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San Francisco Medical Society journal focuses on environmental health

11/10/14: San Francisco Medicine (SFM), which has been in continuous publication since 1927, is the official journal of the San Francisco Medical Society. Each issue of SFM focuses on a specific topic that affects physicians and their practices, including public health, social, political, economic, and lifestyle issues.The most recent edition of the journal focuses on environmental health and features an article titled The First 1000 Days: A Healthy Return on Investment co-authored by Elise Miller, MEd, CHE's Director, and Ted Schettler, MD, MPH, Science Director at SEHN and at CHE, as well as many other articles that will be of interest to CHE Partners. Visit the San Francisco Medical's Society website to read the full edition.

CHE and A Story of Health at PPTox 2014

11/1/14: CHE has been collaborating on an innovative new multi-media eBook A Story of Health. The first three chapters of this eBook – fictional stories of people with asthma, developmental disabilities, and childhood leukemia – are due to be released in early 2015. A poster on the eBook was recently presented at the PPTox IV conference “Environmental Stressors in Disease and Implications for Human Health” organized by the Endocrine Society. Narrative approaches and storytelling are emerging as powerful health promotion tools that can help increase understanding of determinants of health and translate complex science. A Story of Health capitalizes on this approach by using fictional stories to help convey how multiple environmental factors affect health across the lifespan. See the poster on the CHE website.

CHE launches new listserv on healthy aging and the environment

10/20/14: CHE invites all Partners to sign up for the new Healthy Aging and the Environment listserv. This listserv combines the former Neurodegenerative Diseases and the Environment listserv with CHE's Healthy Aging Initiative work to create one listserv focused on emerging research and relevant articles on environmental contributors to neurological challenges and other disease endpoints in the later stages of life. To see a full list of CHE's current listservs and working groups, please visit our Initiatives page. To join the Healthy Aging and the Environment listserv, please email your request to join to info@healthandenvironment.org. You must be a CHE Partner to join a working group or listserv. You can join CHE here.

CHE's new quarterly Top 10 environmental health stories now available

10/2/14: CHE offers this selection of research, news and announcements that were of special significance during the first quarter of 2014. Items include research that made a noteworthy contribution to the field, news and announcements that took a conversation to a new level and/or new audience and some welcome action. Visit the CHE blog to see this quarter's list. We invite comment and feedback.

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.
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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 Nov Obama to introduce sweeping new controls on ozone emissions. The Obama administration is expected to release on Wednesday a contentious and long-delayed environmental regulation to curb emissions of ozone, a smog-causing pollutant linked to asthma, heart disease and premature death. New York Times.

26 Nov Chemicals in sunscreen, aftershave may affect male fertility. A new study suggests chemicals in sunscreen may impair men?s ability to father children, government scientists say, but other experts question whether the chemicals wound up in men?s urine from sunscreen or through another route. Reuters.

26 Nov Ontario moves toward curbing pesticide blamed for bee deaths. Ontario is moving closer to curbing a class of pesticides blamed for massive bee kills that endanger the pollination of crops and the environment. But farmers are infuriated by the move announced Tuesday by Agriculture Minister Jeff Leal to reduce the number of acres planted with neonicotinoid-coated corn and soybean seeds by 2017. Toronto Star.

26 Nov Kids' asthma, wheezing and bronchitis can be linked to unventilated gas stoves, Oregon researchers say. As home cooks fire up their stoves for Thanksgiving, Oregon State University researchers would like parents who own gas stoves to keep this in mind: Using gas kitchen stoves without proper ventilation could be hazardous to children's respiratory health. Portland Oregonian.

26 Nov Canada reaches out to thalidomide victims. Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose says she is prepared to meet with a group seeking long-term compensation for victims of the drug thalidomide. Nearly 100 victims, almost all in their early 50s, are still suffering the crippling effects of a federally approved drug their mothers took in the early 1960s. Globe and Mail.

26 Nov EPA power plant mercury rule gets US Supreme Court review. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide whether the Obama administration went too far with new power-plant pollution caps the government estimates will cost almost $10 billion a year. Bloomberg News.

26 Nov Report sets out path to fracking in Maryland. Capping three years of study, the O'Malley administration declared Tuesday that hydraulic fracturing for natural gas can be done safely in western Maryland, but only after tightening regulations to reduce air and water pollution and protect residents from well contamination, noise and other disruption associated with an anticipated drilling boom. Baltimore Sun.

26 Nov Canadian protesters defy authorities over Trans Mountain pipeline. A proposed pipeline expansion that would transport tar sands oil through a park in British Columbia has unified Canadians from all walks of life in their opposition to the project ? which they said does not respect public opinion and could endanger both land and sea. Al Jazeera America.

26 Nov 26 killed in state-owned coal mine fire in Northeast China. A coal mine fire killed 26 workers and injured 50 others in Northeast China's Liaoning province early Wednesday, according to the state-owned Liaoning Fuxin Coal Corporation. China Daily.

26 Nov Beijing considers permanent odd-even ban on vehicles after success of 'Apec blue'. The Beijing municipal government will discuss permanently banning vehicles from the roads on alternating days based on their number plates, to reduce traffic and air pollution, after a relatively successful test drive earlier this month. South China Morning Post.

 

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