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CHE Partnership call: Climate Change and Health - What's New and What To Do?
Thurs, Sept 18

CHE Partnership call: Prenatal Exposures: What Do Providers Know?
Tues, Sept 30
Hosted by the CHE Fertility and Reproducitve Health Working Group

CHE Partnership call: NIEHS and Environmental Health Disparities in Alaska
Wed, Oct 1
Hosted by the CHE Alaska Working Group

CHE Partnership call: Home Invaders: Are Flame Retardants Fattening Us Up and Harming Our Bones?
Thurs, Oct 9

9/17/14: MP3 recording available: Maternal Bisphenol A Programs Offspring Metabolic Syndrome

9/9/14: MP3 recording available: PCBs in Schools - Still a Problem?

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

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CHE Partners on why they value our work

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WHAT'S NEW

CHE announces new newsfeed: Your Health

9/15/14: CHE’s core mission is to bring attention to emerging science that is relevant to environmental impacts on human health and that of other species. In addition to this primary service, we have decided to occasionally post  “Your Health” selections (also referred to as “News You Can Use”) which you may find are directly useful to your health or the health of others you care about.
See the archive or subscribe to this news feed

WHO Health and Climate Summit

9/10/14: High level researchers, health ministers and intergovernmental congratulated the WHO on their vision and leadership in convening the first ever Health and Climate Summit in Geneva from August 27-29th, an historic event which brought together over 300 policy makers, health professionals, academics, and civil society representatives from around the world. 

Biomonitoring and environmental exposures

9/8/14: Sharyle Patton, CHE Director of Special Projects and Director of the Commonweal Biomonitoring Resource Center, contributed to this new paper: Reporting individual results for biomonitoring and environmental exposures: lessons learned from environmental communication case studies. From the conclusion: "Researchers and IRBs have often speculated that reporting to people on their own chemical exposures might be harmful, because results could generate excessive worry when the health effects and remedies are unclear. However, study participants generally want their results, and studies that have reported individual results along with comparative benchmarks and interpretive context find that participants benefited by learning a great deal about environmental health."

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
19 Sep Bill aims to stop coal companies from denying benefits to miners with black lung. Two coal-state senators plan to introduce sweeping legislation to reform the federal program meant to provide benefits to miners suffering from black lung disease. Center for Public Integrity.

19 Sep Crest will eliminate microbeads from its toothpastes. Microbeads will most likely be disappearing from your tube, thanks to growing public concern about the beads? effects on both marine and human health. Procter & Gamble, the maker of Crest, has just pledged to eliminate microbeads from its toothpastes by March 2016. Yahoo! News.

19 Sep Obama directs federal agencies to ramp up efforts to deal with antibiotic resistance. After years of warnings from the science and medical communities about the depletion of the world?s arsenal of effective antibiotics, President Obama directed federal agencies Thursday to significantly ramp up their efforts to deal with the threat. Washington Post.

19 Sep Government scientists try to take the stink out of pig manure. Microbiologist Terry Whitehead of the U.S. Department of Agriculture works with pig manure in a quest for something that has largely eluded scientists and entrepreneurs: an affordable way to clear the air in farm country. Wall Street Journal.

19 Sep Why tiny microbes mean big things for farming. The soil-dwelling bacteria that we walk on every day are working their way into technologies that could help feed the world. National Geographic News.

19 Sep 2014 already nasty year for Wyoming oil spills. An oil boom in Wyoming is having a filthy side effect. A string of accidents, ranging in geography from a remote gulley in the Powder River Basin to a refinery in downtown Cheyenne, already has made this year the state's worst for oil spills since at least 2009, state records show. Associated Press.

19 Sep Canadian coal plant regulations have 'negligible effect,' report says. Canada could lag behind the U.S. when it comes to cutting emissions from coal-fired power plants, despite claims by Prime Minister Stephen Harper that Canada is way ahead of its closest neighbor when it comes to cleaning up coal. CBC Canada.

19 Sep China's low-quality coal ban will not apply to power plants: Sources. China's bid to limit the consumption of low-quality thermal coal in major cities to help curb pollution will not apply to power plants, traders and utility sources said, exempting a sector responsible for half the country's total coal use. Reuters.

19 Sep A way to clean up Ecuador's oil mess. After more than 20?years of conflict in courts in the U.S., Ecuador, The Hague, and now Argentina, Brazil, and Canada, the strife over the Chevron oil pollution case in Ecuador shows no sign of easing. Business Week.

19 Sep Second container possibly leaked at New Mexico nuclear dump. A second container of plutonium-contaminated debris may have contributed to a radiation leak that has led to the indefinite suspension of operations at an underground nuclear waste dump in New Mexico, a U.S. Energy Department official said on Thursday. Reuters.

 

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