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A Story of Health Wins CDC Communications AwardA Story of Health award

2/5/16: The National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) have honored A Story of Health  multimedia eBook/continuing education course with an ”Excellence in communications” award. NCEH and ATSDR are agencies of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The award was given at the annual NCEH/ATSDR Honor Awards on February 3, 2016 to A Story of Health Team for excellence in communication for the development of a medical education product that highlights the importance of environmental health. Read the full story on CHE's blog.

Remembering Richard Levins

1/27/16: Richard Levins, John Rock Professor of Population Sciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, died January 19, 2016 at 85. He was known throughout his lengthy career for his ability to make connections between seemingly disparate topics such as biology and political theory. An ex-tropical farmer turned ecologist, biomathematician, and philosopher of science, Levins described the subject matter he focused on as “looking at the whole.” Read Dr. Levins' full obituary. Visit Dr. Levin's website.

CHE's Chemical Policy Reform webpage updated

1/11/16: After years of pressure by nonprofits and others to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)—an act that has proven highly ineffective at protecting public health since its enactment in 1976—both houses of the US Congress passed different versions of a bill intended to improve TSCA in 2015.

In an effort to adhere to CHE’s mission of providing a neutral and civil forum for discussing emerging environmental health science and its implications for potential policy decisions, we have updated our Chemical Policy Reform webpage to include news coverage as well as analyses by several groups, some of which argue in favor of the Senate and House bills and others oppose them. It is important to note that though CHE does not take a stance on specific legislation, CHE’s consensus statement makes it very clear that we support the most health-protective policies based on the best available science. In this context, we provide these different perspectives simply to encourage readers to review the links closely and draw their own conclusions about the potential efficacy and impacts of the proposed bills.

CHE quarterly Top 10 list now available

1/7/16: This is the last of CHE’s public quarterly Top 10 lists. We have selected studies and issues that we feel are significant in the field of environmental health, either because of their impact, their implications or their insight. Topics are listed in no particular order. This quarter's list includes the COP21 Paris climate agreement, a number of studies on the scope and health impacts of air pollution, the renewed attention on lead poisoning due to the water contamination in Flint, MI, and many other stories of note. Comments are welcome, as is always true with our blog posts. View the list.

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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11 Feb VIDEO: Landfill with Love Canal legacy still poses danger. Varsha Kraus and her family fled their neighborhood in Love Canal in 1981 only to learn two years ago that its toxic waste had been dug up and buried in a landfill behind their subdivision in North Tonawanda. Buffalo Investigative Post.

11 Feb You really are what you eat: Nutrients in food can change how genes 'behave.' Researchers have discovered that nutrients in food alter how proteins are produced in 'almost every gene in our body', and this can have a direct impact on our health. London Daily Mail.

11 Feb Cancer causing chemicals prompt province-wide testing of nail salons. The CBC I-Team has learned that Manitoba will start widespread testing of nail salons in the province after three separate air quality tests in a nail salon showed higher than acceptable levels of formaldehyde ?  a known carcinogen. CBC Canada.

11 Feb Are small batch cosmetics safer than the mainstream competition? Producers of handmade personal care products often claim their goods are safer, and more natural, than the big brands. But do they deliver? The Guardian.

11 Feb Toxic chemicals found in beached whales in Fife. A pod of whales stranded in Fife had high concentrations of toxic chemicals, some of which had reached the mammals' brains, scientists have found. BBC.

11 Feb Is Detroit becoming a national dumping ground for hazardous waste? Wayne County is already one of the most polluted in Michigan, and despite that, state Department of Environmental Quality officials may allow even more pollutants into Detroit and neighboring suburbs, says Wayne County Executive Warren Evans. MLive Detroit.

11 Feb Report points to disparity in rural/urban life expectancy. A national advisory committee finds that health disparities between rural and urban communities have widened. Similar disparities are found in North Carolina. North Carolina Health News.

11 Feb Should we wipe mosquitoes off the face of the Earth? Is it dangerous to talk about ?editing nature?, or should we consider eradicating them for good? The Guardian.

11 Feb Even in California, oil drilling waste may be spurring earthquakes. New study says waste injection well may have triggered a series of 2005 quakes in the state?s drilling hotspot and calls for more research. InsideClimate News.

11 Feb Concerns raised over amount of children not engaging with nature. More than one in nine children in England have not set foot in a park, forest, beach or any other natural environment for at least 12 months, according to a two-year study funded by the government. The Guardian.


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