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CHE Partnership call: Aamjiwnaang: A Culture in Shock with Ron Plain
Wed, July 30
Hosted by the CHE Alaska Working Group

Update: CHE does not host calls in August. We will resume calls in September. Watch this box and your email for updates.

CHE Partnership call: PCBs in Schools -- Still a Problem?
Tues, Sept 9

7/10/14: MP3 recording available: Breathing Deep: Air Pollution, Health, and Public Health Policy

6/18/14: MP3 recording available: Prenatal Exposure to EDCs and Obesity: Combining Toxicology and Epidemiology with Dr. Juliette Legler

6/18/14: MP3 recording available: Fukushima: A View from the Ocean with Kevin Buesseler

6/17/14: MP3 recording available: Nutrition and Toxicants in Autoimmune Disease: Implications for Prevention and Treatment

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WHAT'S NEW

CHE quarterly Top 10 list available

7/1/14: Each quarter CHE selects 10 topics from hundreds of news articles, research articles, publications, announcements and events in environmental health that are most noteworthy from that quarter. The 2014 2nd quarter Top 10 list is now available on CHE's blog. We invite reader comments and discussion. Additionally, you can now easily see past Top 10 lists by visiting the Top 10 webpage.

Diabetes, obesity, and chemicals - new resource

6/12/14: Sarah Howard, Coordinator of the CHE Diabetes-Obesity Spectrum Working Group has created a new resource using PubMed collections. She has included all the studies she has found that link environmental chemicals (and some other environmental factors) to diabetes and/or obesity, sorted by topic. You can view the studies in PubMed, or download them directly to your references database on your computer.
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CHE participates in Reach the Decision Makers Team

5/12/14: Sarah Howard (2nd from left), National Coordinator of the CHE Diabetes-Obesity Spectrum Working Group, and Karin Russ (3rd from left), National Coordinator of the CHE Fertility and Reproductive Health Working Group, were a part of the Reach the Decision Makers team (sponsored by UCSF's Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment), that met with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to discuss how they evaluate thyroid hormone disrupting chemicals in the Endocrine Disrupter Screening Program. The Reach the Decision Makers Fellowship trains scientists, community members, clinicians and public health professionals to effectively promote science and health-based policies at the US EPA.

CHE Director interviewed on NYC-based public radio on health and the exposome

3/15/14: During this interview on WBAI-New York, Elise Miller, CHE's director, discusses how the success in mapping the human genome has fostered interest in mapping the “exposome", a term coined to describe everything a person is exposed to starting at conception and includes lifestyle choices and well as chemical exposures. Elise further explains to health journalist, Liz Seegret, how the genome and the exposome, as well as the interactions between them, affect our health across the lifespan. This interview was based on Elise's "pioneer pitch" to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation last October in New York City.
Listen to the interview

Read more about RWJF's Pioneer Pitch

Ecology of Breast Cancer

12/1/13: The Ecology of Breast Cancer: The Promise of Prevention and the Hope for Healing is a new book by Ted Schettler, MD, MPH that makes the case that breast cancer is a disease arising from diverse societal conditions. Although well-recognized risk factors and a person’s life style are important, they simply do not explain why many people develop the disease. Nor do they fully explain breast cancer patterns in populations.
Download the book (complete version or chapter-by-chapter)
Listen to the CHE call featuring Dr. Schettler
Listen to the New School conversation featuring Dr. Schettler


 
PARTNER SPOTLIGHT

CHE regularly highlights the work of our Partners here in our Partner Spotlight.

Vi Waghiyi is a St. Lawrence Island Yupik mother and grandmother, Native Village of Savoonga Tribal Member, and Environmental Health and Justice Program Director, Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT), which is also the organizational host of CHE's Alaska Working Group. In this CHE Partner Spotlight, Vi discusses her work addressing environmental contamination and its impact on human health in Alaska.

What inspired you to begin working in the field of environmental health, and in your current work in particular?

I am a Yupik mother of four boys and a grandmother from Savoonga on St. Lawrence Island, located in the northern Bering Sea. Our people have maintained a traditional culture of reliance on traditional foods from the land and sea that provide physical, cultural, and spiritual sustenance.

I learned about the high levels of PCBs in our people in a news article in the Anchorage Daily News when I was a stay-at-home mom. This touched me personally because so many family members and friends from my community, including my parents, have suffered and died of cancer. I have had three miscarriages. I am inspired by this awareness and what I have come to learn about the contamination from military and distant sources and making the connection with the illnesses suffered by my people. I was brought up in a culture of caring where people work together. We were wronged by the US military and corporations that have contaminated my people without our consent. We are the victims of environmental violence. This goes against my culture and upbringing. I am inspired to hold the military and other polluters accountable and to achieve justice. I am inspired to work for the health and well-being of my people and our future generations.

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EHN News
26 Jul Mr Fluffy crisis hits home. The name Mr Fluffy might sound harmless, but the contamination of more than 1000 homes with deadly asbestos in the 1970s is the stuff of nightmares. This week, the full impact of the Mr Fluffy company's actions in the national capital hit home. Sydney Morning Herald.

26 Jul Powerful insecticide turns up in major Midwest rivers. A pervasive agricultural insecticide that has been linked to the decline of honeybees is now a near-constant presence in the small and great rivers that flow through Midwestern farm country, according to the first major review of its kind. Minneapolis Star Tribune.

26 Jul Cleaning up after pot growers challenges North Coast. Deep in a private Mendocino Coast forest, trees and brush give way to terraced clearings, miles of irrigation tubing and campsites littered with toxic pesticides. They are the remnants of a marijuana garden. Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

26 Jul Hold the regret? Fast food seeks virtuous side. A handful of rapidly growing regional chains around the country ? including Tender Greens, LYFE Kitchen, SweetGreen and Native Foods ? offer enticements like grass-fed beef, organic produce, sustainable seafood and menus that change with the season. And despite the higher costs and prices, all are thriving and planning national expansions. New York Times.

26 Jul Russia sues Mcdonald's, questioning quality of the food. Russia?s consumer protection agency has filed a claim accusing the restaurant chain of violating government nutritional and safety codes in a number of its burger and ice cream products, a Moscow court announced Friday. New York Times.

26 Jul In Ethiopia, family planning increasingly an article of faith. Leaders from all religious traditions smooth the way for contraception on the idea that sprawling families in poor conditions are not healthy for kids or moms. Christian Science Monitor.

26 Jul Survey: Many combat vets worried about exposure to 'burn pits'. One of the most surprising results to come out of a survey released this week by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America was in response to a question buried in the "general health" section. In the survey of some 2,000 US service members who had combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, three-quarters reported being exposed to burn pits while deployed. Christian Science Monitor.

26 Jul ?Shrilling chicken? is cute but very dangerous, says toxic watch group. A toxic watch group is seeking the removal from the local market of a Chinese-made plastic toy called ?Shrilling Chicken? after two European countries banned its sale because of serious health and environmental risks. Philippine Daily Inquirer.

26 Jul Can your town ban fracking? Depends on the state. A judge struck down a fracking ban in Longmont, Colorado Thursday ? a victory for oil and gas companies, and a blow to environmentalists trying to halt fracking at the local level. As more and more cities and towns mull fracking bans, courts are weighing in with decisions that vary widely by state. Christian Science Monitor.

26 Jul Hundreds of juvenile salmon die due to low flows, warm weather. "We're all on alert," California Department of Fish and Wildlife environmental scientist Sara Borok said. "We don't to want lose this year's spring run. There's not a whole lot we can do other than have more rain dances." Eureka Times-Standard.

 

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