a difference.” Lawrence Rosen, MD, Founder of The Whole Child Center, added, “A Story of Health is the most engaging and compelling environmental health resource I’ve experienced. I recommend it for all who care our planet and the impact we have on its health—and vice versa.” Read more testimonials about the value of A Story of Health.

A Story of Health was developed by ATSDR, the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE), the University of California, San Francisco, Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (UCSF PEHSU), the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, California EPA (OEHHA), and the Science and Environmental Health Network (SEHN).

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