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In memory of Dr. Louis Guillette

8/10/15: Dr. Louis Guillette, Director of Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences Center and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Medical University of South Carolina, died late last week. Dr. Guillete's work focused on the mechanisms by which environmental factors influence the evolution, development and functioning of the reproduction system in vertebrates. He was a close colleague, mentor and friend of many CHE Partners, including Dr. Theo Colborn who died last year. Dr. Guilllete's work helped to bring scientific credibilty to endocrine disruption as a public health issue. CHE is grateful for Dr. Guillete's service to the field of environmental health.

Read more about Dr. Guillete and his work:

CHE blog: Farewell to Lou Guillette, by J. Peterson Myers, PhD, Founder and Chief Scientist, Environmental Health Sciences, and CHE Advisor

The Gainseville Sun: Former UF Biologist Dies

From the CHE blog: Your Health: Perfluorinated Chemicals

In the most recent post, we look at recent items highlighting new reports and research addressing perfluorinated chemicals. CHE is publishing this regular series that summarizes and highlights recent Your Health items and trends. Readers can follow CHE’s Your Health news feed or subscribe via RSS.

CHE quarterly Top 10 environmental health stories now available

7/6/15: CHE offers this selection of research, news and announcements that were of special significance during the second quarter of 2015. 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. This quarter's selections include the Pope's contribution to the climate change discussion, a study relating DDT exposure in pregnancy to breast cancer rates in daughters, the US House's efforts to pass TSCA reform, and others. Visit the CHE blog to see this quarter's list. We invite comment and feedback.

Special offer for CHE Partners: CHE Partners can now purchase the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Toms River, from Island Press at a 20% discount

7/13/15: The true story of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution, Toms River won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize and has been hailed by The New York Times as "a new classic of science reporting." Now available in paperback with a new afterword by acclaimed author Dan Fagin, the book masterfully blends hard-hitting investigative journalism, scientific discovery, and unforgettable characters. Enter code 4CHE when ordering.

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. How do different aspects of our environment interact with our genes to influence our health across the lifespan? Through the lives of fictional characters, the first three stories explore multiple factors that can contribute to childhood leukemia, asthma, and learning and developmental disabilities. You can download the entire book or individual chapters featuring research about disease origin and helpful facts about disease prevention. Stories on additional health endpoints are forthcoming. 

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. For example, 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.

If you have not yet taken a look at A Story of Health we encourage you to do so now. Read it with your family, and share it with your friends and colleagues. It’s free, it’s easy to use, and it draws from the latest research available. You can also listen to the CHE Partnership calls featuring Stephen's story/childhood leukemia and Brett's story/asthma.

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).

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 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
4 Sep Warming oceans putting marine life "in a blender." An analysis of nearly 13,000 species of fish, invertebrates and other marine organisms is an ambitious effort to map the future ranges of ocean life. New York Times.

4 Sep In the future, the best chemistry practices will be green. Gathering for a summit on green chemicals, industry leaders and academics discussed how to solve the problems that threaten to stall 20 years of good intentions. The Guardian.

4 Sep Danger to Animas River short-lived. An independent study of water quality in the Animas River after the Gold King Mine spill shows major human health concerns were short-lived, though slight spikes in pollution might occur with runoff. Durango Herald.

4 Sep Trustees: groundwater pollution part of PCB damage to Hudson. Government trustees assessing harm to the Hudson River from long-term PCB releases highlighted concerns over groundwater contamination in three upriver towns as the massive dredging project nears its end. Associated Press.

4 Sep Research on health effects of fracking faces multiple challenges. Several years into the modern ?fracking? era in the U.S., there still isn?t enough rigorous research to determine whether or how the practice may threaten human health, according to a recent commentary. Reuters Health.

4 Sep In booming aquaculture industry, a move to plant-based food for fish. Researchers are now developing plant-based feeds that could put the aquaculture industry on a more sustainable path. Yale Environment 360.

4 Sep Fired regulator: Brown pushed to waive oil safeguards. California's top oil and gas regulators repeatedly warned Gov. Jerry Brown's senior aides in 2011 that the governor's orders to override key safeguards in granting oil industry permits would violate state and federal laws. Associated Press.

4 Sep Is living in Beijing really like smoking 40 cigarettes a day? On August 15, The Economist published an article that claimed spending one day in Beijing is equivalent to smoking 40 cigarettes. This staggering figure garnered heaps of attention and, unsurprisingly, the article went viral. Tokyo Diplomat.

4 Sep Paris will go car-free for a day in September to combat pollution. In an effort to curb the amount of air pollution and smog in the city, Paris will go car-free for one day this month. Mashable.

4 Sep Los Angeles buzzing over backyard beehives. The Los Angeles City Council approved on Wednesday a draft proposal to allow hobbyist beekeepers to maintain hives in their backyards. Cities across the country have legalized beekeeping to help rebuild honeybee colonies. Christian Science Monitor.


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